What ever happened to the good old fashioned happy hour (singular)? Somehow the catering industry have made it normal for the sweet sweet happy hour to extend into whole afternoons, evening and even days. But we certainly aren’t complaining! When it comes to buying cocktails in London, it’s best to have a bit of thriftiness about you. And these bars are the place to go when you’re feeling thrifty/thirsty.
1. Barrio Central & East
Bringing some of the coolest interiors to both Soho and East London, the Mexican Barrio Central and Barrio East, offer some fantástico deals. From Monday to Thursday between 4pm-8pm and Friday t0 Saturday until 7pm, a selection of cocktails are only £5 (bottle beers are also only £3). As the evening approaches, the bars become even more vibrant, the music turns up and room is made way for dancing (the playlists are superb… the dancing is sweaty!).
2. Mews of Mayfair
If you want a happy hour with a touch of exclusivity, then Mews of Mayfair is the perfect spot. The cocktails here are truly exquisite and almost too pretty to drink (but not quite!). If you download Fever, you can get a special offer of two cocktails for £10. See here for more information.
3. The Bridge Wine Bar, Clapham
Tucked beneath the railway arches, The Bridge is Clapham’s best gay wine bar. It serves up tasty 2-4-1 cocktails from 5pm-8pm and now it’s getting sunny, there’s a cute little outside spot for sipping on your well-priced bevvies in the sun.
4. Slim Jim’s Liquor Store
Bringing nothing but edgy American vibes to Islington, Slim Jim’s is complete with neon lighting and open brick walls and offers the perfect atmosphere to compliment your drinking. Not to mention the poster-covered toilets and the bar ceiling full of hanging bras. 2-4-1 cocktails are available from Tuesday to Friday 4pm-8pm and until 10pm on Sundays and Mondays. And even better news – the bar is open ’til late.
5. Joe’s Southern Kitchen, Covent Garden
First Jim, now Joe – these boys are good at the happy hour deals. Joe’s extending his happy hour all day on Sunday and from Monday to Friday between 4pm and 6.30pm. At these times, cocktails are only an astonishing £4. And they are GOOD. We’d recommend the zesty and sweet Son of a Peach.
6. La Brasserie
Moments from South Kensington, the bar at La Brasserie serves up a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails. They specialise in martinis and during their happy hour (Monday-Sunday from 5-8pm), you can choose from a range of Passion Fruit, Wild Berry and Espresso Martinis, as well as other classics. All cocktails in the offer are only £6.
7. Tapas Revolution
If you’re in the mood to turn your happy hour Spanish, then the fiesta hours at the newly opened Tapas Revolution in Shoreditch are every day from 5-7pm. Grab yourself a table after work for half price jugs of sangria. They’re only £6.50, which means that whoever you go with, it would be criminal not to get one each. Plus, the oranges are a great source of Vitamin C. No?
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