Cocktails come in many different guises, and there’s usually something delicious to suit everyone’s taste. From the refreshing and minty mojito, coffee fuelled espresso martini or even the sugary sweet daiquiri, there’s not many cocktail menus in Bath that don’t leave me wide eyed and eager for another!
We’re lucky enough to have a plethora of classy cocktail establishments in Bath. Some are quiet and cosy, whilst others are brimming with jolly revellers enjoying a weekend tipple.
Let me guide you through the best cocktail bars in Bath so you can make an informed decision about which one to try first…
Sub 13, George Street
Head 13 steps underground and you’ll emerge into this cool and classy bar complete with a brand new heated Champagne outdoor terrace. The focus at Sub13 is on sophistication, with smartly dressed bar tenders and not a hen party in sight.
The Dark Horse, Kingsmead Square
Find the Dark Horse in a small but perfectly formed square in the city centre. Recently voted as one of the best cocktail bars in the world, you know you’re in good hands. Simply sit back and relax; your drinks are bought to you by table service, and you’ll even get topped up with pretzels and refreshing lemony water throughout the evening.
The Confessional, Milsom Street
Another subterranean bar, The Confessional is located in the cellars below the historic Octagon Georgian chapel and is one of Bath’s best kept secrets. Sip your carefully crafted cocktail by flickering candlelight and write your sins on the communal “confessions wall”.
Art Bar at the Abbey Hotel, Terrace Walk
The brilliant and quirky artwork that adorns Allium Art Bar is the perfect backdrop for enjoying a drink. Gin lovers rejoice: there’s 64 G&T combos and that’s just the start! Art Bar also boasts a number of signature and classic cocktails if you’d prefer a different type of tipple.
Opium Bar, The Vaults (under Grove Street)
Tucked around the corner from Pulteney Bridge and the Weir is the small and characterful Opium Bar. Don’t forget to look up at what’s got to be one of the most decorated ceilings in the city. There’s also a secret, cosy room that you can privately book out complete with its own entrance and bar.
Circo, George Street
A cool and contemporary cocktail bar with intimate cubby holes at one end, and a lively but small dance floor at the other. Circo is probably one of Bath’s biggest cocktail bars with one of the biggest menus. There are a number of different bars and rooms to keep everyone happy.
Be At One, Brunel Square
You’ll be spoilt for choice perusing the seemingly endless menu of cocktails on offer here. If you get stuck for choice, the cheeky and friendly bartenders are always happy to recommend a cocktail. The atmosphere is loud and a great place to get the party started!
Vino Vino, Seven Dials
Sip your cocktail alfresco as you sit back and relax on the outdoor heated terrace. Vino Vino also do the most amazing cheese and charcuterie sharing boards, the perfect nibble to share alongside a cocktail or two. Vino Vino is conveniently located next to the Theatre Royal, so the perfect place for a pre or post show drink.
OPA, North Parade
Opa is a fantastic Greek mezze restaurant by day, that really comes alive by night! There’s a small dance floor and a number of different underground booths for a bit more privacy if you don’t fancy dancing the night away. You’ll find all the classic cocktails here, and some completely amazing ice cream cocktails too.