London Bridge is one of the most vibrant areas of the capital – and its cocktail bars are no different.
With so many options, finding the perfect London Bridge bar can be overwhelming. But don't fret – your friends at Square Mile have you covered.
We’ve rounded up the finest cocktail bars in London Bridge, including a prosecco house, a whisky bar, a basement hideaway and a couple of great rooftop bars to enjoy a view with your Vesper Martini.
Still feeling thirsty? Sample our roundup of the best pubs in London Bridge, covering everything from beer selection to beer gardens. And if you're venturing further afield, explore the best cocktail bars in London.
Best London Bridge Cocktail Bars
This gorgeously verdant cocktail bar brings Los Angeles vibes to Bermondsey Street. Order from the bespoke menu downstairs or snack on some tacos from the Tigre Tacos food truck on front. Nine Lives is a great date spot, especially if you can bag yourself one of the private booths. Plus you become 50% cooler the moment you step inside.
8 Holyrood St, SE1 2EL; Nine Lives
The Hide Bar
This cocktail bar on Bermondsey Street prides itself on providing drinks that are (almost) all distilled, brewed, fermented or produced locally. Although they focus on gin, they have 18 draught taps – 12 for London beers and six with cocktails using London-distilled spirits.
39-45 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF; The Hide Bar
Sky Pod Bar
Located inside the Sky Garden, the views from this bar take centre stage. With an upscale drinks list and the stunning horticultural interior, this place is impressive day or night. During the daytime, sit back and enjoy a drink with a blanket provided (during colder months) or dance the night away with a DJ every Wednesday to Saturday.
1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF; Sky Pod Bar
Call Me Mr Lucky
This fun speakeasy is The Breakfast Club’s underground cocktail bar. With themed cocktails and a funky interior, it’s the perfect setting for group drinks. PS: you can only enter through the secret door by saying “I’m here to get lucky…”
11 Southwark St, London SE1 1RQ; Call Me Mr Lucky
Quarter Bar and Lounge
This relaxed bar inside the London Bridge hotel is perfect for any occasion, whether liquid lunches or sophisticated evening drinks. Their extensive cocktail list has something guaranteed to please all. Just spend more than a quarter.
London Bridge Hotel, 8-18 London Bridge St, SE1 9SG; Quarter Bar and Lounge
This casual cocktail bar is perfect for whiskey lovers. With more than 50 to choose from, the possibilities are almost endless. Situated in Dragon Green Court, relax and enjoy views of the historic Borough Market.
2 Green Dragon Ct, London SE1 9AW; Whiskey Ginger
Gong Bar, Shangri-La
Gong is officially the highest hotel bar in Western Europe. Located on the 52nd floor of the Shard, the views are unparalleled. Its food, drink and interiors radiate pure elegance, but as expected, you’ll be spending a pretty penny.
31 Saint Thomas Street, Level 52, Shangri-La, The Shard, London SE1 9QU; Gong Bar
If the name hadn’t already given it away, prosecco lovers – you’re in for a treat. With 28 types of prosecco, alongside prosecco cocktails and classic cocktails, prepare for a fizz hangover the next day. You can also sample and learn about premium prosecco from Veneto.
1 Crown Square One Tower Bridge, London SE1 2SE; Prosecco House
Another hotel bar – but it’s a good ‘un. This sophisticated lounge is everything you’d expect from a Hilton. With both a ‘classics’ and a ‘signature’ cocktail list, you can enjoy an old favourite, or try something new. The price range on the full drinks list is broad, so don’t worry about excessive spending.
5 More London Riverside, Tooley St, London SE1 2BY; Two Ruba
The Old School Yard
This retro bar does exactly what it says on the tin (or rather, sign): a school-themed interior, old school 80s and 90s music and private karaoke rooms. Sup from a cocktail menu categorised into school subjects, or take a cocktail masterclass with an expert instructor. Way more fun than actual school.
111 Long Ln, London SE1 4PH; The Old School Yard
London Bridge Rooftop
This ultra-cool bar provides 360 views of the capital without the fancy clothing or pretentious pricing. Packed with heaters and sheltered areas, enjoy this bar any time of year. There’s DJ’s, there’s cocktails and there’s Spanish food. What more could you ask for?
Colechurch House, Bridge Walk, London SE1 2SX; London Bridge Rooftop
Hay's on the river
This open-air cocktail bar is smack-bang in the centre of Hay’s Galleria. This beautiful building provides front-row views of the Thames and the Shard. Take a break from shopping and enjoy a tipple with a view. And don’t worry: if there’s rain, you’re quite literally covered.
Hay’s Galleria, 1 Battle Bridge Ln, London SE1 2HD; Hay's on the River