Top 5 Bath Cocktail Bars
17 March 2017
Fancy a glass of something with extra kick on your next Bath visit? Whether it’s a birthday treat or a cheeky nightcap, the city has some truly excellent cocktail bars. These five venues should add a fresh twist and a little extra proof to any evening out.
The Canary Gin Bar (3 Queen St, BA1 1HE)
Gin cocktails with a Bath twist (image: The Canary Bar Facebook)
Is gin your thing? If the answer is yes, you simply have to stop for cocktails at this den of gin-iquity (sorry). Serving as a base for the Bath Gin Company, there are no prizes for guessing the spirit used for many of The Canary’s original cocktails. If you can stay sober enough, you might even learn a thing about Bath’s role in the history of good old “mother’s ruin” (there's a great gin shop and "laboratory" too). That said, there are also decent beers and wines for those not so partial to gin.
Ideal for: Gin lovers! Who else?
Must Try: The Safari is a drink of lip-smacking fruit flavours worthy of any gin lover.
Opium Bar (The Vault, Spring Gardens BA2 6PJ)
Flaming good cocktails and a surprise or three (Image: Opium Bar Facebook page)
Fancy a taste of the underground? This sneakily concealed bar takes you literally beneath Grove Street with a sneaky, intriguing feel. Squint, and you might imagine you were far away from Bath and squirrelled away in the back streets of London or Paris in another era (think Chesterfield sofa and polished wood paneling). It might take a bit of finding in the first place, but the unique setting and divinely mixed cocktails make this one of the best secret bars in Bath!
Ideal for: Those who want to sip cocktails without getting dressed up or alienating beer drinkers.
Must Try: The Lychee Rose Petal or Red Passion are both delightfully moreish.
Circo Bar (15 - 19 George St, BA1 2EN)
For the discerning cocktail lover, it’s always great to find bars that take their drinks to the next level. At Circo, many of the essentials are produced on site, from bitters to freshly made purees. Combined with the flair of the staff and a collection of spirits to please the fussiest drinker and you have cocktail heaven. Themed events, from whisky tasting evenings to Cuban evenings, are also great fun.
Ideal for: Those looking for a little extra sophistication (or cocktail classes).
Must Try: If you like summer berries, try a Black Forest.
Sub 13 (4 Edgar Buildings, BA1 2EE)
Elegant loafing and excellent cocktails at Sub 13 (Image: Sub 13 Facebook Page)
With one of the city’s most extensive cocktail menus and a somewhat refined atmosphere, a drink here on any given evening is a decadent treat. The Champagne Lounge itself is a treat, designed by OXO tower architect Shaun Clarkson. As can be expected, prices aren’t cheap, but the cocktails are artfully made and some of the originals are beautifully made. If Mixology is your thing, you might also enjoy one of the venue’s superb Cocktail Masterclass sessions to refine your skills.
Ideal for: Champagne cocktails, special occasions
Must Try: The English Garden tastes just like summer; and you won’t find it mixed better anywhere!
The Cork (11-12 Westgate Buildings BA1 1EB)
For a more laid back experience, with top beers and wines besides cocktails, the Cork is spot on.
For those who like their bars more down to earth, or want to sip cocktails with those of a more beery persuasion, this classic Bath boozer offers a more relaxed, unpretentious feel. The cocktail list isn’t endless here but they’re well made, while quality ales and a decent wine list are sure to keep those of a less spiritual nature happy too.
Ideal for: Those who want to sip cocktails in a relaxed setting and keep beer drinking pals happy too.
Must Try: The Espresso Martini is an ideal reviver after a long day in the city.