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15 Awesome Underground Bars In London

It’s important to have a job, pay your bill and save some money, like riding the metro to work. But all work and no play makes me a dull dude; I think that goes for everyone else, so I got something for you. If you’re into cocktails and candlelight, you could go for those popular places everyone talks about, or you could go underground and look up one of these 15 awesome bars in London. Your choice, but I know what I’d do. Check it out!

1. Original Sin

Original Sin

Original Sin specializes in excellent cocktails with lesser known ingredients. And though their list is tip top, they’ll go off books too if you ask them. Nearest station: Stoke Newington

2. Call Me Mr Lucky

Call Me Mr Lucky

Call Me Mr Lucky is located in the basement of the Breakfast Club near London Bridge. Depending on your tolerance for this kind of thing, it’s a bit of a caper to get to the bar (password at the restaurant, go through the kitchen, access the bar with a key card). Fun, right? Nearest station: London Bridge

3. BYOC

BYOC

A simple, but effective premise. Bring a bottle of whatever you fancy (could be whiskey, could be frangelico), pay a £25 cover charge, and for two hours, the bar staff will create cocktails for you based on your bottle. Nearest station: Camden Town, or Leicester Square

4. Underdog

Underdog

A cocktail bar beneath a Brewdog pub, Underdog’s beer cocktails will make ale fans very happy. Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

5. Basement Sate

Basement Sate

A cocktail bar yes, but a dessert bar as well. Desserts are served until midnight, making this the perfect stop-off for a nightcap. Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus

6. Below @ Pelicans and Parrots

Below @ Pelicans and Parrots

A splendid hidden rum bar, underneath a splendid vintage shop in Dalston. The vibe is really friendly and relaxed, and the cocktails make a rainy day feel like the sun in shining. Nearest station: Dalston Kingsland

7. Communion Bar

Communion Bar

Though the ecclesiastical theme might be a bit odd, there’s enough stained glass here for a cathedral. The cocktails have a nice South London twist and a unique atmoshpere. Nearest station:Denmark Hill

8. The Nightjar

The Nightjar

A terribly elegant cocktail bar, with a playful edge. Go there for classy cocktails, and live jazz most nights. Nearest station: Old Street

9. Evans and Peel Detective Agency

Evans and Peel Detective Agency

Ring the doorbell and ask to see the detective at this sleuthing speakeasy. It’s lit by candlelight for an intimate vibe, and they also serve food, so it’s all good. Nearest station: Earl’s Court

10. 214 Bermondsey

214 Bermondsey

An underground bar for gin fans that also makes a mean Negroni. I’m not into gin, but it’s wort ha visit. Nearest station: Borough

11. Purl

Purl

This cocktail titan is a bit more expensive than the others on this list, but definitely worth it. Purl’s drinks are classy, experimental and unforgettable. Nearest station: Baker Street

12. The Cocktail Trading Co

The Cocktail Trading Co

Imaginative cocktails, served in an imaginative way and some food to keep you going, So, what else could you want? Nearest station: Oxford Circus

13. Gordon’s Wine Bar

Gordon’s Wine Bar

This wine cellar is up there with the best of them, and is practically a London institution. Settle in under the arches with a glass, and nibble on some charcuterie to keep you going. Nearest station: Embankment

14. Cellar Door

Cellar Door

This former public toilet is now a lively cocktail bar and cabaret club. And they’ve got the coolest address in London – Zero Aldwych. Nearest station: Covent Garden

15. Nordic Bar

Nordic Bar

This is a party bar, so it’s not one for a quiet drink. But where there’s giant Jenga, Finnish beers and plenty of cider, so you’re in for a treat. Nearest station: Goodge Street

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