5 top cocktail bars
1. Raoul’s Bar, OxfordThey take cocktails very seriously at Raoul’s, where you’ll find an extensive selection of reasonably priced drinks, as well as one of the largest liquor selections in the country. Try the Hail Berry, made using fresh berries, blueberry-infused gin, pear liquor and apple juice to name but a few.
2. Charlie’s Bar, BristolTravel with FGW to Bristol to enjoy some fantastic deals on local events and attractions before heading to Charlie’s Bar for some mixed drinks. This speakeasy style bar offers 2-4-1 cocktails on Motown Thursdays. And as if that wasn’t enough, meet Charlie’s mascot Luigi. Yes - a puppy in a cocktail bar. Contain yourselves.
3. The London Cocktail Club, LondonWith two premises, one on Shaftesbury Avenue and another on Goodge Street, The London Cocktail Club knows what’s required of a top-notch drink. Sip on a classic Kir Royale before sampling the adventurous cheese and pineapple martini .
Get there: Nearest tube, Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road
4. The Zetter Townhouse, LondonWith unique recipes created by famous mixologist Tony Conigliaro, this eccentrically decorated liquor emporium is ideal for those looking for a cocktail with a retro twist. Expect homemade cordials, tinctures and herbal remedies.
Get there: Nearest tube, Farringdon
5. Michael Caines Champagne and Cocktail Bar, ExeterSet in the luscious Abode Exeter Hotel, the Michael Caines Champagne and Cocktail Bar offers up cocktail classics like the margarita and Mai Tai, mixed with a Michael Caines twist.
No one wants to be designated driver when cocktail bars are on the cards, so leave the car at home and pile onto an FGW train for cheap rail fares.