If there’s one thing us Brits know how to do, it’s drink. From the perfect pint to carefully crafted cocktails and summertime spritzes, we’ll take it all. If you like the sound of weird and wonderful watering holes, beautiful beach clubs and late-night party bars, you’ll want to read on because DesignMyNight has pulled together the very best summertime bars from across the UK to satisfy your boozy cravings.
Inspired by the vibrant flavours of Latin America, Barrio is a lively neighbourhood bar and cantina. Dig into market-fresh tapas dishes as you soak up daily amigo hour drinks specials; whether that’s a mojito, caipirinha or hula colada. Don’t even think about making plans in the morning, because the eclectic music and house party vibes will keep you going ‘til late.
Whoever said “west London is best” must have spent an evening in this award-winning boozer. Nestled in the heart of Acton, this unique pub has a spacious beer garden and a cracking selection of craft ales brewed on site. But it’s the weekend cabaret line-up and quirky circus performances that really steal the show.
Inject some life into your Instagram feed with a trip to this striking cocktail bar. Drawing inspiration from the tiny island of Elba, where Napoleon was exiled, this Waterloo haunt is all about tropical party vibes. Soak up sky-high views, sassy cocktails, slogans slapped on walls and tuck into gravy-drenched burgers from Dip & Flip.
When they’re not throwing epic summer pop-ups, Night Tales is shaking things up at their first permanent bar. Located in Netil House, this buzzing experimental cocktail warehouse and rooftop is the ultimate Hackney hideaway. Bartenders will whip up anything you like and you can pair your drinks with dishy toasties from Morty & Bob’s.
With three themed disco caves, a stellar cocktail list and party vibes, it’s clear that this branch of Simmons is the biggest and boldest to date. Inside, there’s a glittering skull mirrorball and lavish pink hues, while the outdoor terrace is the perfect place for a spot of alfresco sipping. So grab a drink and dance the night away to DJs spinning epic tunes.
No summer holiday this year? No worries, because Tropicana is bringing the beach to you. Escape the hustle and bustle of the West End at this Covent Garden retreat. There’s ping pong, table football and beach games alongside a generous happy hour, as resident DJs provide the soundtrack to your night.
Transforming a multi-storey car park, Peckham Levels has given a whole new lease of life to south London and this cocktail bar is leading the way. Brought to you by the team behind The Magic Roundabout and The Good Mixer, Near & Far is a unique space filled with palm trees and a pink interior for pure Palm Springs feels.
A staple on the Brighton music scene, this seafront spot has hosted some of the biggest names in the industry; from Daft Punk to Annie Mac and The Chemical Brothers. There’s a basement club for wild nights out, while the upstairs bar is the go-to for local craft beers and the outdoor terrace is positioned perfectly for brunch come the weekend.
If it’s extraordinary drinks and attentive service that you’re after, you’ll love the sound of this Berry Street boozer. Open late every day of the week, you can indulge in delicious cocktails all night long. Hear that? It’s the sound of the Whitley Neill outdoor gin terrace calling your name. Adorned with flowers and fairy lights, it’s ideal for open-air imbibing.
This New York-style speakeasy is home to a much-loved bar and diner. Whether you’re after a game of pool, a summery BBQ on the roof terrace, or a late night in the basement club, Black Dog Ballroom has it all. There’s even a bespoke karaoke booth and ballroom for private members looking to push the boat out.
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