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Going out out – where to drink cocktails after lockdown

As we slow down on quarantinis 🍸 and venture back out into pubs, cocktail bars and outdoor terraces we wanted to find the most exclusive spots to spend your post lockdown time. 

From the country’s most insta-worthy cocktails to bars with beach views for that IRL sunset, Babezine is here to make sure we find a little light in our lives in 2020 by enjoying some well-earned drinks in some of the best bars the UK has to offer. 

We trawled through Instagram, TikTok, Tripadvisor and some of our fave news sites to find the beautiful, the boozy, the beachy and the all-round best bars to showcase that lockdown glow up (or just leaving the house). 

The Best…

The UK’s top 5 cocktail bars 

To make the most of going out out we’ve curated the best all-round bars, from insta-worthy neon signs to epic cocktails and beaut interiors. The perfect locations for showcasing all that internet shopping you did during lockdown. 

cocktail bar london
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With interiors that will make you question reality and the drinks to match, our top 5 cocktail bars truly are the best. From the award-winning Lyaness which oozes luxury alongside weird and wonderful mixology to Norwich’s Chambers Cocktail Company. A Tripadvisor 5 star bar perfect for a cosy night with classic cocktails with a stylish twist. 

NameLocationTrip Advisor Rating (5)CapacityAvg price for a cocktail
Chambers Cocktail CompanyNorwich5.0130£8.00
LiberteLiverpool4.5400£9.00
LyanessLondon4.060£14.00
SketchLondon4.0100£14.50
EveLondon3.570£13.00

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The Beautiful 

The UK’s top 5 bars with the best views 

If you can’t make it to the beach then embrace the coolest views the UK has on offer… 

20 stories cocktail bar
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20 Stories boasts epic MCR views with a terrace dedicated to cocktails. Their iconic drinks average about £11 each but with fresh takes on the classics, you will be spoilt for choice. Down south, Annabel’s in London is one to watch, a private members club with a terrace that will sweep you abroad, if you’re lucky enough to get in then embrace every beautiful moment! 

NameLocationTrip Advisor Rating (5)CapacityAvg price for a cocktail
LiberteLiverpool4.5400£9.00
20 StoriesManchester4.0550£11.00
Annabel’sLondon 4.5700£15.50
BokanLondon4.5150£12.00
One SquareEdinburgh4.556£10.00

The Beachy 

The UK’s top 5 beach bars 

The squad can’t assemble in Ibiza so we’ve found the ultimate seaside spots to soak up the sun and enjoy a bevvy or two. 

lusty glaze beach cocktail bar
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In its own secluded cove in Newquay, Lusty Glaze Bar & Restaurant is the perfect spot for some beachside fun or sunset drinks, perfectly paired with our fave beach cover-ups. With an average 4.5 rating out of 5 on Tripadvisor it is easy to see why this dreamy place is so well sought after! Plymouth’s The Waterfront is a treat too, hosting its own harbour for the ultimate nautical vibes⚓. 

NameLocationTrip Advisor Rating (5)CapacityAvg price for a cocktail
Lusty GlazeNewquay, Cornwall4.53,500£7.00
The WaterfrontPlymouth4.0200£7.00
Blue BarPorthtowan, Cornwall4.0190£8.00
Key WestBournemouth3.5500£9.00
The Watering HolePerranporth, Cornwall4.0100£8.00

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The Boozy 

The UK’s top 5 bars with the best looking booze

Make the most of your IRL adventures back in the bars by enjoying only the best and beautiful cocktails available. 

Duo london mean girls cocktails
IMG: @DuoLondon

Reviews do not always tell the whole story, with the lowest rating at 3.5 Duo still tops our charts for the most beautiful cocktails in the UK🙏. From a Mean Girls brunch and Drake donning our drinks to unicorn slushies and all the P.M.A vibes Duo is the place for cocktails as good as they look! Coco Tang in Nottingham follows the pop culture trend with epic creations devoted to Fight Club, David Bowie and even a boozy ode to Woodstock Festival. 

NameLocationTrip Advisor Rating (5)CapacityAvg price for a cocktail
DuoLondon3.5250£8.00
Tonight JosephineLondon4.0250£10.50
Albert’s SchlossManchester4.02,500£8.00
Her Majesty’s Secret ServiceBristol4.5100£9.00
Coco Tang Cocktail BarNottingham4.0100£9.00

Wanna take a better look?

We compiled 50 of the UK’s best bars by analysing TripAdvisor reviews, seating capacity and the price of a cocktail to reveal the ultimate places to visit with your girls this summer. 

Worried that you’ve lost your resilience to tequila shots and pornstar martinis? We’ve got you covered with our hangover hacks and loungewear sets so you can at least pretend you’ve got your sh*t together, when we know it’s a massive takeaway that will save the day.  

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