New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and, as expected, there are hundreds of late-night bar options across the country to pucker your lips at. We teamed up with DesignMyNight to find the best venues to party at come December 31st; from a sexy speakeasy with a sumptuous sweet shop menu to a decadent hotel bar serving delicious barrel aged cocktails, these are the most stylish spots to see in 2017.
Nestled in the heart of The Lanes, No 32 flies the city’s flag high when it comes to sophisticated drinking. Dimly lit and somewhat mysterious, No 32 oozes with decadence and stocks an impressive variety of globetrotting wines behind its bar. They’re offering a four-course meal on New Year’s Eve, but it’s their incredible selection of bespoke cocktails that you need to keep an eye out for. If you have a sweet tooth, make sure to try their Banoffee Pie and their Coffee and Coconut Mudslide mixes; they are out of this world.
This neighbourhood bar in Clapham can proudly call itself one of the country’s most daring and adventurous bars when it comes to mixology. From a menu boasting drinks from the roaring 1920s to a downright delicious “Sweet Shop” section, Rise 46 will make all of your childhood memories come to life on the 31st. You cocktail connoisseurs are in for one helluva night with Peanut Butter Martinis and Blueberry Lemon Breezes on offer. But this unruly basement bar has more in store for you than just great cocktails. They will have a magician to wow the crowds on the 31st, and also a Prosecco reception to kick off their masquerade ball theme.
The Button Factory is located in a beautiful building that boasts bare brick walls, wooden beams and dangling lights, and is known as one of Birmingham’s coolest hangouts. Head down here on December 31st and enjoy a variety of unique cocktails inspired by mystical legacies and whilst the bar will be open until the early hours of the morning, their fabulous balcony is going to be the only spot you’ll want to be once the clocks strike twelve.
Apples and Pears could easily be mistaken for an unassuming shop, but head down into their basement and you’ll be greeted with a warm and lively atmosphere moving to the tune of classic funk, soul, and hip-hop from the 1970s. If you need to take a breather from dancing, grab one of their bespoke cocktails (there will be a top secret New Year’s Eve menu being served on the night) and head upstairs into their all-seasons heated garden for some star gazing and firework watching.
The Dead Canary is one of Cardiff’s premier spots and a sure-fired bet for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve. The cocktail menu is steeped in history and will riddle the most decisive of us with envy and indecision; Dr. Funk pays homage to the bar that introduced absinthe to Cardiff, nearly 20 years ago, whilst the White Cargo is a tribute to The Savoy’s legendary mixologists. An exciting roster of DJs will be on hand to help you make full use of the Dead Canary’s late night licence and ensure you carry on dancing well into the first day of 2017.
This north London hideout ticks all boxes if you’re after a more relaxed and intimate route to the New Year, but be warned, finding this bar is tricky. Situated above a restaurant-cum-bar close to Highbury and Islington Station, you’ll have to ring an electric blue doorbell to gain entry to this elusive speakeasy that takes inspiration from Parisienne drinking dens. Once you’re in, you’ll be greeted with green lanterns and similarly coloured cocktails containing your old friend, absinthe. Invite all of your pals, because this is one spot that’s sure to make them green with envy.
Set in a boutique hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre, Angel’s Share will offer a luxurious way to see in 2017. The chic upstairs bar is finished elegantly with majestic mirrors and opulent chandeliers whilst The Devil’s Cut, found down a decadent staircase, will host a slightly more boisterous affair. True to its Scottish heritage, there’s a huge whisky menu to work your way through, as well as a list of cocktails dedicated to their barrel aged varieties. If you’re after something a little more special, their champagne selection, that includes lavish options from Dom Perignon and Louis Roeder, is the perfect thing to toast with come midnight.
Part of the Callooh Callay family, Little Bat has followed in the footsteps of its older sibling by serving jaw-dropping potions, like the gin-based Bathtub Sour that comes served with a rubber duck and the award-winning PanAm, that’s blended with rum and sugary sherbet. Whilst they promise to open their doors to revellers for free until 2am on New Year’s Eve, you should head down here early evening. You’ll be treated to some indulgent bites; think bacon salt popcorn, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and sweet potato and camembert croquettes.
This Shoreditch haunt may have had a makeover, but it has managed to maintain all its magical charm that made it such a fitting tribute to Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece. Peculiar taxidermy adorn the walls and enchanting lights hang from its ceiling to help capture an ethereal atmosphere. Behind closed doors, mixologists formulate aptly named cocktails like the Shrinking Violet and the Cheshire Cat, as well as many other stunning concoctions in their secret laboratory. They’re sure to have you falling down the rabbit hole in no time.
Cane and Grain might be known as a southern American joint, but this Northern Quarter bar holds a couple of tricks up its sleeve. Their graffiti-covered ground floor restaurant bar pays homage to the 80’s skate scene but keep climbing their staircase and you’ll find The Liars Lounge. This tiki wonderland serves up a constantly evolving cocktail menu, and hosts party-starting DJs that will ensure an evening of raucous dancing and debauchery.
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