9 of the best cocktail bars in Bath

The back bar selection at The Montague.

The back bar selection at The Montague. - Credit: Archant

Do you love a dirty martini or a classic margarita? Find out the top places for a night out in Bath with our guide for the discerning drinker

The cocktails at Circo are mixed with home-made purees and infusions.

The cocktails at Circo are mixed with home-made purees and infusions. - Credit: Archant

Circo Bar and Lounge

The Halcyon, 2-3 South Parade, Bath

Known for its signature cocktails and extensive wine list, Circo Bar and Lounge opened following a £1m refurbishment in 2011. With a focus on luxury and a design-led interior, the Grade I listed Georgian town house includes a four room vaulted cellar, complete with Chesterfield bed. The bar produces its own bitters, infusion, juices and purees in addition to its impressive back bar selection. However, if that isn’t enough to tempt you, the award-winning mixologists hold popular cocktail making classes most days of the week.

@Circobarbath www.circobar.co.uk

Opium Bar.

Opium Bar. - Credit: Archant

 

Opium Bar

The Vaults, Spring Gardens Road, Bath

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A quirky cocktail experience, Opium is tucked away in the Vaults under Grove Street. The interior, a combination of periods from Victoriana to Bohemian Louis IV, is described by a Tripadvisor review as ‘Hidden, intimate, quirky’ with a ‘a fin-de-siècle Parisien’ feel. With a selection of classic cocktails and modern ‘house’ varieties, in addition to a hand-picked wine list and selection of world beers; you’ll be spoilt for choice.

The Montague bar at the Royal Crescent Hotel.

The Montague bar at the Royal Crescent Hotel. - Credit: Archant

@Opium_Bath www.opiumbars.com

 

The Montagu

The Royal Crescent Hotel, 15 Crescent Lane, Bath

Tom Pople, mixologist at The Canary.

Tom Pople, mixologist at The Canary. - Credit: Archant

Head to Bath’s iconic Royal Crescent for a five-star treat at the hotel’s Montagu bar. Sip a Riviera Fizz or Lemon Drop Martini from the creative cocktail menu, or select one of the fine champagnes or wines from the award-winning cellar.

@royalcrescent www.royalcrescent.co.uk

 

The Canary Gin and Wine Bar

Inside Sub 13 (Tim Whelehan).

Inside Sub 13 (Tim Whelehan). - Credit: Archant

2/3 Queen Street, Bath

Spread over two floors, the Canary Gin and Wine Bar is the go-to destination in Bath for gin lovers. Home of the Bath Gin Company, established in March 2014. The recipe for the eponymous spirit was developed in Bath and derives from the combination of Kaffir lime leaf, wormwood and liquorice. This ‘gin of a different persuasion’ is used to create The Canary’s signature cocktails. Start in ground floor Gin Bar before heading upstairs to the Martini bar to sip on a concoction by master mixolologist Tom Pople. Never fear if gin is not your tipple, the well stocked bars have alternative spirits, wines and beers to sip on.

@CanaryGinBar www.thebathgincompany.co.uk

 

Italian inspired cocktails are on the menu at Yammo!

Italian inspired cocktails are on the menu at Yammo! - Credit: Archant

Sub 13

4 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath

Extensive cocktail menu aside, this handsomely decorated haunt is well-worth a visit. Sip something sparkling in the Perrier-Jouët Champagne Lounge, designed by Shaun Clarkson (of Harvey Nichols and OXO tower fame), hang out in the main bar and sample cocktails muddled with home made infusions, or sit out in the garden to watch the world go by. Due to the high volume of stag and hen parties that descend on Bath, its nice to know that ‘No trashy fancy dress/ glitter / inflatables’ is part of Sub 13’s dress code.

@Sub13Bar www.sub13.net

Yammo!

66 Walcot Street, Bath

They may be known best as a Neapolitan street food kitchen and pizzeria, but Yammo! also make a mean cocktail. They are about to launch the ‘Aperitivo hour’ with the start of Spring, which will be 6pm-7pm - customers can head there for after-work cocktails and enjoy a complimentary bar buffet of stuzzichini (Italian Tapas) with their drink. This popular daily social event in Italy is comparible to after-work drinks in the UK. The Sgroppino (that’s vodka, lemon sorbet, prosecco and fresh mint, if you didn’t know) will make a refreshing start to an evening spent sampling their Italian inspired concoctions.

@YammoItaliano www.yammo.co.uk

 

Cosy Club

Unit R4, SouthGate Place, Bath

Don’t be fooled by Cosy Club Bath’s bijou entrance - climb the stairs to access the bar complete with terrace seating overlooking Southgate Place. The Art Deco-inspired snug and roomy bar area is dominated by a gin-palace-style bar and laid-back atmosphere. A tempting array of cocktails fill the menu – try one of the apple and blackberry martinis.

@CosyClubBath www.cosyclub.co.uk

 

Casa Iguanas

38 Monmouth Street, Bath

Aiming to bring downtown Rio to Bath, the menu at Casa Iguanas Cocktail Bar

and Cachaçaria focuses on Brazil’s favourite spirit cachaça. With a selection of Caipirinhas to choose from and a lively atmosphere, this bar is perfect for catching up with friends at the end of a long week.

@casaiguanasbath www.iguanas.co.uk Where is your favourite cocktail bar? Tweet us @SomersetLife  

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