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Discover Regent Street's top 10 bars

A toast to the best West End watering holes…

Whether you're looking for an after-work tipple or the West End’s latest cocktail hotspot, Regent Street has the bar for you.

1. Artesian, 1C Portland Place

Voted 'World's Best Bar' for four consecutive years by Drinks International, Artesian is a must-visit for cocktail connoisseurs. At the forefront of innovation in mixology, Artesian is passionate about pushing boundaries and offers a unique array of cocktails that you won't find anywhere else in London. Alongside its classics, is a 'Connections' menu, inspired by the shared experiences that bring people together. Just when we thought we'd had enough, we're coveting the 'Banana Bread 1933' - a punchy blend of whisky, sherry, banana bread syrup and rum made with discarded banana peel.

2. AQUA SPIRIT // AQUA NUEVA, 5TH FLOOR, 240 REGENT STREET

Stylish and sophisticated, if you're looking for something a little bit special, Aqua Spirit is the place. Boasting open-air rooftop views, Japanese inspired fusion cocktails (alongside a menu of classics) and plenty of champagne, it's seriously glamorous. Meanwhile Aqua Nueva offers a spectacular array of Spanish-inspired cocktails such as the gorgeous 'Starting from the roots', a heady mix of white port pineapple, vanilla and El Gobernador pisco, topped off with Supasawa.

3. Bar Américain in Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street

In the basement of much-loved restaurant Brasserie Zédel, is a classic American bar featuring a stunning Art-Deco design that oozes glamour. Offering a succinct list of classic cocktails and what is thought to be the best selection of American whiskey in the UK, it's a sophisticated, crowd-pleaser that's great for a night out with friends.

4. Cicchetti Bar, 21 Heddon Street

An elegant bar hidden beneath Piccolino, Cicchetti serves lighter dishes of Venetian tapas and celebrates the 'aperitivo' hours with an extensive bar menu of cocktails, spirits and fragrant wines. Alongside the usual classics with an Italian twist are some new creations like our favourite, the 'Pistachio Espresso Martini' – an indulgent blend of vodka, espresso and pistachio syrup that's guaranteed to keep you dancing all night. 'Tis the season after all.

5. The Cuckoo Club, Swallow Street

Home to some of Europe's most talented mixologists and an enviable, eclectic music scene, The Cuckoo Club delivers unbridled glamour for London's party cavalry. A members-club usually, book ahead to enjoy some of its impressive live DJ nights.

6. Dukes London, 35 St James's Place

Whether you like your martini shaken or stirred, visit the London bar that coined this famous phrase for an unforgettable evening in nearby St James's.

7. The Green Bar, Hotel Café Royal, 68 Regent Street

Inspired by the Hotel Café Royal Cocktail Book from the 30s, The Green Bar is best known for its beautiful signature collection of botanicals and tonics. Sit back and enjoy live jazz on Friday and Saturday nights as you sip on one of the best G&Ts you’ll ever have.

8. Heddon Street Kitchen, 3-9 Heddon Street

Pull up a seat at Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen and choose from a generous selection of cocktails from the light and refreshing Le Grand Fizz to the Hed(d)onistic Carry Bradshaw. From a post-shop nibble to an after-work tipple, Heddon Street Kitchen and underground Hidden Heddon are a must-visit.

9. Heddon Yokocho, 8 Heddon Street

Do you prefer sake chilled, at room temperature or warm? Find out and sample three fragrant sakes with a sake flight at Heddon Yokocho. Or if beer is more to your taste, sip Asahi or Kirin Nama Draft. The braver hearted among you may want to try the plum wines or potent Shochu selection.

10. The Nest in Treehouse, 14-15 Langham Place

Perch high above the street at The Nest, Treehouse Hotel's rooftop bar with 360-degree skyline views of London. Choose from classic cocktails and a wide selection of wines and beers. We're obsessed with the Turmeric Treat - chase away the winter chill with this spicy gin cocktail. Fly by between Thursday - Saturday for DJ sets and guaranteed good times.  

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