After Work Staff Drinks: 10 Best Bars in Central London

It’s no secret that London has some of the best bars in the world. Londoners really are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding sophisticated places to pop into for an after work staff drink. 

When drinks are flowing, however, it’s easy to lose track of business entertainment expenses. Using a prepaid business card like Soldo allows your employees to pay for their own business expenses, whilst you can track and control their spending from the central web console.

With a Soldo prepaid business card, you can remove the worry of staff overspending on business credit cards. The prepaid cards can be restricted to spending at certain locations and during specific hours, meaning you have the power to keep your employee expense policy in check at all times.

With that in mind, take a look at our top 10 bars in Central London for after work staff drinks…

Artesian, Marylebone

This vibrant cocktail bar has been at the top of the London bar scene for a while and is the perfect spot for some sophisticated after-work drinks. Artesian takes a unique approach to their cocktail making. The majority of their cocktails have only one flavour combination. At the higher end of the price range this one may not become your local, but it’s certainly worth a visit. If you’re looking to enjoy a meal with clients, this cocktail bar is also a great lunch option in central London

Eve bar, Covent Garden

Set up by chef Adam Handling, Eve bar sits nestled underneath his restaurant, Frog, in London’s buzzy Covent Garden. The first stand-alone bar set up by Handling, Eve utilises a state of the art drinks lab to create unexpected riffs on traditional cocktail favourites. If it’s unique and exciting flavours you’re after, then look no further than Eve Bar. 

Manetta’s Bar, Mayfair

Manetta’s bar is an unashamedly luxurious cocktail bar situated in London’s exclusive Mayfair. Sink into some plush velvet chairs and relax with a tasty cocktail or two while you enjoy the 1930s glamour. Indeed, the 1930s are when Manetta’s was the go-to place for artists and writers who rubbed shoulders here with aristocrats and society figures. While the clientele may have changed somewhat, the spirit of the time still lives on. This bar is one to check out if you’re a fan of elegant vintage decor. 

Cahoots, Soho

Cahoots is one of a kind. This cocktail bar built into a tube train in a disused underground station will transport you to 1940s London in the most visceral way possible! Flout the rules of rationing and indulge in a drink or three while you listen to the dulcet tones of a jazz singer. Cahoots is an excellent and fun choice for some after-work drinks, especially if it is someone’s birthday. It is worth including this venue in your business entertainment expenses budget as it is truly an experience not to be missed.

Burlock, Marylebone

If rum is your tipple of choice, then look no further than Burlocks. This bar has over 200 varieties of rum, and they come from locations all over the world. The lively atmosphere of Burlocks is evocative of 1920s Cuba, so expect a fun and bustling vibe. This bar is an excellent bar for some Friday night work drinks.

The Coral Room, Bloomsbury

Elegant and timeless, The Coral Room is awash with leafy green plants and, you’ve guessed it, coral. Situated in London’s historic Bloomsbury, this bar is sophisticated and certainly delivers on atmosphere. The Coral Room embodies relaxed elegance with some surprising details. The perfect place for a bit of after-work socialising.

The Wigmore, Marylebone

Brought to you by the same team as Artesian, you can be sure of getting an expertly made cocktail at The Wigmore. This bar is located in a magnificent former banking hall. The hip Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has transformed the space, and they’ve done a fantastic job of enhancing the beautiful original features of the building. 

Swift Bar, Soho

Swift Bar is a quirky cocktail bar located in London’s vibrant Soho. Full of character and intrigue, this bar is an absolute must-visit for cocktail enthusiasts. The team here operate on the ethos that there’s a cocktail for every hour. So why not pop in after work and put them to the test.

Scarfes Bar, Holborn

Scarfes Bar has a traditional atmosphere inspired by drawing rooms and gentleman’s clubs. If it’s cosy velvet armchairs and roaring fires you’re after, look no further than Scarfes. That’s not to say the bar is all image and no substance; with a substantial and creative cocktail list. Scarfes has built a solid name for itself as a destination cocktail bar. 

Don’t forget to keep a record of your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good cocktail!

68 and Boston, Soho

Situated in London’s Soho historic Greek Street, 68 and Boston is a part wine bar, part cocktail lounge. The wine bar (’68’) is located on the ground floor, while the cocktail lounge (‘Boston’) is on the first floor. This place is all about relaxed sophistication and would be an excellent choice for some chilled out after-work drinks.

With the above range of bars in central London, you’re bound to find something that suits every client’s needs. You’ll find each bar serving plenty of alcohol-free options too, so you can rest assure you also have places to take clients who don’t drink.

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