After Work Staff Drinks: The 10 Best Bars in West London

Bringing colleagues and clients together in a social environment always helps improve morale in the office. When drinks are flowing, however, it’s easy to lose track of business entertainment expenses. This is a problem that a prepaid business card, like Soldo, solves.

With Soldo, employees can pay for their own business entertainment expenses, such as drinks after work, whilst you control the budgeting from a central web console. Soldo also eliminates the need for staff to store paper receipts, meaning no more lost receipts. With a few simple clicks staff can upload receipts instantly, resulting in increased accuracy for expense reporting.

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

Trailer Happiness, Portobello Road

Trailer Happiness is a cute and quirky cocktail bar on Portobello Road that features an eclectic Tiki theme. Enjoy a range of award-winning cocktails, many of which are rum-based, within the tropical surroundings. If the team develops an appetite during the evening, they offer a snack menu featuring Jamaican-inspired delights.

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!

Studio Bar, Richmond Way

Studio Bar on Richmond Way is a slick and stylish cocktail bar where you can relax in chic surroundings. With decadent drapes, impressive architecture and candlelit tables, you can enjoy a vast range of cocktails in comfort and style. Thanks to its impressive menu of cocktails, the Studio Bar has received accolades from several newspapers, including The New York Times.

Barts London, Sloane Avenue

Barts on Sloane Avenue is a speakeasy bar with a history dating back to 1920s. Run by Chicago gangsters during the prohibition, this exclusive late-night bar offers cocktail making classes, an apartment for VIPs, a secret garden and a sushi menu. Hailed as one of London’s best kept secrets, the whole team will have a great time at Barts. 

Beaufort House, Chelsea 

If it’s a quintessentially British experience you’re looking for, then you’ll find it at Alberts at Beaufort House. This private members club offers a restaurant, two bars and even a nightclub over three floors. There is also a private lounge for meetings, events and dinners. The brasserie-style menu is hearty and delicious, so you and your team won’t go hungry.

Bluebird, Chelsea

Bluebird on the fashionable Kings Road offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, cafe and courtyard all set within bright, contemporary surroundings. This is an ideal venue for evening drinks regardless of the weather as the overhead canopy plays host to a brilliant, interior garden. They also have a great mocktail menu, for those who prefer not to drink alcohol.

The Distillery, Portobello Road

Gin lovers unite! The Distillery is not only a functioning gin distillery but an impressive venue. The Distillery offers a dining room, boutique rooms for lodgings, and two bars. There is a ‘Ginstitute’ where guests can learn all about the gin making business and even have a go at making their own. Great for after-work drinks or as a team bonding exercise, the Distillery is well worth a visit. 

Smiths, Hammersmith

Part of the Brook Green Hotel, Smiths is an intimate, underground bar. Offering swing and soul music whilst displaying a fine array of whiskies, this is the ultimate place to wind down after a hectic day. The laid back vibe, plush, comfortable Chesterfield sofas and vintage decor make for a stylish yet comfortable venue.

The Old Ship, Hammersmith

Located on the banks of the Thames, The Old Ship will provide a hearty welcome for all ye who sail in her. Offering craft beers, roaring fires and a seasonal menu, The Old Ship is a venue that exudes warmth and comfort while celebrating the finer things in life. You can even bring the office dog along!

The Hayden, Notting Hill

The Hayden in Notting Hill is a classic bar that oozes style. Its dark interior includes ornate mirrors and sumptuous leather sofas designed to impress. Notting Hill’s latest hangout, The Hayden includes an impressive menu of creative cocktails and delicious food. 

Eclipse Chelsea, Chelsea

Nestled among the boutiques and galleries of Walton Street is Eclipse Chelsea. This is a stylish, intimate venue for either casual after-work drinks or a full-on night out. The bar opened in 1998 and was one of the front runners in the cocktail culture than ensued during the late nineties and early noughties. Soak up the artwork and order yourself some of their top quality canapes in an establishment steeped in British culture.

If you’re wanting to entertain your staff and clients earlier in the day, check out our top tips for the best places to have a business lunch in West London.

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