Top tipples: Two London bars that are shaking up the cocktail scene

Words by
Sphere Life

31st August 2018

Whether you're looking for a well-made Martini or an adventurous cocktail, The American bar at the Stafford and Bar Three are the places to good for excellent tipples

Stars, stripes and sundowners: The American Bar at The Stafford

A haven of history in St James’, The American Bar at The Stafford has had a makeover, updating the space with a contemporary feel while retaining its old-world charm. Created by Rosendale Design, the space now includes antique mirrors and emerald velvet sofas, along with a collection of Stateside-themed curios donated by previous guests. The bar menu has also had a reboot, with Mediterranean tapas and sharing plates, while 12 new cocktails are inspired by the area — The Moonraker, with Sipsmith gin, rhubarb liqueur and Champagne, is ideal for a sundowner in the courtyard.

Bar Three
Three is the magic number: Bar Three

Fans of Dalston’s Three Sheets bar will be delighted to learn that bartending brothers Max and Noel Venning have launched a second outpost in Spitalfields. A bijou space tucked away on Brushfield Street, it is a joint venture with the owners of Blixen restaurant upstairs. There is many a cosy nook in the candlelit space, plus exposed brick and plush banquettes. Inspired by its name, Bar Three’s menu is split into three sections — light, medium and full-bodied — each consisting of three cocktails, simple in presentation but complex in craft. The Whisky + Milk is a hero tipple of bourbon, Earl Grey and a spritz of cedar, while the French 75 — Star of Bombay, lemon and moscato — makes a welcome reappearance from Three Sheets. Food from Blixen is categorised by small, medium and large bites to match your drink.