From luxurious riverside properties in London, to laid-back rooftop bars in Lisbon, we’ve compiled our favourite bars across the globe perfect for your private drinks reception….
From the award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, the Dandelyan is set in the beautiful Mondrian Hotel and has stunning views across the Thames. Ranked No.2 in the 2017 World’s Best Bar list, they have a range of imaginative cocktails from the ‘Brundall’ with apple, mint, ground ivy and Bacardi or the ‘Barren Old Fashioned’ with whiskey, pineapple, ginseng and banana bitters. The main bar offers cocktail and canapé menus for groups of 8 to 300, as well as semi-private areas for groups with bespoke bookings too.
This New York bar is all things luxurious. With leather, mirrors, gold and mosaic in abundance, this majestic bar is a top place for an exclusive private event. Their cocktails include the classics such as a Mint Julep and Aperol Spritz through to the more experimental ‘Howie in the Jungle’ or ‘Pico & Robertson’ with coconut infused bourbon. The NoMad Hotel also has a rooftop bar which can accommodate 80 guests for standing receptions.
Within the heart of the bohemian Fitzroy district of Melbourne, Black Pearl take their cocktails very seriously. This 15 year old institution has claimed the title of Best Bar in Australia, and this is no surprise with their sophisticated cocktail menu including ‘Javier Wallbuilder ‘with sweet potato, or the ‘Panacea’ concocted from fig, whiskey, pepper and turmeric. Their hidden gem upstairs, The Attic can be exclusively booked for events.
This stunning panoramic terrace overlooks the terracotta rooftops of Lisbon and is located on the 10th floor of H10 Duque de Loulé. Decorated with bright blue and white mosaic tiles, the Limão is an ideal option for a private drinks reception in the Portuguese capital with views to match!
Cecconi’s epitomises all that is Soho House luxury. With a carefully chosen mixture of contemporary décor alongside old-school Italian, the venue blends plush velvet sofas, marble floors, and chandeliers with exposed brick and an abundance of potted plants. Their private dining room ‘La Mercè with its own cocktail bar can be hired for 175 guests for a standing cocktail reception or 55 for a seated dinner.
Located in an old townhouse steeped with history, Ruby is now an institution in the Danish cocktail industry, serving up a delicious cocktail menu including the ‘Green Bees’ with honey and thyme or the ‘Corny Curd with spelt and lemon curd. They have won numerous awards and are ranked No.34 on the World’s Best Bars list. Their bar offers a laid back but luxurious setting for an intimate private drinks reception.
2017’s hottest opening, Nobu Hotel is an architectural gem in East London. Marrying Japanese design with industrial London, the bar has shelves full of Japanese sake and whiskies for their guests to sample. They have a variety of stunning spaces available for drinks receptions, and you can be certain their canapés will be a culinary experience.
Inspired by the army mess bars of India, Brigadiers is a new opening from JKS Restaurants, the team behind the Michelin star holders Gymkhana and Trishna. The restaurant has two bar spaces, Blighters and the Tap Room. Blighters, their cocktail bar can be booked exclusively for 55, with their Tap Room for more intimate receptions of 15. They have a range of other spaces for events including private dining spaces or casual spaces such as the Pool Room. Guests can dine on a range of flavoursome dishes from crab seekh kebabs to dum beef shin and bone marrow biryani.
Based in East London, Callooh Callay is often on many of the best cocktail bar lists. Their cocktails are made from familiar ingredients, but consist of interesting flavour combinations such as tequila with blood orange, hibiscus and coriander or whiskey, digestive biscuit and barley. They have three rooms available for hire and can also do full exclusive hire.
If you are looking for a venue for your next event, then don’t hesitate to contact the Banks Sadler team on 0207 424 3333