Bath may be home to beautiful Georgian architecture and historic cobbled streets, but when it comes to cocktail bars the city is more than up to date. There have been a wealth of cocktail bars opened in Bath over the last few years to meet demand as thirsty visitors and locals alike search for the best venue for after dark tipples. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide for the best cocktail destinations in town.
Circo is an ideal venue for post-work drinks, with offers available on selected cocktails from Tuesday to Thursday. Choose from over 50 cocktails on their extensive menu, which includes some very imaginative inventions (Spiced Orange Mojito, anyone?); as well as the usual suspects. Check out the ‘deluxe editions’ list: upgraded versions of old favourites, such as the Margarita made with Patron Platinum. Want to learn how to recreate them at home? Join their cocktail masterclass held on Tuesday evenings, where you can learn to make a selection of their favourites under the expert guidance of their cocktail connoisseurs.
The new kid on the block is Bar 15 at the No. 15 Great Pulteney Hotel, where they offer ‘cocktails for the curious’. This beautiful lounge bar is a must-visit for fans of something different, with Georgian architecture combined with bespoke artwork to provide the perfect backdrop for the gourmet cocktails. The mixologists at Bar 15 have come up with some wonderfully unique concoctions that will be a favourite for foodies- lobster bisque anyone? Our favourite was Pulteney’s Muse, a mix of Tapatio Blanco tequila, Skipper Demerara rum, sage, pomegranate and basil tonic, beautifully presented with mixed berries and dry ice.
Be at One
If sheer choice of cocktails is your priority, head to the new upbeat bar next to the train station, Be at One- their huge selection of cocktails totalled 126 at the last count! The extensive menu helpfully divides each section by spirit, as well as offering a ‘flavour wheel’ to help those who suffer from cocktail indecision. There is something for everyone here- even those on a health kick, thanks to their range of virtuous cocktails. These concoctions have been especially developed to include unrefined sugars, healthier ingredients and lower alcohol content. We reckon some could even pass as a health drink- the Bee’s Knees combines Beefeater gin and lemon juice with Manuka honey and pollen syrup for delicious results.
Sub 13 is one of Bath’s most popular after-dark hangouts, having earned the reputation as Bath’s best cocktail joint. We think the newest additions to the Bath cocktail scene offer some serious competition for that particular crown, but this basement bar is still definitely worth a visit if you are looking for quality cocktails and excellent service. Try the Peculiar Gin Fizz for a unique twist on a popular drink- combining Hendrick’s gin, Combier rose liqueur, home-made cucumber syrup, lemon juice and soda. New to the menu are the impressive range of Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cocktails- who could resist when they are 2 for 1 all evening long?
Last but by absolutely no means least is the ArtBar, which you can find in the Abbey Hotel on North Parade. The thoughtfully curated menu includes details on the origins of each of the classic cocktails, making for fascinating reading- did you know that the Manhattan was invented especially for Winston Churchill’s mother? They also have artisanal signature cocktails created by their expert mixologists, such as the MaryRose Chacha- an intoxicating blend of Rosemary smoke, cachaça and blackberry.