Don’t fancy a full-on raver’s NYE? We’ve picked seven of the best bars in the Square Mile for an easy-going evening of bubbles, fun and just a touch of sparkle. Swing by before the big bash for a liquid lunch, after dinner for a festive aperitif or book a table for a night of drinks with friends.
1. THE SPEAKEASY
There’s many a secret bar in London but this is one of our absolute favourites. Cocktails, craft beer and open until 3am.
WHERE: WM Barker & Co., EC2M 4NR
2. THE NEWCOMER
Newly opened! Need food with your drink? Three-course heavenly meaty menu served before the free NYE party night. Open until 2am.
WHERE: Dirty Bones, E1 6JX
3. THE WINE BAR
Vino, vino, vino. Skip the big party places, come here to sample wines instead (there’s a good 30 to choose from). There’s an in-house shop, too, so you can bring the best home with you.
WHERE: Humble Grape, EC4Y 8EJ
4. THE PUB
A well-loved city joint. If you want a low-key NYE and pre-midnight drinks, this is your spot. Open until 11pm.
WHERE: The Albion, EC4V 6AA
5. THE UBER-SWANKY
Pass the champers and the cigars, darling.
WHERE: Voltaire, EC4V 6DB
6. THE AWARD-WINNER
Yeah, alright, you’ll need a ticket for this one but £20 is a low price to pay to for an all-night, amazing NYE party. Dark, sexy, seductive.
WHERE: Forge, EC3 3ND
7. THE OTHER SPEAKEASY
We like a hidden bar, OK?! A bit of a challenge to find but that’s part of the fun. Just follow the sound of smooth jazz.
WHERE: Found, EC2A 4QW
- Piece by Almara Abgarian