Bottoms up!

Discover the best cocktail and wine bars new to Mayfair, for carefully curated wine lists and classy cocktails.

42 at Gymkhana

42 is the relatively new bar opening from Gymkhana, occupying the space underneath the popular two-Michelin starred Indian restaurant. Staying true to the theme of the cocktail lounge’s parent restaurant, the interiors emulate a particular private wing of India’s club culture. The clubby inspired den is an elegant and art-laden space with silk rugs, plush sofas and rich mahogany furniture. There’s a mixture of house and classic cocktails – the former inspired by the flavours of India. Signature serves include the Limca lemon drop shot featuring Blanco, Indian lemon, Limca syrup - served in a miniature Limca bottle and The ‘DGC Bitter Lemon’ - inspired by the classic Schweppes Bitter Lemon with subtle flavours of curry leaf. 

Wine Bar at Farm Shop Mayfair

A rustic wine bar and secret oasis beneath the Farm Shop tucked away in the heart of Mayfair. Artfarm, the hospitality company behind The Audley, The Fife Arms Hotel and Mount St. Restaurant, has opened the second phase of the Farm Shop project - creating a downstairs wine bar that also offers a menu of cheese, charcuterie and sharing boards. The bar offers a 200-bin wine list, with around 40 wines available by the glass. The drinks offering also includes Artfarm's Maid of Bruton Bacchus, rosé and sparkling rosé, created from grapes grown on its Somerset There's also a variety of cocktails, including a Farm Shop negroni and espresso martini. 

The Rex Delicatessen
Found inside a Grade II listed former Victorian stable. This historic gem is found on a quiet, narrow street on Bruton Place and a venture from Hamiltons Gallery owner Tim Jefferies and Chef Larry Jayasekara, who operate The Cocochine restaurant opposite, at No 27 Bruton Place. Metal stable partitions and wood features have been repurposed and installed around beautiful, original wall tiles. Its a utterly charming space. Open throughout the day. Go in the evening when the space transforms into a cosseted stop to enjoy small plates (lamb hotpot, duck and pheasant lasagne and house pies) and a glass or two of wine. Pictured. 
A dimly lit curved bar and clarified cocktails await at this venue underneath the boutique wine and spirits shop Drink With Sasha in Mayfair. Entered through a door in the wine shop, Scales is billed as an “intimate space” with “crafted cocktails”. The modern and minimalistic speakeasy (think a low-lit space with fluted ebony walls and a polished black bar) has a seasonal drinks menu, which focuses on locally sourced ingredients and modernist cocktail making techniques with the help of lab-grade equipment. Expect meticulously crafted cocktails such as a Shiso Apple with Desi Daru vodka and the Fig, made with cognac and pandan.
Mistress of Mayfair
A Parisian-inspired restaurant and after-hours lounge located below street level on St James Street. Named in reference to the restaurant’s proximity to the tunnels that were used to smuggle 'mistresses' to and from White’s gentlemen’s club. Decked out in sultry reds and plush velvet - making for an opulent scene along with glittering chandeliers, mirrored walls, and dimly lit tables. Tuck into a menu of mainly French cuisine - think oysters, fillet mignon, caviar, truffle and lobster rolls.
Complemented by a roaming champagne trolley, classic cocktails, and an extensive wine list.