Cocktails in Hertfordshire: 10 of the best bars
PUBLISHED: 12:43 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:57 23 January 2017
From champagne cocktails to martinis, whatever your poison, we have the cocktail bar for you. Check out our guide to 10 cocktail bars in Hertfordshire that you must visit
Sucker Punch, St Albans
Escape to an alternate reality and head to Sucker Punch on St George Street in St Albans, the ‘steam punk’ cocktail bar that embodies the world of Victoriana meets sci-fi, where steam-powered technology prevails. Peruse the vintage-style menu of creative cocktails that reflect this curious steam punk culture. Soak in the atmosphere while sipping on a ‘post-prohibition’ Pink Lady consisting of Gin Lane 1751 London Dry gin, grenadine, raspberries, lemon juice, sugar and egg white.
Bar Bodega, Watford
1920s themed Bar Bodega located along The Parade in Watford oozes coolness. With an emphasis on creating a mature space for over-21s to enjoy drinking in style, there are dark red leather sofas matched with dark wood and of course, elegant cocktails too. Listen to jazz and blues with a fruity Cuban Django in hand (Havana club rum, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime and cranberry juice).
Bar Azita, Harpenden / Hitchin
Emulating the laid back atmosphere of Spanish bars is Bar Azita whose owners were so inspired by their travels in Spain that they decided to open one of their own. Serving simple, delicious plates with Mediterranean influences, this bar also has a great list of cocktails to choose from. Enjoy an (interestingly named) Everything’s Coming Up Millhouse made with homemade spiced rum, Clement Creole Shrubb orange liqueur, rhubarb shrub, fresh lime and spiced syrup.
The Gatsby, Berkhamsted
The Gatsby in Berkhamsted is a sophisticated piano bar located in the art deco cinema The Rex. Channel the glamour of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s characters Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan with a Salted Caramel Martini made with a generous measure of Finlandia Vodka and caramel syrup over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
Illusion Lounge, Cheshunt
A great, upbeat spot for after work drinks, Illusion Lounge in Cheshunt has a happy hour from 5.30pm until 8pm with a quarter off all drinks! If it’s Friday then it has to be prosecco cocktails all round; try a Kir Royal, with Trevis Prosecco and Crème de Casis.
Sopwell House, St Albans
Stylish décor and an extensive cocktail menu to peruse make the Cocktail Lounge at Sopwell House in St Albans a great place to de-stress. Classic cocktails are covered along with a few inventive tipples such as the Black Bramble consisting of gin, blackberry liqueur and bubbles with fresh lime and sugar.
The George at Baldock, Baldock
The George at Baldock has a fantastic restaurant and stylishly decorated rooms with exposed brick and dark wooden beams to stay in. It also happens to have a cosy cocktail bar serving top notch drinks with style. Why not have a perk-up after work with an espresso martini?
Panko Diner, St Albans
Hip Japanese katsu house Panko Diner is a little slice of Tokyo on St Alban’s Holywell Hill. The name meaning “breadcrumbs” refers to breaded pork or chicken that’s served in the authentic Japanese style. They also serve up cocktails with influences from the Land of the Rising Sun such as the Melon Highball (rum, midori, tonic and orange) or the Yuzu Punch (vodka, apple, mint and yuzu) for you to enjoy.
Porters Restaurant, Berkhamsted
Porters Restaurant in Berkhamsted is a sophisticated and fashionably decorated space ideal for a gathering with friends for cocktails and conversation. With a large selection of drinks on offer including all the classics, you can while the whole night away sipping on expertly crafted cocktails. Try a spicy, refreshing Gin Gin Mule with gin, mint and topped with ginger beer.
The Snug, Hertford / St Albans / Hitchin / Ware
Living up to its name, The Snug is a chain of cosy bars that are both eateries and cocktail bars. In testament to their tasty cocktails, it won the Best Cocktail Menu award at the Hertfordshire Food and Drinks Awards 2015. The extensive menu includes all the classics and many of its own creations along with hard shakes such as Kahlua, vodka and Baileys blended with vanilla ice cream for the Frozen Black Irish. There are also cocktail classes available if you want to try your hand at some mixology!