Bath may a World Heritage Site, but don’t let that fool you. This city knows how to party and we’ve highlighted some of the most unmissable places to get your favourite cocktail, shaken or stirred.  

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate date spot or the perfect place to hang with friends, here's the Bath bars that should be on your bucket-list.

If you didn’t know about Opium before your night out, you’d probably miss it. Bath’s most eclectic and secret bar might be hard to find but at only a few minutes walk away from the rest of the bars the city has to offer, you’d be a fool to miss out. Regardless of the cocktail menu, it’s worth visiting for the interior design alone. With a mixture of the Victorian period, Bohemian Louis IV, Renaissance and modern, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find. Lounge in a chaise and pretend you’re sipping a martini after solving mysteries with Sherlock Holmes.

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The Canary Gin Bar is Bath’s first distillery for 250 years after stills were closed due to the Gin Act in the 18th century. Created with 11 botanicals, Bath Gin is primarily used in their “Gin’ Austin’ cocktails (get it?) but if you feel like something less local and more exotic, they offer a whopping 230 different gins, including all your favourites. You can even bring your own bottle and fill it up with their gin (for the planet, of course). We recommend getting there early or sitting upstairs (there’s a smaller bar up there too) to escape the crowded bar on the ground floor when it gets busy.

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This intimate and sophisticated bar has a prime position amongst Bath’s best nightlife spots. Sub 13’s also won Bath Life Awards ‘Best Bar’ an impressive 4 times. They play host to a variety of different venues, all under one roof; enjoy your cocktail out on the terrace or the basement of their Georgian townhouse premises. Their cocktail menu is really creative and includes things you didn’t know you needed but actually really do (cucumber syrup is heavenly). Make sure you join their Birthday Club for a free cocktail on your birthday, every birthday.

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The Dark Horse is Bath’s self-proclaimed ‘cocktail den’ and the only Bath bar to be included in ‘Top 10 Cocktail Bars in The World’ by Tales of The Cocktail 2017. Locality is key for the team behind The Dark Horse; all of their ingredients (even the garnishes) are from Bath or the South-West. Aside from the drinks, aprons were handmade by a Bristol designer and even the website was designed in Dorset. The details don’t stop there… security will check there’s enough space for your party before you go down which is a testament to how exclusive it is. The menu is extensive but if you still can’t decide, all the bartenders to create something for you. They always get it right, trust us.

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If cider is your poison of choice then there really is no better place than The Stable. Offering over 50 (yes, fifty) different types of cider, let their ‘cider master’ help you choose your ultimate fruity beverage. All ciders are broken down into categories to make your decision easier: West Country, Modern, Pear, Flavoured, Keeved and Fine Styled. If you still really can’t decide, choose a tasting board. Just tell the bartender your preferences and they’ll give you five different ciders to work your way through. They’ve also got their own Rapscallion cider, fermented just down the road in Cornwall. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, go all out and try the ‘Gospel Green Cider’, using traditional methods from the Champagne region of France. Ooh la la!

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Fidel Rum Bar might be the new kid on the block in Bath, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t already made a huge impact on the nightlife scene. Bath’s only rum bar offers a wide selection of rums from around the world and even some made in the UK. You can either sit at the bar or venture upstairs to the luxurious lounge. Just around the corner from Bath’s Theatre Royal, Fidel Rum Bar is perfect for a post-show tipple.

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Corkage offers the largest wine list we’ve probably ever seen. Bath Good Food Awards have given it their ‘Best Wine List’ prize and to be honest, we’re not surprised in the slightest. Corkage specialises in wine from all around the world, including sparkling, red, white, rose and orange. White wines are sorted into Fresh, Mineral, Fragrant and Ripe. Think you know your robust wines from your heroic wines? There are Reds that fall into these categories and many more. The team behind Corkage have two premises either end of Bath, so wherever you are, there’s a glass of your favourite never too far away. Once you’ve finished an evening at Corkage, you’ll be the wine connoisseur you’ve always wanted to be (maybe).

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Great Pultney Street in Bath is one of the grandest streets in Bath and the elegance doesn’t stop there. Located with No. 15 Great Pultney Street Hotel, Bar 15 perfectly combines Georgian architecture and interior with a modern twist, just like their perfectly mixed cocktails. Offering a range of wines, beers and bubbles, they’ve got everything you could want to ask for after an afternoon at the Victoria Art Gallery of Holburne Museum.

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Barton Street Wine Bar feels homely, regardless of their three floors of seating. Bath’s intimate vinoteco (wine shop or winery, to you and us) serves small plates as well as their range of wine, which can be bought in bottles to take home if you’d rather takeout. We recommend sitting in their rustic front room and listening to one of their pianists playing jazz smooth enough to sooth any stress on Fridays.They’ve also got a great range of board games which makes it even harder to leave when the night’s over. Get there early in the evening to avoid missing out on a table!

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Another of Bath’s hidden treasures, walk too quickly down the historic Church Street and you could miss it. It’s believed the site was originally a hangout for highwaymen and scoundrels as a place to meet and make deals. They’d steal from the rich and spend their takings in the city’s most secluded bar. Whiskey is Hideout’s speciality, but they do offer a vast array of drinks, including their own signature cocktails. The bartenders are so knowledgable that even if you don’t know what you’re after, they’ll know exactly what you need. We will not be held accountable for any scoundrel-like behaviour once you step into their lair...

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Although it’s moved around over the years, Circo has finally found it’s home on George Street, amongst some of Bath’s best nightlife spots. What Circo offers is something slightly different: an oasis of calm in the centre of Bath. Don’t think that means they can’t have fun though, just take a look at their menu for instance. Did you know Circo has one of the largest back bars in the city, including over 60 types of rum? They also host a wide variety of DJs at the weekend playing house, disco and soul classics. Tres sophisticated!

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The sister company to The Second Bridge nightclub, home to self-proclaimed “Bath’s biggest and best Saturday night” (we can vouch), specialises in cocktails and Shisha. It’s a favourite amongst Bath’s nightlife scene because there’s minimum walking between the bar and the club (it’s literally next door). It’s also about a minute’s walk from Bath Spa train station if you’re looking to keep your night out’s walking to a minimum (you will have to walk further than a whole 5 minutes from here for your post-club kebab though, soz). Their cocktail menu is extensive and they’ve got some pretty interesting flavours; trying the Zombie to know what we mean. They’ve got an outdoor Beach Bar where you can drink frozen cocktails and play giant classic board games. Who’s up for a game of Giant Chess?

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Tucked away on Saville Row (N.B. two ‘L’s, we’re still in Bath), is the recently redecorated Common Rooms. Although this street might be quiet and relaxed earlier in the evening, don’t be fooled. As soon as the sun goes down, Common Rooms expert DJs and mixologists bring the party. Sip your cocktail at one of the outdoor tables and head inside after sundown to dance your socks off on their dancefloor (or more appropriately, ‘disco floor’ as it has multi-coloured mini light-up tiles). They do regular events, such as ‘Mount Gay May’ and highlight particular spirits from their evergrowing back bar.

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Located on George Street, Adventure Cafe has one of the best bar gardens available. Perfect for catching all the rays possible and sipping your cocktail in style after a day’s shopping in the centre. After sundown, the garden is lit by fairy-lights making it a really intimate setting. If it’s a little chillier outside, you won’t miss out on any of the #vibes by sitting in their cosy cafe. Dark wood furniture in a warmly painted room makes it feel almost like a front room in someone’s house. We recommend their espresso martinis - they really pack a punch.

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Hall & Woodhouse has one of the best roof terraces in Bath. Adjacent to Gay Street, where Jane Austen lived, we like to think she went up there to enjoy a Margarita too. It’s a very grand building and like the Tardis, feels even bigger on the inside. After seeing the interesting and eclectic interior, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Hall & Woodhouse is in a converted auction house. Large indoor trees, glittering chandeliers and leather sofas, you’ll be surprised at what you’ll find. What you won’t be surprised to find is a great cocktail menu, serving all your favourites from Brambles to Long Island Iced Teas.

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When it comes to cocktails, Vino Vino don’t mess around. “But it’s a wine bar!” we hear you cry. We know, but they’re no one trick pony. One of Bath’s most sophisticated wine bars, Vino Vino is strictly over 18s only after 6pm. The first half of their menu is a selection of classics and the second half is where the team get to flex their creative flair. If you’re favourite isn’t listed, don’t worry. They’ll be able to make it for you anyway so no one has to miss out.

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Published -27th August 2019