These days, top bars are more reminiscent of kitchens. Menus can change week-to-week depending on the availability of fresh ingredients, intelligent experimentation is encouraged and good knife skills are a must. That same rigour means classic cocktails are also better than they've ever been.
It’s good news for drinkers, whether you love a Negroni, Old Fashioned or an of-the-moment creation. These are our favourites, ranging from casual after-work spots, to slick venues where Martinis are ferried to your table on a roving cart. But without fail, they all know how to mix an excellent drink.