Five of the best hotel bars in the UK – selected by DesignMyNight

The Luggage Room, London Marriott Grosvenor Square

The former luggage room of the five-star Grosvenor Square London Marriott has been lovingly transformed into one of London’s chicest cocktail bars, with more than a hint of 1920s speakeasy. Knock on the discreet black door, be taken down a winding corridor and enter this decadent underworld of jazz, liquor and cocktails served in cut crystal glasses. Dark leather chairs, white marble flooring and plenty of mahogany give this secretive cocktail den a refined, smoking room quality while highly skilled bartenders craft drinks lovingly using ice chipped off a huge block behind the bar. Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP

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Cloud 23, Hilton Manchester.

Perched high above the streets on – you guessed it – the 23rd floor of the iconic Hilton Hotel in Manchester, this sky high cocktail bar offers a head-in-the clouds drinking experience with panoramic views across Manchester’s skyline. With cocktails inspired by Manchester’s industrial past including the Mr. Mercer’s Cotton Peculiar and the Berry Black Smog, various lounges offering views in different directions and even a section of clear glass floor to really make your head spin, Cloud 23 is one of the top hotel bars in the UK – in every sense of the word. Hilton Hotel, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ. 

The Salon at Blythswood Square, Glasgow

Situated inside the former home of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club, the first floor bar at the rather grandiose Blythswood Square is easily the most upscale cocktail bar in the city. Making it into this list on account of its sheer grandeur, the bar combines palatial neo-classical design with traditional Scottish fabrics to create an environment that’s both imposing and welcoming. Still riding high from its recent multi-million pound refit, Blythswood Square is one of the UK’s must visit hotel bars – and if your budget stretches then the rooms aren’t half bad either. 11 Blythswood Square , Glasgow, G2 4AD

Light Bar, St Martins Lane Hotel, Covent Garden

Taking mood lighting to the extreme, this striking design bar in the daring St Martins Lane Hotel showcases Philippe Starck’s innovative vision by bathing different areas of the room in a spectrum of diffused, coloured light. Decor is kept clean and simple to let the light lead the way, creating different atmospheres and illusions as it goes. With efficient table service, an eye catching cocktail menu and a stylish clientele of residents and non residents alike, the Light Bar is one of the most unique destination bars in the UK. 45 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4HX

The Bubble Lounge, Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham

If fizz is your thing, then this Venetian style bar inside a converted eye hospital will oblige with around 30 different varieties of Champagne. Inspired by Venice’s Cafe Florian, the bar flaunts a rustic renaissance vibe complete with hand painted frescos, decorative plasterwork, stripped wooden floorboards and distressed leather chairs. A true slice of La Dolce Vita in the heart of Birmingham. Ah, lovely bubbly. 25, Church Street, Birmingham, B3 2NR


 Words by Jayne Robinson on behalf of DesignMyNight Manchester. To visit DesignMyNight, click here, to join Secret Escapes and save up to 70% on luxury travel, click here.


  1. Nice write up but I would disagree with the two London bars.
    St Martins was built donkeys ago and lacks any real pizazz, charisma or charm. This place often feels quite stuck up with average service and average cocktails.
    With cocktails being back in fashion big time, London is booming with night time elegance.
    I recommend the Langham Hotel for the best cocktails you’ll ever have. These guys are the world champion masters of cocktails.
    My favorite bar though has to be ‘The Bassoon Bar’ at the newly refurbished Corinthian Hotel. With casually cool world jazz players just doing their thing, this place is timeless, modern, laid back, unpretentious and just a dream to hang out in. The attention to detail is insane and the cocktails are 10/10. You’ll never drink straight up spirits or beer again!

  2. I really like Cloud 23 although it is a little over rated, it is one of those places you should visit if you are in Manchester – the views and cocktails are great.

    • Have to agree Mel.

      After living in Manchester for 4 years, I’d say the view, drinks and lay-out of Cloud 23 are unbeatable. But it lacks something; its a little bland.

      More regular DJ’s or chilled live music would be very welcome I would say.

      But its the first place I recommend to anyone visiting, for the view alone.

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