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The Ultimate Guide To Mayfair Nightlife

Greta Samuel / © Culture Trip
Greta Samuel / © Culture Trip
Mayfair has come a long way since its debaucherous beginnings during the 16th and 17th centuries, with the infamous May Fair earning the area a reputation for drinking, fighting and scandalous behaviour.

Nowadays you’re more like to find fine dining and sushi lunches than riotous drunkenness – but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great place for a few drinks. Culture Trip has put together the hottest spots that all but guarantee a great night out in Mayfair.

After-work drinks

Audley

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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The Audley is a great spot for a beer
The Audley is a great spot for a beer | © viganhajdari / Pixabay
Mayfair might have more than its fair share of glitzy cocktails, but it can get down with a pint and a pie as well as the rest of them. The Audley, a stunningly restored Victorian pub dating from 1127, proves that. It sits off the tourist trail and is filled mostly by regulars, a welcome sight when all you want is a beer and a table to put it on. Choose from an impressive array of handpumped ales, sit at a leather banquette and order a burger if you get hungry.
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All Day, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Traditional, Cosy
Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Claridge's

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Claridge's
Claridge's has been at the top of its game for over 200 years | © Claridge's / Hotels.com
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This luxury hotel needs little introduction. Wedged between the glitzy hangouts of Bond Street, Green Park, Covent Garden and Buckingham Palace, Claridge’s is just the place for an after-work pick-me-up or a glass of champagne before a night out.
Hotel Amenities
Free Wifi
Restaurant
Bar
Spa
Airport transfers
Business facilities
Childcare
Connecting rooms available
Non smoking
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Mr Fogg’s Residence

Bar, Cocktail Bar, British, Tea , $$$
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Situated roughly five minutes’ walk from Green Park station, Mr Fogg’s Residence on Burton Lane sells itself as the home of the eccentric British adventurer Phileas J Fogg, whose tale of traversing the world in 80 days has travelled just as far as the fictional man himself. The classy cocktail bar is littered with exotic ornaments that give the bar a worldly vibe with all the style and sophistication of Victorian England.
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Mon - Wed:
5:01 pm - 1:01 am
Thu - Fri:
4:01 pm - 2:01 am
Sat:
1:31 pm - 2:01 am
Sun:
3:01 pm - 12:01 am

Aperitifs

Hush

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, British, French, $$$
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Winner of the Best Bar Award at the 2017 London Club & Bar Awards, Hush boasts a 1930s-style restaurant and a lavish cocktail bar, as well as a courtyard for enjoying a refreshing drink on a summer’s evening. Found just a three-minute walk from Bond Street station, this is a great spot to stop for a bite to eat, or to head to for casual after-work drinks.
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Atmosphere:

Cosy, Traditional, Relaxed
Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun:
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Connaught Bar

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Part of the upmarket Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, The Connaught Bar can be a bit intimidating when you first walk in, as the decor is inspired by Cubism and 1920s art. There is nothing frosty about the enthusiastic staff and bartenders who ensure your evening of cocktails is perfectly facilitated, however. The cocktail menu is internationally renowned and strives to fuse traditional drinks and flavourings with fresh and pioneering new approaches to mixology, featuring exclusive vintages and limited edition champagnes, spirits and liqueurs. People in the know always order a martini, which will be mixed in front of you on a special martini trolley reserved for the purpose. The Connaught Bar operates a no reservation policy, so stop by early to ensure you get the best seat in the house.
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Atmosphere:

Stylish, Nightlife, Traditional
Mon - Sat:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

sketch

Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Tea
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Sketch in Mayfair, London
Many a culinary surprise awaits behind the doors of sketch | © Chrispictures / Shutterstock
A five-minute walk from Oxford Circus station, Conduit Street’s sketch dwells inside an 18th-century townhouse that is home to a host of fine restaurants and bars, as well as an array of artistic influences. Winner of the Best Design Award at the 2017 London Club & Bar Awards, this fine establishment serves up a stylishly suave atmosphere alongside delectable cocktails and some deliciously groundbreaking fare.
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Atmosphere:

Arty, Quirky, Nightlife, Unusual
Sun - Mon:
8:00 am - 12:30 am
Mon - Tue:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 2:00 am

Post-dinner livener

Sexy Fish

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Sushi, Asian, Seafood, $$$
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Sexy Fish serves sushi and seafood
Sexy Fish serves sushi and seafood | © DrawsandCooks / Pixabay
While the food and drink at this upmarket Asian fusion restaurant are great, what customers are really there for is the lavish, over-the-top decor. Where else can you drink punnily named cocktails surrounded by marble, a wall of running water and enormous sculptures of fish and mermaids? The bar is small but lively and equipped with a DJ, so you can throw some shapes if you’re keen. Whisky fans will rejoice, as it has Europe’s largest collection of Japanese whiskies, at 358 bottles and counting. The scene is a feast for the eyes as much as the tastebuds – just don’t take it too seriously.
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Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Modern, Stylish, Arty, Nightlife, Loud
Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sun:
11:30 am - 1:30 am

China Tang

Bar, Chinese, $$$
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Grab a cocktail at China Tang
Grab a cocktail at China Tang | © Einladung_zum_Essen / Pixabay
Set within the basement of The Dorchester on Park Lane, China Tang is so much more than a hotel bar. This art-deco venue has a cocktail menu offering Asian-inspired recipes as well as the ‘classics and forgotten’, all mixed by the expert bar staff. And if you’re in the mood for music, there is live jazz every Tuesday.
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Atmosphere:

Boutique, Nightlife, Stylish, Romantic
Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm

Late-night fun

Tape

Bar, Nightclub, Contemporary, $$$
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© Tape
Winner of the Best Club Award at the 2017 London Club & Bar Awards, Tape can be found on Hanover Square, near Oxford Circus station. Tape’s focus is music, offering members a bespoke art and music collectables service. The venue regularly hosts A-list performers and boasts its own recording studio where budding musicians can find a place to flourish.
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Meal service:

Late Night

Atmosphere:

Stylish, Nightlife, Loud
Tue:
11:00 pm - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:00 pm - 3:00 am

Mahiki

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Just a two minute-walk from Green Park station, Dover Street’s Mahiki is a cocktail bar and club serving tropical-themed drinks and snacks. Opened in 2005, the bar has grown to become an internationally renowned chain, with venues in a number of prestigious locations scattered around the globe. With no VIP rooms, visitors always stand a chance of brushing shoulders with a celebrity or two.
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Atmosphere:

Boutique, Nightlife, Loud, Stylish
Mon - Sat:
6:00 pm - 3:00 am

This article was originally written by Ruaidhrí Carroll and has been updated.