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The UK’s 15 Best Boutique Hotel Bars

Which are the best boutique hotel bars in the UK? We explore the best food and drink locations in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and beyond.

What exactly is a boutique hotel?

The word boutique means a small business or establishment which Is fashionable and sophisticated.

Boutique hotels are small and stylish, usually with a unique character and located in a fashionable part of town.

They typically have between 10 to 100 rooms.

Part of their charm is that they provide an intimate, bespoke experience, which can feel very different to staying in a larger hotel.

Boutique hotels also have a rich history of iconic cocktail bars. Here are our picks of the best boutique hotel bars in the UK.

 

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Best Boutique Hotel Bars in London

Blakes London

The boutique hotel bar at Blakes, London

Blakes claims to be the world’s first boutique hotel, so it was only right to feature them in this list.

Blakes opened in 1978 and set the trend for the wave of boutique hotels which appeared from the early 1980s onwards.

Located in the desirable neighborhood of Kensington and Chelsea in London, the hotel is impeccably designed and oozes opulence.

The bar Blakes Below is no exception, with Oriental inspired design and some delicious cocktails.

The Chai Tea Martini with saffron gin is excellent, as is their twist on the Espresso Martini.

Explore Blakes London

 

Zetter Townhouse

Two bartenders serving drinks in the Seymour's Parlour boutique hotel bars in the Zetter Townhouse

Zetter actually has three locations across London, with the original Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell and two “townhouse” venues in Clerkenwell and Marylebone.

Each of the sites evokes the spirit of Wilhelmina Zetter, the daughter of Georgian spice merchants who became a fixture of the London scene with her raucous dinner parties.

The Seymour’s Parlour cocktail lounge is a doorway into the past, filled to the brim with interesting antiques, art and vintage collectables.

Bespoke cocktails and live jazz round of a distinctive and luxurious experience.

Explore Zetter Townhouse

 

Best Boutique Hotel Bars in Edinburgh

Eden Locke

The bar at Edinburgh boutique hotel Eden Locke

From the outside: a Victorian townhouse building similar to many of the other hotels on this list.

On the inside: an oasis of modern design and light tropical colours.

The bar is light and airy, with pastel greens matching the many plants dotted around the room. It’s a Mediterranean garden, brought inside.

Explore Eden Locke Edinburgh

 

Dunstane Houses

The bar at boutique hotel Dunstane Houses in Edinburgh

This pair of Victorian townhouses sit near to Haymarket, just outside of the city centre.

Taking inspiration from the original owner’s connection to the Orkney islands, the hotel is decorated with photographs of the area, and the kitchens are sourced with local Orkney produce.

The hotel bar is even named The Ba’ Bar after a traditional Orkney game.,

It’s a lovely place to relax in comfortable chairs or a Chesterfield sofa, whilst sipping a craft cocktail or one of the hotels large range of whiskies.

Explore Dunstane Houses

 

Best Boutique Hotel Bars in Cardiff

The Coal Exchange Hotel

Bartenders at one of the Coal Exchange Cardiff's boutique hotel bars

Since 1886 the Coal Exchange has been a recognisable Cardiff landmark.

Originally a location for merchants to sell (you guessed it) coal, the Exchange later became a music venue before transforming into the hotel we know in 2017.

The Culley’s Kitchen & Bar has smartly kept many of the historical features in what was previously the old Barclays bank.

Showcasing the best of local Welsh produce, guests can enjoy a range of classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, as well as some twists including a delicious Spiced Mojito.

Explore The Coal Exchange

 

voco St David’s Cardiff

The bar and restaurant at Cardiff boutique hotel Voco St David's

Enjoy views of Cardiff bar in this luxury five star property.

The rooms are modern and chic, and there is a first rate spa – the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring.

The Admiral bar features classic cocktails utilizing local Welsh gin and vodka.

Explore voco St David’s

 

Best Boutique Hotel Bars in Bristol

The Brooks Guesthouse

The guest lounge at Bristol boutique hotel The Brooks Guesthouse

Situated in Bristol’s old town next to St Nicholas Market, this boutique hotel is close to the Old Vic theatre and hippodrome.

The guest lounge looks like something from an interior design magazine. The design is modern, mixed with antique look features like a packing case reworked as a coffee table.

It opens out onto a delightful outdoor patio area perfect for soaking up some rays.

Adventurous guests looking for that unique experience can stay in one of four airstream style caravans.

Explore The Brooks Guesthouse

 

The Berkeley Square Hotel

Tables at the boutique hotel bar The Square, part of the Berkeley Square Hotel Bristol

The Berkeley Square is a beautiful Georgian style building, situated in the trendy Clifton area.

Clifton Village contains a mix of upscale boutiques, eccentric indie stores, and high-end restaurants.

The Square Club is the Berkeley’s exclusive members bar, with hotel guests gaining complimentary access to the bar and restaurant.

The lower deck bar serves a range of classics such as the Sazerac, as well as lesser known gems including the Death in the Afternoon cocktail.

Explore The Berkeley Square Hotel

 

Best Boutique Hotel Bars in Oxford

The Randolph Hotel

The boutique hotel bar The Morse Bar at the Randolph Hotel Oxford

This 1864 classic has to be on your list of places to stay when visiting Oxford.

The Randolph boasts not one, but two cocktail lounges.

The Alice Bar serves fine wines, craft beer, and some delicious house cocktails including the Randolph Gimlet.

The Morse Bar, named after the fictional Oxford detective Inspector Morse, has preserved lots of the original architecture with some beautiful wood panelling.

And let’s not forget The Snug, the hotel’s twist on the traditional library space.

Explore The Randolph Hotel

 

The Old Parsonage

The bar at the Oxford boutique hotel The Parsonage

This 17th century Old Parsonage began its journey to becoming one of Oxford’s most elite boutique hotel bars in 1971.

The resident’s library is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail.

The hotel is right in the centre of the city, right next to the Oxford University National History Museum

A mix of old and new, the Old Parsonage is a must for any traveller looking to experience the best of British hospitality.

Explore The Old Parsonage

 

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Best Boutique Hotel Bars in Birmingham

The Edgbaston Hotel Birmingham

The art deco inspired gold and black cocktail bar at The Edgbaston Hotel

This boutique hotel is located in leafy Edgbaston, to the south of Birmingham. Three glamourous cocktail bars will take you back to the 1920s and the setting of The Great Gatsby.

The bespoke cocktail list of original creations perfectly matches the stylish art deco design.

Explore The Edgbaston Hotel Birmingham

 

Hotel Du Vin Birmingham

The Bubble Lounge, one of the boutique hotel bars in Birmingham

The Bubble Lounge in Birmingham’s Hotel Du Vin boutique hotel takes inspiration from Venice’s Café Florin.

With 30 different Champagnes to try, wine connoisseurs will be spoiled for choice.

As well as Champagne cocktails like the Kir Royale and French 75, the lounge also serves signature cocktails such as the Rob Roy.

Explore Hotel Du Vin Birmingham

 

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Best Boutique Hotel Bars in Manchester

The Cow Hollow

The Cow Hollow, Manchester Boutique Hotel Bar

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is a delight for food and drink lovers.

This 16 bedroom boutique hotel is situated in a restored, turn-of-the-century textile mill. Whilst retained some of its Victorian charm its design is uber modern and sleek.

Complimentary prosecco & antipasti are a feature for hotel guests visiting the bar.

A signature Sandalwood scent sets a relaxed mood on arrival, and guests with an eye for beautiful design will have lots to enjoy with exposed brick and metal staircases.

You had us at complimentary prosecco.

Explore The Cow Hollow

 

Great John Street Hotel

The Oyster Bar downstairs at The Great John Street Hotel in Manchester

Enjoy views of the city from the rooftop terrace whilst sipping on a drink.

250 metres from Opera House Manchester Theatre, and around a 15 minute walk from the city centre means out of the many boutique hotel bars in Manchester, this one is perfectly located for an urban minibreak.

Situated in a former Victorian schoolhouse, the décor includes luxurious velvet furnishings and lavish ornaments.

Former pupils from days gone by feature in photographs in the Oyster bar.

Explore The Great John Street Hotel

 

Velvet Hotel

Velvet Hotel's basement boutique hotel bar

Situated on the lively Canal Street, Velvet has 19 unique rooms.

Each has different features, including a square bathtub in one, to four poster beds in others. If you have a preference on style, ensure to check when you book.

Downstairs in the bar there are cocktails and food on offer.

It’s the perfect luxurious stay for those looking to enjoy Manchester’s iconic nightlife.

Explore Velvet Hotel

 

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