As an advid party goer I am always on the look out for new games to play and try out.
Looking for the perfect place to enjoy a delicious cocktail or two in Southampton? Then please look no further than our list of the city's best bars for cocktails.
From sleek and sophisticated bars serving up expertly-crafted concoctions, to more relaxed and laid-back venues where you can enjoy a classic mojito or cosmopolitan, there's something for everyone on this list.
So, whether you're planning a night out with friends or a romantic evening for two, be sure to check out our pick of the best bars for cocktails in Southampton.
1. Turtle Bay
Address: Guildhall Square, Southampton
We love Turtle bay for its fun and vibrant atmosphere, tasty Caribbean-inspired cocktails and delicious food. And, with live music every night of the week, it's the perfect spot for a party. If you're feeling adventurous, be sure to try one of their signature rum punches – they pack a real punch!
2. Slug & Lettuce Southampton
Address: Above Bar St, Southampton
This chic bar is a popular choice for pre- and post-dinner drinks, thanks to its extensive cocktail menu and stylish interior. If you're looking for something a little different, be sure to try their 'Pornstar Martini', made with vanilla vodka, passion fruit liqueur, and prosecco.
Address: Above bar street, Southampton
With its Art Deco-inspired interior and live music seven nights a week, 1932 is the perfect place to enjoy a sophisticated cocktail or two. We love their '1932 Manhattan', made with bourbon, vermouth and bitters – it's the perfect way to start (or end) your evening.
4. Revolucion de Cuba Southampton
Address: Above Bar St, Southampton
This Cuban-themed bar is the perfect place to enjoy a classic mojito or daiquiri. But, if you're feeling adventurous, we recommend trying one of their 'Cuba Libre' cocktails, made with rum, cola and lime.
5. Marcos Bar Ristorante
Address: Oxford Street, Southampton
If you're looking for a truly unique cocktail experience, look no further than Marcos Bar Ristorante. This Italian restaurant-cum-bar serves up some of the most creative and delicious cocktails we've ever tasted. Our personal favourites are the 'Aperol Spritz' and the 'Passionfruit Negroni'.
6. Mettricks Woolston Waterside
Address: Centenary Plaza, Southampton
This riverside bar is the perfect spot for a summer cocktail. We love their refreshing 'Elderflower Collins', made with gin, elderflower cordial and lemon. And, if you're hungry, be sure to try their delicious pizzas – they're the perfect accompaniment to your drinks.
7. Mbuntu Cocktail Bar & Bistro
Address: Cobden Avenue, Southampton
Mbuntu is a hidden gem, located in the heart of Southampton's African quarter. As you would expect from a bar with such an exotic name, the cocktails here are truly unique and not to be missed. Our personal favourites are the 'Tropical Storm' and the 'African Sunrise'.
Address: Ocean village, Southampton
Set in the heart of Ocean Village, Bacaro is the perfect spot for a post-work or pre-dinner cocktail. We love their 'Aperol Spritz', made with prosecco, Aperol and soda water. And, if you're looking for something a little stronger, be sure to try their 'Spiced Rum Old Fashioned'.
9. The Edge Nightclub, Southampton
Address: The Edge & The Box Bar, Compton Walk
If you're looking for a fun and lively place to enjoy a cocktail or two, look no further than The Edge Nightclub. This popular nightclub is the perfect spot for dancing the night away, with a huge dance floor and state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. And, if you get peckish, they also serve up some delicious pizzas.
10. Orange Rooms
Address: 1-2 Above Bar St, Southampton
Last but not least, we have the Orange Rooms. This vibrant bar is a popular choice for pre-club drinks, thanks to its extensive cocktail menu and lively atmosphere. If you're looking for something a little different, be sure to try their 'Orange Crush' – it's a real crowd-pleaser.
Address: 50 Oxford Street, Southampton
Medbar is a stylish bar located in the heart of Southampton's city centre. If you're looking for a classic cocktail, we recommend their 'Gin Fizz' – it's the perfect way to start your evening. And, if you're feeling adventurous, be sure to try one of their signature rum punches – they pack a real punch!
12. Las Iguanas Southampton
Address: West Quay Shopping Centre, 23 Harbour Parade, Southampton
This popular chain restaurant is the perfect spot for a tasty cocktail and some delicious Mexican food. We recommend their 'Passionfruit Margarita' – it's the perfect balance of sweet and sour. And, if you're looking for something a little stronger, be sure to try their 'Jungle Juice' – it's made with a secret recipe of rum, tequila and vodka, and is sure to get you party started.
13. Rubys at the Grand
Address: South Western House, Southampton
This is a cocktail bar with a difference – it's located in a converted Victorian-era toilet block! Despite its unusual location, Rubys at the Grand is a popular choice for pre-and post-dinner drinks. We recommend their 'Espresso Martini' – it's the perfect pick-me-up after a long day.
14. Harpers Steakhouse - Southampton
Address: 286 Bridge Rd, Lower Swanwick
If you're looking for a steakhouse with a difference, look no further than Harpers Steakhouse in Southampton. As well as serving up some of the best steaks in town, they also have an extensive cocktail menu. We recommend their ' Manhattan' – it's made with bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters, and is the perfect way to wash down your steak.
15. Revolution Bars
Address: 28A Bedford Place, Southampton
Revolution is a chain up and down the UK so it only makes sense that they would have a branch in Southampton. They are known for their cocktails and their fun, party atmosphere – perfect for a night out with friends. We recommend their ' Cosmopolitan' – it's made with vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau and lime juice, and is the perfect drink for getting the party started.
16. The Exchange Romsey
Address: 14 Market Place, Romsey
The Exchange is a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of Romsey. This popular bar is the perfect spot for a pre-dinner cocktail, with an extensive menu of classic and signature drinks to choose from. We recommend their 'Pornstar Martini' – it's made with vodka, passionfruit and vanilla, and is sure to tantalise your taste buds.
The Bottom Line
Whether you're looking for a classic cocktail or something a little more adventurous, Southampton has a bar to suit every taste. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your friends and head to one of these top 16 cocktail bars for a night you won't soon forget.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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