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15+ Cocktail Bars in Southampton You Have to Visit

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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.

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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.

3. 1932

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.

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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

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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'.

8. Bacaro

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'.

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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.

11. Medbar

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.

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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.

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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.

© 2022 Ritchie Hughie

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