Welcome to cocktail nirvana, where the emphasis is definitely on the quality of the drinks. At Island Bar, little else seems to matter. Sticky bars, sweaty spaces and shouty weekend revellers are all part of the fun and the feel. Go with it.
With over 50 types of rum, the fruit-based cocktails are inevitably a hit. Island bartenders are famous for their show-stopping Flaming Moe’s – orange liqueur, cotton candy syrup and Wray & Nephew rum, all set alight with a huge blowtorch. Those less keen on being the centre of the attention should consider the stunning Mai Tai.
Arrive before 9pm and you might be disappointed. Leave before midnight and you’re not trying hard enough. And with that fiery Tiki Bar beckoning you to come upstairs, we know you won’t disappoint us.
Best Bars tip: The cocktail masterclasses are marvellous for those looking to learn secret trade tricks.
— Tom Cullen