Chelsea is an upmarket part of West London with all sorts of high-end shopping and dining options. If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a few drinks, this sophisticated area won't let you down. From vibrant cocktail bars mixing original drinks to sleek wine bars, the area is full of interesting venues. If you need some help planning a night out we've got you – this is our guide to the best bars in Chelsea.
Guide to the best bars in Chelsea
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Bars in Chelsea
- The Franklin Bar – Glam 1920s-style spot
- Wild Corner – Upscale and intimate wine bar
- Callooh Callay – Immersive literary theme
- Jak's Bar – Creative place for cocktails
- Beaufort House Chelsea – Three bars in one
- The Muse Lounge – Drinks with board games
- Barts – Original speakeasy
- The Botanist – Globally-inspired cocktails
- Wine Not? – Drink wine in a cosy space
- Zefi Bar – Something for everyone
- Azteca – Colourful Mexican venue
- No 11 Pimlico Road – Scandi-style all-day venue
- 28°-50° – Award-winning wines
- Kosmopol – Nordic cocktail bar
Bars in Chelsea
Glam 1920s-style spot
Dripping with 1920s style, The Franklin Bar is effortlessly glamorous. In a rich and immersive setting, you can enjoy sophisticated drinks and food. Cocktails are the speciality here, with original drinks mixed with distinctive ingredients. Food from snacks to meals is also on offer and designed to pair perfectly with the drinks.
Upscale and intimate wine bar
You get lots of choice at glamorous and intimate wine bar Wild Corner. More than 150 varieties are served by the glass, including fine wines and vintages produced almost 100 years ago. At this sophisticated and low-lit venue you can enjoy drinks along with Mediterranean small plates. Events like wine tastings and exclusive wine dinners also take place here.
Immersive literary theme
Callooh Callay has a distinctive and immersive literary theme. In this comfy bar you'll see cosy booths, rich colours, and plenty of books on the shelves. In this exciting environment you can sample award-winning drinks including cocktails and a curated selection of beers and wines. A menu of simple food is available too.
Creative place for cocktails
Try fine cocktails and a food menu with British, Mediterranean, and Italian inspirations at Jak's Bar. This neighbourhood venue has a chic and quirky look with plenty of colour and vintage touches. You can order the bar's take on classic cocktails or original mixes. If nothing takes your fancy, the bar staff here can also whip up something new just for you.
Three bars in one
Bustling and stylish Beaufort House encompasses a number of venues. As well as a brasserie and a members lounge there are two cocktail bars and a champagne bar on the premises. The interior is comfortable and polished and there are high standards of service. It aims to be a home away from home for its clientele.
Drinks with board games
Relax with drinks, food, shisha, and board games at laid-back hangout The Muse Lounge. It's a buzzy space where you can entertain yourself with traditional or modern board games and there's a dedicated shisha garden. Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks are available as well as European and Middle Eastern dishes from small snacks to larger meals.
Barts is a glamorous spot for a drink in Chelsea with a prohibition-style speakeasy feel and eclectic and absorbing decor. Allegedly the first of London's many speakeasy-themed establishments, the bar serves up cocktails, wines, vintage liquor, and snacks from nearby Gaucho. There's a hidden garden oasis here for drinks al fresco.
Restaurant and cocktail bar The Botanist is a favourite in Chelsea. Fine dining meets hearty gastropub food here, combined with expertly-blended and visually appealing cocktails. Both food and drinks here have inspirations from around the world. The venue feels sophisticated and has a striking luxe look.
Drink wine in a cosy space
Family-run wine bar Wine Not? is located in Fulham Road and has a contemporary interior with a homey living room vibe. This independent bar serves hand-chosen wine varieties as well as tasty nibbles to go with them. You can sample wines from all over the world and if you can't pick just one there are lots you can try by the glass.
Something for everyone
Located on the famous King's Road, Zefi Bar is a slick place for a drink. The venue is smart and comfortable with a timeless style. An extensive range of drinks are available here including wine and champagne, cocktails, and the bar's own exclusive beer. Italian bites are served if you want something to nibble on with your drinks.
Colourful Mexican venue
Check out Azteca for drinks and Mexican bites in a vibrant and colourful environment. You'll see bright tiles, authentic decor, and lots of colour here. There's a long list of tequila, a menu of Mexican-inspired cocktails and classic mixes, and flavoursome food including nachos, tacos, and burritos.
Scandi-style all-day venue
Breezy and homey, No 11 Pimlico Road is a homey bar and restaurant located at the edge of Chelsea. The venue is full of light and has an airy Scandinavian feel. Food and drinks are served throughout the day. If you're here for a drink you can sample a diverse cocktail list, global wines and gins, and beers.
28°-50° Chelsea is a restaurant and wine bar with an award-winning selection of wines to try. The options include rare vintages and options served by the glass or carafe. European cuisine is served here as well. The venue itself is elegant and benefits from a private dining space and outdoor terraces.
Nordic cocktail bar
Kosmopol is a style-conscious cocktail bar with a Scandinavian twist. Open since 2002, this drinking spot has airy Scandinavian interiors with a laid-back cocktail bar upstairs and a buzzing basement club for the weekends. Guests can choose from a wide range of classic cocktails as well as easy late-night snacks like hot dogs and toasties.