Bars in Bath – The Best Bars in Bath
When you’re not looking for a full sit-down meal but a pub is perhaps too casual a venue for the drinks and chat you’re looking for, a bar is the ideal place to visit for a few hours, evening, or night out.
Bath has now firmly established itself as a destination for tourists and visitors as its beautiful architecture attracts crowds and the city’s burgeoning scene of places to eat, drink and be merry truly offers something for everyone.
Bars in Bath include cocktail clubs, craft beer specialists, gin distilleries and wine bars.
Choosing between the Bath Bars
The rich history of Bath does mean that several of the city’s venues have considerable heritage behind them, so don’t be surprised if the walls of these venues are adorned with photos depicting days gone by on the same site or of customers from yesteryear enjoying drinks at the same bar you’re visiting.
Lots of venues are covered by walking tours and history guides, so tourists can pick up bar inspiration easily on their explorations!
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy some snacks and a couple of glasses of vino or something more specialist for a full night out, our guide to the best bars in Bath will offer up some inspiration for you to plan ahead.
Most Popular Bath Bars
Of course, as a now major UK city, many of the bars in Bath are well-loved chain brand names.
Already well-established companies with consistent customer experiences across all of their venues, the following, perhaps more mainstream, bars offer a safe choice for those looking to enjoy a few drinks in this beautiful city.
Be At One
Be At One, is a fantastic cocktail bar, Bath’s only site of this chain. With over 100 cocktails on their ever-changing seasonal menu and a different Happy Hour discount offer every day, Be At One’s team of specialist mixologists can get the party started any day of the week and create something bespoke to your preferred drink tastes.
Their bars are made for dancing on and there’s almost no time of the day you won’t catch the staff here singing and boogying, so prepare for a great time, any time.
For this chain cocktail bar, Bath is the perfect place for celebration – book ahead for a free bar tab and drinks package deals.
All Bar One
All Bar One Bath is one of the most popular daytime drinking bars in Bath as it offers an extensive food menu from tapas and bar snacks right through to full meals.
All Bar One’s drinks menu includes beers, ciders, sustainable wines, spirits, cocktails and softs, with seasonal variants available throughout the year.
Slug & Lettuce
Slug & Lettuce is one of the busiest bars in Bath and is open all day with a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu for food available.
Recently refurbished in a more upmarket and contemporary style, this branch of Slug & Lettuce is one of few left still thriving!
The bar is child-friendly during the day, has free WiFi facilities and boasts a large outdoor area ideal for smokers or those looking to lap up the sun in hotter weather.
Revolution Bath, affectionately known as ‘Vodka Revs’ is a specialist vodka bar offering shots, cocktails and varied long drinks.
Now offering a full food menu, Revolution isn’t necessarily a specialist cocktail bar for Bath, but is a great place to visit if you’re looking to enjoy a few and soak them up with some delicious snacks.
The Bath site of this chain does adhere to a fairly strict dress code compared to other bars of this brand and so it’s worth checking ahead with the venue before you leave if you’re unsure if your outfit makes the grade.
Boom Battle Bar Bath
Boom Battle Bar Bath is a bar with a twist – it’s an activity centre too! Choose from just a few quiet drinks and snacks or try your hand at axe throwing, American pool, augmented reality darts, beer pong, crazy golf, ping pong or shuffleboard as part of your night out.
Most activities will need to be booked ahead and age and ability limits do apply to some. Boom Battle Bar Bath offers a variety of party and drinks packages, but no dress code.
Get in touch with them to learn more.
Scottish craft beer giants, Brewdog, boast 28 taps of fresh craft beers and cider (both brewed by Brewdog and guests), an extensive menu of burgers, wings, and sides, and plenty of other drinks for those looking to visit.
The venue also offers co-working spaces with unlimited tea and coffee, dog paw-ties for your furry friends, beer school classes, a kid's menu, and free WiFi.
Brewdog does get fairly booked up so it’s always best to call ahead if you’re attending with a group, but there’s no dress code and guests of all ages are welcome up until 8 pm.
Some Different Bath Bars
For more specialist drinks, for example if you’re looking for a wine bar or gin bar, Bath also has you covered. The following are more niche venues (many of them completely independent) and offer something a little different for your trip out and about.
The Distillery Gin Bar
The Distillery Gin Bar Bath is a street-level bar to showcase locally distilled Bath gins at their most fresh.
The mixologists here are real gin geeks and can walk visitors through tasting notes of each blend as well as make up some fantastic gin cocktails. You can even enjoy sharing portions of gins from teapots with friends and family!
You’ll find over 250 gins available at the bar at any one time (!!) and things do get busy – but the bar doesn’t accept bookings and works on a first-come, first-served, walk-in basis only.
The Botanist Bar
The Botanist Bar Bath is a specialist spirits bar, deriving its name from its botanical cocktail menu.
Also offering food including brunch options, Sunday roasts, and their infamous hanging kebabs, The Botanist Bar provides an upmarket feel with seating sprawling out around a central 360° bar.
Bingo takes place every Wednesday, a Requests Night for music on Thursdays, and live music every Friday and Saturday. At weekends, Bank Holidays, and busy periods, and for groups, it’s best to book ahead to secure a table.
The Hideout Bath
The Hideout Bath is a whisky bar hidden away in the historical lanes of the city.
Stonewalled and wood-laden with walls lined with just about every whisky you could imagine, The Hideout was historically known as a “hoard for thieves, highwaymen, scoundrels and opportunists alike” but today can be considered a more civilised venue for those looking to kick back and meet to tell stories, sip on world whiskies and enjoy time together.
Whether you’re a whisky connoisseur, a casual drinker or a cocktail lover, you’ll find a beverage to enjoy at the Hideout.
The bar staff are hugely knowledgeable and extremely well trained; as quick to make spirit recommendations as they are to chat you through the history of the building.
Circo Cellar Bar is somewhat of a hidden gem, tucked away in a Georgian cellar. The destination for decadent art deco style interior décor and amazing cocktails created by bright and bold mixologists, this Bath cocktail bar features an open-plan lounge space and cellar vaults converted into booths for groups.
The bar is popular amongst those looking for a quiet pint and visitors indulging in a cocktail-fuelled glam night out, and the rooms can be hired for private parties.
Fridays and Saturdays see DJs take over for ‘Circo After Dark’ nights with one of the lounges transforming into a dancefloor after 9pm.
Circo Cellar Bath regularly wins awards for the ‘best bar in Bath’ and is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike!
Cosy Club Bath
Burgeoning chain Cosy Club has a beautiful Bath site situated in Southgate Place shopping cente.
A bijou feel bar and restaurant, this first-floor venue has a Coliseum-style balcony and outdoor terrace seating for visitors to enjoy the extensive food menu branching breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The restaurant is child friendly and repeat visitors can benefit from a loyalty card that offers a free hot drink or free brunch dish after a set amount of purchases.
Cosy Club maintains a real 1920s glamour aesthetic and can cater for groups of all sizes with prior booking.
Enjoy chilled soft drinks and burgers or cocktails and steaks – there’s something for every occasion!
The Art Bar
The Art Bar is the bar of the Abbey Hotel but is open to non-residents as well as those staying in the facility.
Adorned with ever-changing but expertly curated art exhibitions across its walls, the Art Bar features the works of both local and internationally-renowned artists and supports various charities looking out for cultural causes.
The food and drinks menu is broad and feature just about everything from pints of beer to customised cocktails, with the friendly bar staff as quick to whip up an artisan coffee as they are to recommend a craft beer.
The hotel boasts several unique house-blend gins infused on-site but can get busy on weekend evenings, so it may be worth booking ahead.
The Fidel Rum Bar
The Fidel Rum Bar is a must-visit for rum enthusiasts with a selection of rums from all over the world; including several distilled quite close to home.
Classic rum cocktails are prepared by passionate bartenders and there’s even some innovative additions to menu created by the staff themselves.
Those who aren’t so keen on rums can enjoy a selection of other spirits, softs, beer, cider, wine and fizz.
The Fidel Rum Bar covers two floors comprising a bar area and lounge, so visitors can kick back in whatever space they feel best suited to them.
Vino Vino Wine Bar
If you’re looking for a wine bar, Bath’s Vino Vino makes the grade brilliantly with an informal and convivial atmosphere that has cemented the venue as a favourite amongst locals since 2014.
A brilliant array of wines by the glass, cocktails, and soft drinks complemented by tasting menus of cheese and charcuterie boards and tapas options are on offer; and you can even enjoy champagne or prosecco by the glass still fresh thanks to the innovative Le Verre de Vin preservation system used by the bar.
Vino Vino adopts a ‘smart casual’ dress code and does not permit hen or stag parties. Children are welcome in the venue until 6 pm each day.