There’s nothing quite like heading out for a couple of cocktails to give you that real cosmopolitan feeling and tasty rush of excitement, especially if you’ve managed to make it to happy hour!
There are so many fabulous places to enjoy cocktails in Southampton, some venues come with a great view, others with a lively bar, and you can even enjoy your cocktail alongside your evening meal at many.
To help you find your favourite cocktail bar, we’ve put together our top 10 places to enjoy Cocktails in Southampton!
Based at Ocean Village Maritimo Lounge offers 3 floors for you to relax and unwind in. Their wide range of cocktails include your trusty old favourites to the new and unusual. Why not try Rosie’s Tea Party? Rosé wine, Tanqueray gin, jasmine tea, lemon juice, elderflower and a dash of Angostura bitters. What’s even quirkier is you can get this cocktail served in a tea pot for 1 or 2!
Banana Wharf Ocean Village
Whilst you’re down at Ocean Village, take a walk along the Marina to Banana Wharf, here not only will you find one of the most extensive food menus in Southampton, but you’ll also find a well stocked bar ready to mix you your chosen cocktail! What’s more you can sip those cocktails with a fantastic view of the Marina, if the weather is nice you can enjoy those drinks al fresco!
Across the water in Woolston you’ll find a coffee house with a twist! Mettricks venues can be found across Southampton, but unlike many coffee houses this one in Woolston also does cocktails! You can enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails during their happy hour, and what’s more these cocktails come with a great view back across Southampton water! Perfect for enjoying a cocktail with a sunset!
Max’s Bar & Brasserie
If you want a good cocktail which is mixed to perfection then you want it made by a mixologist! Someone who knows what flavours work together and whether it should be shaken not stirred! At Max’s Bar & Brasserie on Oxford Street you’ll find just the man, Max! An expert mixologist that will create you your favourite cocktail alongside an authentic Italian atmosphere.
Simons at Oxfords
Continuing on Oxford Street and you’ll find Simons at Oxfords, a restaurant & bar that serves it’s cocktails with a side of great food and fabulous entertainment! Make the most of happy hour and continue on into the night as you enjoy your cocktails whilst watching some live music. If the weather allows you can also enjoy your drinks al fresco in the vibrant atmosphere of Southampton’s most historic street.
There’s something special about enjoying a cocktail, it makes you feel like you could be on a Caribbean island…unfortunately we can’t quite take you to the Caribbean but we can get you close with Turtle Bay. Located in the culture quarter at Guildhall Square, Turtle Bay offers Caribbean style surroundings, cuisine and a huge range of tropical cocktails. Will you choose a Reggae Rum Punch? Or how about a Marley Mojito?!
If you enjoy a touch of class with your cocktail then head to The Vestry on Commercial Road, opposite the Mayflower Theatre. Housed in a renovated church the venue alone is spectacular. The cocktail menu includes favourites such as Mojito’s and Daiquiri’s, as well as the lesser known Pisco Sour and Negroni. Why not try their own twist on the classic Cosmopolitan!
With a great view overlooking the old Southampton walls, L’Osteria at Westquay offers a great setting for cocktails. Enjoy your favourite mix in a quirky jam jar and on a nice day enjoy a refreshing cocktail al fresco style. They’ve also got a fantastic menu filled with all your Italian favourites so if cocktail hour gives you an appetite then you’re in the right place!
In the lively area of Bedford Place you’ll find Revolutions Southampton! This trendy bar provides an extensive range of cocktails from the daring to the decadent, mixed by the talented bar staff who know just how to shake it. Enjoy your cocktails on their roof-top terrace, dance the night away into the early hours, or book a master cocktail class so you and your friends can make the perfect mix of your own!
Bring and Mix
If you like your cocktails to come with a relaxed atmosphere and can’t stand the thought of queuing at the bar for hours then you’ll love Bring and Mix Southampton. Book yourselves a table, take a selection of your favourite spirits and let their mixologists do the work for you. Using a wide selection of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, syrups, spices, herbs, cordials, bitters, and fruits they’ll create fabulous cocktails right at your table!