9 of the best cocktail bars in Derby
PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 January 2015 | UPDATED: 20:03 23 October 2015
Do you love to sip a classic margarita, or perhaps a more exotic cocktail recipe? We've got it covered in our guide to the top locations for your next night out in Derby
1. Blacksmith’s Lounge
Located in the city’s vibrant Cathedral Quarter, the Blacksmith’s Lounge Bar opened its doors early July 2014. Nestled within Blacksmith’s Yard, off Sadler Gate, where some of the buildings date back to the 15th century, the venue has been lovingly restored. With a creative cocktail menu ranging from blackberry mojitos to the more traditional cosmopolitan, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Check out a sample menu here.
2. Fat Cat Café
Situated on Friar Gate, the Fat Cat Café bar has a tempting cocktail menu that is seasonally updated. Head to the upstairs lounge bar and sample a ‘Polish Summer’ – a concoction of Krupnic Honey Vodka, Techienne Peach & Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka finished with apple juice & lemonade. If you’re feeling a little worse for wear the following day, take advantage of their encouragingly titled ‘weekend recovery service’ – with Bloody Marys at two for the price of one, from opening until 4pm.
Check out the other cocktails on offer here.
Counterpart to its adjoining contemporary fine dining restaurant, the Mansion bar offers a relaxed cocktail-sipping experience from its Midland Road location. Slump into stylish leather booths and soak up the atmosphere as you choose from the cocktail menu. With highlights including a French Martini and luxurious sparkling cocktail, complete with a rich hued edible hibiscus flower, Mansion also boasts an extensive wine list, hand picked by its resident sommelier. Browse the menu here. www.mansionderby.com
4. Pitcher and Piano
Get comfy in one of the cosy Chesterfields or kick back and relax on the roof terrace with one of their gin garden martinis in Pitcher and Piano’s Friar Gate location. The friendly bartenders are dedicated to developing a great cocktail list from timeless classics to their very own concoctions using the finest spirits and ingredients.www.pitcherandpiano.com
5. Bar 16
Enjoy a Smoking Godfather – that’s Laphroaig, Disaronno, bitters and orange zest – at the intimate Bar 16, located in the grand surroundings of the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby city centre. Crafted from high quality spirits and liqueurs, the menu is created by bar manager, Dan Boulton, and offers a bespoke cocktail experience.Check out the menu here.www.cathedralquarterhotel.com
6. Lola Lo
This tiki-themed bar offers an eclectic collection of over 30 classic and bespoke cocktails. VIP booths are available to reserve on Friday and Saturday nights, or you can prop up the bar and watch the mixologists at work. Dance the night away to one of the resident DJs or book in for a cocktail making master class with friends. If nothing else, put their claims that Lola Lo cocktails are “the finest outside London... bar none,” to the test!
Check out their menu here.
7. Number Five
Head over to George Street for jazz and wine bar, Number Five. Offering a short but sweet cocktail menu to choose from, you can sit back with a whiskey sour and relax to the sounds of live jazz music.
Located on The Strand, the modern interior and lively atmosphere of this bar is perfect for catching up with friends at the end of a long week. That is, once you can decide on a cocktail from the extensive menu – the Pornstar Martini caught our eye.
Have a peek at the menu here.
9. Revolucion de Cuba
Escape into Havana’s heyday at this Cuban-themed rum bar on The Strand. High ceilings, sophisticated surroundings and live music combine to create an upbeat atmosphere and the impressive cocktail menu is one of the most varied in the city. If you prefer a slower-paced evening, visit the exclusive Havana Club Bar and enjoy some of the world’s finest rums and table service all night long.
If a pint of beer is more your thing, then check out our guide to the best real ale pubs in Derbyshire.