Cocktail Bar

5 Things to Look Out for When It Comes to a Cocktail Bar

What makes a great cocktail bar? When it comes to what to look for in a cocktail bar, it саn be a pretty tough question to answer. 

Cocktail bars can vary in size, location, theme, customer appreciation, and drink options. It is important to know what you are buying into prior to purchasing a cocktail bar to be sure you get the most out of it. 

The following will give you insight into what you should be looking for in a cocktail bar.

Onsite Distillery

We may be bias, but here at Jim & Tonic we feel that a truly great cocktail bar makes its own spirits onsite! OK, not every spirit on the menu. But definitely a core few items, freshly distilled and served at the venue.

We distill our gins at our cocktail bars using sustainable production methods. The result; our punters can enjoy our sustainable urban gins at the bar, knowing they were freshly distilled onsite.

Not many cocktail bars can offer that!

Attentive Service

The quality of a bar’s service matters. Look for reviews and articles about what customers have to say about a particular cocktail bar. 

This will give you more insight into their service. Attentive service can mean that the staff is knowledgeable and can answer your questions, which is one of the most important things that a cocktail bar should have.

Great Cocktails

Of course, you want the cocktails to be the best. This can be difficult to determine when it comes to drink options. Many cocktail bars have unique drink combinations you may not have experienced before. 

This can be a selling point for many cocktail drinkers. Some of the most popular cocktails are the Negroni and the Old Fashioned, and bars will most likely offer these. It саn be a good idea to ask the bartender or the staff if they have any signature cocktails.

During your visit, you can ask for recommendations for a drink. If the bartender or staff cannot recommend a drink to you or feel that they don’t know what they are talking about, it is a good idea to look elsewhere.

Aesthetic Decor

First of all, look at the pictures of the bar. This will help you know what it looks like. You want to think about what decor you like and whether or not it is the right fit for your event. You want to select a bar that will make you comfortable and a bar that fits what you need. Some cocktail bars have a simple theme, such as a retro feel, while others are more elaborate, like a tropical cocktail bar.

When you walk into a cocktail bar, you want to feel like it is a place where you can relax and enjoy a drink. Make sure you get a sense of the atmosphere and how the staff treats customers. This can make a huge difference in your overall experience at the cocktail bar.

Convenient Location

Location is a huge part of choosing a cocktail bar. Many cocktail bars are located outside the city, meaning you will have to drive there. Location is an essential thing to keep in mind. 

You want to choose a bar in a familiar location. Be sure to pay attention to the area of the bar and how close or far away it is from where you live. It is best to find a place that is not too far away.

Competitive Price

When it comes to price, they vary greatly. You want to pay attention to the cost and consider the overall experience and what you are paying for. 

If you pay for cocktails at a bar serving at lower prices, you want to consider looking for a place that is a little bit smaller but with the same features that you would find at a bigger bar. You do not want to pay for a cocktail bar that has low prices but doesn’t have any of the features you want.


Cocktail bars are a great place to spend time with friends and family, but you want to make sure you choose a bar that is right for you and has the features you are looking for. This can be a difficult decision, so you want to pay attention to the bar, its service, the drinks, and the atmosphere. This will help you to make a good decision.

At Jim & Tonic, we currently have three cocktail bars in London that offer you Londoners some of the best cocktails in town! Visit us today!

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