Essex, the home of glitz, glamour, fake tan, and knows how to party. So, what better way is to spend your night out then grabbing fancy drinks with your other half, friends or family. There are so many great places to grab a tasty cocktail or two, but these are the 10 best spots to get drinks in Essex!
1. Fete Lounge – Upmister
The word Fete (pronounced Fet) translates from the Trinidad culture to party, and the Fete Lounge certainly brings the party vibe to Upminster High Street. Their cocktails take you to the shores of the Caribbean. During the day, you can enjoy high tea and tarts. You can then Fete the night away with a pornstar martini and shot of prosecco whilst enjoying the resident DJ till close.
2. The Shepherd and Dog – Harold Wood
The Shepherd and Dog is an established modern restaurant and bar, often featured in episodes of The Only Way is Essex. They have a great bar area where you can test out their cocktail menu, choose an ale or lager, or even peruse the extensive wine list. There is also live music every Friday and Sunday, showcasing new talent each week.
3, Back Inn Time – Chelmsford
As one of Chelmsford’s longest established themed restaurants, Back-Inn Time encompasses the lively American Diner atmosphere that so many love. Their food is amazing, but what locals really come to enjoy is the extensive cocktail list. With two pages to choose from, including mocktails, there really is a drink to satisfy everybody.
4. Sugar Hut – Brentwood
The Sugar Hut is well known as a club, but many don’t realize that during the day and early evening, the party really starts at the Hut’s impressive cocktail bar. They offer a wide variety to suit all tastes and preferences, and there is even an option to customize your own cocktail. Their expertly trained and friendly bar staff are more than happy to create your own masterpiece.
5. Wakiki Bar – Chelmsford
Situated in the heart of Colchester’s night life, the Wakiki Bar and Club stands out from the rest with its unique experience. Every cocktail is served in a real pineapple or coconut. You really feel like you’re transported to the Caribbean. The Tiki bartenders have been mixing, shaking, straining and setting fire to just about anything to bring Colchester the most innovative selection of cocktails.
6. Memoirs – Colchester
After falling in love with the old library building, the owners of Memiors turned it into a stunning fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar area. Cocktails are served from early evening at the modern bar. Guests are welcome to relax and drink, and the late closing time is perfect for those looking to stay on after dinner.
7. Missoula – Romford
With 2-4-1 cocktails on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night and student night on Thursday, Missoula does not dissapoint. As a bar and club, it is up to you whether you sit in a booth and enjoy a few cocktails with friends, or turning it up. Get those shots in and bust some moves on the dancefloor in front of the resident DJ.
8. The Wine Cellar – Chelmsford
The Wine Cellar Bar and Bistro is a place like no other. It tells a story and creates atmosphere with its charm and character. Situated in the old alley aways by Chelmsford Catherdral, the Wine Cellar offers an extensive array of drinks. From bottled beers produced by Monks, cocktails and an impressive wine list, there is something for everyone. The Wine Cellar is an independent restaurant and bar who pride themselves on giving their customers an experience like no other.
9. Vertigo – Hornchurch
Vertigo Lounge Bar offers a high quality drinking experience with 3 spacious floors with their own identity. The ground floor has the perfect atmosphere for relaxed mid-week drinks or late night weekend parties. One floor up hosts afternoon tea and functions. The top floor, including a smoking terrace, is great for relaxing and overlooking Hornchurch Town Centre.
10. The Brickyard – Romford
The Brickyard Bar and Club is one of Essex’s greatest nightspots. The two bars are a perfect pace to enjoy a drink . The fusion of classic cocktails and advanced blends are created by the bar’s head mixologist. Along with live bongos, saxophones and dancers, The Brickyard creates the perfect party feel.
So if you are ever in Essex and feeling a little thirsty, take your pick from our top ten choices of watering holes.
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