Whether you’re looking for a venue for a first date, Friday night with the girls or if you’re having one for the road, we’ve tracked down the best cocktail bars in the area ranging from country pubs to secret speakeasy style bars.
Vale Vault, Tunbridge Wells
A Prohibition-style speakeasy with its own secret entrance, The Vale Vault sits underneath The Bedford pub with a big focus on cocktails and can seat around 30 reservations. Full table service is provided and the bar is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm until midnight.
The Townhouse, Tunbridge Wells
Offering a relaxing and intimate venue for cocktails, The Townhouse serve up mojitos, whisky sours, margaritas and more. Feel like trying something different? Go for the special in-house cocktail, The Calverley which is a vodka-based with a touch of peach, orange and topped with Prosecco – and for all those who love Terry, there’s a chocolate orange martini on offer too.
Jean’s Kitchen and Wine Bar, Tunbridge Wells
Jean’s Kitchen & Wine Bar based at the top of the town on St Johns Road, has a varied cocktail menu that will start your evening off in style. Sit in the top deck area that overlooks Jean’s garden while knowledgeable staff are on hand to tantalise your tastebuds with something shaken or stirred…
El Mariachi, Tonbridge
Did someone say margaritas?! Frozen or fresh, El Mariachi is the place for everyone’s favourite Mexican cocktail and if you’re not a fan of the original, they offer several variations where you can get fruity with the Rasperita infusing your drink with Chambord raspberry liqueur, swap orange liqueur for agave nectar or go coconuts with coconut infused tequila instead.
The Vineyard, Lamberhurst
Neighboured by the historic Lamberhurst vineyards in the rolling Kent countryside, The Vineyard is technically a 14th century pub and restaurant but with rustic and laid back look it has an impressive cocktail list to match. They serve several varieties of fruity mojitos, a toffee apple martinis on offer as well as their Purple Rain cocktail which is Smirnoff Black, peach schnapps, blue curacao, lemonade, grenadine – perfect for sitting outside in the sunshine.
One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells
Nestled in the heart of the vibrant Chapel Place, sits The Lounge & Snug at One Warwick Park Hotel. The perfect destination to sit back, relax and enjoy the chilled ambience whilst sipping on a delicious cocktail. Popular choices tend to be Vanilla Espresso Martinis (not to be missed) or the Gin Brambles. If you get there between 5-7pm daily selected cocktails are part of the Happy Hour! The perfect start to your weekend!
Grub & Liquor, Tunbridge Wells
This popular cocktail bar is always busy for a reason – not only do they have an extensive menu with a huge variety of gin, rum and vodka-based drinks, their talented mixologists are fascinating to watch as they serve up your favourite tipples too. Try the espresso martini – it’s amazing!