4 Best Bars in Bath and the Cotswolds, England

Bath Distillery Gin Bar

Fodor's choice

This distillery produces authentic English gin with the finest botanicals from across the world, including bitter orange, kaffir lime leaf, and English coriander. They have their own atmospheric gin bar on Queen Street, where you can try a range of gin-based cocktails and buy bottles to take home. There are more than 230 gins on the drinks menu, by a large range of distillers, so you're guaranteed to find something you haven't tried before.


The buzzing circular bar whips up a sassy cocktail or glass of champagne in this popular venue. In late afternoon, Circo also serves an imaginative afternoon tea, and at Circo After Dark on Friday and Saturday nights, DJs play from 9 pm until the early hours of the morning.


Pub aficionados will relish the friendly, unspoiled ambience of the Raven, a great spot for a pie and a pint. There are regular arts, science, and storytelling nights upstairs.

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The Bell

Owned by 500 local beer fans as a co-operative, the Bell has regular live music—jazz, blues, and folk—on Mondays, alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and Sundays, as well as a selection of real ales and good food. There's a real fire in winter, and should you need to catch up on your laundry, there's even a launderette.