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7 cocktail bars worth a visit – with fizzy sweets, flaming skulls and dramatic smoke



Do you like your gin served with a zillion fizzy sweets and a temporary tattoo, or set on fire with dramatic smoke?

Whether you’re looking for a crazy, cool or classy venue for your next night out, this list of impressive cocktail bars is sure to have you covered.

From popular hotspots in Bristol to wild activities in London and secret speakeasies in Manchester, there’s something for every drinker.

Each bar has been tried, tasted and recommended by users on our sister site 2Chill.

So you can pretty much guarantee the cocktails will taste as impressive as they look.

Arriba, Cheshire








Mexico meets the Caribbean at Arriba in Congleton, Cheshire
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One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… floor!

Take a visit to tequila town at Arriba, in Congleton, Cheshire. This Mexican slammer bar has more than 20 tequila cocktails on the menu, and a surprise cocktail every month. Garnished with chillies and watermelon, and served in skulls with dramatic smoke, it’s the perfect place for thirsty amigos.

2Chill user Bethan left a five-star recommendation for Arriba and said: “Sugar skulls, tequila slammers and cocktails set alight – Mexican bar, Arriba, has become one of Congleton’s hidden gem hotspots.

“Happy Hour sees cocktails at two for £10, which is brilliant value when a ‘How Tequila Zombie’ is £9.25. The bar offers a selection of 45 tequilas and seven mezcals, and you can even order a plate of nachos at the Mexican-themed bar.

“Best margarita in Cheshire, and their Andele Andele is pretty great too!”

Feeling competitive? At Arriba, Congleton , you can even hire beer pong tables with your friends.

1a West Street, Congleton, CW12 1JN

Junkyard Golf, London








Swing a golf club and sip your cocktail in style at Junkyard Golf in London
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It’s crazy golf with a twist! At Junkyard Golf in Hackney, London, you can practice your swing, sing your heart out to your favourite tunes and sip popping candy cocktails all at the same time.

With an impressive bar menu, lively music and gram-worthy backdrops, your friendship group is sure to love a night out here.

There are many Junkyard Golfs across the UK, with locations in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and Newcastle.

A five-star 2Chill recommendation for their London bar reads: “Junkyard Golf is so fun for a night out with friends or on a date night! The bar serves cool cocktails for you to drink while you play.

“Our 9-hole course was clown themed and it was the best crazy golf I’ve ever visited. Reasonably priced too!”

Junkyard Golf is all fun and games – until the loser buys drinks! Putt for your life!

88 Worship Street, Hackney, London, EC2A 2BE

Doctor Ink’s Curiosities, Exeter








If you’re feeling curious, take a visit to Doctor Ink’s Curiosities in Exeter
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Does absinthe make you hallucinate? Does port give you a hangover? Does the best whisky come from Scotland?

Every month, Doctor Ink’s Curiosities dispels a new myth in the best way possible – with a specially-crafted cocktail.

This quirky, one-of-a-kind bar serves up alcohol in china cats, Vimto cans and teacups, all while answering curious questions.

2Chill user Faith left a five-star recommendation and said: “One of the most amazing bars in Exeter, Doctor Ink’s Curiosities is an experience from the moment you step through the door.

“The bar is set in a historic building on Exeter Quay and is based on the fictional troublemaker Doctor Ink; the space is scattered with finds from his ‘travels’ around the world and has lots of red velvet seating and cosy corners.

“The drinks are exceptional as the bar team utilise every trick in the book to create crafted, smoking, and slightly strange drinks.”

Feeling curious yet? Take a visit to Doctor Ink’s Curiosities .

Customs House, 43 The Quay, Exeter EX2 4AN, UK

Gin & Juice, Bristol








There are more than 450 gins on the menu at Gin & Juice in Bristol
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The gin trend came and stayed at this quirky and cool cocktail bar.

Gin & Juice serves healthy juices by day and gin cocktails by night – so you can spend the evening sipping G&T with your pals, and return for a group hangover cure the next morning.

There are locations in Bristol, Cardiff and Cheltenham, and each bar has a forever-growing gin menu. Whether you prefer a spirit that’s tropical, sweet, sour or strong, you’re sure to find your new favourite bottle at Gin & Juice.

2Chill user Tilly left a five-star recommendation for their Bristol bar and said: “The coolest place to go for a drink in Bristol. I have been for a breakfast juice and an evening G&T and loved both.

“You can’t book in advance and it’s usually busy, but definitely worth a visit. Good luck choosing a gin because there’s over 400 on the menu!”

Take a trip to the funfair with colourful candy floss cocktails at Gin & Juice .

47 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5NR





The Dead Famous, Newquay








Watch cocktails light on fire at The Dead Famous in Newquay
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Head down to The Dead Famous for a deadly-but-delicious cocktail that promises to light up your night.

At this Newquay bar, you can expect fire eaters, stilt walkers and gigantic sharer cocktails – because bigger is always better.

A five-star recommendation for The Dead Famous reads: “The Dead Famous late night liquor lounge is an absolute gem in Newquay town centre. It’s got an underground speakeasy vibe, with 1920s chandeliers hanging above dimly lit booths.

“Seductive red lighting provides a glowing backdrop for a night on the town. The rock-inspired bar would fit right in on LA’s sunset strip, with stairs plastered with old NME covers, and lyric wall art adorning the walls.

“The cocktails are all named based loosely on iconic songs like Bohemian Rhapsody and Should I Stay or Should I Go. The price list is standard cocktail prices, ranging from £7-£9.”

The Dead Famous also serves delicious gourmet burgers that will satisfy your hungry belly while you drink.

8-10 Beach Rd, Newquay, TR7 1ES

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Tonight Josephine, London








Gram-worthy goals at Tonight Josephine in London
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Tonight Josephine’s iconic ‘well behaved women don’t make history’ neon light is by far the most popular London bar backdrop on Instagram.

With locations in Waterloo, Shoreditch, Birmingham and Clapham, Tonight Josephine is a hotspot for a girls’ cocktail night.

A four-star 2Chill recommendation for their Shoreditch bar reads: “Tonight Josephine is an Instagram-worthy bar in London. Everything is pink and pretty – amazing for photos!

“They have a fun photobooth and drinks are standard London price. Would recommend for a quick stop if you’re out for drinks!”

On the Tonight Josephine drinks menu, you can find skittle-infused vodka shots, pornstar martinis with glittery pink lips and cocktails served with popcorn.

39A Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NN

Science and Industry, Manchester








The cocktail magic happens at Science and Industry in Manchester
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It’s a match made in alcoholic heaven at this secret speakeasy. Head to the red lights for weird and wonderful cocktail happiness – well, that’s if you can find it!

Science and Industry in Manchester is one of the best kept secrets in the Northern Quarter.

2Chill user Susan left a four-star recommendation and said: “To reach this drinking den, you’ll need to look for the hidden door in the ground floor Cane and Grain and then head on up to the first floor.

“Although you can order beer, wine and spirits here, this bar is known for its experimental cocktails, so it’d be a shame not to try out some of the more unusual sounding concoctions, such as 10,000 Points on Tetris and Girder Swizzle.”

Science and Industry have an ever-changing cocktail menu with new whiskey and rum additions.

49, 51 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA, UK


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