There is no doubt that the cocktail bar is having a major moment. Elegant velvet bar stools? Cool copper or brass fittings? Martinis that make your mouth water?

These are the bars that dreams – and endless selfies – are made of.

La Goccia, London


The drinks list and décor are inspired by nature at this gorgeous Petersham Nurseries outpost. The expert incorporation of herbs and edible flowers, combined with a stunning interior, is social media gold.

Lounge on 12, Manchester


Spectacular drinks with spectacular views are on the menu at this stylish, metropolitan bar. Go for the Worker Bee – a glorious concoction of Mason’s Lavender gin, lemon juice, sugar and orange bitters, served with crystallised petals.

Scarfes Bar, London


The vibe here is timeless, classic and deliciously English. Think low lighting, leather chairs, open fires, hard-backed books and walls covered in old-school framed cartoons (renowned British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe lent the bar his name and artistic vision).

The Dead Canary, Cardiff


The drinks are not just drinks at The Dead Canary – they are works of art. Inspired by Welsh folklore tales, the menu transports you to another world. Try a bitter-sweet First Prince – Pwyll (Campari, Martini Extra Dry Vermouth, plum, soda and rose water) and you’ll be taking a perfectly styled snap of it and your surroundings in seconds.

Pig on the Beach, Dorset


The Pig hotel chain might have been invented to be put on Instagram, so pleasing is it from every conceivable angle. An artful assortment of coloured glassware, a stunning location and a damn good Negroni make it hard not to show off about a stay at the Studland Bay one.

The Devil’s Advocate, Edinburgh


Award-winning mixologists serve up inventive seasonal cocktails at this cool cave of a restaurant and bar. Situated in an old Victorian pumphouse, with lots of exposed brick, it fizzes with energy and photo ops.

June 2018