8 Of London's Best Bars

Where to fall off the wagon in style this February

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Congratulations, you'd made it through 'dry January', either as a participant or the endurer of other people's smug anecdotes about early nights.

Here's our pick of the best places in London to celebrate falling – or pushing someone – off the wagon.

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1 | THE BEST TEQUILA HOTSPOT: Tonteria

Mexican food is tremendous, and the décor – photo booths and piñatas – is stylishly done. You're here for the tequila, though, and there's plenty of it served directly to your table via the ingenious means of a shot train.

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7–12 Sloane Square, Belgravia, London

tonteria.co.uk

2 | THE BEST FOR DEAN STREET DEBAUCHERY: Groucho Club

After nearly 30 years, The Groucho still retains its Cool Britannia feel. On its night, the now-venerable Dean Street member's club is still home to the great and the good – from Sir Bradley Wiggins to Sheridan Smith and Stephen Fry – letting their hair down in private.

45 Dean Street, Soho, London

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3 | BEST NEGRONI: The Connaught Bar

Made by the Italian bartender Agostino Perrone, who is a master of the aperitif. The negroni needs to blend the botanicals of gin and vermouth with the bitterness of Campari, while also promising a little sweetness. Agostino's negroni is actually one of the best cocktails in the world, let alone the best negroni.

Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London

the-connaught.co.uk

4 | BACHELOR PAD: King of Ladies Man

Head through the kitsch launderette at the back of the new Breakfast Club in Battersea, ask for 'The King of Ladies Man' and you're in. This Seventies bachelor pad serves up craft beers, the cheesiest toasties and tequila sunrises aplenty.

Breakfast Club, 5–9 Battersea Rise,  Wandsworth, London

thekingofladiesman.com

5 | THE BEST FOR RUM: Portside Parlour

The Basement Bar, Off Broadway, 63–65 Broadway Market, Hackney, LondonThis east London darkened den of rum has nailed the speakeasy vibe – squeeze through the rocking bar Off Broadway and head to the loos, pull the chain by the ship's wheel and you'll find yourself below deck. The cocktails are straight up, heavy on the rum and tasty. Pretty Charlotte will look after your every need and – if you're serious about the good stuff – there's a locker to keep a bottle safe for your next visit.

The Basement Bar, Off Broadway, 63–65 Broadway Market, Hackney, LondonPortside Parlour

portsideparlour.co.uk

6 | THEe BEST POSH 24/7 NIGHT SPOT: Vingt-Quatre (pictured)

This 24/7 west London institution is perhaps the only place where you can order both bubble and squeak and a shot of Jose Cuervo at 5am.

325 Fulham Road, London

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7 | THE BEST BEER GARDEN: The Faltering Fullback

Step into the tiny backyard of this north London pub, then gaze up at the enormous tree house-like beer garden featuring stairs, gangways and terraces. Outdoor heaters make it the perfect winter retreat.

19 Perth Road, Finsbury Park, London

thefullback.co.uk

8 | THE BEST PLACE FOR MESCAL DRINKING: Santo

Santo rescues Mexican establishments from tired clichés and mixes its tasteful bare-brick-wall setting with authentic, homemade food and drink in the quieter end of Portobello Road.

299 Portobello Road, Westbourne Park, London

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