Review: Nine Lives London Bridge cocktail bar
London Bridge is a busy area, so it’s always exciting to find a great place to visit that is a little bit hidden and calmer – Nine Lives cocktail bar is certainly that place.
We had a bit of trouble finding Nine Lives, because it’s on a small street round the back of London Bridge Station, next to a building site. Don’t let this put you off visiting this London neighborhood bar though – it has a welcoming atmosphere and thoughtful drinks.
Down a small flight of stairs, you’ll enter a world of glowing lanterns and bamboo, with multiple cosy corners or a friendly bar to perch at.
There’s wine and beer, but the majority of the menu is divided by spirit, with three classic cocktail options accompanying each, such as The Classic Daiquiri (£9.50) on the rum page, or Our Negroni ‘D’Avalos’ (£11) on the gin page. We ordered from the House Cocktails page, a separate list of drinks which changes about four times every year.
We enjoyed our Kernel Kafé (£7, above), a non-alcoholic option blending cold-brew coffee, caramel, tonic water and garnished with popcorn. Usually, London’s non-alcoholic cocktails can be preoccupied with fruit juice and too sweet, so this interesting, complex serve was a big surprise.
The majority of the House Cocktails were £10 or £11, which is a fair price for a centrally located London bar, especially when they are good quality – and Nine Lives’ are. The bar uses its garden to make many elements of its drinks too, which means that you’ll get a true taste of London (and leave a smaller carbon footprint) if you come for a drink here.