During the early days of Planet Earth, an alien visited, bringing with it some of the greatest gifts humanity has ever received – we can only assume that’s how we came to have the Negroni. Or maybe it was something to do with an adaptation of a Milano Torino at Caffe Camparino in Milan during the 1860s? Or a Count Camillo Negroni? Whoever’s responsible, we’re forever grateful. Whether you’re looking for a total classic or want to try a new take, here’s where to find the best Negronis in London.
Bar Termini is an obvious choice for one of the best Negronis in town, with an entire menu dedicated to the short but powerful drink. While these Negronis are pre-batched, there’s certainly nothing lazy about them, they’re carefully made by premium bottled cocktail company Untitled Drinks. And as a bonus, pre-bottled means you can get some to take home with you.
You can’t beat a Negroni for a fiver in London, and a good one at that. That’s why Brutto’s affordable aperitivi are way up there with its selling points, alongside the traditional trattoria vibes and menu of Tuscan crowd-pleasers. Apparently they get through 20 litres of the stuff each day.
A mezcal Negroni will knock your socks off – in a good way – and Bar Antoine’s is smokin’ (literally). Gone are the days of the three-ingredient Negroni, this one combines Ilegal Joven Mezcal with cherry wine, Campari, Kahlua and a beetroot & mirin fermentation. It’ll blow you away.
Ever tried a prophetic Negroni? The eccentric Lounge Bohemia (created by Paul Tvaroh) has on its list the Osteological Negroni, which comes with a warning – it’ll tell you your future. No spoilers here, but the picture (and name) might clue you in about what’s in store.
Negronis are a favourite among Vermuteria’s customers, and we can see why. The clue is in the name, Vermuteria knows its way around Vermouth, and they have a few different Negroni options. The classic is always a solid choice, made with their Vermuteria Rosso with notes of orange zest, rhubarb, dandelion and dried rosemary.
We loved this cocktail & listening bar back when it was a pop-up, but now that it’s landed a permanent spot in Peckham, it’s even better. Jazu is all about reviving the classics and they whip up a mean Negroni. Another mezcal-based twist (this is popular for a reason), Jazu uses Lost Explorer mezcal, Campari and Cocchi Vermouth di Torino. Yum.
Rumour has it (and by rumour, we mean an Instagram post) that this Holloway Road pasta spot has been Danny Devito’s choice for a Negroni fix on multiple occasions. If it’s good enough for Danny!