Where to get the best cocktails in Canterbury

Sinead Hanna
2nd December 2022

What’s your drink of choice? Whether you like your Martini dirty or your Negroni sbagliato, you’ll find the perfect cocktail bar for your taste buds right here.

Top class mixologists are well and truly making their mark in Canterbury, and our cocktail bars don’t skimp on style either with boho speakeasies, open-air terraces and lavish ballrooms dotted along the cobbled streets.

We’ve assembled a list of the best places for a cocktail on your next night out (or ‘working’ lunch, we won’t tell…)

Remember there are lots of other great pubs and restaurants to explore in town, so take a look around or browse our Top Cosy Pubs blog if you want something more traditional. 

The Pound

One that has to be seen to be believed. Medieval meets modern at The Pound, as you step inside the incredible Westgate Towers to find a super stylish cocktail palace, open until late and serving great tunes with a packed cocktail menu.

Being the former city gaol, you can even sip your drinks in a former prison cell or perch on a table by the River Stour on a clear day.

Is this is the most beautiful bar in Canterbury? See for yourself…


Rooftop bar, cathedral views, long cocktail list. Need we say more?

Socialite sits atop the Hampton at Hilton Hotel, and offers cocktails, boozy brunches and meal options with beautiful views across the city. And with regular music and DJ nights, it's the perfect place for a little bit of a boogie with your beverages.

A great choice for group get togethers, the terrace has umbrellas and heaters to enjoy the views in all weathers. 

The Falstaff

Sophistication is the name of the game at The Falstaff. An eclectic menu of bespoke concoctions and classic flavours awaits, and there are plenty of deep sofas and wood paneled nooks to hide away in.

The bar is open to non-residents, with a large terrace and cocktail masterclasses available to book. 

Citi Terrace

A slice of European café culture in the centre of the city, this terrace bar and restaurant is one of the most popular spots in town for those in the know.

The cocktail list is huge but all are made with perfect panache by the in-house mixologist.

A must visit in the summer, or lounge with a Shisha.

The Fig

A newcomer to Canterbury, and already a contender for the best Negroni in town.

The Fig is a small cocktail and wine bar, serving up small plates and a dash of Parisian elegance. The selection is simple and the quality is high, a great choice for a post-work beverage with discounts from 4pm to 6pm, or pop in for a pre-theatre drink.

Rumour has it this is where the actors from The Marlowe shows drink.... 

The Privy

Slip underground into one of the city’s old public toilets for a big night out. Stay with us on this…

The old ‘Privy’ has been transformed into a 1920s art deco speakeasy, with soft lighting, beautiful art works and a cocktail list to die for. Think gold accents, rich colours and live music that’ll have you tangoing until dawn.

Find the hidden entrance at the top of Burgate, open until late.

The Loft

Party people, make your way to The Loft. Up to 4 resident DJs put out the vibes from the evening until the early hours at this gorgeous bar, with award-winning cocktails on the menu and everything from R&B and afrobeats to tech house.

VIP and group deals are often available, so check out their social before you head out. 


Alberrys has been mixing up fantastic drinks for many years, and remains a firm favourite amongst those in the know in town.

Serving up great cocktails as well as a fun rum selection, Alberry is open late and has some top notch serving platters when hunger strikes.

Find them on St Margaret’s Street.


Canterbury’s very own gin palace and craft beer tap room, Pegasus is bejeweled, cosy delight in the St Dunstan’s quarter. Cocktails are on offer as you slip into one of the vintage cinema seats or grab a window table to people watch while you sup.

With more than 100 gins to choose from, it’s a place to visit time and time again.

The Cuban

A place to see and be seen, The Cuban is magnet for people wanting to dance, drink and embrace the Latin spirit. The bar promises authentic cocktails with the freshest ingredients and the finest spirits, plus great food and great company, and the carefully curated drinks menu certainly packs a punch.

There are regular party and DJ nights  at this stunning bar, so book ahead or expect to queue on busy nights.

The Ballroom

Possibly Canterbury’s best kept secret, The Ballroom will make your jaw drop when you step through the door and up the stairs. Baroque meets bohemian meets Victorian mania in this sweeping former ballroom, where the drinks are plentiful and the vibe stays spicy.

Enjoy live music on weeknights and resident DJs at the weekend, and maybe some glow in the dark ping pong. It’s a thing. 

The Cosy Club

A whopping 4 floors of relaxed dining and stylish drinking awaits at The Cosy Club in St Margaret’s Street.

A newcomer to town, the decor oozes art deco glamour with just a slice of steampunk and there is ample room for groups, private parties or couple looking for a delicious beverage.

Try the Banana Espresso Martini - it might just surprise you! 

Tokyo Tea Rooms

Whether you start or end your night here, you’re guaranteed a good time.The Tokyo Tea Rooms is the place to come for sensational entertainment with regular cabaret nights, internationally renowned drag shows, and even circus style performances.

From juicy DJ sets to Mamma Mia sing-a-long brunches, w0e dare you not to have a good time.

Las Iguanas

The cocktail game is strong with this popular Latin American restaurant.

Since opening in late 2022, the latest addition to the Las Iguanas family has been packing its 2 storey venue with eager drinkers and diners thanks to its extensive cocktail menu and 2 for 1 offers.

Great flavours are guaranteed here, along with outstanding tunes courtesy of regular weekend DJs. 

The Mooring Place

This super cute riverside cafe and bar is making a name for itself with its mix of classic and original cocktails. A hidden gem in the Castle Quarter, and home to the Canterbury Punting Company, this is a great place to kick back with a drink, enjoy the scenery and even join one of their quiz nights or poker evenings.

The Penny Theatre

Another venue that will take your from lunch to the early hours, The Penny Theatre has been a Canterbury institution for decades.

A great venue with a huge range of events - from karaoke and drag bingo to great live music, you can enjoy a wide range of cocktails here and a hearty meal with your crowd.