The 23 Loveliest Valentine’s Day Cocktails For A Special Day

Love it, or hate it, Valentine’s Day is approaching fast. Perhaps you love being able to celebrate love, and spend time with loved ones. Perhaps you hate all it stands for and will be striking out with your friends to change the narrative of the night. Well, regardless of whether you’re celebrating, or rallying against it, you could do with a cocktail, right? Take advantage of the special day and sip at these delectable Valentine’s Day cocktails to get you through February 14.

Disclaimer: yes, a lot of the Valentine’s Day cocktails are pink. It’s unavoidable!

1. Alma Preciosa – COYA

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COYA’s Valentine’s Day celebrations have found them partnering with British niche luxury fragrance brand, Thameen, for a carefully considered four course meal. Diners will get a sample of the brand’s new fragrance, Peregrina, while a special Valentine’s Day cocktail has found COYA’s mixologists takin inspiration from the brand’s fragrance, Insignia. The result, the Alma Preciosa, offers up citrus, floral, woody, and aromatic flavour notes that conjure up timeless elegance, much like the Insignia scent itself.

At COYA City, the Valentine’s Day Menu is available from February 9-14, while at COYA Mayfair it is available from February 14-18.

📍 COYA City, Unit 1C, 31-33 Throgmorton Street, EC2N 2AT. Nearest station is Bank.

📍 COYA Mayfair, 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW. Nearest station is Hyde Park Corner or Green Park.

2. Lychee and Rose Petal Bellini – Babur

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Those heading to Babur for their special three-course Valentine’s meal will be treated to a special welcome cocktail to whet the appetite. Bright, refreshing, and delicately floral, the cocktail will work wonderfully as a segue into the three courses of modern Indian food that range across regional cooking and the bolder styles of the subcontinent.

📍 119 Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, SE23 1JP. Nearest station is Honor Oak Park.

3. Lettre à Coco – LPM Restaurant & Bar

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LPM has cooked mixed up a cocktail menu dedicated to toasting loved ones, inspired by the life of French poet and artist, Jean Cocteau. The Lettre à Coco, which takes inspiration from the unique friendship between Jean and Coco Chanel, includes Ketel One vodka, Champagne cordial, jasmine, bergamot, and rose. The whole experience is accented by the cocktail being delivered with a personal note spritzed with Chanel No 5, to reflect the notes of the drink.

📍 53-54 Brook’s Mews, Mayfair, W1K 4EG. Nearest station is Bond Street.

4. The New Romantic – Swingers

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With a name like that you can be sure that Swingers wasn’t about to avoid Valentine’s Day! But they’re keeping things squeaky clean with their The New Romantic cocktail, which blends together Chase Rhubarb and Bramley Apple Gin, Grand Marnier, strawberry purée, and lemon juice. They’ve even got a special deal where one costs £10, but buy two (for you and your beau – or just you and you) and it’ll only run you £16. Bargain! Get to swinging! (The golf clubs…)

📍 Swingers City, 8 Brown’s Building, EC3A 8AL. Nearest station is Aldgate.

📍 Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s Street, W1G 0AB. Nearest station is Oxford Circus.

5. Draw Back Your Bow – Discount Suit Company and The Umbrella Workshop

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The Umbrella Project team have partnered up with Kyrö New Make Rye Spirit to offer up a sharer cocktail across their bars. The drink mixes up the small-batch Finnish liquor with Lingonberry Cordial, Fig Leaf Liqueur, and Rose Vermouth. Expect sweet and spiced flavours in a cocktail positively brimming with passion. The drink is also available online in a limited edition, Draw Back Your Bow Cocktail Gift Set, for a cocktail night in.

📍Discount Suit Company, 29A Wentworth Street, E1 7TB. Nearest station is Aldgate East.

📍The Umbrella Workshop, Unit 10, Cleeve Workshops, Boundary Street, E2 7JD . Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.

6. Cupido – Feels Like June

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Brighten up your Valentine’s Day by heading to sunny California! Or, more realistically, by heading to the California-inspired eatery, Feels Like June. As part of their Valentine’s Day menu the bar team have designed a special sharing cocktail, the Cupido. With Pisco, Heering Cherry, strawberry, sage, rose water, vanilla syrup, and pink grapefruit, it’s a bright, refreshing concoction for “lovers, friends, or other dynamic duos”.

📍 15 Water St, Canary Wharf, E14 9SB. Nearest station is Canary Wharf.

7. I Want Candy – Thin White Duke

Head to Thin White Duke for their Valentine’s Day party if the sight of loved-up couples makes you sick to your stomach. They’re hosting a 1960’s Valentine’s Spectacular with unmissable entertainment and plenty of delicious Valentine’s Day cocktails. Among them is the I Want Candy – a true love potion of rose, cardamom, and rum. Originally a New Year’s exclusive, it was too tempting for them to not bring it back.

Check out their website to find out how to grab tickets to their Valentine’s Spectacular. Tickets include a welcome cocktail to boot!

📍 22b Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LD. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus.

8. Eros – Bacchanalia

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Valentine’s Day will see Bacchanalia supplementing their a la carte menu with a premium Venus tasting menu from internationally renowned chef Athinagoras Kostakos. The meal comprises of sharing plates that range from Fine de Claire Oysters to Lobster Paccheri Pasta, Braised Veal, and more. But it’s the cocktail we’re interested in – the Eros, which they’ve paired with their white chocolate, lychee, and rose dessert, Aphrodite’s Touch. The drink itself is an exotic concoction of orange and cherry, sure to delight.

📍 1-3 Mount Street, W1K 3NA. Nearest station is Bond Street.

9. Shape of My Heart – Rake’s Café Bar

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For devastatingly gorgeous Valentine’s Day cocktails, with equally impressive flavour, you’ll definitely want to check out Rake’s Café Bar’s offerings. Their Shape of My Heart combines gin, Lanique, lemon juice, and cranberry before being topped up with soda, peach, and jasmine. It’s floral, sweet (but not overly), and simply stunning to look at. Be sure to dress up lest you want the cocktail to outshine you!

📍 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN. Nearest station is Liverpool Street.

10. Fall In Love – Como Garden

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Step off the streets of London and into Italy for Valentine’s Day with Como Garden’s limited time specials. Can you think of anything more romantic? For one day only they bid you to Fall In Love by way of their Amaretto, Bacardi Bianco, wild strawberry puree, fresh lemon and egg white concoction. You won’t be able to resist falling under their spell.

📍 37-45 Kensington High Street, W8 5ED. Nearest station is High Street Kensington.

11. Shanghai Rose – Tattu

It’s impossible not to get swept away by the dazzling interiors of Tattu’s restaurant. But the food and drink are equally breathtaking, and the Valentine’s Day specials add a jolt of seduction to the whole affair. Try out the sharing Shanghai Rose, made with Peddlar’s Gin, Rose and Champagne, for a true taste of passion.

📍 The Now Building Rooftop, Outernet, Denmark Street, WC2H 0LA. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.

12. Love & Passion Margarita – Pivot Bar & Bistro

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Don’t just stop with the complimentary glass of bubbles at Pivot Bar & Bistro’s Valentine’s Day dinner. Keep the good times rolling, and the passion flowing, with their Love & Passion Margarita. We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess it might contain, oh, passionfruit maybe?

📍 3 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8LU. Nearest station is Covent Garden.

13. Mwah-Tini – The Piano Works

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Sure, you could head to The Piano Works for their Valentine’s Day dinner, but we know what you really want to do is go to their mid-week bottomless brunch the day after. On February 15, you and all your mates will be able to order a Mwah-Tini cocktail tree – six Valentine’s Day cocktails made up of Chambord, mango vodka, passionfruit, lime juice, and sugar syrup. Now that’s a combination of two words that we love: ‘cocktail tree.’ Yes, please!

📍 The Piano Works, Farringdon, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BX

📍 The Piano Works, West End, 47 Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7DH

You can’t go wrong with any of Florattica’s cocktail offering for Valentine’s Day, with every drink on the menu taking inspiration from florals and nature. Our pick of the lot? The Kimiko, their take on the classic Tuxedo cocktail, with cherry blossom liqueur, Japanese gin, Lillet Blanc, and absinthe. Dry and floral, it’s a delightful alternative to the often sweet Valentine’s Day cocktails that fill tables on the day.

📍 Level 11, Canopy by Hilton London City, 11-15 Minories, EC3N 1AX. Nearest station is Aldgate.

15. El Cariño – Chotto Matte

Drawing on the festive Peruvian flavours that Chotto Matte is known for, the El Cariño serves up a bright pink twist on the classic Pisco Sour. Head on down to try it out between February 13 and 19 across both locations.

📍 Chotto Matte Soho, 11, 13 Frith Street, W1D 4RB. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square,

📍 Chotto Matte Marylebone, 26 Paddington Street, W1U 5QY. Nearest station is Baker Street.

16. The Passione – Piazza Italiana

There’s just something about great Italian food that always proves to be the best complement to a romantic evening. And at Piazza Italiana, they’re throwing great Valentine’s Day cocktails into the mix too. Their The Passione cocktail will entrance you from the very first sip. White rum, Camparai, Passoa liqueur, passionfruit syrup, pineapple juice, and fresh lime juice all come together for this gorgeous delight of a drink.

📍 38 Threadneedle Street, EC2R 8AY. Nearest station is Bank or Liverpool Street.

17. The Stage Muse – The Stage at The Londoner

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Inspired by the latest fragrance from London Perfumer, Miller Harris, Myrica Muse, The Stage Muse mixes up gin, jasmine liqueur, citrus cordial, and jasmine tea infused with freeze-dried strawberries before being topped with Champagne. The notes of rose, red fruits, and jasmine, speak directly to the notes found in the perfume. It’s heady and seductive, and to top it all off (beyond even the Champagne topper) each cocktail is served alongside a vial of Myrica Muse.

📍38 Leicester Square, WC2H 7DX. Nearest station is Leicester Square of Piccadilly Circus.

18. The free oyster… – Coupe

Okay, so we’re cheating with this inclusion, but it simply has to be mentioned! There isn’t a specific cocktail at Coupe for Valentine’s Day, but there is a fantastic cocktail-involving deal. From February 13-19, every glass of fizz or cocktail served at The Gantry’s hotel bar, Coupe, will come with a free oyster. We might just have to head down, oh, at least three times for nights of drinks and oysters!

📍 Inside The Gantry, 40 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, E20 1DB. Nearest station is Stratford International.

19. SloegasmClay’s

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Clay’s signature cocktail is the obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day cocktail. Equal parts naughty and nice, it’s fruity and pink with just a hint of bubbles – but plenty boozy enough. As a plus, make a booking for your space and you can pre-purchase a whole bottle of the cocktail at a hefty discount. You’ll forget it’s your turn in the virtual clay-shooting arena because you’ll be too busy trying to drink it all!

📍 Clays Moorgate, 55 Moorgate, EC2R 6LL. Nearest station is Moorgate.

📍 Clays Canary Wharf Unit B1 on the wharf, 1 Cabot Square, E14 4QJ. Nearest station is Canary Wharf.

20. Cupid’s Kiss – Beetle Juice

Find the Beetle bar in Brixton Village and you’ve successfully found your way to Beetle Juice. And even if you’re proudly single, sticking two fingers up to Valentine’s Day, you won’t be able to resist their Cupid’s Kiss cocktail. The drink shakes up rum, lime, raspberry, and sugar, and the whole affair is topped off with mint and candy floss. Who can resist a drink that comes with an edible topping?

📍 4-25 Granville, Brixton Village, SW9 8PR. Nearest station is Brixton.

21. Candy Kiss – Madison

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Spend Valentine’s Day marvelling at the view – and looking at the wonderful vista visible from this rooftop terrace restaurant. You’ll definitely want to grab the Candy Kiss if you’re spending Valentine’s Day at Madison. It’s a delectable mixture of vermouth, elderflower liqueur, crème de cassis, and Champagne – with a little candy floss hat! How cute!

📍Rooftop Terrace One, New Change, London EC4M 9AF. Nearest station is St Paul’s.

Non-alcoholic Valentine’s Day Cocktails

There’s plenty of love in the air, regardless of if you drink alcohol or not. There’s no need to feel left out with these non-alcoholic Valentine’s Day cocktails.

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The Love Bug‘s milkshake-esque mix of Fresh Milk, Grenadine, Strawberry Whipped Cream, and Marshmallow is sure to add an accent of sweetness to a love-filled day. Match your Valentine’s Day cocktails with their special Valentine’s menu featuring Mini Love Pancakes and you’ll be floating out the door full of romance. They’ve even got Love Beef Meatballs and dog-friendly Love Pancakes for your four-legged friends!

📍 52 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH. Nearest station is Royal Oak or Bayswater.

23. In Love With Coco – Coco Grill & Lounge

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Coco Grill are already the go-to spot for those looking for a booze-free night without sacrificing any of the flavour or fun. And for Valentine’s Day you bet they’ll be keeping the loving feeling flowing, but without any nasty hangover the next day. Try out their In Love With Coco with its blend of fresh mixed berries for a berry lovely time.

📍 34a Shad Thames, SE1 2YG. Nearest station is Tower Hill.

So, there you have it. The very best of London’s Valentine’s Day cocktails. Go forth and imbibe (responsibly)!