The Bar List: February 2015

The Concerto Bar List is a new monthly update giving you the lowdown on the most exciting new openings, top secret drinking dens, lesser known basement bars and much more. Our team love exploring the best of what London's nightlife has to offer, so this month we've been out and about trying the most innovative new places. Here are some of our favourites for February 2015.

We've also compiled a list of our favourite new restaurants - take a look.

Manchester House, Spinning Fields, Manchester M3

Tower 12 in Spinningfields Manchester looks like a very normal city tower, but don’t be fooled. Inside lies a very special experience for both food lovers and lovers of a life with a view. There are two independently different environments: the Lounge on level 12 and the Restaurant by Aiden Byrne on level two.

Australasia, Manchester M3

Australasia boasts a unique list of expertly crafted, exclusive cocktails alongside all the classics and an impressive wine list. Service from the friendly and knowledgeable staff runs into the early hours against an eclectic backdrop of music created nightly by resident and guest DJs.

Oskars Bar at Dabbous, Fitrovia, London W1

Dabbous has been one of the hottest tickets in town for a while now, but Oskar’s Bar deserves recognition in its own right. The cocktail bar is just as inventive as its adjacent restaurant, so expect unusual ingredients and unique flavor combinations – our tip is the barrel-aged negroni.

The Shrub and Shutter, Brixton Village, London SW9

A brand new cocktail bar has opened on Brixton’s Coldharbour Lane, and you’ve got to try it. It’s recently been named one of the greatest cocktail bars in the world. It’s the first venue from two well-loved drinks impresarios, Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza, who have a combined 25 years experience in the industry.

The Alchemist, London EC3 and Manchester M1

A glint of gold has appeared amongst the charcoal and black suits of the City, with the arrival of The Alchemist. This bar is the latest City hangout, and provides a great backdrop for breakfast briefings, laid-back lunches, Saturday brunches, post-work tipples, and late night suppers. In Manchester you’ll find the Alchemist on New York Street and Hardman Street.

The Cocktail Trading Company, Soho, London W1

The Cocktail Trading Co. is the brainchild of three lifelong bartenders, who wanted to create a business that not only operated great bars, but also gave back to the bar world. The bar supports the people living and working in the industry.

White Lyan, Hoxton, London N1

White Lyan is the first solo venue from single-minded cocktailian Ryan Chetiyawardana. The bar is already renowned for its shunning of ice cubes. Chetiyawardana also employs no citrus, sugar, fruit or other perishables, and next to no branded products. And that means some very unusual drinks!

Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell, London EC1

The Cocktail Lounge at the Townhouse is a collaboration between The Zetter, chef Bruno Loubet and Tony Conigliaro. Tony Conigliaro has earned a reputation for his groundbreaking approach to cocktail making and the drinking experience. His recipes pay homage to the area's distilling heritage, with old recipes for tinctures, bitters and herbal remedies.