The de facto line is that summer is over. Ever the optimists though, we beg to differ. The sunshine season may well be fast hurtling towards its end, but the official line is that summer ends on September the 21st. For those dying rays of light we're hoping to catch before the sun sets on us, we asked the experts at BarChick to round-up their favourite places to drink cocktails which are inspired by the sunshine season. Read on to discover the very best summer cocktail drinking holes.

Peroni Bar, Sky Lounge

The latest concept bar from Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Peroni Bar, Sky Lounge is all about clean and modern Italian aesthetics (and city boys in suits, but that’s beside the point). Sky Lounge atop the Hilton boasts breathtaking views of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and as the sky gets starrier the gherkin seems nearer than ever. Marvel as you sip your way through summer.

Location: Double Tree by Hilton, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF

Stage 3

It’s been three wonderful years of professionally ‘popping up’ for the Platterform boys, so we’re happy to see them finally plant some roots at Hackney Empire. Stage 3 is an exotic explosion of taste, sound and visuals. Get iced and drink the King Creole Slushie (frozen Wray and Nephew, Appleton VX rum, spiced coconut cream and pineapple) served from a slushy machine straight into a colourful plastic cup.

Location: 289 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Pelicans & Parrots

Beneath boutique vintage shop Pelicans & Parrots, lurks a speakeasy rum bar with attitude. Simply slip into the changing room as if you’re about to try something on before sashaying down the stairs to encounter what awaits you below. The Passion Colada - made by mixing up Elderado 3yo rum, lime, scotch, bonnet pepper and sugar syrup - is a classier take on the usual Pina Colada, and it comes served in a martini glass.

Location: 81 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8AD

Hackney Hardware

Hackney Hardware occupies an old iron mongers which stands exactly as it did when it first opened for business in 1797, give or take a few bottles of wine and some tinned fish, but who’s bothered about the details? Now a stripped back bar in the ultimate sense of the expression, BarChick’s found there’s something epic about drinking a delightfully fresh Aperol Spritz while surrounded by crusty oldness; ying and yang style.

Location: 493 Hackney Road, London E2 9ED

Seven at Brixton

Seven at Brixton is a bustling bar in Brixton Market which dons a seriously cool luggage theme; a tribute to the salesman who occupied the space before them. The back bar consists of spirits sitting artfully in suitcases secured to the wall, and the mega cocktails will set you back no more than a fiver a pop. Drink the self-stirred Gin & Pimms Cup complete with a lime, mint & cucumber popsicle. As the popsicle melts into the moonshine jar, Pimms, apple juice, lemonade, Boxer Gin and crushed ice are added.

Location: Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB

Oblix at The Shard

The Shard has done majorly impressive things to London’s skyline and if you’re looking for another reason to head up to soak in that view then Oblix's new cocktail menu is it. Drink the Oblix Pineapple (Zacapa 23 Yr Old, pineapple, lime, almonds) and feel smug as you kick back in London’s prettiest skyscraper.

Location: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY

Mussel Men

A pop-up gone permanent is always a sign of a good party, and Mussel Men is just that. The underwater theme will transport you to the great British seaside and the waiters wearing sailor suits will serve you nothing but seafood, in Dalston. We’re down. Drink the East India (gin, cucumber, mint and chamomile syrup) and settle into a pirate’s life.

Location: 584 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AH

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