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Welcome to The Dark Horse.

Voted top 10 best bars in the world by Tales Of The Cocktail, top 3 in the UK by Imbibe magazine, and #1 by our mums, The Dark Horse is an independent cocktail bar with a seasonal menu focusing on fresh and local ingredients.

This bijou drinking den was built by my own hand and friends & family, to bring you a grown-up drinking experience in the heart of beautiful Bath. Our goal has been to create a space that is welcoming and relaxed, with the highest level of both drinks and service you will find in any bar anywhere in the world.


Our artwork was created by Chris Hopewell of Jacknife Studios in Bristol. The aprons handmade by Bristol designer Mishi May. Most of the artwork on the walls were made by friends, such as Mishka Westell’s ‘Heartless Bastards’ prints. Our sound system was built by Naim in Wiltshire.

Our furniture was either sourced from antique dealers in Bath, or built by artisan carpenter, Luke Saxton and myself. All the timber was sourced from Oscar Windebank & Sons in Box, just outside Bath. This whole project has been a complete labour of love and I do hope you enjoy it here.

We are fully seated, 21s and over, and ask that our guests behave with as much decorum and respect for others as is reasonable to expect. While we will always do our best to accommodate walk-in tables, we highly recommend booking ahead as we are sometimes fully booked a few weeks ahead, especially on weekends.

Many thanks for visiting The Dark Horse. Do come again soon.
Louis Lewis-Smith
Founder, Creative Director & maintenance guy


If you’re planning a trip to Bristol, we’d love for you to join us at our sister venue, Crying Wolf.

The Dark Horse

7a Kingsmead Square
Bath, BA1 2AB

01225 302820

Monday – 5:00pm – 12:30am
Tuesday – 5.00pm – 12.30am
Wednesday – 5.00pm – 12.30am
Thursday – 5.00pm – 12.30am
Friday – 5:00pm – 2:00am
Saturday – 4:00pm – 2:00am
Sunday – 4.00pm – 11.30pm