Quirky pubs and bars in London

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If you’re getting tired of the same old venues in London, there are some great places you can visit which will add a little something extra to your night out. From Circus bars to speakeasies, we’ve put together a list of some amazing bars ‘with a twist’ so you can try something a little different.

Don’t just go for the drinks, go for the experience!

Evans & Peel Detective agency                                                                   

Twitter handle: @evansandpeel

This great little bar in Kensington is set up as an old fashioned detective agency. They specialise in blackmail, missing persons and armed personal protection, but they also make a killer cocktail!

evansandpeel.com

Evans & Peel Detective agency  310c Earls Ct Rd, London SW5 9BA

Trapeze                

Twitter handle: @TrapezeBar

Set over 2 levels, this circus themed bar has a great cocktail list and simple but tasty kitchen on the ground floor while downstairs you’ll find the underground sound of real house and deep disco with some of London’s finest DJs.

trapezebar.co.uk

Trapeze 89 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HX

Bavarian Beerhouse Old Street 

Twitter handle: @BavarianBeerUK

The first and Original Bavarian Beerhouse! Here you can find the Bavarian Beerhouses’ uniquely rough and ready approach to partying! Monday to Wednesday you will find it as a German restaurant, serving delicious traditional food and indisputably amazing beers, then Thursday to Saturday is an all year round Oktoberfest party!

bavarian-beerhouse.co.uk

Bavarian Beerhouse Old Street 190 City Rd, London EC1V 2QH

The Aviary Bar

Twitter handle: @The_Aviary_Bar 

The Aviary Bar is one of London’s premier party venues with its unique decor, enviable 4am drink and dance licence, lit dance floor and even Karaoke! Whether it’s a drink with friends or a private party this venue makes for an unique night out.

theaviarybar.com

The Aviary Bar 16 Little Portland St, London W1W 8BP

Shaka Zulu

Twitter handle: @ShakaZuluLondon

Set over 27,000 sq ft in Camden, this spectacular South African two floor restaurant, bar and club offers amazing food, drinks, live music, dancing and daytime family entertainment. The lower floor of this stunning venue is complemented by a display of 20ft high warrior statues and the Mezzanine level offers a champagne bar and cocktail lounge overlooking the stunning braai restaurant. Carved wooden murals cover every inch of Shaka Zulu’s walls and ceiling making it a beautiful space to host private events and parties.

shaka-zulu.com

Shaka Zulu Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AB

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

If you head to The Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane, you’ll find a Smeg fridge (yes you heard me right), open the fridge door and walk through and you’ll find yourself inside one of London’s ultimate speakeasies.  Exposed brickwork, an air of exclusivity, some great music and a wide selection of cocktails makes this venue a must!

themayorofscaredycattown.com

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town 12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS

Bounce

Twitter handle: @bouncepingpong

Bounce is Europe’s leading social entertainment brand, housing 28 ping pong tables evenly across two London venues. Sitting amongst the plentiful ping pong tables within each stunning venue is an impressive and expansive ‘Gin Palace’ inspired cocktail bar. With menus developed by award winning mixologists and delivered by a passionate bar team, there is a characteristic list of cocktails inspired by the history of the local area and heritage of the game of ping pong.

bouncepingpong.com

Bounce 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD

Frank’s Café

Twitter handle: @frankspeckham

Frank’s Café is a rooftop bar and restaurant and is the flagship architectural commission of Bold Tendencies in Peckham. The bar was designed by Practice Architecture (Paloma Gormley & Lettice Drake), and opened in 2008 by bartender Frank Boxer and chef Michael Davies. On a warm clear evening this venue gives you great views and great food and drink.

frankscafe.org.uk

Frank’s Café  10th, Peckham Multi Story Carpark, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

Trailer Happiness

Twitter handle: @TrailerH

Trailer happiness is an intimate lounge bar, den and kitchen on Portobello Road serving the finest classic and original cocktails with a Tiki twist. This venue has a warm intimate feel with some amazing décor.

trailerhappiness.com

Trailer Happiness  177 Portobello Rd, London W11 2DY

Aces & Eights

Twitter handle: @Aces_Bar

Bringing authentic rock ‘n roll to you, Aces is a unique neighbourhood bar in the truest sense of the word. Enjoy pizza in one of the booths upstairs or head down to the basement room which has its own bar and hosts live music as well as regular comedy nights. It is also available for private hire for your own event or party.

acesandeightssaloonbar.com

Aces and Eights 156-158 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HP