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!
Evans & Peel Detective agency 310c Earls Ct Rd, London SW5 9BA
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.
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 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.
The Aviary Bar 16 Little Portland St, London W1W 8BP
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 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!
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town 12-16 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS
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.
Bounce 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
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.
Frank’s Café 10th, Peckham Multi Story Carpark, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
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.
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.
Aces and Eights 156-158 Fortess Rd, London NW5 2HP