Bars in Essex

There's a reason the Essex bar scene is all over tellie. Whether you're after an afternoon sesh with a few mates, or a jaegerbomb-fuelled night of deep house shape-throwing, bars in Essex can cater to all. From the famous Sugar Hut, to the intimate-and-alternative Twisters, the best bars in Essex come in all shapes and sizes - pretty much like everyone in the county.

Last updated on 23rd November 2017

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Sugar Hut

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Having hosted some of the most memorable moments from ITV's 'The Only Way is Essex', Sugar Hut  is easily one of the most iconic bars in the country. With a variety of spaces to discover, a playlist of the best tunes, and a wide array of tipples to try, this elegant Essex bar is sure to keep you enthralled all night long. Throw on your snazziest blazer or your most scintillating mini dress and head down for the quintessential night of partying in Essex.

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Missoula is one of the most bustling cocktail bars in Chelmsford. Head down to this effervescent party haven and you'll discover a crowd of young, affluent partygoers, ready to dance the night away. Serving up some quality grub and boasting a long list of cocktails for you to work your way through, this is the perfect bar for an all day drinking session in Essex - ideal for an evening of dinner, drinking and dancing. 

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The Brickyard Bar & Grill

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This three-floored restaurant bar in Romford is the perfect all-in-one venue. Boasting an air of 'New York chic', sit down in the stylish restaurant area here for a proper slap-up meal - think Scottish prime steaks and more. Naturally, you'll want to wash it down with a few glasses of vino - thankfully, the bar boasts an exceptional selection. Fuelled for the night, head to the dance floor and throw you best shapes as DJs spin into the early hours. 

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Bar Zero

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Whether you're looking for a space to eat, drink or dance, Bar Zero offers up a killer experience for guests on all fronts. Pop into this bar of a morning and grab yourself big brekky to begin your day, pop in of an evening for some after work tipples, or head down at night donning your fanciest clobber and try to get lucky at this party bar in Essex. 

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Looking for a friendly restaurant bar in Southend? The Townhouse Bar and Kitchen is the perfect place to quench your cocktail cravings and satiate your stomach rumblings whilst out in town. Pop into this modern-yet-classic venue for some gastro-inspired grub and some expertly-mixed tipples.

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Waikiki Bar and Club

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Looking for something a little different in Essex? Make your way to Waikiki Bar and Club - Colchester's very own slice of tropical paradise. Donning your hula skirts and floral shirts, venture inside and feast your eyes upon the excitingly exotic interior - think beach hut booths, bamboo bars and totem poles. Naturally, you'll want to indulge on a few cheeky tiki tipples too - luckily for you, this Colchester cocktail bar rustles up a mean Zombie!

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Twisters Bar

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Twister is an undeniably awesome, alternative cocktail bar in Essex - both in terms of the tunes and the tipples. Expect to hear the sounds of Electro, Rock, Punk and Indie being spun as you dabble in Twister's innovative cocktail list. Indulge on a stunning selection of punchy concoctions that come served up in a variety of quirky vessels - think jam jars and milk bottles. A quaint and quirky cocktail bar in Essex. 

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Much like its unpretentious name, Harry's  is a one of the most laid-back bars in Essex. Head down for an afternoon of al fresco fraternising in Harry's chilled-out outdoor area. With a glass of wine in hand, intermingle with an after-work crowd and let loose after a long week. Harry's '25 and over' policy (for those simply here to drink) brings about a noticeably mature and pleasant ambience. 

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Reids might be best known for its raucous late night activities come the weekend, this bar in Billericay offers a great atmosphere all through the day. With a solid wine menu made all the better with great cocktails, spirits and an outside space to lounge around in, there’s all the reason to spend all day here.

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As the night goes on, Chicago’s becomes a nightclub, but in the early evening you can settle in here for some great cocktails, all while enjoying their huge covered terrace (which is heated in the summer months).

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