Bars in Essex

Essex has become famed for its bar scene... and with good reason too! Whether you're after a simple afternoon sesh with a few close friends, or a jaegerbomb-fueled night of deep-house shuffling, bars in Essex can cater to all. From the TV-famous Sugar Hut, to the intimate-and-alternative Twisters, this county boasts the full spectrum of spaces to get the mojitos in. To help you to find exactly what you're looking for on your next night out in Essex, we've compiled a list of some of the best bars, outlining what each has to offer. 

Last updated on 15th May 2016

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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 Colchester. 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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Dishing up delectable dishes by day and rustling up tasty tipples by night, Baroosh is ones of the top dogs when it comes to restaurant bars in Essex. Serving up a modern menu of Mediterranean meals alongside a stellar selection of British classics, Baroosh offers plenty of wicked wares to fuel you for a night of partying. And why not wash it all back with one of their own signature blends. 

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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 Blanco is a strictly over 21s bar in Rayleigh that offers up the perfect environment to let off some steam after work. Head down and dance the night away amongst a mature crowd of party people as DJs spin 90s/00's classics on a Friday, and the biggest hits of today on a Saturday. Even better, Bar Blanco boasts up one of the best happy hours in Essex, offering two cocktails for just £6.95 (7-9pm - Fridays/Saturdays)! 

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Donning your smartest and sexiest clobber, head down to Loughton for a night at Nu Bar - one of the most glamorous bars in Essex. Every night, this bar plays host to a sea of gorgeous guests - usually with a few celeb faces sprinkled in and amongst. But more than just a spot to intermingle with the beau monde, Nu Bar regularly hosts the best live DJ nights in Essex. 

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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. Best of all, you can grab yourself two cocktails for just £5.95 every day between 4-8pm! 

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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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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 afterwork 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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Although not the biggest venue in the county, Suite 104 is one of the most extravagant bars in Essex. Whether you're posted up at the illuminated bar to have a chinwag with your fellow Essex merrymakers, or sunk into one of the plush booths here with a bunch of friends, there's an inescapable feeling of sophistication. And the tipples here are equally impressive, with an exceptional selection of cocktails, spirits, bubbles and vinos too. 

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