Cool and Quirky Bars in Essex

Don't let some preconceptions of Essex fool you, it's actually QUITE the haven for the unique and the unusual, not the orange and the WAG. From tiki bars and romping clubs, to three story buildings full of food and hidden indie haunts, why not check out our recommendations for the most cool and quirky bars in Essex.

Last updated on 22nd June 2016

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One of the most notable hybrid venues in town, The Brickyard is one of the most quirky bars in Essex. Not only can you grab a pure Americana bite, or indulge in some of the most unique cocktails in the business, Brickyard also take the charge when it comes to partying to boot. 

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Sugar Hut may be known for its reality television connections, but when it comes to interiors, these are some of the most unique in Essex. A cool party cavern of Eastern nods, prismatic patterns and stunning booths, try a dose of quirky clubbing in Essex on for size. 

Take yourself to warmer climates with a cocktail of three at this unique bar in Essex. Nodding to the South Pacific, expect a cool and quirky space of bamboo interiors and quirky cocktail sharers that promise the ultimate tiki drinking experience in town. 

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When it comes to alternative nightlife in Essex, there's only one indie haven for it, and that's Twisters. Head on down to this party pumping plot as not only are the best in alternative beats a regular on the DJ roster, there's cocktails in milk bottles, drinks in jam jars, craft beers and more.

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While Missoula may be a prim ol' place to catch a cocktail in the early evening, it's a little later where Missoula comes alive. Not only can you expect a unique roster of drinks made by a seriously skilled staff, there's live acts, performers and dancers strewn across the venue.

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