Cool and Quirky Bars in Essex

If there's one thing we never tire of, it's unusual places to go out. Fortunately, this county is filled with all kinds of fun watering holes to keep us on our toes. Don't believe us? Take a look at our list of the best cool and quirky bars in Essex and explore the pop-up party haunts and retro cocktail dens that are taking your weekend antics up a notch.

Last updated on 29th June 2021

Be At One Chelmsford

86 user reviews 4

Jungle interiors, dancing waiters, a sun-soaked roof terrace...Be At One is a sure-fire bet for quirky cocktails and good times. Renowned for its stylish decor and party vibes, this gem has got you covered from day to night with brilliant happy hours and banging beats.

Garage Brunch

630 user reviews 4

Complete with bottomless booze, finger-licking food, party bingo and non-stop dance-offs, Garage Bingo is ticking all our weekend boxes, and then some. Coming to a top-secret Essex location, these events are the stuff of Saturday session dreams.

Players Lounge

45 user reviews 5

A quirky bar in Billericay, Players Lounge has got all your eating, drinking and entertainment needs sorted. You may have initially come for one of its music gigs or football screenings, but you'll be back for the 2-for-1 cocktails and brilliant golf simulators.

The Merchant, Brentwood

19 user reviews 4

Flying the flag for quirky Essex bars, The Merchant is giving us some real 70s vibes, thanks to its retro wallpaper and eccentric prints. The perfect place to spend game day, this Brentwood sports pub also has a range of drinks and meal offers to sweeten the deal.

Puttshack Lakeside

1716 user reviews 5

Crazy golf and beer buckets? Having taken London by storm, Puttshack has brought its neon-lit drinking den to Essex. Swing by Lakeside and you'll get to take part in some seriously high-tech putting, complete with a fully-stocked bar and tasty food to keep you fuelled up. 

Spritz Social Chelmsford

53 user reviews 4

This unmissable bar in Chelmsford is an essential visit for summertime tipples, whatever the occasion may be. The Spritz Social has a range of bookable spaces, including private beach huts, with lip-smacking cocktails, a range of delicious burgers and plenty of Instagram opportunities. 

Three Wise Monkeys are serving up some of the top quirky nights out in Essex. But don't take our word for it. Head on down to this Colchester watering hole and see for yourself at one of their live music sets, club events, drinks tastings or other happenings.