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 to explore the unique activity venues and retro cocktail dens that are ready to take your weekend antics up a notch.

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Last updated on 10th June 2024

CJ’s Bowling

After some entertainment on your next night out? Then head to CJ's Bowling in Hockley, where they've got all kinds of fun goings-on. Check out their retro lanes, with space for up to 12 different groups at a time, alongside the augmented reality dartboards and snooker or pool tables. Even better? You can get your hands on everything from barbecue chicken sourdough pizzas to loaded nachos and juicy burgers.

The Merchant, Brentwood

Flying the flag for quirky Essex spots, The Merchant in Brentwood is giving us some real 70s vibes, thanks to its retro wallpaper and eccentric prints. The perfect place to spend game days due to its numerous screens, this bar also has a range of drinks and meal offers to sweeten the deal.

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Players Lounge

If you're looking for fun things to do in Essex for adults, make sure to check out Players Lounge. Not only does it boast a brilliant golf simulator so you can putt your skills to the test, but also top DJ nights, live music sets and a fabulous range of unusual cocktails.

Three Wise Monkeys Colchester

Three Wise Monkeys are serving up some of the top quirky nights out in Essex. But don't just 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.


If you're looking to shake your tailfeather somewhere cool, Faces is the Ilford club that you need to check out. Not only can you indulge in a bucketload of delicious signature cocktails, but also wile out to live entertainment and cracking DJ sets 'til the early hours.