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.




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.

Garage Brunch

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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.

Après Bar Chelmsford

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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. 

The Merchant, Brentwood

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Flying the flag for quirky Essex spots, 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 bar in Brentwood also has a range of drinks and meal offers to sweeten the deal.