Bars with Entertainment
Recommended bars for chatting, drinking and playing! The capital is swarming with live music bars or ravishing burlesque shows London could previously only dream about. The entertainment bar genre has exploded with ping pong tables, circus acts and comedy, featuring at many of the best bars in London. Here is a recommended guide to bars and restaurants with entertainment for a fun night out in London.
Last updated on 15th September 2016
As a London cocktail bar that plays host to the UK's only indoor petanque court, and boasting a wide range of pastis and absinthe infused drinks to give its guests a taste of the Provence in the summer; this is a sure choice for one of the best bars with entertainment in London. As a popular private hire venue over the weekend (no minimum spend), this place is sure to fill up quickly.
As one of London's biggest sports bar, Belushis has everything you need for a day full of entertainment. The combination of exquisite food, fantastic drinks and bagfuls of live sport was always going to be a winning one. The centrepiece of this spot is their basement bar. Named the Dugout, it's the capital's ultimate sports bar. Six different HD screens and a projector broadcast the best action from all other the world, while a fully stocked, idyllic bar keeps guests well-watered.
Casinos always provide spectacular and mind-blowing entertainment and the Heliot Lounge Bar and Restaurant is one of the best. Expect to see live music shows, cabaret, and the occasional famous act. And that's before you soak up the excitement of the roulette or black-jack tables. Make sure you experience some of the great bar entertainment at the Heliot, as we're not set to miss it.
With its ping pong and foosball tables, famous shot wheels and DJs spinning tunes until the early hours, it's practically impossible to leave Nordic Bar without a smile on your face and a plan in your head for the next visit. With the best food, drink and party vibes from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland, this is one Fitzrovia bar with a very interesting and welcome twist.
Cabaret Des Distractions draws inspiration from the Féeries of 19th century Paris to put on a night of cabaret, musical theatre and circus acts that’ll knock your socks off. Taking place in a stunning 1920s ballroom every Friday, an event of gasping in awe, roaring with laughter and whooping with excitement is promised.
More than just a pretty face, Mayfair's Baroque also provides an eclectic variety of entertainment. From the regular jazz nights, daily music and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the venue transforms into a stage for various live music performances and later in the evening a party-starting DJ set. As if this wasn't enough, there are also evenings filled with burlesque shows, contortionists and sword swallowers.
Mint Leaf is a stylish restaurant bar boasting expert mixologists and over 500 spirits to choose from. Besides the delicious food and drinks this bar comes with it's own form of entertainment, with live music acts every week. With it's lively atmosphere and chic dining space it is sure to be a good night.
Pop by Drink Shop & Do and there's a good chance you'll never want to leave. For starters, there's a wide variety of tasty treats and delicious drinks to consider, but it's the venue's varied and interesting entertainment packages that really put it on the map. From pop-up-opera to Lego Robot building via Learn to Twerk Dance classes (seriously!) - there's always something fun and vibrant going on here.
Vibrant in every sense of the word, Barrio Shoreditch is a fun-loving bar nestled nicely in trend-setting streets of East London. The bar oozes colour and boasts a delectable, latin-inspired cocktail and food menu. Ensuring everyone has a fantastic time, the venue's live musical performances always leaves revellers wanting more. From House to Hip Hop, their set lists are as diverse and thrilling as the bar's exuberant decor.
Open 24/7, the Hippodrome Casino has six bars, plenty of restaurants, live shows and - of course - a vast selection of poker tables, roulette wheels and blackjack games. Don't limit yourself to one amusement - do it all in one place at this live-wire venue on the corner of Leicester Square. ALL ON RED (*unless you lose, in which case just forget we said anything).
Sister site to the multi-award winning Nightjar, Oriole is a bar of exotic influence and global design sitting pretty in Smithfield Market. The drinks are mixed with creativity, flair and a passion for the finest in exotic ingredients, but it’s the venues live music roster that’s really at the core of Oriole’s offering. Head along and experience this completely unique bar, where everything from Cuban Son to West Coast African blues tunes play throughout the week.
Blueberry loves fun and throws weekly events such as salsa dancing and ping pong tournaments to liven up your night. You can hire your own area and book the ping pong table for a fun and competitive night out and even play your own beer pong game. Regardless of where your night takes you at Blueberry, it's sure to be a corker.
Competitive socialising? We’re absolutely mad for it, which is why you’ll often find us gracing the petanque pitch at Hay’s Galleria. Offering something a little different to the medley of ping-pong and pool bars in town, the focus at Hay’s is all about this French take on the classic game of boules. Challenge the squad to a few games then toast your (inevitable) victory with a few drinks on the outdoor terrace once you’re finished.
The Four Thieves pub in Battersea is fast becoming one of South London's most popular hangouts. Committed to being the best pub in London, it distils its own gin and has an ale brewery in its basement, creating a range of irresistible, authentic drinks. Come here for comedy nights, live music and even immersive, team 'escape game' expeditions.
The Old School Yard is a bar with entertainment built into its core. There is fun to be had throughout the week - if you're up for a good old sing song, hire one of the private karaoke rooms; if you want a bit of competition, have a go on the Nintendo Wii; up for a giggle? - The Old School Yard has a weekly comedy night, featuring special guest stand-up comedians; or just enjoy the great music and generous, daily happy hours.
Not only is Archer Street a sexy and cool cocktail bar and hang out, they have something novel to share with you. Expect the waiting staff to not only deliver your crafted cocktails with a smile, but also look out for the microphone in their pocket…and before you know it you are in a duet singing “Don’t Stop Believing” with them and the rest of the bar. Archer Street is the first to bring singing bar tenders to London.
The Bavarian Beerhouse brings a “rough and ready” approach to partying on Old Street. Perfect for birthday celebrations and lads nights out alike, expect an Oktoberfest spirit of Bavarian fun, Oompah music and plenty of live sport on offer at the original Beerhouse. It’s a fun-spirited bar offering something different, with beers served in stein glasses and plenty of German delicacies to feast on.
Nothing beats a great karaoke bar in London when it comes to something outrageously fun on a night out. Lucky Voice, with its private booths for singing and partying, is an absolute favourite and top choice when it comes to entertainment bars in London, and a must if you plan on showing your mates up come that 80s ballad you've been pining after.
The authentic pizzas and bespoke cocktails at Old Street Records are one thing, but they’re kind of secondary when compared to the live music. Come along on any given night and expect to see EP launches, new bands and established acts taking to the stage in a venue renowned for its record-store-realness. Catch a break from the live acts on the ground floor by discovering the intimate jazz nights and low-key DJ sessions that go down in the secret basement bar while you’re here.
Throwing darts at a board just went next level. Changing the world of social gaming in London and revolutionising the game of darts itself, we present to you Flight Club. The East London bar taking the UK by storm (word is spreading). Come here for your standard boozing activities with the added extra of playing darts where it's all digitally scored and there's games to be played.
Ping pong bars are all the rage in London right now, and Bounce is one of the best spots for it in the city. This underground haven, just down the road from Old Street, features 17 tables that can host up to 20 guests at one time, and the table service policy means you can set up camp beside your table and order in the traditional Italian pizzas and gin cocktails.
'Creative Socialising' is the central theme behind this South London spot. The Exhibit offers its patrons a cosy place to unwind and relax. With a wonderful food and drink menu, and a thriving layout, the entire venue gives off energy and is designed to stimulate creating thinking. Completing the package, their home cinema shows a range of different films, from retro titles to arthouse cinema.
It takes a lot to steal the limelight away from Blues Kitchen’s spectacular range of BBQ eats and bourbons, but the venue’s entertainment package does just that. Regular live music, swing nights and DJ sessions have everybody up and hurrying over to the dance floor in no time, and that’s exactly where they stay until long into the night.
If you're looking for a bar in Shoreditch that supplies a little entertainment, then look no further than Translate Bar. Mondays is Open Mic Night, so prepare for all manner of trendy musical talent to grace the stage. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month Translate also run their Hey Banjo! event; billed as the foremost Folk and Americana live music evening in London, you won't want to miss out.
Is it a pub? Is it a restaurant? Is it a...circus? God knows. Hosting a stupendously wide range of activities throughout the week (think anything from swing dances to quiz nights, poetry readings to all-out circus shows), this pub in Acton has more than earned its 'multi-experience' venue tag. With a gorgeous beer garden and an onsite brewery, Aeronaut are raising the London pub game, and then some.
The Bermondsey Arts Club and Cocktail Bar takes residency of a former public conveniences manipulating the space into one of art deco persuasion with a cool character achieved through its bespoke designs. As something of a creative drinking destination, the bar plays host to artistic residencies, performances and exhibitions thanks to its unique style.
London is full of bars with frivolous entertainment, and undoubtedly offering one of the quirkiest experiences in town, the team at Brick Lane's Shuffle Club open up their 8 impressive courts to the city's fun-loving crowds. Combining the finesse of curling with the competitive drive of ten pin bowling, Londoners will first be taught all the basics about the sport before having a chance to try things for themselves on their exclusive 22ft table shuffleboard.
Rise46 is one of the only London basement bars in Clapham, and has unmissable entertainment throughout the week. Head down for a variety of different bar entertainemnt including brilliant live music, 'Jazz & Blues Thursdays' in which some of the best Jazz or Blues artists from around London come to play, and a monthly open-mic comedy night in the final week of each month in which aspiring comedians take to the stage.
Tucked away down a back street of London Bridge, Cecil’s is one of the city’s true hidden treasures that comes bearing late nights, live music and strong liquor. Take a step back in time to a glamorous era when cocktails and live entertainment were the staple of a great night out; this alluring basement bar welcomes talented live swing, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll acts to the stage on a weekly basis.
Nestled under Stamford Bridge Football Stadium, Under the Bridge is one of West London's most popular late night haunts. With a capacity of over 600 people and an incredible sound and lighting system, Live Music is this places' specialty. From classic Rock to R'n'B, it has something to offer every guests that walks through its doors. Spacious by design and wonderfully decorate, Under the Bridge is definitely one of Fulham's many hidden gems.
When bars announce entertainment, it's often live music, a comedian, burlesque, etc. But what about an East London bar that has given entertainment every night of the week? The Bat and Ball has entertainment for all types of party people - ping pong, food, music, drinking, take your pick. The 'Games Hall' has more ping pong tables than you knew a room could hold, and the pizzeria has local and fresh pizza from the team at Well Street Pizza. Entertainment comes in all shapes, sizes, and tastes for a fun night.
Proud Cabaret is quirky, charming and never fails to surprise on any visit thanks to their unique vintage offering. Offering up an authentic dinner and cabaret experience, you will feel like you have been whisked away to Paris for a night of grandeur and escapism as burlesque dancers, bar babes and cracking cocktails come out to play.
Alongside a fantastic range of delicious drinks and delectable dishes, the Piano Works in Farringdon offers its guests an evening bursting full of smooth semi-tones and trembling timbres. The team behind this venture present East London with a truly wonderful spot. Somehow combing the harsh, airy vibes of a Victorian warehouse with the opulence and glamour of a piano, look for further for a night of metropolitan style and soulful sounds.
Steam & Rye is a bar, restaurant and late night hangout in Shoreditch promising Americana eats and experimental cocktails. Alongside its regular offering, this cool hub promises a host of extra activities ranging from bucking broncos, live music to sassy performances from the bar's resident show girls. Anything goes here.
With previous live acts including The Kooks, The Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club and a constant stream of new talent gracing their four walls, it's no wonder that The Old Queen's Head is the place to head for good live music night. The fun doesn't stop there; if there isn't a band playing the devious DJs will be pulling you to your feet in uncanny resemblance of the Pied Piper.
For some old fashioned unadulterated entertainment in London head down to the 1920 Bar in Farringdon. You'll love this retro chic pool bar that's been built around providing fun times to Londoners with great cocktails, awesome tunes and of course some of the best pool tables in London. You can book tables for tournaments or save your hustle and kick back with your mates at the fabulous 1920 Bar.
The decor inside Simmons Soho should be enough in itself to kept you entertained for the night. Step inside to discover a space that's decked out with an assortment of offbeat ornamentation - have a snoop around with a cocktail in hand and you'll be engaged for hours on end. But if you're not one for inspecting quirky bric-a-brac, how about spending the night playing Super Mario Bros. on the NES here?
Satisfying all your Spanish party needs and more, Salvador & Amanda is a haven for all things tapas, sangria and of course, flamenco dancing! Expect an industrial but comfortable set-up, coupled with a buzzing ambience, all throughout the week. Long live Salvador, and Amanda.
'Elegant' and 'suave' are the only words that really do The Candlelight Club justice. With a strict 1920s dress code and brilliant swing bands framing the evening with an unforgettable soundtrack, there's no better way to enjoy the roaring, early 20th century. The candlelit tables provides the entire venue with an air of sophistication; couple this with the fantastic decor and exquisite menu, and you'll feel as if you're in a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
Board games, film nights, a weekly dinner party - this secret hideaway has a plethora of fun-time extras up its sleeve. Famed as London's only 'flatshare-themed bar', The Little Yellow Door is a curious hangout fronting delicious drinks, a quirky entertainment roster, and plenty of unique flavour. Come here for house-party vibes, without the annoying post clean-up.