Bars with Entertainment
The capital is swarming with live music bars, arcade boozers and ravishing burlesque shows the city could previously only dream about. The London entertainment bar is everywhere with ping pong tables, circus acts and comedy, making up some of the top venues in the entire city. Here is a recommended guide to the best restaurants and bars with entertainment in London to make sure you really have fun.
Last updated on 26th March 2018
If great beer and pies weren’t entertainment enough, wait until you hear about what The Spread Eagle has inside of it. Despite offering the best ale and great homemade pies, the Grade II listed building also has a playhouse, featuring the best in theatre, comedy and film.
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 bar in Shoreditch and Bloomsbury taking the UK by storm (word is spreading). Come here for your standard boozing activities with the added extra of playing darts where the game is radically digitised and packed with fun for beginners and experts alike.
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.
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 perfect pitches. The team behind this venture present London with a truly wonderful spot. Somehow combining the historic vibes of a Victorian warehouse with the opulence and charm of two pianos. The musicians in the House of Song only play songs requested by the audience, so look no further for a night of metropolitan style and superb sounds.
'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.
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.
'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.
Get familiar with some of the best live music in London courtesy of the Jazz Cafe. Not only one a powerhouse of dishes and drinks, their late night roster of entertainment provides the very best in musicians, live soul, jazz and plenty more.
SINK - Paul Street 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 SINK - Paul Street, it's sure to be a corker.
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.
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. They're also known to host a hilarious comedy show or two...
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 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?
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.
Compton Cross is not just about fabulous cocktails, excellent craft beer and artisan pizzas – they’ve also got free cabaret shows starring some of the best talent in Soho.
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.
Nightjar is a speakeasy with an atmosphere so magical you’ll pinch your arm to make sure you aren’t hallucinating. It has perfected the 1920’s scenery with crooning jazz, candle light, classy cocktails and swing bands playing at weekends. Why not tuck into some of their renowned libations, kick back, and enjoy this vintage affair?
Found yourself in the grips of Streatham and looking for a bar with something a little different on the go? Then head on down to Exhibit B where not only will a roster of live music keep you occuppied, there's drag queens, crazy brunches and more.
If you like to drink your cocktails from a cut-glass vase surrounded by a weird and wacky array of trinkets and knick-knacks, then Little Nan's is the place for you. This Catford drinking den offers as many curiosities as it does cocktails, and enough character to match both.
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.
New kids on the block Dirty Harry's has made huge waves since opening on Wardour Street in Soho. With Harry Honeys - the venue's resident dance troupe - turning heads on the stage, revellers can dance the night away thanks to the many cover bands and DJs that perform here. Perfect for anyone looking for a night out in London full of vibrant charm and energy, this Soho spot doesn't know how to disappoint.
Bar Kick isn’t just great for cheap beers and cocktails. This fun, welcoming bar also boasts a mean selection of table football tables – where everything from 1-on-1 matches to tournaments are hosted – as well as a 3D screen in the basement for live football.
Put the fun and games back into your East London night out at Four Quarters. The legendary South London spot has opened a second venue in Hackney Wick and will be serving all the usual mix of local craft beer and cracking retro arcade games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coupling soulful live music with authentic julep cocktails, Kansas Smitty's has a reputation for dazzling its guest with wonderful live music. Really making sure that everyone has a memorable experience, the venue's house band take over the stage 5 nights a week, playing legendary jazz numbers and intoxicating guests with their melodic tunes.
One of the most bustling bars in East London thanks to their exotic, eccentric charms, Floripa is a colourful arena of antics. From live music and feather-clad Brazilian dancers, to open mic and burlesque nights, no two evenings at Floripa are the same thanks to their ever changing roster of events.
Greenwood has drawn in crowds from across London with its offering of stunning dishes and ice cold craft beers. Based in Victoria, the pub has really excelled since opening, thanks to its serving of amazing food, its collection of great craft beer and its lively sports bar. With pool tables and huge screen TVs showing all the latest live sporting action, this is one of London's most charming bars with entertainment.
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 venue's 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.
There’s a lot to appreciate at Omeara. The Cantina offers light snacks, cocktails and more tequila than you’ll find in Mexico, the Terrace offers amazing views of Southwark Cathedral and the Shard, and the main venue itself is a renowned music venue. Pop in for record label showcases, world-class acts and the best up-and-coming around.
Tank and Paddle Bishopsgate is the kind of venue that welcomes everyone with a huge hug. While the kitchen staff roll out freshly made stone-baked pizzas, the bar is busy serving home brewed pints of craft beer and real ale, all created in the giant tanks that stand behind the bar. If that doesn't get you excited, guests can even challenge their mates to a few rounds of shuffle board at this city-based bar with entertainment. And if you're stuck on the other side of central London, their Heddon Street site also offers games and shuffleboard a-plenty.
Get your burlesque kicks at this impressive bar in Brixton as The Courtesan aren't just churning out the finest in dim sum and Asian drinks, there's a whole roster of burlesque performers and entertainment in store.
The renowned team at Pizza Pilgrims are looking East, serving their customers great pizzas coupled with 16-person foosball, plasma screen TVs and vintage video games. The famous pizza chain has made a name for themselves by creating stunning Neapolitan pizzas topped with the freshest ingredients around. Relax with a giant slice and enjoy everything their relaxed atmosphere has to offer.
A unique venue completely centred around the beautiful game (of ping pong), Bounce combines quality wiff waff, tasty cocktails and awesome music to create one of the most active bars in London. For a night out with a side of competitive edge; Bounce is certainly the one for you.
Located just a short walk from Temple Underground Station, Salsa isn't just a great place for South American bites and punchy bespoke cocktails, guests can also soak up the authentic Latin party vibes and get involved with salsa lessons for all levels.
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.
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.
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.
From the team that brought you The Piano Works, The House of Song presents Studio 88 where two piano vocalist and accompanying musicians form a 6 piece band that only plays songs requested by the audience. Grab a slip, request your song and watch it brought to life while enjoying a creative selection of cocktails including their very our Autograph collection. California Cones served by usherettes & sharing slates are available and should you get hungry.
There’s always something lavish going on at the world-famous Playboy Club. Whether you’re having a flutter in their exquisite casino, indulging in a spot of fine dining or taking in some live music in Baroque Bar, Playboy’s entertainment schedule is choc-a-bloc.