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Bars with Entertainment
Recently, London's nightlife and bar scene has massively diversified, offering an entire avenue of entertainment that the city could previously only dream about. But we're not just talking live music bars, arcade boozers and impressive burlesque cocktail spots - the capital has also been inundated with ping pong party spots, circus acts, comedy nights and more. Need a hand finding these cracking gems? Here's our guide to the best bars with entertainment in London to ensure that all your night out needs are covered.
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. 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, this live music party spot offers its guests an evening bursting full of smooth semi-tones and perfect pitches. 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.
With previous live acts including The Kooks, The Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club, 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...
This market hall heavyweight is teaming up with a travelling circus to bring you an incredible season of entertainment. With everything from acrobats to contortionists, singers to impressive dancers, grab yourself a craft brew and some nosh from one of the food stalls and sit down for an evening of impressive performances.
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.
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.
Bunga Bunga is a party bar with Italian style and an insane love for Eurovision song contest. Grab yourself a paddleboard of pizza and catch a hilarious roster of karaoke singers - or try it out for yourself - before heading up to the venue's club space.
Tank and Paddle Bishopsgate is the kind of venue that welcomes everyone with a huge hug. Spend your evening sipping on award-winning craft brews and stone-baked pizzas whilst picking between a plethora of board games or challenging mates to shuffleboard.
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 a stellar line up of West End singers and performers, this fun bar in Clapham promises nothing but unforgettable nights filled with dancing and experiential cocktails. They also host a regular roster of eclectic events that'll have you coming back for more.
They've claimed they house London's best jukebox, they have a legendary comedy showcase every Friday and they host live music on the regular. What is this magnificent bar with a plethora of entertainment, you may ask? Finsbury Park favourite, T-Bird of course.
Whether you're looking to watch the best football teams in the world battle it out, or want to have a bash at beer pong, Belushis Hammersmith will keep you partying for hours. The sports bar packs a punch with plenty of themed nights, American bites, and DJs til late, there's also sister venues in Camden, Greenwich and Shepherd's Bush.
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.
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.
'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, you'll feel as if you're in a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
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.
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.
Brought to you by the brains behind Flight Club comes Electric Shuffle, a new social sports bar bringing back the traditional game of shuffleboard. With 10 different tables to choose from, you can also fuel up on the brand's popular pizza paddles whilst quaffing on creative cocktails.
When it comes to bars with entertainment in London, there's nothing quite like good drinks and live music. Head to the City where you'll find all that and more at this underground Fenchurch Street speakeasy; complete with house-made shrubs, infused spirits and more.
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.
This unique bar concept in the City offers a plethora of golf-based games for you and your mates to enjoy. Grab a few drinks and hit the range, with golf darts, Putt 18 and full Pitch experiences all available to you.
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. It also serves up some of the best Scandi food, drink and party vibes.
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.
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.
This brilliantly unique gem of a spot is sure to have you feeling right at home and keep you coming back for more. Designed to imitate a flat, you can grab some toast in the kitchen, have a cuppa with friends in the sitting room or head downstairs to the party den, complete with a DJ booth and vinyl station, and sip on cocktails whilst playing poker, backgammon or messing around in the fancy dress box.
This West London spot has everything you need for a fun and jam-packed evening of entertainment. Flit between the venue's ice skating rink and bowling alleys before refuelling in the VIP lounge with food from MEATLiquor or one of the other food and cocktail stalls housed within the joint.
Get familiar with some of the best live music in London courtesy of the Jazz Cafe. Not only a powerhouse of dishes and drinks, their late night roster of entertainment provides the very best in musicians, live soul, jazz and plenty more.
This cool Bethnal Green hangout is bringing California cool to East London with its yellow booths, hanging plants and banging pizza menu. And if the ambience wasn't enough for you, the space also has a dedicated games room which includes a 14-foot shuffle board and cornholes in the secret courtyard.
With numerous digital tables and an app that lets you track your results, ranking them on a global leader board, this spot is seriously upping the beer pong stakes. And once you're nicely buzzed? Head down to the basement club where resident DJs will play top tunes till the early hours.
When it comes to bars with entertainment in London, no one does it quite like Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Whether you're looking to bowl, bat, drink, dance or sing, they've got it all at this great venue.
The wild, weird imagination of youth meets the sleek, sexy vibes of adulthood at Soho's Cirque Le Soir. Decorated as a lively circus, and bursting full of character, you'll be thoroughly entertained at this exclusive venue. Whether you're being chased by a snake charmer or having your fortune read by their resident mystic, the devil-may-care ambience is something well worth experiencing.
'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.
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.
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.
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 place itself is a renowned music venue. Pop in for record label showcases, world-class acts and the best up-and-coming around.
The Four Thieves pub in Battersea is fast becoming one of South London's most popular hangouts. The spot 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.
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 for a group night out and a great opportunity to test out that Whitney ballad you've spent so long practising in the shower...
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.
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.
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?
After house party vibes without having to endure the clean up afterwards? Head east where you'll find this slinky spot within The Old Truman Brewery. There's tasty food, classic cocktails and live music with a Funktion One sound system.
Pop by Drink Shop & Do and there's a good chance you'll never want to leave. Not only is there a wide variety of tasty treats and delicious drinks, but it's the venue's varied and interesting entertainment packages that really put it on the map.