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.
Bowling is a classic pastime; everyone loves it and everyone knows it, but what if some of the coolest bars in London boasted their own alleys? Heralded for their lanes, not only does All Star provide strike-worthy entertainment, there's also burgers, beers and more.
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.
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.
Looking for bars with entertainment in Central London? The Rialto Backstage Bar has a plethora of casino games to explore at your leisure. That's not all though, as this unique haunt offers live music nights, classic cocktails and a range of international eats.
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.
Serving up delicious libations to a soundtrack of live music and DJ sets, Ricco Lounge and Club is a slinky Kensington cocktail bar. If you're looking for a romantic late-night spot or just want to sip on some stunning sips then this is the place 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.
Looking for a bar with entertainment and a quirky activity? Cue Foosball Club, a haven for big kids and sports fans alike. Found on Holloway Road in Islington, this quirky spot will keep you and your pals on your toes with table football, freshly poured pints and mouthwatering pizza.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This isn't your average bar with entertainment in London, oh no. Hijingo is an absolute must for thrilling bingo topped off with special effects, crystal clear sound design, hilarious live hosts and show-stopping refreshments.
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.
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.
If you want to truly experience the spirit of Soho, be sure to check out Midnight Lounge Bar & Restaurant - the live entertainment venue that serves up dazzling performances alongside gourmet Asian cuisine and tantalising tipples every night of the week.
From friendly bartenders to late-night piano parties, there's always something to keep you entertained at Covent Garden Social Club. A hub for all things music and cocktails, it's the perfect spot for a fun London date night, or a quirky evening with pals.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Playing host to an incredible roster of events throughout summer, the rooftop terrace at The Prince of Wales Brixton is the place to be. Expect live DJ sets courtesy of Norman Jay MBE along with exclusive parties hosted by likes of Horse Meat Disco and SoulTown.
From Mario Kart racing to Tetris smashing, Arcade Monkeyz is bringing you all kinds of entertainment with your drinks. Head over to the Southwark bar where you'll find a mega 1,800 games awaiting, along with a beer garden, street food and sports screenings.
'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.
Whether you're a glorified Harry Kane or complete rookie to the game, this football experience in Greenwich is not to be slept on. One of the best bars with entertainment in London, TOCA Social will have you totting up points, scoffing American eats and sipping cocktails in a quirky setting.
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...
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.
Spend your evening drinking and putt-ing your way to glory at plonk, a brilliant crazy golf venue. With bars across London, the hands-on spot is a must for fun date nights and entertaining afternoons with your bubble.
Art deco up top and Tiki in the basement, this cool Stoke Newington bar offers a great spot to grab a cocktail. With tasty nibbles on offer too, it's perfect for a casual Thursday or a big Saturday night out.