Bars with Entertainment

The capital is swarming with live music bars, arcade boozers and ravishing burlesque shows the city could previously only dream about. On top of that? ping pong tables, circus acts and comedy help make up some of the top venues in the entire city. To help you find out just where they are, here is a guide to the best bars with entertainment in London to make sure you really have fun. 

Last updated on 15th October 2019

Flight Club Shoreditch

2242 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

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. 

Bounce, Old Street

840 user reviews 5

Ping Pong and Packages and 2 other offers

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.

The Piano Works Farringdon

1087 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour and 6 other offers

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. 

Old Street Records

444 user reviews 4

Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer

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.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

48 user reviews 4

Bottomless Brunch!

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 Candlelight Club

23 user reviews 5

'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.   

Apé Hour

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.

Kansas Smitty's

141 user reviews 4

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.  

Tank & Paddle Bishopsgate

67 user reviews 4

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.


24 user reviews 3

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. 


651 user reviews 4

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.

SINK - Paul Street

4 user reviews 3

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.

The Piano Works West End

405 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm - 7pm and 3 other offers

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.

Salvador & Amanda

1036 user reviews 4

Tapas Monday - Drinks Area Only and 3 other offers

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.


102 user reviews 3

Happy Hour!

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.


1586 user reviews 5

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.

Simmons Soho

130 user reviews 4

Make Me Merry and 1 other offer

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? 

Belushis Hammersmith

276 user reviews 4

VIP Booth and 6 other offers

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.

The Exhibit

499 user reviews 4

Boutique Cinema Hire and 7 other offers

'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. 

Drink Shop & Do

615 user reviews 4

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.

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.

Nordic Bar

355 user reviews 4

Nordic Arkad (Arcade) and 6 other offers

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.


240 user reviews 5

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.

The Bat And Ball

447 user reviews 4

Wings Wednesday and 1 other offer

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. 

Cirque le Soir

15 user reviews 3

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. The bar is filled with creative performers. 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.  

Exhibit B

169 user reviews 4

Karaoke Hire - Eat / Drink / Sing and 6 other offers

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. 

The Last Tuesday Society

145 user reviews 5

'Embrace the strange' and pay The Last Tuesday Society a visit next time you're in search of a bar with entertainment. Sure you won't find any burlesque, board games or comedy here, but you will find one of London's most impressive selections of taxidermy, a blinding restaurant and experimental cocktails to boot.

The Old Queen's Head

27 user reviews 4

All cocktails are £5 every Wednesday!

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...


2267 user reviews 4

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?