Best Bars To Celebrate A Birthday
We understand the pressure that comes with organising a birthday celebration in London. By the time you've picked a date and time that everybody can make, considered everyone's preferences and decided on a suitable location, you're already beginning to question whether it's worth the hassle. But keep the faith, because our guide to the best bars to celebrate a birthday in London is here to make things easy for you. Our list is packed full of the best birthday venues in London that are absolutely ideal for hosting a vibrant night out that will live long in the memory!
Last updated on 11th April 2018
Winner of our Best Party Bar of 2012 accolade, there's always something to do at this buzzing King's Cross hangout. To start with, there's a whole assortment of tasty treats up for grabs featuring delightful bites to eat and an array of celebratory drinks too. Drink Shop & Do regularly hosts quirky events like 'Play with Clay 80s Style' and 'Dot-To-Dot-To-Disco' and there is of course a string of expert DJs on hand to get you and your party flocking to the dance floor.
Ballie Ballerson is by far London's best birthday party bar. Featuring one million balls, including deep VIP pit and ball-terfall, this epic venue also offers a two hour bottomless ball pit session accompanied with unlimited pizza.
Get yourself down to the Beast of Brixton for your birthday for a night of good food, great cocktails and big tunes. Off the streets of Brixton, this hidden gem is known for having two floors of great music, which should get you inspired enough to get your friends down there for your birthday. But their beer taps are filled with local brews and they offer a wide-range of cocktails as well.
Get your birthday dress on or snap on your best bow-tie, for this birthday will take you back to the bygone era of when live music and piano lounges were the only way to go. Set in a huge Victorian warehouse, think classic style meets contemporary cool at The Piano Works. Request the popular songs you want to hear all night for the band to play and sip on divine cocktails or tuck into delectable eats before you dance the night away.
Made to be somewhere special and ultimately exclusive, the Victorian Bath House in Bishopsgate shows you into a world of luxury, decadence and some of the finest food and drink in London. By appointment only, plan to celebrate your birthday in London at this fabulous destination doused in secrecy and some ultimately vintage style.
Relax with your friends and signpost your birthday celebrations this year with a few games of beer pong, copious amounts of pizza and glass after glass of your favourite drink. The team at The Bat and Ball have it all for you, opening their doors to London's party-mad crowds. With 2 bars, a pizzeria run by Well Street Pizza, and 12 ping pong tables, you can choose to sit back and fill yourself with amazing food and drink or show off your amazing ping pong skills to everyone you hold dear.
Dead Dolls House in Islington is the perfect pad for a bit of contemporary cool partying. Set over three huge floors and boasting 4 unique bar areas, drink and dine in the Parlour, Drawing Room, Library or Ballroom for a taste of sophisticated fun. Everything about this bar is perfect for some some birthday frolics and it's more than big enough to host you and your crew.
If you thought you had to choose between sophisticated or fun for your birthday celebration but never both, you've obviously never been to The Shoreditch! Join the cocktail specialists at this slick venue on Shoreditch High Street for a buzzing birthday celebration for the ages. Private booths are available to book, and £10 will get you four beers or two cocktails before 10 PM.
Celebrating your birthday in London? Looking for a bar that can match your excitement in style, atmosphere and cocktail flair alike? Then we've just the venue for you. From quirky cocktails and unique concoctions to dive bar style interiors, London Cocktail Club in Shoreditch will impress with their party attitude and cocktail style alike.
This quirky cocktail bar might have a relaxing, mellow feel during the day, but its a different story as soon as the sun goes down. A selection of the capital's leading DJs take to the decks to get the crowd pumping and revellers, fuelled by the great cocktails on offer, seriously get down to business throwing their very best shapes.
Appearing still and calm, but really containing something remarkable, the Bishopsgate bar sits uncomfortably above one of London's best kept secrets, WM Barker & Co. To really make your birthday a memorable experience, their range of finely-tuned cocktails are completely unique, revolving around a selection of specifically produced syrups and liqueurs. With a range of ingredient-full toasties and an impressive selection of both locally and internationally brewed craft beers, the experience on offer here is capable of pleasing even the grumpiest Londoner.
If you haven't heard of Oddbins, then you should have because they're the next best thing when it comes to bespoke tasting events in London. No matter what sort of party you're planning for your birthday, a tutored wine, beer or spirit tasting is an absolute must and made into something fun and fresh by the Oddbins team. What's more, they will come to whatever venue you fancy! Now that is top service.
If you're after a slightly more chilled but trendy birthday in London, check out Map Maison. As well as delicious afternoon teas and exclusive mixology masterclasses, this place is known for its fun vibes and tempting menu of bespoke cocktails.
With three rooms and a suave interior, this is one of the best venues south of the river for your birthday shenanigans. Party in the basement bar, drop it down low in the main terrace area or have some sophisticated drinks in the split-level VIP lounge. With burlesque performances, fire-eating and special guest DJs, this place has every angle of your night covered for a footloose and fancy free party.
Birthdays are for enjoying delicious food and cocktails with your closest friends. Bloom Kitchen & Bar is one of London's best bars to celebrate birthdays in with gin cocktails like the Ferrari, made with Hendrick's Gin, Antica Formula, orange bitter, and cherry, as you chat the night away with your crew. If you're a literary fan or gin connoisseur, Bloom is the place for your next birthday celebration.
A vibrant and colourful cocktail bar, Apples & Pears offers a cracking birthday party destination just off Brick Lane. Tuck in to wood fired pizzas, sample creative signature cocktails and take in a live music programme that swells to include motown, soul, funk and hip hop beats. Book your own area or enjoy exclusive hire of the venue; there’s no hire fee involved!
Ziggy offers an all-encompassing space for birthday celebrations of all shapes and sizes. Known for its kitsch interiors - you’ll struggle to find a more eclectic mish-mash of furniture than at the Underbelly - head along for home-cooked food, dancing and drinks from near and far in this weird and wonderful Hoxton Square plot.
Styled around the illicit, underground activity of a roaring twenties speakeasy, Proud Cabaret delivers a night of glamour and intrigue below the bustling streets of the city. Head inside and prepare for a night doused with bygone elegance; Proud offers high-end burlesque performances and high-end dining perfect for a memorable birthday bash.
Forget pretentious nightclubs and angsty revellers, Translate Bar in Shoreditch specialises in fun-time nights, reasonably priced drinks and delicious food - and it's the ideal spot in East London for a no-holds-barred birthday.
If your birthday’s coming up, why not celebrate it at Musical Bingo. This full on party combines what you love about both places, bringing a different theme every month alongside mystery challenges, different fun rounds and loads of pizza.
Get the gang together and go to Ray’s Bar, the hidden hideaway within pizza palace Voodoo Rays. The bar’s aesthetic is back-street Tokyo meets East London quirk, and their cocktail list is not only extensive, but as deliciously appetising as a three course meal. And if your gang starts to feel a bit hungry, they’ll even order some big pizza bites from upstairs.
Salvador & Amanda in Bloomsbury team their themed nights with great happy hours, affordable drinks and vibrant DJs to create an energetic party vibe ideal for a birthday celebration. Their Private Room has been constructed with birthday celebrations in mind, and there's room for 100 guests to enjoy the exclusive bar and DJ.
Adventure Bar in Covent Garden features an eclectic mix of toe-tapping classics that span six decades, so there's something for lovers of all genres. The great music is accompanied by great cocktails created by the venue's expert mixologists, making this charismatic nightspot a top party venue if you're looking to celebrate centrally.
Catch Bar in Shoreditch is a fun and quirky party bar that's ideal for a Birthday celebration. With two bars, great cocktails and colourful wall decorations, this Mexican bar is a lively slice of Latin America brought to the heart of East London. Sink a few tequila shots, sip on fabulous fruity cocktails and snack on Mexican party bites, before dancing the night away.
Tucked under the eaves of Peckham Rye station, this bar and events space is an ideal birthday location. Slap bang in the middle of Rye Lane, with great drinks deals, unique street food options and sizeable garden area it's a great place to forget you're getting older.
Amazing food, delectable cocktails and DJ sets that last until the early hours; how better to spend your birthday this year? The team at the Suburb SW11 Clapham Junction have worked tirelessly, perfecting the culinary experience that they offer their many guests. From giant flame-laden cocktails for sharing to sizzling steaks and delicious burgers, guests are certain to leave this spot satisfied. On Fridays and Saturdays, the venue comes to life, with resident DJs playing all your favourite songs long into the night.
Trapeze will truly offer you a birthday you won't forget. Set in the heart of Shoreditch, it's the ideal place for your birthday with a cool cocktail bar on the first floor and a pumping basement club, this circus themed venue is an incredibly fun night out. With food on offer as well, there's really everything you need in one night.
Whether you're looking for a bottomless brunch, an afternoon tea or just a few quirky cocktails with friends, Little Nan's is one of the best bars to celebrate a birthday. With fabulous decor, comfy furniture, it's a dream on its own, but to sweeten the pot, if you book for a birthday, they'll name a cocktail in your honour.
With live bands, maestro DJs and huge parties, this Brazilian beach bar / London Bloc Party club in Shoreditch is a haven for revellers all over the capital. There are a number of areas and tables available to hire out to enjoy some food before heading on down to the dance floor to throw some shapes all night long! The wonders of Floripa are no secret to the city's revellers!
If you're looking for an exuberant all-round birthday experience, look no further than Hoxley and Porter in Angel. There's ample choice of British classic dishes on the menu and with an impressive cocktail list full of flamboyant flavours, this opulent train-carriage themed nightspot is one of North London's premier birthday venues in the city.
Looking to amp things up a notch this birthday in London? Coming at you with not only the finest cocktails and bites in the business, you can head on down to Bounce for something truly special as you indulge in ping pong, neons and plenty more. If you're after something a little more exclusive, the group private brunch has got you covered with two hours of endless prosecco, pizza and games in your very own private space.
Brazilian-inspired, buzzy and bubbly with a cool-creative, colourful design to digest, Barrio Angel is a quirky cocktail cavern that will capture that hot, happening holiday feel just for your B-day bash. A trio of Barrio taverns across the Big Smoke, Shoreditch dwellers will be sure to bounce down to Barrio Shoreditch for an arms-in-the-air party feast, while central lovers will shoot on over to Barrio Soho for a showcase of vacation vibes, free-flowing liquid awesomeness and music to satisfy those revel-ready ear'oles.
Aerial performances, a disco in the Grade II-listed ballroom and non-stop retro music make Rouges one of the most fun London venues to celebrate a birthday. Plus the bar has been used by Tina Turner, Oasis and Elton John in their music videos, and if it's good enough for them.
Things don't have to be the same every year, they can be different, particularly if you head to Reverend JW Simpsons in Fitzrovia. Cocktails are concocted with foraged and seasonal ingredients and the venue is the former home of a reverend, and still incorporates much of his former life.
It's your birthday and you can cry if you want to - but we want to avoid that, so here's one of the swankiest bars in Kings Cross to launch you into the birthday spirit. Have a tasty tipple in the hidden cocktail bar, enjoy some great Gastro grub and check out the heated, picturesque rooftop bar for an evening of fun frolics and saucy shenanigans in a buzzing venue.
Quirky Cocktail bar Simmons Temple is ticking all the right boxes when it comes to a birthday party in London; join the central London bar for teapot cocktails, an epic happy hour and snap-happy interiors.
The Wall can offer a versatile and unique space right in the heart of London. It’s a branch of the House of Vans - so a skating-friendly ethos is to be expected - with quality food, drinks and service influenced by the cafe-cum-diner scene of New York. With influences from both sides of the Atlantic, this one would suit those looking for a vast private hire space in a bullseye central location.
Looking for a central London venue with a bit of character? Don’t blame you, especially when you’ve got hangouts like Topolski knocking about. This gallery, bar, cafe and private hire venue serves up all kinds of creative cocktails from 5 PM, with resident DJs on cue to give you something to dance to come the weekends. Birthday groups can either part or exclusively hire Topolski for their celebrations.
Impress your friends in a unique venue that has it all, from cutesie decor with plenty of fancy florals, to some innovative cocktail mixing, including the Lavender Love, blended with lavender syrup, peach puree and Absolut citron. Combine this with delicious dishes, including butternut squash risotto or the classic fish and chips, and you have yourself one hell of a party.
Stripped back and rustic, Martello Hall has all the components you need for a great birthday party. As well as private hire options, the space is open until 3am on the weekends, has a cracking bottomless brunch option and serves a crowd-pleasing menu of Italian fare.
Indulge in a truly lavish celebration at Mayfair’s world-famous Playboy Club. Offering cutting edge facilities across the board, there’s a classy casino, ample fine-dining facilities and stylish non-members sections to explore. Take to the Baroque Bar for a birthday bash heavy on the live music, champers towers and great food.