Drink Shop & Do regularly hosts quirky events like 'Play with Clay 80s Style' and 'Dot-To-Dot-To-Disco', making this the perfect venue for a quirky birthday celebrations. If you're in the mood for something a little more late-night, head here on the weekend when a string of expert DJs take to the decks, ready to tempt your guests to the dance floor.
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. Packed full of the best birthday venues in London, head to one of these buzzing bars and you'll be in for a night to remember, depending on your tequila consumption that is....
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. The perfect spot for some Instagram-worthy boomerang action, your guests will be balling over themselves for an invite to this bash.
Get yourself down to the Beast of Brixton for your birthday for a night of good food, great cocktails and big tunes. A short stroll from the underground station, this hidden gem is known for having two floors of great music, as well as a wide range of unique sips and a bar stocked full of local brews.
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 for the live band to play and sip on divine cocktails or tuck into delectable eats before dancing 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. 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 bat and ball skills to everyone you hold dear.
Upper 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, Aviary, Sanctuary 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, your crew and a few extras.
Opt for a slice of sunshine at East London's best-loved tikki bar. The Shoreditch is known for its relaxed atmosphere and mouth-watering menu of tropical-themed libations. Head here early doors to make the most of the happy hour, with three beers or two cocktails for only £10.
Located a few minutes away from Shoreditch High Street and Boxpark, London Cocktail Club is known for its quirky interiors and even quirkier drinks. Decked out with neon lights and quirky street-art, this late-night drinking den is the perfect place to celebrate with all your nearest and dearest. The best part? There's a photo booth to capture those all-important memories.
Located just a few minutes away from the TFL haven that is Liverpool Street Station (giving your guests no excuse to not attend), WM Barker & Co is an underground cocktail bar with a mixed crowd of thirsty young city slickers and young party-goers. Holding a late-night license 'til 3am on the weekends, this is the perfect spot for drinking and dancing into the early hours.
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.
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.
Looking to keep costs down? Head to quirky Cocktail bar Simmons Temple for a night on the tiles that won't cost the earth. Boasting one of the city's best happy hours, with glasses of wine for £3, beer for £2.50 and two cocktails for a tenner, this place is the perfect spot to get yourself all warmed up and ready to rumble.
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.
One of Leicester Squares latest venues, The Lost Alhambra comes from the legendary party people behind Tonight Josephine and Bar Elba. Boasting all the Instagrammable interiors that we've come to expect, this powder pink wonderland boasts its very own ceiling dancefloor, perfect for shaking your stuff under.
Release your inner big kid at North London's retro style Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. Bursting with fun activities from bowling to karaoke, this great bar and entertainment venue is one of the best places promises to keep your friends entertained well into the early hours.
A vibrant and colourful cocktail bar, Apples & Pears offers a cracking birthday party destination just off Brick Lane. Tuck into 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.
Located just a stone's throw away from Kings Cross station (and its many, many transport links), Big Chill is a huge multi-level bar, with its very own twinkling roof terrace. Hosting live DJs from its raised booth every Thursday to Sunday, this uber-cool venue guarantees a packed out dance floor.
Looking for a quirky birthday activity? Head to Piano Works in the West End as SingEasy promise an evening of delicious dining and the ultimate singalong experience. You'll be entertained by singing waiters and get the chance to practice your power ballads.
With venues all over the city, from Angel to Shoreditch and Victoria, Flight Club has a reputation as one of London's best social gaming venues. Book out a private oche here and spend your evening sipping on cocktails, dining on sharing pizza paddles and aiming for a bullseye.
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 hidden gems.
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.
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.
Trapeze will truly offer you a birthday you won't forget. Set in the heart of Shoreditch, this circus-themed venue promises show-stopping live entertainment, private booths and an American style diner menu, complete with sweet-tooth cocktails (ours in the Banoffee Sazerac).
This gorgeous homely cocktail bar has a cozy feel and welcoming atmosphere, exactly what you would hope from a private members club. Nestled in the heart of Kensington, Beaufort House features an award-winning brasserie, sophisticated menu and stunning decor, perfect for birthday celebrations.
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.
Winner of Design My Night's Best Pub award, The Four Thieves know a thing or two about throwing an epic birthday bash. Located in the heart of Battersea, this multi-level boozer boasts its very own arcade room, as well as a Victorian style music hall and a weekend soundtrack of the very best soul, disco and Motown hits around.
One of the city's coolest drinking and dining destinations, this unique bar and street food space offers gorgeous views over the capital, alongside delicious eats and quirky cocktails. Located in the heart of Canary Wharf, this place comes alive as soon as the clock strikes five.
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.
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 haven 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.
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.
The cocktails are Fitzrovia-based drinking den Reverend JW Simpson are concocted with foraged and seasonal ingredients, meaning the menu here is a far cry from the usual mojito or espresso martini offering. Inspired by the former home of a revered, this cosy spot often plays host to live music as well as DJs on the weekend.
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 capital's most unique spots. 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.
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.
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.
Gigi's offers an all-encompassing space for birthday celebrations of all shapes and sizes. Known for its bold interiors, this bar boasts regular drag nights, live music and enough drinks to see you through 'till dawn and beyond.
The panoramic views of London and St Paul's Cathedral from one Madison's stunning open air roof terrace is truly spectacular. The food and drink are just as good, with classic European dishes coming out of the kitchen and Champagne, wine and freshly made cocktails come from the bar.
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.