Best Bars To Celebrate A Birthday
We understand that organising a special birthday celebration can be an arduous task. By the time you've organised 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 8th September 2016
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...
Perfect for all kinds of special occasions, Proud brings a glamorous cabaret supper club experience to a Grade II listed location in this famous neighbourhood. Oozing with vintage style and sophistication, this decadent supper club brings some of the finest burlesque performers in London to centre stage. Proud serves up a sumptuous and seasonal menu of dining options too, there’s plenty of boozy delights to consider and entry to the club night is inclusive of the ticket price.
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 5pm, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Shot Tequila, sip on fabulous fruity cocktails and snack on Mexican party bites, before dancing the night away.
Get your birthday dress on, or snap on your best bow-tie for this birthday will take you back to the bygone era of live music and piano lounges. Set in a huge Victorian warehouse building, think classic style meets contemporary cool at The Piano Works. Sup on divine cocktails and tuck into delectable eats before you jive away on the dancefloor.
A vibrant and colourful cocktail bar, Apples & Pears offers a cracking birthday party destination just off Brick Lane. Nibble away at Vietnamese street food, 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!
Calling all 90s babies celebrating a birthday, Little Nan invites you down to her special 90s themed pop up party at Rio Cinema in Dalston. You'll be chomping on retro pick 'n' mix and stretching out that lycra as you knock back some of the Nan's signature cocktail filled teapots.
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.
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.
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.
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 10pm.
Can't think of anything that all of your friends will enjoy? Well, if this doesn't solve those squabbles, nothing will ever shut them up. With six bars, restaurants, live performances and plenty of gambling tables, you'll be rolling, drinking, eating and entertained all night long. Do it all and make your birthday last all night - this place is open 24/7.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you fancy something a bit luxurious, drenched in Oriental charm and brimming with fragrant Pan-Asian cuisines for your birthday blowout then Buddha Bar is your destination. Tuck into exquisite eats and divine cocktails in this elegant, avant-garde wonderland. There'll be DJs on hand to bring out the party atmosphere late into the night too.
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.
Perched elegantly atop the tallest residential building in London, The Attic provides the perfect metropolitan setting for suave birthday celebrations. 'Ding'! The lift opens at the 48th floor of Pan Peninsula. You and your fabulous friends sweep out into the impossibly polished bar area. You rotate, taking in the view of London from 360 degrees, and sip your expertly mixed cocktail contentedly.
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.
Discover a new realm of cocktail supping at the Clapham haunt, Lotus. Here, you can taste their distinct and unique specialties where their liquor is laced with the taste and scent of edible flowers. With a lotus as their totem, this bar has created a menu of divine drinks to go with authentic Italian dishes, perfect for a chilled birthday bash with a little dash of something different.
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.
Renowned throughout London as one of the most highly desirable basement bars, Cecil’s is made for birthday party debauchery close to London Bridge. Fresh from a refurb, the new and improved basement bar offers an unmistakable feel of decadence and offers live music, dazzling entertainment, late nights and liquor.
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.
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.
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.
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.