Best for After Work Drinks

Discover our recommended bars and pubs for after work drinks in London! Long day at the office? Let’s get you to the pub pronto. With plenty of great venues offering happy hour deals and chilled-out vibes perfect for kicking back and reflecting on the day that was, we’ve drawn up a collection of our favourites. From the heart of the West End to the centre of the city, here are the best places to get a drink after work in London.

Last updated on 15th March 2017

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Brooksby's Walk

1 user reviews

Grab your gang and scoot over to Brooksby's Walk in Homerton for the most delicious selection of tipples to see you through the end of a hard day. From mulled-wine to Negronis and great G&Ts, the bar is the perfect place for a chilled-out drink.

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

The Victoria

11 user reviews

Forget the stresses and strains of a long day at the office at this familiar Dalston pub. Oozing with a relaxed ambience, there’s a healthy mix of classic cocktails, locally brewed craft beers and old world wines to keep you feeling fresh. There’s a heady selection of premium rum cocktails if you’d like to stretch the night out a little longer, and a vibrant programme of live music to tap your toes to.

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Dalston

The Albion

7 user reviews

The Albion offers an extensive wine selection, a range of award-winning real ales and continental lagers in a relaxed pub environment just down the road from St. Paul’s. Come by for a swift half in one of the friendliest pubs in the city, with great comfort foods and famous sausage roll bar snacks on offer if you feel like lingering into the evening.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
Pub

28 West Bar

1 user reviews

28 West serves international craft beers and experimental cocktails to the work-weary on the Canary Wharf riverfront. Perfect for city workers looking to toast a hard day's work, get the rounds in at this relaxed lounge bar set up, with great views of the water an added bonus.

Happily Affordable ££
Canary Wharf

Jack's Bar

21 user reviews
Jack's Bar
3 for 2 Taco Tuesdays

Originally owned by their father in the 1970s, Jack's bar in Waterloo is run by two brothers and offers its guests an impressive selection of classic American comfort food treats. The venue kitchen is used to planting smiles on the faces of its guests, plating up delicious pizzas, hotdogs and fiery wings. 

Happily Affordable ££
Waterloo

Apples and Pears

102 user reviews

Located at the Aldgate East end of Brick Lane, Apples & Pears is a non-pretentious hangout fronting delicious cocktails, awesome music and even its own outdoor space (a novelty for the area!). Come here for fun-time after work drinks, brilliant happy hours and good times; all throughout the week.

Happily Affordable ££
Brick Lane

Nordic Bar

100 user reviews
Nordic Bar
Free round of cocktails and 1 other offer available.

You can’t go wrong with a few drinks at this Scandinavian themed cocktail bar if you work close to Oxford Street. Nordic is a buzzing after work haunt where you can get £10 bottles of wine and 2-4-1 cocktails between 5 and 7 on weekdays (and all night Monday and Thursday). Sample their specialty beers and refreshing cocktails and just watch out for that shot wheel - things are only gonna go one way if you find yourself spinning that on a school night...

Happily Affordable ££
Fitzrovia

Work in the Covent Garden area? Sometimes you just can’t beat a few drinks with the team at Be At One. Renowned throughout the city for their friendly bartenders and catalogue (quite literally) of amazing cocktails, there’s not a day that goes by where happy hour doesn’t last until 7pm and there’s great tunes overhead.

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

Osteria

0 user reviews
Osteria
Aperitivo o'clock

Martinis, Bellinis and Negronis - what more could you need when it comes to after-work drinks? Luckily, that's what Osteria, the Italian restaurant, specialise in. With classic concoctions as well as twists on the fail-safe mixes, Osteria also has an impressive wine list.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Shoreditch Platform

1 user reviews

Shoreditch Platform is in a prime position in East London, located close to booth Old Street and Liverpool Street, the bar and working space is a fun a versatile space. The upstairs bar is casual and serves a range of cocktails and spirits as well as having a dinner menu if you want something more substantial.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Yorkshire Grey

3 user reviews

The working day is done, and with it, the decision comes for a place to grab drinks after work in London. Head on down to the Yorkshire Grey for a laid-back boozing experiences as this Farringdon favourite promises bold beers and top pub grub inspired bites. 

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Farringdon

Core

16 user reviews
Core
Free Entry VIP Guestlist and 1 other offer available.

Situated right in the heart of the city, you'll need to set aside a few minutes just to take in everything that Core's cocktail list has to offer. There's absolutely loads of quirky concoctions to pick from, and they're all very reasonably priced. Core is serious about its 'Brew & Brew' concept too - so you can rest assured that the expertly crafted coffees and beers are among the best in the City.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Vintry

5 user reviews

An easy walk from any of Monument, Cannon Street and Bank stations, you’ll find a buzzing scene after work on any given weekday at The Vintry. With full table service offered throughout the day you can kick back and clock off in style, with more than 170 wines on the bar alongside a refreshing range of craft beer, lager and cask ales. There’s even a cool cocktail lounge where talented mixologists work their magic in the basement.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Cocktail Baby

6 user reviews

There’s happy hour drink deals to enjoy at all times at Cocktail Baby. That means you can get your paws on a vast expanse of signature cocktails, beers, wines and ciders at discounted rates while enjoying a lively backdrop of disco, soulful and deep house tunes. Can’t see a cocktail that ticks your boxes? Have a quiet word with the bartender and they’ll make something just for you.

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

The Marylebone

2 user reviews

This classy, stunning venue in the sophisticated regions of West London is the perfect retreat for an elegant occasion, with an interior strewn with vintage furniture and floral flecks as well as bespoke and innovative cocktails crafted with the utmost care, for the ultimate post-work indulgence.

Happily Affordable ££
Marylebone

Burdock

1 user reviews

Up the ante on after-work drinks at sleek and stylish Burdock, located on Finsbury Square. The City spot has bags of personality; head to the bar to work your way through an innovative cocktail list, freshly brewed pints and glutton-inducing freakshakes, as well as having a go on their unique shuffleboards.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Rumpus Room

1 user reviews

So the Rumpus Room offers something pretty spectacular from your after work drinks sessions. A rooftop bar found on the 12th floor of Mondrian London, experience the lavish lifestyle of The Bright Young Things from the 1920s jazz age while you marvel at these stunning views of the skyline. Sip stylish champagne cocktails, celebrate a special occasion with your workmates or simply settle down to enjoy one of the best vantage points in London at this stunner of a hidden gem.

South London

The Well

34 user reviews

A favourite for young professionals in Farringdon, The Well offers one of the sweetest happy hour deals around. Kicking off from 4pm (Monday to Thursday), get 2-4-1 on house red, white and rose wine as well as cocktails right through until 6pm. Sneak downstairs to their basement bar for an extra couple of hours of discounted drinks!

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

Zigfrid von Underbelly

71 user reviews

Zigfrid is a great choice for after work drinks in Shoreditch. Head down once you've escaped the office and find a thriving hub for drinking, dining and clubbing in a wonderfully quirky and non-sensical space. Not only one of the best places for drinks come 5pm, this is also one of the best late night DJ bars in London which draws revellers from all over London to their spot on Hoxton Square.

 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Lamb Tavern

39 user reviews

There’s no shortage of decent pubs in the city, but we’ve always had a soft spot for the Lamb Tavern. Part of the fabric of this part of town since back in 1780, it’s still a popular boozer of choice for those in the city, packing the punters in right beside the iconic Leadenhall Market. There’s ales, wines and spirts galore, and if you track down one of the #ThirstAiders, you might just save yourself from queuing at the bar.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
Pub

Marco Pierre White turns his attention towards the Wheeler's Oyster Bar and Grill, taking over the menu and filling it with his range of honest, classic and natural recipes. Sitting within the elegant walls of the Threadneedles Hotel, the restaurant only deals in opulent experiences, boasting an irresistible champagne and oyster menu. Showcasing the finest British produce available, the exquisite flavours continue on the drinks menu, which is composed of a range of fine wines and signature cocktails. 

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Grocer

0 user reviews

Beautifully decorated with vintage signs, quaint antiques and vibrant furniture, The Grocer offer Londoners in the City a great place to escape the office and grab a drink after work. The bar is of course stocked full of all your favourite beers, fine wines and international spirits, but pleasing everyone, the chefs have curated a menu of traditional British recipes and classic dishes. Grab a burger, grab a pint, and leave the rigours of daily life at the door. 

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Silk & Grain

1 user reviews

Say no to your local this evening and try something fun and innovative instead. Located on Cornhill - just moments from Bank - Silk & Grain is the city’s experimental cocktail parlour, where age-old classics are given a fresh twist using barrel-aged techniques. Sample a couple of your old favourites given a kick of oak, vanilla, caramel or spice and don’t think it’s just about the cocktails - there’s also beers, spirits, wines and mocktails on offer.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Patch St. Paul's

19 user reviews

Want some happy hour merriment in the city? Patch St. Paul's will happily oblige, laying on all kinds of cheap and cheerful drink deals between 4.30 and 7.30pm every day, and all night on Tuesday. Get along to this handsome spot for after-work refreshment and they’ll take 50% off bottles of wine and spirits, hand out buckets of 5 beers for £15 and go 2-4-1 on cocktails.

Happily Affordable ££
St Pauls

Graphic Bar

43 user reviews

Graphic bar is a spectacular cocktail bar with only a 2 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, Carnaby Street and Regent Street making it great for after work drinks. Renowned for its amazing cocktails, Graphic is a great place to meet with friends and colleagues for lunch or after work and the eclectic, lively atmosphere provides a unique location for a cracking pint.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Quaglino's

1 user reviews

If you have that Friday feeling all too early on in the week and the after work tipple is calling then Quaglino's are more than prepared to cater to you. Swan through this most decadent of restaurant bars and perch at the opulent bar area that overlooks the dining quarters where you can take in the fragrance of exquisite eats whilst you enjoy your liquor craving. 

Splash the Cash £££
West End

Kitty Hawk

188 user reviews

Kitty Hawk channels New York glamour with the cool style of a London location, making it ideal for the discerning after work drinker. Serving a wonderful list of wines, including selections from the Rothschild Estate, alongside craft beers and cocktails, the venue has something for everyone. And being only a few steps away from London Liverpool Street Station is a bonus.  

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Barsmith

98 user reviews

You can’t really go wrong with 2-4-1 cocktails everyday between 7 and 10pm. This is even more the case when these mixed drinks come with the Barsmith stamp of approval; the Farringdon venue is renowned for its bespoke selection of house-infused drinks. Check out the Basil Fawlty or their signature The Barsmith, or enjoy one of their excellent craft beers.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

The Anthologist

5 user reviews

A stylish all-day bar, The Anthologist is a great bar in Bank for social after work drinks and dinner in chic surroundings. For a private lunch with friends or dinner parties, groups can book an area or table before joining the crowd there to enjoy Soul Saturdays, when DJs hit the decks and the bar gets lively.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
Smollensky's Canary Wharf Bar
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY and 8 other offers available.

Smollensky’s is the place to be if you’re after cocktails in Canary Wharf. Bartenders whip up a liquor-laced storm after work, with old school classics given a contemporary facelift and a few new found favourites on offer by the same token. Happy Hour runs every day from 6 to 8pm, there’s a few light bites to soak up the booze and a large outside terrace that’s always a big hit in the summer.

Happily Affordable ££
Canary Wharf

Balls Brothers are a noted name in the after work drinks industry, so why not try one on for size if you're hankering after a bevvie in the Mayfair area. A classic, British restaurant bar brimming with style and class, the suited and booted love a post working day drink here thanks to its brilliant wine list and selection of beers. 

Happily Affordable ££
Mayfair

Jamies London Bridge

72 user reviews
Jamies London Bridge
BIRTHDAY OFFER - Put down £100 and we'll double to £200! Ts & Cs apply and 12 other offers available.

Wine connoisseurs, roll up roll up and get your extensive wine list here in this modern, stylish bar next to the Shard. Perfect after a long day at work, taste these fine wines in the comfort of a trendy venue and checkout the menu of great British dishes, including burgers, light bites, sharing platters and other classics.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

Scarlet's

6 user reviews
Scarlet's
Free Entry VIP Guestlist

Join “Covent Garden’s sassy sister” for a few chilled ones at quitting time and chat the night away in vibrant and warm surroundings. This is a real West End favourite, welcoming an eclectic bunch through the door with a charismatic and familiar approach. There’s fresh food, plenty of beers and an eye-catching selection of cocktails to work your way through.

Happily Affordable ££
Leicester Square

Dirty Martini St Paul's

5 user reviews

Tough day? Things can only get better at Dirty Martini St Paul's, where there’s a chilled cocktail with your name on it waiting at the bar. The venue offers a sleek and sophisticated décor at the same time, which understandably draws a radiant after-work crowd. Careful though, with late night DJs taking centre stage that mythical "swift half" could soon escalate.

Happily Affordable ££
St Pauls

Grand Union Brixton

25 user reviews

Looking for a great spot for after work drinks in the summer? Grand Union Brixton is surely worth the visit for its pleasure garden alone; welcoming parched workers for a few chilled beverages under twinkling fairy lights and hazy summer skies.* Take advantage of their Happy Days offer, where any 2 selected cocktails come your way for a very reasonable £10.

* Okay fine, more likely "dreary, overcast skies".

Happily Affordable ££
Brixton

Simmons Tower Bridge

7 user reviews

Situated right around the corner from Tower Bridge, Simmons brings a quirky dose of cocktails and fun to the heart of the city. Swing by straight after work to take advantage of that famous happy hour; spirit & mixers are £2.50, bottles of wine are £10 and you can even land one of their signature cocktail teapots for just £15 between 4 and 9pm (Monday to Friday).

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

Found yourself with a few spare minutes to kill before your train out of Victoria? It’s probably time to get to know The Phoenix, the homely boozer known for serving fresh British classics in the company of a fine spread of real ales and extraordinarily tasty wines.

Happily Affordable ££
Victoria

Ask For Janice

66 user reviews

If you're looking for somewhere you can enjoy some casual drinks and shmoozing activities then Ask For Janice (not the person, the place) is ideal for you. Doling out all the laid-back, urban boozing vibes you could wish for, plant your tush on their wooden stools that look like they're fresh out of a school science lab and enjoy their spread of beer, wine and over 40 Gins. 

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Munich Cricket Club

2 user reviews

We’ve been looking for a decent after-work joint in the Victoria area for an age, and we just may have found it in the Munich Cricket Club. A vast party space with a traditional Bavarian party atmosphere to it, slip into your lederhosen (or don't, whatever) and come by to sample beer from Munich breweries, a good choice of wines and cocktails.

Happily Affordable ££
Westminster

Dirty Martini Monument

7 user reviews

A few breezy strides away from Monument, Dirty Martini offers a killer combination of fantastic martinis and generous happy hour deals. Come when that clock strikes 5 and enjoy half price martinis and bottles of wine, as well as £2.95 bottles of beer, until well into the evening. There's sharing platters to kick hunger to the curb, and DJs on 'til late.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Salvador & Amanda Bloomsbury

107 user reviews

Who's out drinking in Holborn tonight then? We've just the destination. Less a siesta and more a fiesta, Salvador and Amanda is a plush plot for after work drinks where tapas inspired chow and cracking party tracks reign supreme. Familiar with those after a reasonably priced post work tipple or three, this dapper little joint will please palates and party people alike.

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

The Hoxton Pony

22 user reviews

Shoreditch is a haven for post-work refreshment, and with venues like Hoxton Pony on call it’s pretty easy to see why. Head over to sample one of their celebrated cocktails; expertly devised using a list of 300+ spirits and a mixture of syrups, compotes and purees made on site. Grab a cheeky bite to eat if you’re feeling famished, then shake it out on the dance floor to the sounds of a varied playlist.

Happily Affordable ££
East London

Willy's Wine Bar

44 user reviews
Willy's Wine Bar
Complimentary Chef's Selection Platter and 8 other offers available.

Well established as one of the Square Mile’s standout wine bars, Willy’s offers traditional charm and a fine array of global wines amidst the bustle of Fenchurch Street. Come 5pm you’ll find discarded blazers and folks loosening their ties with something from the extensive wine list, and Willy’s also serves plenty of food - the fish & chips are their pride and joy.

Happily Affordable ££
City Of London

Northbank Restaurant

7 user reviews
Northbank Restaurant
2 Courses & Prosecco £22.50 and 1 other offer available.

Based on the water’s edge - with spectacular views of the Millenium Bridge and the rest of central London - Northbank’s terrace is one mighty fine spot to while away the evening and enjoy the last sunshine of the day. There’s an impressive menu of gourmet eats if you should fancy staying for dinner, or you can just keep it casual with something from their liquid menu featuring West Country ciders, wines from around the world, eclectic cocktails and bottled beers.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Ten Bells

39 user reviews
The Ten Bells
Design My Night offer - Free Sharing board with premium bottles of wine and 1 other offer available.

The Ten Bells is a legendary after-work spot for the people of the East End, but few have stumbled upon this secretive cocktail den upstairs so far. Pop in and discover this haven of Chesterfield sofas, mis-matched furniture and iconic artwork for yourself, the shorty cocktails - mixed by renowned bartender Jerome Slesinski - pack a punch, too.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Jamies Tudor Street

22 user reviews
Jamies Tudor Street
Complimentary Chef's Selection Platter for booking of 10 or more after 5pm - Ts & Cs apply and 7 other offers available.

Situated on the bustling streets in the City of London, this venue is the perfect hideaway to unwind after a long day at work. Escape the workday stress and collapse into a padded arm chair, with a glass of wine in hand, of course. And if you're hungry, check out the extensive menu of steaks, fish and chips and grilled sardines for a delicious dinner.

Happily Affordable ££
Embankment

The Eagle - Hippo Inns

0 user reviews

The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove has become something of a West London favourite, thanks to its new partnership with Truman tank beers. Really helping the venue stand out, the chefs have created a menu that perfectly pairs with the fresh tank beers on offer behind the bar. Serene, stylish and bursting with charming character, there are few better places to relax and watch the hours lazily drift by.

Happily Affordable ££
West London

Jamies Creechurch Lane

36 user reviews
Jamies Creechurch Lane
Complimentary Chef's Selection Platter and 7 other offers available.

A huge hit with the city’s workers thanks to its convenient location and inviting ambience, Jamies on Creechurch Lane is tailor made for a few casual drinks after a tricky day at work. Within easy strolling distance of the city’s stations, rock up to their comfy bar space and unwind with a glass of wine or two, with sharing platters and traditional British fare on call if you fancy something to eat.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Holy Birds

0 user reviews
The Holy Birds
£5 cocktails 5pm - 7pm Mondays to Fridays

Add a big heap of swinging '60s to your after-work drinks in London as The Holy Birds open their doors. As well as a poultry themed restaurant, the downstairs bars is a medley of retro interiors and a menu to match - sip a Babycham cocktail designed by legendary barman Salvatore Calabrese.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Miller

5 user reviews

Nestled within the backstreets of Borough and not at all far from London Bridge, this cool bar is great for after work drinks in London. After a recent revamp, The Miller now boasts its own ping pong roof terrace, and plays host to an improv comedy night, every Tuesday. Book a space for you and your mates in this cool and quirky London bar, perfect for an after work drink in London.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

Tank and Paddle

5 user reviews

Sitting pretty in a super central location for any city goers, Tank and Paddle is a favourite in Monument for stylish drinks and casual pints. Head on down not only for craft beer straight from the tank, there's some of the best pizza in the business to boot.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Clerkenwell & Social

42 user reviews

This debonair den in the heart of Clerkenwell is perfect for a post-work tipple. Indulge in stunningly presented concoctions of innovative, fresh ingredients, shaken, stirred and otherwise jumbled together by the masters in mixology.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

72 user reviews

Work in the Soho area? Why not treat yourself to a few afterwork drinks at The Bloomsbury Club Bar. This sophisticated hotel bar has it all - a fantastic location, a lavish interior (plus a charming outdoor terrace!), and a selection of the very best wines from across the globe. And to tie it all together, there's a mouth-watering menu that's perfect for afterwork meals.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Found

1 user reviews

Located in Shoreditch, Found is the perfect spot for an intimate and relaxed after-work drink. The hush hush bar has been designed by Oskar Klimaszewski and it is his magic touch that has made the cocktail menu quite so delicious, from Tommy Goes to Thailand through to Corpse Maker.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Fable

6 user reviews

Holborn's Fable has many strings to its bow. The venue's quirky decor is inventive, innovative and enchanting, and the choice of drinks follows a similar suit. There's a library of creative cocktails to choose from and a similarly extensive wine list boasting all kinds of tastes and flavours. 

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

The Old Bank Of England

149 user reviews

Is there a grander, more opulent setting for a post-work bevvy than the Old Bank of England? Located at the heart of the city and oozing with opulence and history, the pub serves a crisp range of award-winning ales that go really well when teamed with their delicious pies.

Happily Affordable ££
Embankment
Pub

Catch Bar

16 user reviews

If you're looking to head somewhere a little different to the norm after work, head to Catch BarThis fun Mexican bar is the perfect place to unwind in Shoreditch. You can sip on fruity cocktails and if you're peckish they serve a great selection of Mexican Tacos and Tortas that will be sure to hit the spot.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Barrio Angel

26 user reviews

Please note: we can’t be held accountable if after work drinks at Barrio quickly get out of hand, and you suddenly find yourself hitting the dancefloor hard on a school night. Amigo Hour is sometimes just too difficult to resist. Head along to this buzzing hub of South American culture where explosive cocktails and authentic street food await.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

The Hide Bar

4 user reviews

A perfect city retreat tucked away behind the bustle of London Bridge, Hide Bar is an intimate cocktail lounge with a seated only policy so you can come here to sup and socialise without the queues at the bar. Experts in the art of cocktail making, Hide Bar are top mixologists who are always developing the dynamic of their drinks to bring you something cool and unique. 

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

Lost & Found

4 user reviews
Lost & Found
Free Sharing Cocktail

Work in South London? Wanting to sup on something sumptuous before the commute home? Lost & Found is a match made in heaven; serving up a vast range of cocktails each as delicious as the last, with live music and a fun time atmosphere chucked in to the bargain for good measure. Land two cocktails for the price of one between 5 and 8pm, and enjoy a complimentary sharing cocktail for all table bookings over 8 guests.

Happily Affordable ££
Balham

Offering homely, country pub vibes, you’d be forgiven for forgetting The White Horse was actually in the very heart of the City. Workers seeking much-needed liquid refreshment come for the real ales, delicious wines and quality champers at 5pm, with fresh pub food available for those hoping to linger a little longer.

Liverpool Street

Minutes away from Tower Bridge, The Gentlemen Baristas Union Street is the perfect spot for a quick pint after work. The traditional little spot is spread across two floors and serves everything from charcuterie through to dinners that will make you stay late.

Happily Affordable ££
Southwark

The Britannia

0 user reviews

If you're looking for somewhere to unwind after a long week at work, The Britannia is a favourite in Kensington for laid-back boozing and lovely gastronomy. Decked out with some traditional charm dating back to the 1800s, you'll find a pub mixed with vintage character and contemporary leanings making for a perfect after work drinks in London setting. 

Happily Affordable ££
Kensington
Pub

The Chelsea Pensioner

8 user reviews

The Chelsea Pensioner is the ideal spot to grab a few cheeky bevvies after work. Pop in and take advantage of the happy hour from 4pm – 9pm any weekday and enjoy bottles of lager and spirits and mixers for £2.90, a bottle of wine for a tenner and Prosecco for just £15! With tasty bar snacks and a secret beer garden you can’t go wrong!

Happily Affordable ££
Chelsea

Vinyl Bar

0 user reviews

Sitting nicely just a few paces away from St Paul's Cathedral, the Vinyl Bar offers Central London's work-weary crowds a lively spot to blow off steam after a long day at work. From live Premier League Football actions and thrilling Champions League to fast-paced F1 and hard-hitting Rugby, you can see all the best live sporting events on one of their huge TVs. To help keep things moving, a generous Happy Hour grips the entire bar between 5-8 PM everyday. 

Happily Affordable ££
St Pauls

St. Barts Brewery

54 user reviews

St Barts Brewery is an eclectic and diverse venue in the heart of Farringdon. The extensive choice of artisan wines, spirits and beers makes it perfect for a bit of 5pm R&R, with the venue featuring its own ciders from Kent and unfiltered Meantime lagers coming direct from their brewery and into your glass.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Trader Vic's

4 user reviews

For a kick in your after work shenanigans, Trader Vic's is a Tiki-laden island of wooden boats, bamboo and buoys hanging from the ceiling. Dabble in a little Polynesian partying at this drinking den where you'll find a penchant for tropical inspired tipples and one of the oldest and most original Mai Tai blends. 

Happily Affordable ££
Mayfair

The Sterling

4 user reviews

Boasting one of the best locations in city, The Sterling is a favourite for after work drinks in London where you'll find yourself sitting at the base of one of London's most iconic buildings, the Gherkin. With an expansive outside terrace, the drinks often spill out into the shadow of the Gherkin making for one pretty cool place to enjoy a few with colleagues.  

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Shaws Booksellers

3 user reviews

Situated within a stone's throw of St Pauls and boasting a quirkily relaxed vibe, Shaws Booksellers is the perfect spot for an after work bevvy. Have a well deserved pint of ale in this spacious and convenient setting. It has Fuller's Master Cellarman status don't you know, so it can offer you all sorts of great beery remedies for the day's woes. 

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Grand Union Farringdon

3 user reviews

The second Grand Union to feature in our After Work guide, this Farringdon bar offers something a bit quirkier to those fed up of the standard city pub set-up. The ground level features a classic pub setting while the downstairs cocktail bar promises great drinks in Victorian boudoir styled surroundings. Get 2 selected cocktails for a tenner as part of their Happy Days promotion.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

Dirty Martini Bishopsgate

26 user reviews

Directly opposite Liverpool Street Station sits Dirty Martini, a stylish and elegant city bar in London and just the place for after work drinks with friends or colleagues. Careful though - happy hour deals and a late license that keeps this London bar open until 3am every night of the week, you may find yourself teetering out of 'after-work drinks' and into 'before-work drinks' territory. Alternatively? Dabble in Dirty Martini Monument or St Paul's for more after work schmoozing.

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

The beautiful Slug & Lettuce by St. Katharine’s Docks is a mighty fine location to enjoy a few cold ones after a hard day at work. Right by the waterside - and with impressive views of the Tower of London to boot - drop in for Wine Down Wednesdays (when all bottles are £11.45) or get the weekend started with £12 bottles of prosecco to celebrate Fizz Fridays. Slug’s sister sites at the O2, County Hall, Leicester Square and Wood Street are also lively after work hotspots.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Balls Brothers Austin Friars is an excellent little spot to drop into after work, providing a serene refuge in the heart of the city. Promising a menu featuring drinks that "are pieces of art themselves", unwind into the evening by sampling the wild and imaginative cocktails on offer, or something from their superb wine and beer selection.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Blind Spot

1 user reviews

Nestled in the beating heart of London's Leicester Square, Blind Spot is a smooth, sultry cocktail bar that offers guests a serene location to sit back and unwind with their favourite cocktail. Serving a range of exquisite concoctions and with a well-trained bar staff capable of mixing and flairing together an array of ingredients, the dim lighting and cosy armchairs create the perfect, laid back ambience to lose yourself in. 

Splash the Cash £££
Leicester Square

The Shoreditch

43 user reviews

Got your sights set on a few drinks on Shoreditch High Street? Full of charm, quirky decor and a vibrancy that you won't find in too many other Shoreditch bars, this place is always lively with workers spilling out after quitting time. Book yourself in and enjoy the drinkonomical happy hour prices on offer from The Shoreditch.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Forge

7 user reviews

Smack bang in the middle of the city and overflowing with charisma, Forge is a great choice for a few chilled ones after a tough day. The cocktail list is quite something - it stretches to include 100 different tipples – and there’s ample wines, beers and spirits to climb into depending on your mood. Everything is served by expert bartenders, and the venue’s late licence means no one's going to blame you if you end up stumbling out at 3am.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Coborn

0 user reviews

Local to Bow or Mile End? There’s a gem of a local pub nestled somewhere among the Victorian terraces of Coborn Road that you really ought to seek out. The Coborn is a characterful place to reflect on the day that was, with Young’s award-winning cask ales, a great range of craft beers and vintage wines from across the globe to whet your whistle before calling it a day.

Happily Affordable ££
Bow
Pub

Old Tom's Bar

12 user reviews

Nestled somewhere in the heart of Leadenhall Market is Old Tom’s - a snug retreat from city life that’s just perfect for a post-5pm tipple or two. Topple down the stairs and into an old-fashioned retreat complete with 19th century tiles and warm service, the bar specialises in an extensive range of craft beer as well as a more than handy choice of gin and whisky. There’s cheese and charcuterie boards made for sharing if you’re peckish.

City of London

Pavilion End

1 user reviews

Close to many of London’s hot tourist spots and set in the shadows of St. Paul’s cathedral, Pavilion End is a beautiful city pub, great for cosy after work drinks, with big screens to watch various sports events on and a pool table for those wanting some entertainment. Their outdoor beer garden is perfect for catching some rays in central London and escaping the bustle of other city bars.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

1920 Bar

12 user reviews

Swing by this trendy Clerkenwell haunt and you'll soon forget all about your hassles from the office. Enjoy a few games of pool, tuck into some hearty burgers and enjoy a cocktail or two from their extensive range in really stylish surroundings. There's DJs ready and willing to burst on to the scene if you end up staying longer than that "one quick drink."

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

Like your 5pm tipple in the company of spectacular views of the Thames? You probably ought to get down to the Oyster Shed then, where thirsty revellers marvel at The Shard, Tower of London and the Thames in all their finery. We haven’t even mentioned the fine wines, real ales and delectable range of craft beers yet either.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Four Sisters Townhouse

10 user reviews

With one successful Islington bar already under their belts, Simon Bastable and Andrew Green have taken their Four Sisters name to the St Paul's area. The wood panelled floors are accompanied by beautiful wall hangings and quaint antiques spread throughout the venue. However, it's the cocktail list that really steals the limelight. Really making their drinks stand out, the team of bartenders make use of a range of homemade bitters and syrups. 

Happily Affordable ££
St Pauls

A popular choice with young professionals and London Bridge locals, the Hay’s Galleria offers one of the best happy hours in town. Get up to 50% off drinks between 5 and 8pm on weekdays, including discounts on their top quality wines and classic cocktails. The bar offers a cheerful ambience; there’s a petanque pitch if you fancy a quick game and an outdoor terrace just perfect for the warmer months.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

Anise

16 user reviews

Its proximity to Liverpool Street Station, chilled purple hues and comfy booths make Anise one of the most popular bars with the Square Mile after work drinking set. A decadent drinking den that can offer something a little outside of the ordinary, Anise's cocktails and bar snacks are Indian-inspired meaning you may be sipping on a concoction including coriander, cardamom or chat masala. A great after work drinks spot.

Splash the Cash £££
Liverpool Street

Brodie’s Bar & Kitchen

34 user reviews
Brodie’s Bar & Kitchen
Monday 50% OFF Food and 10 other offers available.

Stroll along the picturesque Fisherman's Walk and take a seat at Brodie's Bar where you can gaze out onto the West India Quay development and enjoy some alfresco throws, when the weather is holding up. A restaurant by day, a bar by night - Brodie's is the prefect place to grab a bite to eat or settle in for some after work drinking in London.

Happily Affordable ££
Canary Wharf

The Alice

7 user reviews

Ideally located between Aldgate and Liverpool Street, you can leave all thoughts of the daily grind at the door at this cosy gastropub. There’s no shortage of beers and wines to get involved with, as well as a neat little selection of classic cocktails that start at a very reasonable £7.45 each.

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Jamie's Suffolk Lane

15 user reviews
Jamie's Suffolk Lane
Complimentary Chef's Selection Platter for booking of 10 or more after 5pm - Ts & Cs apply and 6 other offers available.

A Canon Street charmer, Jamie's Suffolk Lane is the answer to your after work drinks in London qualms. Something of a city favourite, this restaurant bar is a cool underground space steeped in exposed brickwork, an extensive wine list and a healthy happy hour reigning from 5pm until 8pm on week nights. Plenty of time for a couple then? 

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

The Vineyard

4 user reviews

If you're looking for somewhere to blow off some steam after work and have a cheeky bevvy in a laid-back setting then The Vineyard in Islington is just the ticket. This contemporary, chic styled boozer is an urban wonderland of exposed brick, lounging and funky décor so you can enjoy all manner of tipples in this pocket friendly pub where the grub is glorious too. 

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

WE ARE BAR Bishopsgate

31 user reviews
WE ARE BAR Bishopsgate
2 for £10 Cocktails and 8 other offers available.

The well established wine bar and Liverpool Street local WE ARE BAR is a fan favourite for after work drinks in London as a place where city workers flock to take advantage of the extensive menu and beautiful outdoor terrace. Fronting an informal restaurant and dedicated bar area, WE ARE BAR is a buzzing social hub from lunch all the way through to closing. 

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

The Distillery is Bankside’s destination bar, where you can expect nothing short of tailored perfection from the bartenders. Fitted out with leather Chesterfields and bespoke furnishings, make yourself at home at the London Hilton’s hotel bar and sample a range of signature cocktails that include homemade aromatics, infusions and bitters.

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

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