If you're looking for a few post-office tipples, this restaurant and live music venue overlooking Cabot Square is the perfect combination of refined and casual, a top spot for after work drinks in London.
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.
Want some happy hour merriment in the city? Patch St. Paul's and Patch East will happily oblige, laying on all kinds of cheap and cheerful drink deals between 4pm and 7pm every day. Get along to this handsome spot for after-work refreshment and they'll take 50% off bottles of wine and spirits.
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.
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.
Head over to the Globe where this charming pub has your post-office bevvies all wrapped up. From craft beers and unique wines, to a selection of innovative signature sips that are sure to appeal to every palette, Swan is all about excellent drinks in an even better atmosphere.
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.
Located in the heart of central London, Hush is an ideal spot for everything from catching up with friends and drinks with co-workers. Not only can you tuck into tasty dishes and mouthwatering wines, but the cocktail selection features timeless classics and modern twists.
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.
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.
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.
SAMA is the perfect place to meet for after work drinks in London. They offer a member's club feel without the membership, with a sleek contemporary look, sofas to sink into and bar stools to congregate round, as well as a great selection of alcohol and food.
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.
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.
One of the best cures for a hard day's work is a nice cold pint of Guinness. Luckily, that's what McGettigans, Fulham's best Irish bar, can get for you. There's live sport on the screens, live music on the stage, and tonnes of Irish drinks and food to keep you entertained until the next after-work drinks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Need a little sweet release after the daily grind? Join Bounce for just that as you can not only let out those working frustrations on the ping pong table, they've got plenty of after work drinks offers to go around. Neons and food to boot? You nailed it.
With a carefully curated wine list, crafty cocktails and some of the best seafood plates and nibbles south of the river (we're looking at you clam chowder fries), this fun little wine bar and restaurant is a top pick for after work drinks.
Taking pride of place in Canary Wharf, The Pearson Room is a perfect place to garb a pint after work. Hidden away from the busyness of city life, the bar offers hand-crafted cocktails, a bespoke G&T menu, a wide selection of beer and an excellent selection of wine from the cellar.
Close to London Bridge but without the tourists, The Grange is a charming local pub that has heaps of spirit. Decorated with artwork, the space has an affordable range of wines, and a seriously tasty food menu that will tempt you to stay beyond drinks.
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?
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.
Just a stone's throw from the City, TwoRuba Bar is located within the Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, and adds a dash of elegance to any night out. Specialising in exquisite champagne with stunning views, this spot is the perfect spot to unwind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From lively after-work drinks to fun date nights, Lost Society is a top choice if you're looking for a bar with character. Don't expect quiet corners, because this Battersea favourite is all about cracking cocktails and live DJs through the week.
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.
The Alchemist on Old Street are here to provide a little extra pizzazz to your after-work drinking sessions. From AR creations to cocktails that change colour before your very eyes, to bath bomb-inspired tipples, this bar is sure to entertain after a busy day working in the City.
With venues in Fulham, Battersea, Victoria, Tottenham Court Road and Clapham, there's no better wine bar to get your post-work drink on than one of Vagabond's unique watering holes.
London Cocktail Club is famed for its party vibe and luscious libations. Sip with your colleagues on kooky cocktails and let your hair down as the night goes on and light-swigging shenanigans kick off, all aided by the Negroni fountain of youth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.