Cheap Drinks in London
You certainly don’t need us piping up to tell you that boozing in London rarely comes on the cheap. If you’ve ever found yourself at the bar, grimacing as the bartender takes the last of your hard-earned coins for a watered-down pint, this list is dedicated to you. We’ve been busy tracking down the best places to get cheap drinks in London - from budget cocktails to banging happy hours - and we’d love to get you involved.
Last updated on 13th October 2016
Fancy some tropical tipples without feeling like you've had to pay for a flight to Hawaii? Head to Mist on Rocks, a lavishly-decorated South London cocktail bar that serves up killer concoctions for pocket prices. Visit on a Wednesday or Thursday when the cocktail offers run all night - with Martini and gin cocktails alike coming in at a reasonable £6 each. And even Fridays boast a happy hour that runs later than many of its neighbour’s offerings (until 9pm)!
Reasons to get a BarHopping ticket #1: the exclusive drink deals, #2: there’s free shots and unlimited pizza to get you started. Still not convinced? The amazing drink discounts will continue at each of the next 3 venues, there’s welcome shots, queue jump, a photographer to snap all the best bits and you’ll wrap things up dancing into the night at one of the best clubs in the West End. A no-brainer if you’re looking to go big without breaking the bank.
With cheap drinks, free shots and a young party crowd to make friend with, glow sticks, t-shirts and pens to write all over each other, this is one seriously fun London bar crawl. It's ideal for students and backpackers keen to make the most of the West End without spending big, with friendly guides to see you through every step of the way.
If you want cheap drinks as well as a winning Canary Wharf location, it’s all about 28 West. Come after work when there’s some lovely deals to be had, with parched office workers able to relax and freshen up with 20% knocked off bottled beers, wines and bubbly, as well as getting hold of selected cocktails at 2-4-1 rates.
It's over to Clapham Junction, where we're going on a cocktail-fuelled adventure. This is a party bar that gets the good times rolling with the help of its Happy Hour, serving cracking cocktails for £6 and beers for £3.50. Snap up a discount until midnight Sun-Thurs, and until 8pm on Fri and Sat.
For a slice of Scandinavia without the extortionate prices, get down to the Nordic Bar in Fitzrovia. This central London bar offers a wide selection of traditional drinks without the price tag. With a different happy hour each day of the week and 2 for 1 cocktails to satisfy your thirsty Thursday, The Nordic is the sensible choice if you're looking for an awesome time at little expense.
The Shoreditch goes all in with generous Happy Hour deals every day of the week. Step inside this vibrant east London hangout and pick up 4 piston heads or 2 cocktails for a tenner, starting bright and early from 2pm. There's no need to rush either - these drink deals are on offer until 8pm - and resident DJs play every night of the week.
A budget friendly boozer in North London may seem like something hard to come by but the Nags Head satisfies those punters looking for a cosy atmosphere, some country side charm and, most importantly, cheap and cheerful drinks by the pint full. With a humble but classically orientated cocktail offering the Nags Head props up wine, beer and no fuss concoctions that won't make your wallet weep.
We'd heartily recommend checking out this Latina party den anyway, but their Amigo Hour deals make it impossible to overlook if you're hoping for a night out that doesn't break the bank. Running throughout the week from 4 until 8pm (7pm on Friday and Saturday), get your thirsty lips around £5 cocktails and £3 bottled beers, with a fiver off on bottles of wine.
Cheap drinks are hard to come by in specialist spirit bars, but Mezcaleria offers a magnificent margarita mix for a respectable £5.95. With fruity twists available for this cool classic, rake in a load of the Mexican libations for a few peso. Can you say Arrrribbaa? We know you totally can, so we'll be seeing you by the bar then.
Pouring up some tangy margaritas for just £5.95 a pop, there's plenty of peso left over to order round after round. Order the classic flavouring or try the Wahaca special - on the rocks with organic agave syrup for a tangy take on a Tequila laden original. With hibiscus, passion fruit and tamarind offerings too, there's nothing samey about their craft cocktails. A simply cheap and cheerful range of margaritas. Muy bueno!
Head down to Patch Monday to Friday between 4.30pm and 7.30pm to take advantage of the spectacular Happy Hour specials. There's great deals to be had on cocktails, wines, prosecco, beers and platters - our favourites are 50% off all bottles of wine, cocktails and spirits as well as a bucket of 6 beers for £15.00! The real day to visit though is Wednesday, when these prices are on ALL NIGHT LONG!
For some classic punter pleasures and drinks prices that won't devastate your wallet, take to the Angel lounge bar The Vineyard. A contemporary chic space of urban style and funky decor, The Vineyard is the perfect boozer to take up some weekend drinking sessions with mates. There's even a covered beer garden to take advantage of!
As one of South London's most popular live music venues, the Clapham Grand is well-established in the city's nightlife scene. The entire place is a converted Victorian theatre; the high ceiling and idyllic viewing boxes frame the fun-loving vibes and gives the entire joint an opulent feel. To sweeten the deal, guests can enjoy an irresistible BOGOF drinks deal before 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. That's what we call a bargain!
You can’t say fairer than Zebrano’s happy hour discounts. They’re in the business for slashing 50% off their fantastic cocktails, and bring selected beers and wines to the counter for just £2.95 a go. For Soho, these prices are pretty much peerless. Best of all? Happy Hours run every day of the week.
There’s no extortionate drinks prices to pay at this fun-time boat party. Nope, it’s all about the BYO booze at the Canal Party Club, and that extends to food and music too! Your captain guides you on a serene trip down the famous Regent’s Canal, but other than that you are free to make what you like of this intimate trip with your closest mates.
Dirty Martini's collection of cocktail bars offer a stylish and chic option to get stuck into some serious cocktails. Pick out your most convenient basement haunt and revel in a sophisicated ambience without emptying your pockets - happy hours run every day until at least 8pm.
Out in Camden Town and wondering where you can get hold of a decent (and very affordable) drink or two? Start by checking in at BOHO, where daily happy hours run from 4 to 7pm which involves lots of discounted cocktails, beers, wines and spirits. Linger into the night and you'll find an eclectic live music programme and hearty British food is up for grabs, too.
Did someone say £2.50 beers, bottles of wine for a tenner and signature teapot cocktails for just £15 a go? Meet Simmons - you’re going to love their happy hour - which offers these cracking boozy deals every day until 9pm. Aside from offering superb value, this is also a super-kitsch, super-cute spot to kick back and relax, too. If Soho doesn’t suit your plans, you could always check out their discounts in Camden, Fitzrovia or Tower Bridge instead.
This late night party hub in the centre of town is not only a great place to get down to the latest chart bangers until the early morning, it's also a great place for your bank balance! Enjoy their daily happy hour deals that run Monday - Thursday until midnight with 50% off drinks! Smashing news.
Don't listen to the nay-sayers, a cheap night out in Covent Garden is possible if you're planning on partying at with the folks at Be At One. Located a stone's throw from the piazza, this atmospheric basement bar offers 2-4-1 drink deals every day from 4.30pm alongside an infectious feel-good atmosphere.
Found in Shoreditch and sporting a regular roster of students and student inspired nights, Big Chill bar know a thing or two about keeping their drinks prices low in London. head on over for a no holds barred night of partying in the city with this laid-back favourite in tow.
Thirst, a highly recommended Soho bar, offers up a relaxing home to sip on cocktails during the STUPID hour, 5-7:30pm, with great half price drink deals on the impressive cocktail list. From your all-time favourites to funky concoctions that are yet to pass those lips, tuck into fruity flavours and smoky scents alike.
Don’t be fooled by the wallet-friendly rates at Be At One, these bartenders know what they’re doing. Displaying genuine love and passion for their craft, you’ll find them busy mixing up a whole library of different drinks to the West End’s thirsty evening crowd. Head this way from 4.30pm daily to take advantage of Happy Hour.
We're often asked who does the best happy hour in London. You're usually in safe hands when it comes to Simmons, who have headed to Fulham for their latest bar set-up where you can drink your weight in vintage style, kitsch interiors and some hella cheap drinks. Check out this buzzy retreat bringing cheap and cheerful drinks to one of west London's most affluent neighbourhoods.
Always great for a night on the town in Covent Garden, Adventure Bar is fun, buzzing and most importantly... pocket friendly. With drinks deals that vary throughout the week, you'll always be able to find something affordable if you're having to budget, and you'll often find that the party style hubbub is priceless too.
Cheap drinks know no bounds at this pub-turn bar haven on Fulham Road. Somewhere cheap to drink in West London need not be a hunt no more. The Chelsea Pensioner has all the makings of your cosy country boozer whilst knocking up a lively atmosphere of entertainment orientated drinking, all focussed around one the biggest and best happy hours in London for 5 whole hours every weekday. Phwoar.
Putney's three-floored cocktail joint Tequila Mockingbird serves up bargain bevs every night of the week. Head down and enjoy 2-4-1 cocktails, £3 bottles of Peroni or £3 glasses of wine from 5pm 'til 9pm everyday! Naturally, get the cut-price tipples in, knock'em back, and dance the night away as DJs spin the biggest party tunes in the early morning hours here.
The Warwick in Soho has some of the most drinkonomical prices you're likely to find in the West End. Throughout the week, there are deals on food and drink - making it an affordable choice at any time. Save your pennies by heading down to this cheap London bar and treat yourself to some lush, pocket friendly libations.
Kanaloa is a Tiki-inspired paradise where impromptu limbo battles like this one break out all over the dance floor. Aside from it's fun-time spirit and debaucherous attitude, it's also a great place to get cheap drinks in central London; dishing out 50% off on selected drinks during happy hour.
Starting as a suave, reasonably priced restaurant and ending up as a bustling club, Ruby Blue goes through the gears every night, offering the West End's party-lovers a spot to dine and dance the night away. The happy hour in operation between 5pm and 8pm, Sunday to Friday, draws in the crowds, and the idyllic terrace area boasts stunning view of the never-sleeping Leicester square below; an incredible Al Fresco experience like no other!