Cool And Quirky Bars In London

This beaut of a city is fortunate enough to host several of the most unique, weird and wonderful bars in world, ranging from secret speakeasy dens and bars in toilets to rooftop palaces. Whether it's taxidermy or immersive experiences, fire-spitting bartenders or just the downright outrageous - you're spoiled for choice in the capital. So in no particular order (because hey, what's life without a little surprise), here are the best cool and quirky bars in London.

Last updated on 27th May 2022

Prepare to don an orange jumpsuit as you become an inmate at these immersive cocktail bars in central and east London. Inspired by America's infamous prison and the Hollywood movies surrounding it, Alcotraz creates tailored cocktails based on your liquor and tastes - just make sure the warden doesn't catch you.

With four venues across the city, there's no better NYC-inspired spot to find yourself in than Dirty Bones. From a slick range of delcious American comfort eats, to quirky cocktails to wash them down with, there's a great time guaranteed at any one of these fun London bars.

One of Chelsea's most sought after bar experiences, hidden away in the Chelsea Funhouse you'll find The Bletchley - a fully-immersive cocktail bar and a World War Two-inspired escape room. And if that doesn't take your fancy? There's also a stunning journey-inspired restaurant and late-night cocktail lounge paying homage to all things espresso martini.

Killer cocktails, a cracking bar team and a thriving locations across London.Yep, The Cocktail Club is good to go for a memorable night out in London. Come in, get comfy on the couches and work your way to the bottom of an expertly mixed drink. 

Bourne & Hollingsworth

2604 user reviews 4

The Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is a quaint bar in North London, based just a short stroll from Angel tube station. With a sleek bar serving all the signature cocktails that have made the B&H name famous over the years, the venue's idyllic greenhouse and airy cafe offer prime spots to unwind in with mates. Soak up all the vintage and carefree vibes at this quirky bar in London. 

Four Quarters Peckham

64 user reviews 4

Giving it some serious welly in the quirky department is hidden Peckham gem, The Four Quarters. A stand out name on the bars with games scene, not only do they provide top entertainment in the shape of retro games, consoles and arcade machines, there's American bites, cocktails and a secret speakeasy bar in the basement. 

  The Candlelight Club

465 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 18th June 2022

Prohibition parties... There's plenty going round, but only a select few come out firing on all cylinders like the Candlelight Club. They'll keep details hush-hush for as long as possible, but we're allowed to tell you that there will be bespoke cocktails, vintage DJs and live jazz bands summoning up the spirit of the 20s long into the night.

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

4310 user reviews 4

For a quirky bar fronting a glowing ball pit, bottomless brunch and retro-inspired cocktails, Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch is one hot spot. Whether you head on over with your gal pals or on a date with a different, this is the place to cut loose.

London Bridge Rooftop

18 user reviews 4

Searching for something different in the city? Head to London Bridge's rooftop for lovely views of The Shard and a cracking good time. Munch on Spanish cuisines from The Black Pig with White Pearls all while tipping back beer and listening to Latin tunes.

Megaro Bar

87 user reviews 4

Megaro is charming and characterful cocktail bar, sitting below the bustling streets of King's Cross. The venue's expert mixologists have really let their creative side shine, curating a menu of signature creations and spirit infusion. If that wasn't enticing enough, the cinema-style seating and portraits add a bit of quirk. 

Searching for swish places for your next girl's night out? Boasting quirky interiors, plush seating and pretty lighting, NYX Eat, Drink & Play is a superb spot. Enjoy munching on charred squid and nacho platters while choosing from over 20 different mezcals.

Flight Club Shoreditch

3623 user reviews 5

Afternoon Fizz and 1 other offer

One-hundred-and-eiiiiighty! Flight Club breaths a new lease of life into the UK's favourite pub game, welcoming you into their beautifully designed oches to play interactive games. Throw in some real-time scoring (there's not a chalk board in sight) and a dash of competitive spirit and you've got hours of unadulterated fun at one of the most unique bars in London.

Simmons Tower Bridge

55 user reviews 4

Mojito Mondays and 1 other offer

Found right around the corner from Tower Bridge, Simmons brings affordable drinks to their small but perfectly formed cocktail bar. Featuring quirky decorations (there's an enormous dinosaur's head, for crying out loud) and a friendly ambience, make sure you're in between 4 and 9pm on weekdays if you want to take full advantage of their famous happy hour discounts.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

29 user reviews 4

Can't decide on your next drinking destination? A quirky rooftop stunner in Peckham, Bussey fronts an excellent selection of cocktails, alongside sumptuous pizza – think five cheese, caprese and plant-based slices.


935 user reviews 4

Winterland's events are bringing you some of the best boozy experiences, including a fabulous cocktail and gin bar at their alpine ski party. Or opt for a endless drinks and brunch option, complete with a live DJ.


1016 user reviews 4

Aeronaut's quirk comes in the form of the amazing circus performances they showcase. Hosting a whole host of entertainment including swing dancing classes, live music sets, DJs and themed brunches, Aeronaut definitely satisfies that quest for something cool and quirky in Acton. 

Apples and Pears

379 user reviews 5

Cocktail Drinks Package 1 £35 – 4 Cocktails

A hidden treasure marrying inventive cocktails with an eclectic music programme, you don't go forgetting a trip to Apples & Pears in a hurry. The venue's radiant atmosphere makes it perfect for date night or stopping by after work, and with a medley of live acoustic acts and animated DJ nights, we challenge you not to find yourself tapping those toes deep into the night.