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 the world, 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. Discover the best cool and quirky bars in London right here.

Last updated on 17th January 2023

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The Gibson

797 user reviews 5

East London is home to the capital's cool and quirky bars, but it is yet to have one dedicated to the creation of The Gibson. That was, until now, as expert mixologists have been experimenting with the Edwardian recipe to create a cocktail list perfect for the dark, intimate and extravagant Clerkenwell venue.  

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Two-One-Two

1512 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: London on Various dates from Tuesday 7th February 2023

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.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 8th February 2023

Inspired by the Wild West, this immersive cocktail bar is one of a kind. Try your hand at card games and solve clues, in the heart of East London. Make sure you've smuggled in your choice of tipple which expert bartenders use to create personalised cocktails based on your own choices and tastes.

Black Rock

293 user reviews 5

We Londoners think we've seen everything, but then a bar like Black Rock comes around and puts an 18ft, 185-year-old oak tree trunk in the middle of the bar and we're shocked all over again. The tree trunk acts as an interactive cocktail ageing system, that you can use on their over 250 bottles of different whiskies on display for your pleasure.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

111 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.

The Escapologist

2506 user reviews 4

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Based on the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is part Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge; a totally unique drinking den based on the shady exploits of the infamous Baron. Head this way for sharing cocktails and cheese-drenched pizzas in one of the most eye-catching basement bars in town.


1061 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. 

Simmons Tower Bridge

57 user reviews 4

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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.


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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.

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

4783 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.

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.

Four Quarters Peckham

78 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. 

Monopoly Lifesized

55 user reviews 4

Situated in Fitzrovia, Monopoly Lifesized is a grand shout if you love the board game. You'll get stuck into escape room-style challenges, figure out how to get out of jail and even build your own houses at this immersive experience. Plus, you can head to the restaurant after for post-game grub and themed drinks.

Apples and Pears

381 user reviews 5

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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.

Peachy Queen Putney

9 user reviews 5

Fronting quirky pink interiors, alongside a list of cocktails inspired by pop culture, Peachy Queen Putney is just the place to head to. You'll be sipping on the likes of the 'watermelon sugar high' and 'Bohemian raspberry' in this gorgeous space.