From plenty of East London beer through to regular live music nights, The Victoria is a dive bar in Dalston. Now owned by the Jaguar Shoes Collective, the spot is a little more polished than before, but that doesn't mean there's not a great party atmosphere or cracking line-up of local bands.
Dive Bars in London
It's all very well sipping on perfectly crafted cocktails and fine wines, but such a lifestyle sure can get exhausting. Sometimes, it's time to let your hair down and soak up the darkly atmospheric world of the best dive bars in London, bopping along to a soundtrack of the classics. We've stockpiled a list of our favourite dive bars in London, each with their own individual quirks and charms and all serving a delightful selection of hard liquor and classic cocktails. Read our reviews of our recommended dive bars in London and book online.
The fun lovin' and young at heart adore this dive bar in London Bridge. Presenting itself as a playground for grown-ups, this is the spot for big kids to let their hair down after work, as they sip on sumptuous cocktails and dance to some classic disco tunes. Retreat from the boring responsibilities of the adult world and surround yourself with all sorts of playful madness.
Hiding beneath London's famous Portobello Road lies one of our favourite dive bars in West London. Trailer Happiness offers a quirky, off-beat atmosphere, buzzing with youthful Londoners looking to party on through into the night, and serving up some of the best cocktails around - be sure to try the particularly potent cocktail volcano.
This small, stripped back basement bar packs one hell of a party punch. Small but perfectly formed, what this Stoke Newington gem lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in fun time rowdiness. Drinks are spectacularly cheap at this East London dive bar, and DJs from across the UK regularly play an eclectic mix of tunes: expect everything from disco boogie madness and psychedelic gems to primitive grooves from the dawn of rock and roll.
Another of our favourite dive bars in North London, this one can be found within the ever so leafy area of Crouch End. The interior is low lit and understated, boasting an eclectic mix of furniture including retro armchairs, Buddha busts and a mosaiced bar, whilst the chatty bar staff serve up a selection of classic cocktails with a smile.
Serving up an impressive selection of premium whiskies and bourbons alongside a hearty selection of American beers and a ton of cocktails, you run absolutely no risk of leaving this North London dive bar feeling parched. Great for late night drinking and dancing to a killer soundtrack of rock and roll hits from across the ages, there should be little doubt as to why Aces & Eights Saloon Bar is on our list of the best dive bars in London.
Maintaining an almost consecrated status amongst late night London party-goers, The Dolphin is more than just an East London dive bar. Boasting extended opening hours, a super-sized dance floor, cheap drinks and an amazing soundtrack of the best in cheesy pop, old school hip hop, Motown and indie, you'll be hard pressed to find an all rounder like this one. Don't miss out on one of the best dive bars in East London.
A favourite among South London's late night pleasure seekers, things get super crazy at Dogstar over the weekend. It comes into its own as the evening sets in, with a fun and friendly crowd partying late into the night, stopping by the bar for a cheeky alcoholic recharge. Don't miss out.
Open late throughout the week, this underground East London dive bar attracts a cool crowd of trendy Dalston revelers who are ready to get raucous. Drinks are reasonably priced and the soundtrack is always good fun, making The Alibi an ideal spot for any occasion - especially the impromptu midweek smash up. Always popular amongst those looking to get rowdy, The Alibi easily makes it onto our list of the recommended dive bars in London.
Tucked nicely beneath the Golden Grill in Hoxton, The Liquor Cabinet is an intimate and darkly atmospheric drinking den and one of our favourite dive bars in London. Service is tip-top and all sorts of quirky drinks are served throughout the week (we're talking bottled cocktails!); with late opening hours and a young and trendy clientele, there should be no question as to why The Liquor Cabinet is such a popular London dive bar.