Welcome to Blues Kitchen, where you'll likely find all kinds of characters pulling out their most inventive dance moves as the night goes on. A hub for Texan BBQ and punchy cocktails throughout the day, Blues moves things through the gears once the plates are cleared away as talented DJs and live bands take over.
DJ Bars in London
Discover some of the best places for drinking and dancing with our guide to DJ Bars in London. The city is filled with buzzing little venues with killer playlists and a hedonistic late-night spirit that offer a great alternative to the more notorious super-clubs. We’ve selflessly been out to experience some of the best places for DJ nights in London; read on for our recommended picks!
Shoreditch Platform is a renowned, multi-function space in the heart of East London that's been drawing in crowds from all over with its promises of wild parties and fun nights out. With brightly coloured walls and a line-up of huge DJs, there are few better party venues in the area that match the atmosphere of this Kingsland Road spot.
Along with sister sites in Camden, Hammersmith, and Shepherd's Bush, Belushi's Greenwich knows how to throw a good party. From beer pong and DJ nights, through to competitions and sports screenings, these spots are pocket-friendly and all sorts of fun.
You might know Trailer Happiness firstly for its exotic mix of rum cocktails and Dim Sum treats, but did you also know they host fun-loving DJ nights from Thursday through Saturday? Get yourself set for the night with a couple of their famous tiki serves, then let your hair down on the dance floor.
Fired up for a party in London but looking for the DJ antics to match? Grab your favourite fun-time folk and bowl on down to London Cocktail Club Shoreditch as this bar is not only coming on strong with some of the best cocktails in the industry, their resident DJs bring it home every night with slick beats and late-night anthems.
Usain Bolt has always had a fun-loving spirit, and his restaurant in the City certainly replicates that. Head on down to experience an evening of drinking, dining and dancing with stunning Jamaican eats and over 150 stunning rums behind the bar.
It's dark, it's loud and it's serving up some of the best quality cocktails in Covent Garden. Get yourself over to Dirty Martini where they give the club vibe a sleek makeover, complete with top notch party DJs and one of the best happy hours in Central London.
Open until 2am every Thursday and Friday, this awesome dim sum restaurant is a great choice for a London DJ bar. Party until late with great music, fabulous drink and some of their iconic dim sum dishes for the ultimate dinner, drinks and dancing combo.
A venue characterised by its slick and contemporary interiors, there's a wide range of cocktails and a top line-up of DJs on the decks here. Head for after-work drinks - you'll probably find yourself staying later than you really ought to.
Known for being one of East London's best nights out, The Lighthouse ropes a cool line up of DJs and selectors ready to blow the roof off each weekend. From house and hip hop to whole evenings dedicated to commercial classics and trap blowouts - there's a little something different going on every day.
This West London cocktail bar is the place to go if you're looking for a sleek night of music and drinking in a stylish location. With art deco interiors and a menu of quality drinks and food, Ricco Lounge and Club has got your whole evening sorted.
Sitting comfortably on Battersea Park Road, Lost & Co is a versatile restaurant and bar that's become a favourite amongst the locals in South London. Better still, the venue completely transforms itself after dark, where the resident DJs create a party atmosphere throughout.
With ornate decor, candlelit rooms and crisp design that echoes something of a sophisticated playground, Upper House hosts big nights come the weekend with DJs and dancing going down until 4 AM. This ultimately stylish pad in Islington is a must for anyone looking for some atmospheric drinking and a cool character.
Loves Company is bringing all sorts of fun to Shoreditch. Along with bright pink walls, plenty of botany, and cool street-art, the bar has a little black book of excellent local and national DJs ready to create the soundtrack to your night out.
This chic lounge bar in Clapham is a great place to hangout any night of the week to relax and enjoy good drinks until late. Friday and Saturday nights at 64th & Social see top DJs cranking up the energy and playing a huge mix of genres until 3am.
Playing the best in chart toppers and house music, these special guest DJs are helping you let loose and drop it down low on the swankiest dance floor south of the river. Get your freak on and, while you're at it, enjoy the best in burlesque performances and even fire eating at a huge venue that will give you a killer night to remember.
One of the best gay bars in Soho, Rupert Street is known for its rowdy DJ nights every Friday and Saturday. Situated in the heart of the city, the venue comes alive at the weekends as a beautiful crowd of revellers drop by to take advantage of the great cocktail deals and pulsating party atmosphere.
A cafe and bar in the heart of Hackney, NT's serves up laid back vibes by day, but completely transforms itself after dark. Bringing in DJs, live music and master mixologists this spot really knows how to dial things up, so head down for cocktails and a cool mix of disco, house, funk and R&B every weekend.
Near & Far is a relaxed venue by day, with create cocktails and bar snacks to indulge in while soaking up their unique retro kitsch interior and panoramic city views. But by night, it transforms into a party venue, with amazing DJs bringing tunes while you dance on their disco-ball illuminated dance floor.
Head over to Shoreditch where the chilled out party bar gets the floors shaking every weekend with help from their fleet of musically-inclined friends. Get stuck into their slick drinks list before hitting the dance floor for a little body shaking action until 2am.
With a programme packed full of themed nights and guest DJs popping up to give the crowd a taste of their new mixes or a blast from the past, Paradise By Way of Kensal Green gives you an interesting vintage-themed venue in which to party hard until those early early hours.
Unlike your typical London pub, every day is a day to party at The Old Queen's Head in Angel. With live music or DJ sets every evening til the early hours and the sounds vary from folk to house. Bust a move, shimmy those shoulders and pop that body to the best beats in the business at this cracking North London hot spot.
With venues in Clapham, Putney and now Brixton, Tequila Mockingbird is a neon-lit party bar with nothing to prove. Head down on the weekends and prepare to get those grooves on until late into the night. Get to grips with their mix of delicious cocktails and excellent selectors every weekend until 2am.
Regularly boasting a range of top notch DJs throughout the week, Trapeze in Shoreditch is the place to be to hear some incredible music. Head down to their basement club for some deep house tunes that'll keep you going until late. With the lively crowds it attracts, you'll have a great time at this DJ bar in London.
Decorated with industrial chic in mind, Suburb SW11 Clapham Junction offers its guests a spot to relax, unwind and dance the night away. The bar's talented team of bartenders produce a selection of quirky cocktails, and if that wasn't enough, the bar comes to life every Friday and Saturday, as resident DJs play your favourite tracks long into the early hours.
Hosting some of the funnest cocktail parties in London, head to this great London DJ bar for one of their Frequency events, featuring some of the very best in local, national and international talent taking to the decks to soundtrack your evening.
Probably best known for their marathon happy hours and kitsch interiors, the Simmons gang also know a thing or two about slipping on their dancing shoes to go long and big into the night. Get stuck into some of their very reasonably priced drinks, then hang about into the evening as DJs play a mish-mash of party classics at their venues across London.
One of London's leading names on the clubbing front, you'll find XOYO packs quite a punch in their upstairs cocktail bar. Special guest DJs do their thing downstairs though, in a art-adorned, NYC-inspired space. You can book a table, head up for a drink and enjoy a brief respite from the mayhem below.
The Social is one the few DJ bars in Noho, better known as Fitzrovia. The upstairs bar is a cosy bar with a jukebox and battered, comfy seating. Head downstairs to the basement bar where some of the city's most cutting edge selectors will be showing the crowd what's what.
Music lovers in London, pay attention. For an amazing night of stunning DJ sets and brilliant music, be sure to check out The Grand. Celebrating a multiplicity of genres every weekend, you'll find everything from baile funk nights, pop bops parties and reggaton ragers blasting through the venue.
Have a sexy Spanish party in Soho's hottest joint. With cocktails galore, vibrant furniture, brightly coloured walls and a sense of all things tropical, get down to some top hits, some salsa sensations and some sassy Shakira and Sean Paul on a dance floor that loves to see you shake those saucy hips to the best in exotic sounds.
With fun-time DJ sets that will have you going onto till the lights go up, Roadtrip is the place to go for some late night fun in Shoreditch. An eclectic mix of house, disco and more commercial tunes on both floors turn this bar into a party every Friday and Saturday until 5 AM.
Bringing all things Cuban to Kings Road, this Chelsea hot spot is a great little place to satisfy your dancing needs. Enjoy a fun festival atmosphere and DJ sets that mash only the best in hot off the charts music hits with top quality hip hop, RnB and dance music classics.
DJs bring this Rio inspired bar to life at the weekends with an anything goes policy meaning you might find yourself cutting shapes to drum & bass followed by a bit of Dolly Parton and some salsa for good measure. Hit the stage and show off those awesome moves in this vibrant, lively bar near Old Street station.
If clubs aren't your scene but DJs are then Catch Bar in Shoreditch is the place for you. This lively Mexican bar serves up great cocktails and a party atmosphere. With two floors and live DJs spinning top tracks until the early hours, this Kingsland Road favourite is sure to have you dancing like no one's watching!
If you're after a bar with live DJs in London, it's time to visit Playa. Filled with the sweet sounds of live bands and rotating DJs, you'll be drinking and dancing the night away, with Latin American vibes throughout and some of the best cocktails on Baker Street.
As part of the legendary Strongroom recording complex, The Strongroom Bar & Kitchen has music at its heart. Consequently, it's become one of the best DJ bars in London, with a focus on eclectic, independent acts and emerging selectors.
One of Shoreditch's most popular DJ bars, this venue is a heaven for quirky coolness. Gigi's consists of a ground floor bar, which eventually turns into a dancefloor and a basement bar attracting the city's free-thinkers, making it a great place to dance to electro and a more from the underground music scene.