Drinking and Dancing
London nightlife is a hot bed of venues inviting you in for delicious dinners and eating and of course it would be rude to leave without showing off some of your best moves. We've put together variety of venues offering drinking and dancing so you don't have to both leaving to find somewhere! So, whether you're a hip-shaker, you prefer to bump n' grind with the masses, or you're more likely to be found dusting off the old skool moves under the disco ball, London has a great choice of dinner and dancing bars, restaurants and pubs.
Last updated on 29th September 2016
Take yourself back to the the bygone era of live music, smooth jazz sounds and classic drinking with The Piano Works in Farringdon. Bringing back the days of live music lounges, make your request at the piano and wait for it to be played out in contemporary style. There's period tipples and delectable seafood to tuck into too, as well as a dance floor up for grabs.
Looking for a night of drinking and dancing in East London where the drinks are affordable but the atmosphere is on high? Head on down to Big Chill Bar where your bank balance will be spared, but there's DJs and drinks well on into the night.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen brings a good range of drinks and live music to one of the most popular streets in Shoreditch. Oozing with a cool atmosphere and featuring an outdoor terrace that faces all of the fun in the Square, get the drinks in early then make your way into the club room as the night moves on, where the hottest emerging live bands play throughout the week.
Nestled in the beating heart of London's Leicester Square, Bling Spot is a smooth, sultry cocktail bar that offers guests a serene location to sit back and unwind with their favourite cocktail. With a flavoursome arsenal of spices, fresh fruits and international spirits to play with, and a stunning line-up of resident DJs filling the air with thudding bass and trembling melodies, you'll struggle to find a better Central London venue to dance the night away in.
Babble is a premium nightspot located moments from Liverpool Street. Priding themselves on outstanding service and their highly sought after cocktails, Babble is a three-floored venue boasting opulence and style on each level. Head this way for classy cocktails and dancing.
Sitting comfortably below a bustling Brixton-based club, Phonox Below has quickly established a reputation for offering the perfect way to ease into your wild night out. Alongside a great team of young DJs, the venue's expert mixologists shake and flair together an impressive selection of fruit and spice infused alcoholic cocktails. Once you've had one - or four - quirky cocktails, head upstairs and dance long into the early hours to all your favourite songs on the Phonox dance floor.
The Old Queen's Head is a popular destination for the party crowd as the DJ sets get wild and the live music has hosted some real foot-stomping evenings, with guests including Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club. With The Old Queen's Head promising such a great night, and DesignMyNight offering £3 guestlists on Fridays and free Queue jump on Saturdays, there's no reason why you shouldn't book online.
The Roxy in central London is a brilliant place to while away an evening drinking and dancing. A classy cocktail bar with subterranean chic in the early evening and moving onto a hot nightclub as the hours tick by, this bar is great for a night out with friends.
Shaka Zulu is a one-of-a-kind destination, perfect for sampling something a little different in London. Check out their 60ft exotic statues and meat-flavoured cocktails, before letting the mix of Funky House and Commercial r n' b pull you onto the dancefloor amid others letting their hair down for the night.
Looking to take your next night out with a tiki twist? Enter: Kanaloa, a party paradise which takes inspiration from distant shores where the summer runs all year round. Head along for a night of tropical cocktails; they’re fruity, liquor laced creations presented in tiki-styled vessels, the perfect fuel for a big night on the tiles.
Work up the energy over drinks in the Tiki-style (and heated) outside bar of Cargo, before heading in to enjoy the banging selection of house, dubstep and electro swing from leading international and local DJs. With event nights throughout the week and a wide selection of drinks at the bar, this is the ultimate destination for many Shoreditch partiers.
Bringing a Central and South American culture experience into the heart of London, Salsa has a party vibe that is contagious and as non-pretentious as they come. With Salsa lessons, themed nights and a constant carnival feeling, this place will keep you coming back for more. For those needing refreshment between dances, or perhaps some Dutch courage, the fishbowls are generous and the happy hours extensive.
Opal in Embankment is the perfect place to head to for a few drinks and to pull out the shapes.With a Happy hour from 5-8pm you can knock back a couple of cocktails for some dutch courage, before getting up to show your friends how its done. On a weekend this party bar is open 'til 3am so you can dance like no one is watching for as long as you want!
Let your hair down and dabble in a dose of London drinking and dancing as this City plot promises a top notch night of partying well into the night. Not only spinning the best in commercial and pop hits, Amber boasts free club entry, a disco dancefloor and more. Shake it 'til you make it.
Apples & Pears carries one of the finest cocktail cards in the Brick Lane area, and the liquid delights don’t stop there. A good choice of premium spirits, craft beers and wines cover all bases, there’s Vietnamese street food bites if you’re hungry and dancing until 1am at the weekends.
This West End favourite offers a decent spread of wine, beer and champagnes, but it’s the sumptuous cocktails that really grab the headlines. They’re delightfully put together by the friendly bar staff, and if you’re coming between 5 and 9pm they are all yours for just £4.25 a pop. Once done propping up the bar head over to the dance floor, where you’ll cut some shapes until 3am, seven days a week.
Looking for an opulent destination to drink and dance in London? A place where the atmosphere is almost as stunning as the cocktails? Then flock with your friends to Mayfair as Fifty9 doses up the crowd on VIP spaces, dancing, lush cocktails and more, well on into the night.
Get inspired while you drink and dine by the impressive performances of exotic dancing and provocative artists at The Black Cat Cabaret. Ticket prices include entry to the club afterwards, where you can let your evenings experiences (and drinks) influence your dancing into something a little more adventurous than your usual moves.
Espresso martinis, margaritas and East London beers, is there much more you need to kick off a night dancing to some of Camden's hottest DJs? Camden Assembly has nailed its drink list with a sumptuous selection of cocktails and beers, and there's stellar beats until 3am on the weekend.
Dancing, drinking, is there anything finer in life? Join in the revelry at Jazz Cafe Camden. A stalwart on the London live music scene for 25 years, the club has a huge stage for live performers, with everything from jazz through to soul. The bar has a prime view of the stage, and serves up some wicked cocktails as you shimmy the night away to some of the best music in town.
XOYO shows drinking and dancing in the capital at its best. You can hit the dance floor and cut all kinds of outrageous shapes at their famous clubbing nights, and work your way upstairs to the cool and quirky cocktail bar for a chilled drink. Said cocktail bar comes with bookable tables, so it's perfect for when you need that quick breather from all that raucous activity downstairs.
Bringing together the two most loved activities in the world, Jewel Piccadilly is the answer to your fun night out in London qualms. Head to this incredible three storey bar where you'll find unique and cool themed rooms to bop about in and enjoy their range of classic to quirky cocktails. The music you ask? Only the best chart hit and R'n'B jams of course.
For Dancing and Drinking in London, look no further than Catch Bar in Shoreditch. This fun, Mexican Party bar, has two floors and two bars for serving up your favourite tipples, and the bartenders mix up great cocktails to get the fun flowing. Later the DJ gets the party pumping while you dance until the early hours.
South Kensington is London's undisputed night life spot for midnight revelry and all the glamorous debauchery you could hope for. Discover the newly appointed underground bar, Montezuma and you'll find a low-lit den of playful LED lights, DJs pumping out tunes until late and a penchant for exclusive partying.
with DJs every night, this cracking hot spot on the thriving Clapham High Street is the perfect spot for some carefully crafted cocktails and hella body popping on a dance floor that never quits. Soak up the aromas of smokey incense in an Arabic den of party antics.
Dirty Martini has become a household name across London. With something of a reputation for mixing up the best alcohol-infused cocktails, the team behind this venture really know what it takes to make a brilliant night out. To complete the experience, the venue’s resident DJs will be playing the heaviest tunes around, whipping the eager crowd of party-lovers into a frenzy. Drink and dance your way to bliss at this characterful venue.
With three bars to choose from, keep the drinks flowing and that body popping all night long. Throw those funky shapes in the basement bar, get your freak on in the main terrace area or settle down for a sophisticated sip in the split-level VIP lounge. With great entertainment too, you can even enjoy the likes of burlesque performance, guest DJing and fire-eating for a stellar night out on the town.
With its 24 hour alcohol license and drinkonomical prices it is no wonder that The Birdcage holds its own against the nightclubs in London and attracts a young party crowd on the weekend. Get up close and personal with the other revelers on the dancefloor as the DJ spins tracks that your feet are unable to resist.
A visit to hidden, El Camion, Soho is a pretty close re-enactment of the song "one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor" - the dancefloor that is, as this party bar's Mexican theme flows almost as steadily as the tequila and margaritas, leading you to your feet in no time.
Based in the heart of Camden, Lock 17 is arguably the city's most versatile, multi-purpose venue. Made up of a stomach-achingly good comedy club, a dynamic music venue and an idyllic terrace area, this North London joint will put a smile on even the most uninterested face. Completing the package, it becomes one of Camden's favourite late-night hangouts during the weekend, offering guests the chance to let go of their worries and dance long into the wee hours.