The Piano Works defies the normal London bar by taking guests back to a time when dancing to live music was the only way to spend an evening. Based in a Victorian basement on Farringdon Road, the historic feel of this hidden spot contrasts with the upbeat sounds from the venue's musicians, or human jukeboxes, that will only play songs requested by you.
Bars in Farringdon
A popular spot with the after-work crowd, Farringdon is fit-to-bursting with an incredible array of bars and restaurants. From sleek wine bars fronting fine sips, to quirky cocktail dens and some of the best big kids' playgrounds in London, there's something for every drinker here. To help you narrow down your options though, we've rounded up the best bars in Farringdon so you know exactly where to head in EC1.
Sister site to the mighty Nightjar speakeasy, only the highest standards are to be expected at Oriole. This is a sumptuous space offering an escape from the stresses and strains of city life; head inside and ease into a grand space of global influence and exotic design.
Styled like a New York pool house, 1920 is a chic Farringdon cocktail bar with decking, lipstick red furniture and a fun-time party vibe. Their DJs kick up a storm on the decks with a mix of your favourite tunes from all genres, while you get competitive on their 8ft American pool tables.
With four floors to lounge about in, it's no wonder that Smiths of Smithfield is a sought after destination for dinner and drinks alike. Whether you're sucking up savoury treats over dinner, tucking in to delicious drinks, or knocking back a wee bevvie over lunch, the rustic interiors and classic British menu will do your palate proud.
Styled with the rustic look of an old kitchen, combined with the comfort of your current one, Coin Laundry is a crowd-pleasing Farringdon restaurant and bar. Downstairs is home to community events and a place to bring the neighbourhood together, while upstairs you can sort you for a cocktail or two off their enticing menu.
Looking for drinks in Farringdon? Whether it's an after-work sesh with colleagues or imbibing with mates, head to BrewDog where you'll be greeted with a huge selection of craft beers, as well as, burgers, hot dogs and loaded salads to soak it all up.
Viaduct Tavern is a bar in Farringdon with a great history and a lunch menu that has won over the locals of this vibrant area. The bar has a great selection of gin - in tribute to its gin palace history; it also has an ever changing real ale selection and a food menu packed with ingredients from the famous Smithfield meat market.
One of the best craft beer bars in Farringdon, Draft House offers an extensive selection of brews from across the globe in its relaxed and rustic drinking space. But you don't have to worry if you're not a hops fan as the bar also serves a range of tasty cocktails and delicious food to boot.
With an impressive selection of Spanish small plates, you'll find everything from tasty seafood through to mouthwatering meaty dishes and even vegetarian-friendly fare. Located just seconds from Farringdon station, Iberica is the perfect spot for hungry diners.
One of the best wine bars in Farringdon, this charming watering hole was formerly the vestry of St. Sepulchre's Parish. An excellent spot if you're looking for fine wines by the glass and cleverly curated cocktails, as well as tasty sharing boards heaving with delicious snacks.
One of the most iconic dining events in London, this unique restaurant on Clerkenwell Green is take away the visual element of restaurants and instead you'll be dining in complete darkness. Led by blind and visually-impaired guides, the focus of the experience is to ignite your senses of smell, taste, touch and sound.
With a legendary five-hour happy hour, this quirky Farringdon watering hole is a top spot for cheap drinks, great DJs and delicious cocktails. Located by Smithfield Market, head down on a weekend and party it up until late in the night.
Located on Charterhouse Square, just a few minutes from Farringdon station, the Fox & Anchor brings a bit of Victorian charm to the city's pub scene. A space kitted out in grand mahogany, etched glass and heavy brass, get comfy in this historic boozer and while away the hours - the pub serves up both an excellent choice of cask ales and craft spirits as well as a delicious menu of seasonal, British food.
Like all Be At One venues, the Smithfield branch is a great party environment, popular for private parties, cocktail masterclasses and post-work drinks. Sit back and chill while the team of professionals concoct your favourites, then get in the mood with the party beats or relax after a long day at work.
While The Hope, found just a stone's throw from Smithfield Market, may be more of a pub than a bar, it's fronting a haven of gin and cocktails if you head upstairs. The 'Juniper Room' is just what you need to relax on the weekend, or kick back after a hard day of work.
Vinoteca is an atmospheric wine bar in Farringdon with over 300 wines to choose from. The bar is intimate and the oak furniture and wine-filled shelves create a fabulous warm and buzzing atmosphere. Specialising in gourmet British and European plates, they can perfectly pair your dinner to your choice of wine.
Stylish drinking den The Conductor is heading up Fleet Place in Farringdon, serving culinary delights and all your favourite tipples to boot. Whether you're looking to be indulgent or healthy, there's something for you in this lineup of meals, mocktails and craft beer.
When it comes to going off the straight-laced drinking line and trying something a little different in Farringdon, nothing makes an evening unique quite like ping pong and cocktails. Join Bounce as their quirky space promises a night of drinks and entertainment combined.
For those looking for something a little more traditional, this traditional London pub in Farringdon sits just shy of the area's main station. Its 'Cockpit' room downstairs is one of the most superb karaoke spots in London, and available for private hire.
Fancy a fabulous watering hole in Farringdon? We've got just the spot at The Long Lane. Enjoy sipping on creative cocktails and munching on bar snacks all while in a stylish restaurant bar - we're talking modern furnishings and exposed brick walls.