Fun Time Party Bars
We love a good night out in London and have found quite a few bars that fall into our category of "fun-time" party bars. Places that have an "anything goes" music policy, a friendly and up-for-it party crowd, where spilling a drink doesn't lead to a fight, the cocktails flow, and everyone is all about having a good time. We have picked our favourite fun time party bars in London that are perfect for celebrating, anything from your birthday, leaving party, work night out, or simply wanting a fun night out, Enjoy!
Last updated on 15th June 2017
Clapham's snazzy yellow Gigalum cocktail bar and its ever popular, palm tree garden terrace attracts fun-seekers from far and wide as its upbeat Ibiza atmosphere and eclectic, quality music mixes resonate over the Common. Thanks to its renowned house DJ sets, brilliant bevvies and lip-smacking food, the Gigalum makes for a fantastic fun-time bar to party into the night with old pals.
With an industrial chic feel running through the entire venue, Suburb SW11 Clapham Junction offers guests the complete party experience. Their delicately crafted, colourful cocktails match perfectly with their belly-filling dishes; think sizzling steak and Angus beef burgers with ice-cold, bourbon based concoctions. If that wasn't enough, the resident DJs play long into the early hours on Friday and Saturday, offering guests a space to dance all night and shake off their work-life stress.
The Jam Tree on King's Road offers one of the best beer gardens in the capital, a whole catalogue of delectable drinks and buzzing DJ nights when the weekend rolls around. Naturally, this compelling combination draws a stylish Chelsea crowd who frequent the Jam Tree to let their hair down and throw some shapes on the dance floor.
Barrio’s atmosphere is what makes this place so great. Come inside to unearth an exotic Latina den packed with all kinds of colour, where a friendly bar team whip up luscious cocktails and a fun party crowd give their dancing shoes a workout until late. There’s Spanish eats if you’re hungry, and blockbuster ‘Amigo Hour’ deals to keep you sweet.
Late nights, jam infused cocktails and a secret speakeasy-type bar hidden behind a bookcase? Sounds like The Jam Tree know what's up. Oozing quintessential British style, snazzy furnishings and plenty of jazzy colours, The Jam Tree knocks up a pretty good night out for you and mates complete with cocktails in abundance and DJs to get you dancing.
Calling all beer pong champions, there’s a bar crawl with your name written all over it. Taking place from the heart of Shoreditch each and every Thursday, these guys offer 2-4-1 discounts on a bar crawl that gets you in to some of the areas best nightspots completely FREE. There’s free shots on every pitstop, plenty of drinking games and all kinds of fun-loving people by your side.
The iconic Jazz Cafe in Camden is back amongst the best places for dinner, drinks and live music after a revamp! Take in a live show on the ground floor or book in for some food upstairs, where you’ll get to savour the best views in the house from the mezzanine level. Big name acts are the norm (Amy Winehouse and Bobby Womack have both played here) and there’s club nights playing hip-hop, soul and disco come the weekends.
Zigfrid Von Underbelly is a fun time party bar in Shoreditch - complete with live music and a restaurant in the heart of Hoxton Square. Shoreditch clubbing, dining and drinking can all be enjoyed at Zigfrid, in a wonderful, quirky and completely non-sensical mish mash of interiors.
Contrary to what you might have heard, drinks are not free at the Tropicana Beach Club in Covent Garden. Instead, guests have a huge selection of international rums and over 50 fruity cocktails to sample. Bursting with huge palm trees, cabanas, plenty of flowers and even more bird decorations, the themed bar hopes to transport guests from Central London to a far away, sun-soaked beach, somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
Roof East offers drinks, street food, events and open-air cinema from a stunning terrace that overlooks the Olympic Park and out towards the rest of the city. A truly unique space complete with its own play zone and signature cars filled with fresh lavender, check out this green oasis high above the streets if you’re after a summertime party with killer views on the side.
Nestled on the ever-trendy Shoreditch High Street, Matchbox is a cocktail den that serves both signature and classic cocktails with a smile. Guests can watch their favourite teams do battle on the huge plasma screen TVs spread throughout the venue and can dance long into the early hours courtesy of the fun DJ sets on Fridays and Saturdays.
Angel's wild and fun time party pub, The Old Queen's Head is unlike your typical public house, with events every night including live music and off the chain DJ sets that guarantee you will be dancing on the tables and rocking out with the best of em. This pub has a no-holds-barred attitude that makes it one of the most lively scenes this side of the Thames.
An Old Compton Street favourite for the party animals around Central London, Bar Soho is a colourful and fun time party bar. Relaxed for the day and pumping at night, any spot on the upper level on the bar is great for people watching the trendy crowd that mingle here. With regular DJ nights and delightful happy hour deals, this is the place to kick start your night.
The Shoreditch is a quirky and lively bar in East London. Glitter balls, flamingos, tropical cocktail bowls and importantly a soul-shaking music policy that kicks off every night with a party crowd. Come here to celebrate, book an area, table or get on the guest list as this is one popular fun time bar in London.
With happy hour promotions to make you smile and the Nintendo Wii to relax you, The Gable offers a whole host of fun things to do in London. Enjoy the lively ambience and fun decor of this East London bar, where after work drinks will easily turn into an all-nighter. A young and trendy work set fill this bar from night to night and with something different to notice on each visit, it's no wonder!
This fun time party bar in Clapham is the place to head for a great mix of party animals and tasty cocktails that push your taste bud boundaries. The Southsider Cocktail Club is always the place to be whenever you're in Clapham, and with a great atmosphere, awesome drinks and a staff dedicated to insure you have the best night possible, you're guaranteed a great time the moment you walk through the door.
Something of a playground for grown-ups, The Old School Yard in Long Lane serves up a long list of divine cocktails and teams them with a jumping dance floor that is kept moving and grooving by an endless stream of disco tunes! There's Karaoke room's available to hire, and there's even a Nintendo Wii to have a couple of games on should you fancy it. London Bridge bars don't come any livelier.
The Piano Works is a place where you can combine the bygone days of classic music and jazz inspired dancing with contemporary style. Set in a Victorian warehouse you'll find a central stage with a grand piano where you can send in requests of all shapes and sizes. Sup on period inspired tipples and take to the dance floor at this house of live music.
Within a five minute walk of Tottenham Court Road is Jerusalem, the very epitome of a fun-time party bar. The friendly staff, classy interior and excellent food and drink on offer intertwine to make this place a must for people looking to settle down for the evening and let the good times roll. There's also a happy hour packed to the rafters with great deals between 4 and 8pm on weekdays to take advantage of.
Who would have thought that an ex-porn shop could now be home to the some of the best nights out in Kings Cross? Drink, Shop and Do combines crafty workshop sessions and boozy afternoons teas with tasty cocktails and fun-time party DJs. Their group bookings make it the perfect place for birthday parties, leaving parties, engagement parties or any other event you can use as an excuse to party!
The multi-award winning Little Nan’s makes a triumphant return to London, heading to Rio Cinema. This time around they’re in Dalston, transforming the space into a kitsch haven of 90 eccentricities. Guests can book in for 2 hours of bottomless teapot cocktails and unlimited 90s pic 'n' mix and fairground popcorn, all enjoyed against a visual and audio backdrop of 90s treasures.
Those of you heading on down to West London will be hard pushed to miss the antics that JuJu have to boast. A roaring yet upmarket party bar in the heart of Chelsea, JuJu is more than party primed thanks to their champagne selection, lush list of cocktails and ever bustling DJ led dance floor.
With a rich heritage of live music and club nights to call upon, The Victoria continues to develop as one of East London’s best for gig-goers and late-night revellers. Warm up in the independent bar (serving classic cocktails and local craft beers), then head next door where some of the industry’s best promoters organise the late-night entertainment.
If there’s one thing guaranteed to get a party started, it’s cheap pizza. Scoff down some delicious stonebaked goodness complemented by Northcote Records strong range of cocktails; there’s live music six nights of the week and a raucous house party vibe to this friendly Clapham Junction hangout.
Kanaloa is a Tiki-themed cocktail bar bringing some Club Tropicana and Polynesian vibes to London. It even has a tree house and beach which you can book out for your party all night. There are plenty of inventive cocktails on the menu and the DJs sound track your evening with party classics, old and new, that get everyone dancing at this fun time party bar in London.
Hoxton Pony is another Shoreditch big-hitter delivering unique cocktails in a cutting edge environment. Bartenders marry hand-picked spirits with freshly prepared syrups, compotes and purees with first-rate results, and there’s a spread of tasty food to keep some fuel in the tank. It’s good for a few cocktails after work, and with a team of top DJs taking over later it’s well worth staying to cut shapes long into the evening.
A labyrinth of Moroccan style partying, Fez Club is a legend in Putney for throwing some pretty wild parties that reign on until 4am. If you want a piece of this fun London party bar action, head down and discover their dance floor dedicated to some epic DJs as well as a bar well versed in the art of fabulous cocktails.
Great food, an endless stream of quality booze and a pumping dancefloor; we’d never leave Blues Kitchen if we didn’t have to. The Texan BBQ inspired eatery has crammed its menu full with fan favourites like burgers, steaks, ribs and matched the food with a long list of beers, spirits, cocktails, wines and bourbons. Live music gets into full flow once the sun goes down and keeps everybody moving long into the night – that’s 3am on Friday and Saturday!
If cheesy equals fun then Strawberry Moons comes with bags of good times rolled into one little mature package. One of central London's favourite spots for a bit of fun London partying, Strawberry Moons will knock out a playlist of pure Night fever appreciation come Friday nights, playing the perfect host for your big night out with friends.
Casa Blue is a cool and lively DJ Bar located in the heart of Shoreditch close to Brick Lane. The North African styled decor makes the perfect backdrop for a good party throughout the week - and it really taking off on weekends. The young and trendy crowd know how to let off steam at this awesome bar in East London.
With club nights nearly every night of the week, The Roxy knows how to show revellers a good time. Kick your night off with classy cocktails or wine in one of their leather booths before the venue ups the tempo, introduces DJs and a feel-good vibe for brilliant fun in central London.
Thirst Bar is a lively cocktail and DJ bar in Soho. Always full of friendly and smiley Soho types who are looking to forget about the working day, you can book yourself a table or area and tuck into their famous cocktails. The party gets going from 9pm where the DJ will be playing all the latest pop hits that never fail to get you dancing and singing along.
Trapeze is an exciting bar that's only a stone's throw away from Old Street station. An incredibly unique venue, it's set out over two levels and bathed in faded circus glamour with a cool cocktail bar on the ground floor and a buzzing basement club downstairs, you'll never pass a dull moment here.
Mexican themed Catch Bar in Shoreditch is the perfect setting for a fun time party in London. With two bars and some of the funkiest decor going, DJ's play top tunes, while the bartenders mix up some amazing cocktails. You can reserve an area, and if you're feeling peckish they serve traditional Mexican bites to satisfy your every need.
Head to Salvador & Amanda near Leicester Square for amazing tapas, a fiesta atmosphere and lots and lots of Sangria! This basement restaurant and bar hosts fun flamenco nights every Tuesday as well as late night DJs from Thursday round to Saturday so you can burn of those patatas bravas calories by dancing into the early hours.
Regular happy hours, DJs on rotation every night and a Friday night dance floor open until 3:30am, SOUK in the heart of Clapham is definitely a fun night out. With exquisite food on offer, you can also take part in cocktail making masterclasses, learning to make two of your favourite cocktails and hold your own stag/hen do parties.
Want to party in London? Head down to Trafik in Shoreditch for one of the best clubbing music venues in Shoreditch. Not only do they have two floors of partying and attract some of the best DJ collectives, they’ve got some great happy hour deals to boot.
A fun night out in London is at your doorstep with Jewel Piccadilly. Set up in central London, this three-floor mega bar is a favourite among party-goers in London. Check out rooms adorned with glittering chandeliers, a Moroccan-themed den and more luxurious bars without the hefty price tag.
Enter a cigar shop, spun straight from the far away lands of Cuba, and walk through into a vintage lounge with exotic influences and a rooftop terrace for your intimate drinks beneath the stars.
You won't find a fun time party bar in North London quite like Barrio Angel. Head down for an action packed night filled with deliciously affordable cocktails, tantalisingly tasty tapas, and DJs pumping some banging party starting tunes - not to mention the late night closing hours of 3am on weekends (1am on Thursday and midnight Sun-Wednesday).
Dirty Harry's is a brand new cocktail bar in Soho that's been turning heads with its distinctive attitude and amazing live shows. Alongside the renowned dance troupe 'Harry's Honeys', guests can revel in all the wonder of some of London's best cover bands and up-and-coming DJs. Grab a cocktail, head to the bar and soak up all the great vibes at this fun time party bar.
It doesn't get much more fun than this lively DJ and cocktail bar, so if it's a fun time party bar you're after, well, that's exactly what you are going to get at Salvador & Armanda Bloomsbury. Not only will the DJ and amazing happy hours get you in the party mood, but there is a themed night everyday of the week! And once you've danced up an appetite you can enjoy some tasty tapas, with a side of cocktail of course.
There aren’t many places in London more fun than Lucky Voice Islington. The cool bar offers you cocktails aplenty, a dressing up box and a soundproof room to sing your heart out in, all you need to do is bring a pair of lungs and sing.
The Dead Dolls House takes on an incredible three floor spread in Islington where you can get your fix of late night partying and sophisticated supping. Hosting 4 different bar areas all echoing a contemporary cool design, choose where your gallivanting for the night will end up, whether it be in the Parlour, Drawing Room, Library or Ballroom.
Paradise By Way of Kensal Green provides fun in many forms. If it's dancing you're after, Paradise plays host to some of London's hottest DJs as it is transformed into a late night club on weekends. There are also private alcoves and rooms for a cheeky boardgame. Paradise really is the ultimate fun-time venue.
Brick Lane's Verge Bar is the type of place where you can have a gay old time without having to worry about a thing. This unpretentious hangout combines the 'old East End' with the new - think cool and edgy yet genuinely warm and welcoming. Head down with a few friends and spend the night tucking into the truly tasty tropical tipples that the mixologists rustle up.
Lost & Co is a fun bar and restaurant based on Battersea Park Road in South London. Priding itself as something of a jack-of-all-trades, the venue serves Australian coffee in the morning, before kicking things up a notch with its cocktails, craft beers and comfort food treats. Alongside a great selection of brunch dishes, the kitchen plates up great tasting pizzas and cheese-heavy burgers.
We defy you to stride on by a broody basement bar that serves a cocktail named the ‘Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman’. You really would end up kicking yourself, especially when there’s a whole host of other lip-smacking mixtures for you to get acquainted with. The ambience? Well that’s all about the biker; with guests tucking in from the comfort of couches covered with black leather, studs, green velvet and plaid.
This chic bar may have simple decor, but it knows how to throw a good party. There is a fun night to be had every day of the week at 64th & Social, with a huge mash up of all the best party tunes. The exotic cocktails keep everyone in a good mood, especially at the weekends when it's open until either 2am or 3am.
This hidden party bar located just off Bethnal Green Road in Hackney is sure to set your senses alive. Encapsulating Brick Lane with its bold decor, slamming cocktails and fresh DJs, it's definitely one East London party hub to check out!
More than just a place for after work drinks, this bar turns into a full on party spot when the sun goes down. DJs occupy the venue all weekend long, with a party mash up mix to get everyone on their feet. Explore the depths of the cocktail menu, revel in the enthusiastic atmosphere and party till the wee hours of the morning. This is how fun-time partying should be done.
This late night bar is the perfect spot to get away from it all, so why not let those curly locks free and get freaky on the dance floor. Throw some shapes, down some drinks and, party hard into the dawn in this unrivalled Moroccan party den.
Looking for dinner, drinks and dancing in Hoxton Square? The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen delivers just that in amongst the buzz of this popular part of Shoreditch. Drink beers or cocktails, feast on some tasty food in their outdoor terrace or head straight to the club room, where a line-up of the most promising emerging live acts play throughout the week.
Part of the Brick Lane hubbub, Big Chill Bar is a favourite among East London locals looking for somewhere fun to party in London. In the heart of the Old Truman Brewery you can head here for a daytime fiesta turned night time session with a seamless transition thanks to their spread of DJ talent and all the drinks.
Sometimes the best nights are when an easy pint turns into cocktails and dancing, which then turns to a knees up, and The Cat and Mutton has the power to persuade you to delve deep into the night. Drinks deals are outrageous; with one in particular doling out a free round to any lucky punter that beats the barman at a roll of the dice.
As the evening sets in at Goat DRINK, the lights in this cool cocktail bar are dimmed and the pulpit becomes a DJ booth to keep guests dancing until late. You can also look forward to sampling cocktails from their impressive menu of old favourites, all with a fresh and personal twist from resident drink gurus Steve and Tim.
For deep south food, bourbon cocktails and some utter tomfoolery in Brixton, the Blues Kitchen is calling. A dark cavern of old fashioned interiors and Deep South spirit, get a face full of banging burgers and pulled pork goodness, or just make straight for the bar where dark rum cocktails are a specialty. With live bands and DJs playing vintage funk & soul into the wee hours, it makes sense to come at the weekends.
Simmons is quirkiness at its best! Retro granny decor topped up with a collection of vintage lamps. Located in King's Cross, Simmons is one the few North London's bars, where DJs play daily. Thursday nights are great if you want to share your favourite tracks as Simmons hosts myPod. On other nights expect DJs to be spinning electro, house and indie.
Patch St. Paul's gets you set up for a big night of partying with generous happy hour discounts. Running from 4.30 and 7.30 daily (and all night Wednesday), get a tenner off champagne as well as half price cocktails and bottles of wine throughout. There’s food if you need to refuel, and finish with a dance as resident DJs come out to play.
From their famous Ron Burgerndy burger to their delicious crafted cocktails, Adventure Bar rocks! Party tunes, singing bar tenders and the NYC inspired decor all make for a great night out. Looking for a cracking Clapham alternative? Check out Adventure Bar Clapham Junction.
Located just off the main Kingsland Road strip, the Rolling Stock is one of east London’s hidden gems. A seriously happening bar, gallery, beer garden and dancefloor space, these guys win favour with the Shoreditch crowd thanks to their bold personality and top notch DJ nights. Kick on with up to 50% off selected food and drink (everyday between 4 and 8pm), with one of the best outdoor spaces in east London on cue for the sunnier months.
Phonox brings a community of lively clubbers together for feel-good nights on the tiles. It’s a concept founded by the team behind XOYO and The Nest, who keep things local by welcoming SW9’s up-and-coming DJs to take their turns behind the decks. These guys keep it simple; there’s a no-photo policy on the floor (the dancefloor is for dancing) and a Funktion One soundsystem to give that crisp, unrivalled sound.
Champions of all things fun, foolish and debauched, Adventure Bar in Clapham Junction has undergone a cheeky makeover to showcase everything weird, wonderful and totally wacky. There's drawings on the walls, exposed brickwork, kooky art features and bold coloured furniture. DJs, dancing and over 50 cheeky cocktails to choose from? Hello.
Eyeing up a night of live music, pizza and cocktails in Shoreditch? Old Street Records ticks all those boxes, with a cutting-edge approach to EP launches, new bands and established live acts a big part of their set-up. Take in all kinds of great music in a venue with record-store-realness, intimate jazz nights and DJ sessions happening in the secret basement space.
A Kingsland Road joint with late night antics in mind, Translate is a must-try in Shoreditch for those with party hankerings. Erupting with the local cool-kid hubbub come sundown, Translate is a menagerie of fun folk, roaring DJ sets and a bustling atmosphere. Don't miss this busy East London babe for a roaring night out in the city.
Ruby’s is Dalston’s legendary cocktail bar and lounge that’s perfect for all kinds of special occasions. The bar is renowned for its seasonal menu of innovative drinks, with table service and an intimate atmosphere to complete an impressive picture. The Lounge serves a wider choice of beers, wines and Vietnamese street food from the Hanoi Kitchen, and offers plenty of room for bigger groups via its handsome booths.
Opal in Embankment is the perfect place to head to for a party in London. This plush lounge bar on the Victoria Embankment pumps out classic tracks until 3am Thursday-Saturday. Serving swanky cocktails (coupled with a cracking happy hour), you and your friends can relax in huge leather sofas, or dance the night away until the early hours.
A versatile space that suits any and all occasions, Blues Kitchen Camden serves up a hearty selection of drinks (look forward to a range of craft beers, classic cocktails and bespoke bourbons) and ensures a killer soundtrack that'll keep you on the dance floor throughout the night. Whether its a live music performance at one of London's most talked about venues or an all night disco with other London revelers, Blues Kitchen Camden is your one stop shop for fun time partying in London.
The perfect hangout for those who like to work hard but play ten times harder, Forge brings industrial opulence to the city’s party scene. Come right after work and settle in for the night, Forge serves all kinds of beers, wines, champagnes, spirits and cocktails and there’s DJs and dancing until 3am (Wednesday to Friday).
Islington’s Upper Street enjoys a vibrant reputation for nightlife, mainly because of venues like LadyBird. A prime party spot kitted out with a ground floor cocktail bar and a pumping club in the basement, revellers come here to let their hair down and dance like no-ones watching. Enjoy cocktails like the Lego Head and Sand Bucket Sharetail, then dance to a mix of the 80s, 90s, disco and house anthems until 4am at weekends.
In the heart of the happening Shoreditch area, close to all the places to be seen in the East End, such as Hoxton Square and Brick Lane, Be At One Shoreditch is the fun time party bar ready to host the fun at any time of your evening. For a competitive cocktail happy hour, and a chance to hang out with the trendy kids, this bar is the place to go.
This Brixton-based bar, diner and music hall is attracting the party cadets of South London and afar! Discover this cool speakeasy and dance the night away to Island Disco, Old Skool Classics and those party anthems that never fail to make it a fun night out.
Whisk yourself away to the South Seas at this tropical party den in Chelsea. Impressing with its tiki decor and tropical vibes, Kona Kai offers fresh fruit cocktails, a sunshine party playlist and a fun atmosphere slightly different from the West London norm. Leave the frantic strains of urban life at the door, let your hair down and party all night.
Elk Bar is fast becoming one of West London's most popular, fun-loving bars. Beautifully decorated as a laid-back, comfy hangout, the bar is stocked full of all your favourite international beers and spirits, and the plasma screen TVs will be showcasing every major sporting event from around the world. Keeping the party going long into the night, live DJs will be playing the freshest tunes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.