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!
The Piano Works is a place combining bygone days of classic music and jazz-inspired dancing with contemporary style. With venues in Farringdon and the West End you'll find a central stage with a grand piano where you can send in requests of all shapes and sizes. Sup on tantalising tipples and take to the dance floor at this house of non-stop live music.
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. Combining a raw, industrial look with tribal war paints and other quirky features, it regularly hosts some of the biggest blowouts in London.
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 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.
Eyeing up a night of live music, pizza and cocktails in Shoreditch? Old Street Records and sister venue Northcote Records ticks all those boxes, with a cutting-edge approach to EP launches, new bands and established live acts. Take in all kinds of great music in a venue with record-store-realness, intimate jazz nights and even DJ sessions happening in their secret basement space.
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.
With an industrial chic feel running through the entire venue, Suburb SW11 Clapham Junction offers guests the complete party experience, with colourful cocktails matched perfectly with their belly-filling dishes. If that wasn't enough, the resident DJs play long into the early hours on Friday and Saturday, giving guests a space to dance all night.
The iconic Jazz Cafe in Camden is offers one of London best spots for dinner, drinks and live music. Take in a 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.
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-nightime session with a seamless transition thanks to their spread of DJ talent and all the drinks.
Great food, an endless stream of quality booze and a pumping dancefloor; we'd never leave Blues Kitchen if we didn't have to. Head to any of their venues, in Shoreditch, Brixton and Camden, for Southern-inspired and cocktails laced with some of the best bourbon the states can offer..
Ruby's is Dalston's legendary cocktail bar and lounge that's perfect for all kinds of occasions. Split between a cocktail bar and a Lounge Bar available for private parties and promoters, Ruby's is Renowned for its seasonal menu of innovative drinks, with table service and an intimate atmosphere.
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.
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.
Upper 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, Aviary, Sanctuary or Ballroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regular happy hours, DJs on rotation every night and a Friday night dance floor open until 3:30am, @Bar 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.
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.
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.
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.
Gigi's 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 this bar, in a wonderful, quirky and bold interiors.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There aren't many places in London more fun than Lucky Voice. 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.
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.
Having been based on the party island that Napoleon stayed on with his mates while in exile, you can probably guess that Bar Elba has partying in its blood. This panoramic rooftop bar has a tropical island theme, with sunny colours and a cocktail menu of frozen delights.