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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The best destination for dim sum, cocktails and late night partying in London, Ping Pong has some of the best vibes in London. If you're looking to kick things off even earlier, head to one of their brunches.
Ideal for students and young professionals alike, this bar-cum-club is one of the best fun time party bars in London. Offering a great selection of beers, spirits and cocktails, this two-floor venue on Rivington Street is one of the prime picks in Shoreditch.
Little Blue Door is made for a party. Set to be a flat party outside your own flat, they've got a quirky interior design, delicious drinks, and a mischievous vibe that they're known for across West London. You can even host a private flat party there if you wanted!
Come thirsty, because Nikki's has just the menu of creative cocktails to quench your thirst. Expect buzzing vibes and a wild interior filled with Tarantino-inspired touches and a quirky PVC-covered bed. Don't believe us? Well, check it out for yourself.
This luxury tiki paradise is the perfect escape from city life. Head down with some friends and get a few rum-based cocktails as you revel in the tropical luxury of this hidden gem.
Known as one of the most Instagrammed bars in the country, the sister site in Waterloo has been drawing in those in search of good cocktails and wild times.... and now it's time for Shoreditch to get a turn. Expect late nights and creative concoctions.
A plush cocktail bar on the outside, TwoRuba hides a very childish secret. Enter The Snug where you'll find their epic ball pit where you can enjoy two hours of ball pit fun and even bottomless bubbles if the mood takes you.
With a menu from Chuck Burgers, cracking craft beers and themed club nights, this King's Cross hangout is one of the best in north London. Head here for live DJs at the weekend or keep it casual with bottomless cocktails (think Espresso Martinis and Spritzes) and brunch in the daytime.
This BRick Lane spot may look like your usual living room but look further and you'll find a bistro-style menu, creative cocktails and live jazz music come the evening. There's even bustling house parties at the weekend.
When it comes to fun nights out in Shoreditch, you can always count on Sunset Bar for a good time. Providing you with a varied drinks menu featuring the likes of Porn Star Martinis, White Russians and a whole host of shooters, this is the perfect place for a late night.
Who doesn't love a good old Bavarian bier hall? Munich Cricket Club, located in the heart of Canary Wharf, is a guaranteed good time spot with a large selection of Munich beers, a weekly Oompah band and a menu featuring five different types of schnitzel, bratwursts and many other German classics.
Looking for fun time party bars in the West End? Look no further, because The Lost Alhambra is a one-stop-shop for all things eccentric. Bringing back old school vibes with a touch of contemporary flair, this is one for cocktail lovers and party seekers.
Located just a stone's throw away from Hammersmith Station, Belushi's is a late-night drinking den perfect for sports fanatics and party people alike. Hosting nightly events, live music and sporting event screenings, this place promises an electric atmosphere around the clock. Looking to get competitive? Hire out one of their beer pong tables and bounce (or drink) your way to victory.
A dedicated party palace in the heart of Clapham, Tropix has got what you need to make a night of it. From unique tipples that front some of the finest rums on the market, to great music and whole range of delicious shots, they'll have you in the party spirit any night of the week.
When it comes to fun bars in London, it's hard to do better than this West End gem. The Piccadilly Institute promises eclectic interiors and range of quirky cocktails for you to get stuck into, as well as British bar snacks, pizzas and juicy burgers.
Favoured by party animals across the city, Tiger Tiger is the late-night bar fronting great music and affordable drinks. Head over to the Piccadilly venue and be prepared to dance until the early hours across six themed rooms.
Blingo is taking over Camden's The Electric Ballroom for a fun night of wild bingo, party tunes and raucous challenges. Your hilarious host Grandma Flash will be tasking you with lip syncing and taking part in dance offs against other teams in order to win silly prizes.
A fun pub in Tuffnell Park, Dartmouth Arms are serving up gastro vibes and a impressive selection of tasty craft beers, wines and cocktails. What's more, come the weekend, DJs take to the decks to play quirky vinyl-only sets for you to dance to.
When it comes to fun nights out in London, Blame Gloria has got your evening antics down to a T. Kick things off with a couple of happy hour cocktails in an eccentrically kitsch booth before taking things up a notch to a DJ set at this Clapham bar.
If the combination of live music and world-renowned cocktails doesn't make this subterranean watering hole one of the best party bars in London, then you must be pretty hard to please. This intimate and decadent spot is the perfect exclusive hideaway.