Happy Hour in London
Why beat around the bush - getting the rounds in when you’re out drinking in London usually hits those pockets hard. If you’re fed of up of spending big and seeking a thrifty alternative, we’ve got just the guide for you. Check out our run down of the best Happy Hours in London and unearth the capital’s most wallet-friendly places to get a drink.
Last updated on 4th October 2016
The Slug is a lovely spot for kicking back and relaxing in amongst the otherwise frantic streets of central London. Comprising a serene downstairs dining area and a livelier ground floor bar, look out for their 2-4-1 cocktail promotions, come for 50% off food on Happy Monday, get your hands on an £11.45 bottle for Wine Down Wednesdays or get on the bubbly to celebrate Fizz Fridays, when prosecco is £12 until 10pm.
Kanaloa gets tropical with their weekday Happy Hour between 5-8pm, giving you 50% off selected drinks. This popular Tiki bar is the perfect venue to let your hair down after work or have a fun time party night at the weekend. Split into different areas, you can chill out or show your moves on the dance floor whilst enjoying half price cocktails!
Happy Hours at The Old School Yard cannot be overlooked. Between 5.30pm and 8pm, get your hands on £4.50 cocktails and two beers for £5 - the Old School Yard the perfect London Bridge Bar for after work drinks, catching up with mates or that quick wallet friendly drink before exploring some London nightlife.
Head to Salvador and Amanda near Leicester Square between 5 and 7pm, Monday to Friday when the fiesta is fuelled by great happy hours. Choose from four bottles of beer, a bottle of wine or a litre of Sangria for just £10 whilst chowing down on some authentic tapas dishes at this lively basement tapas restaurant and bar.
Based on Islington’s Upper Street, Dirty Martini is a fun-loving cocktail bar that offers Londoners a mad night on the town. The team of mixologists have mastered a number of classic recipes, while also boasting the expertise required to come up with brilliant concoctions on the spot. If that wasn’t enticing enough, head down after 4pm and enjoy an unbelievable happy hour, where drinks prices are drastically cut.
Head on down to this vintage venue tucked into the heart of Clapham and get your cocktails half price on a Tuesday, all night from 5pm. Save your pennies without sacrificing an inch of quality, as these drinks are mini adventures, containing anything and everything from Marmite to mustard.
A cool and casual hangout in the centre of the city, Abbey offers great boozy discounts every day between 5 and 8pm. Pick out your choice of beers, wines, champers or spirits available at a knock-down rate and come on Thursday for a bumper session of cheap drinks - Happy Hour is extended for 5 hours and there’s DJs ‘til late for good measure.
Everyday between 4:30pm and 7:30pm take advantage of Patch's spectacular Happy Hour specials. There's great offers to be had on cocktails, wines, prosecco, beers and platters - our favourite is the 50% off ALL cocktails, spirits and bottles of wine. The real day to visit though is Tuesday, when these prices are on ALL NIGHT LONG!
Blues Kitchen just so happens to be one of the most unique party bars in London and it's repping all things New Orleans, but how about that all important happy hour? Join them every Thursday to enjoy a dose of the 2-4-1 cocktail offer.
Through a busy week, who doesn't need a little pick me up? One of the most luxurious bars in London, The Tale Bar are coming at you with a happy hour offer that you simply can't resist. Join them as they're offering £5 off when you order your first cocktail at the bar on selected days and dates.
Putney's cool three-floored cocktail bar Tequila Mockingbird boasts one of the best happy hours around. Forget all of that 'one night of the week only' rubbish, this spot offers bargain bevs every night! Head down between 5pm 'til 9pm on any night and tuck into 2-4-1 cocktails, £3 bottles of Peroni or £3 glasses of vino! With a few in you, dance into the early hours as DJs spin until 2am.
Boasting one of South London's biggest beer gardens, Grand Union Brixton is quite the novelist when it comes to cocktail menus. Ply yourself in Classics, Caipirinhas, all manner of different spirits and even some limited edition special blends. What's more is that ALL of these cocktails are only two for £10 from 4pm- 8pm every day, and all day on Sundays.
We’ve come across some pretty generous happy hour discounts in our time, but deals that last from open until close? Unheard of. That was until Burlock opened in Marylebone, bringing along a selection of over 200 types of rum with them alongside these unrivalled offers. Come along for exotic mixed drinks paired with Cuban and Caribbean food, a cavernous rum bar with a party atmosphere and a drinking challenge which involves a grasshopper...
With one hand on the decks and the other holding a carefully crafted cocktail, Phonox Below is a quaint bar in the heart of South London. The team of expert mixologists have worked tirelessly, letting their imaginations run wild and building a quirky list of carefully created cocktails that's capable of competing with the rest. With a special 2 for 1 drink deal on offer for groups between 10 and 125 people on each Friday and Saturday night, a night out here won't cripple your wallet.
This stylish Carnaby haunt offers fantastic value for money. Also with a Soho branch with many of the same brilliant deals, their cocktails are expertly mixed with premium spirits and deliciously spiced ingredients and they’ll come to the counter at a heavily discounted rate during their daily happy hours. Enjoy up to 50% off selected drinks 5pm-10pm on Monday to Wednesday and, from 5-9pm on Thursday to Saturday.
Bar Rumba is a late night club close to London’s Leicester Square serving up a mix of delectable cocktails, big hits and good party vibes. The commercial music, RnB and pop is the engine of this wild and crazy club but the generous happy hours and drinks promotions do their bit to fuel the spirits.
If you're making a booking with DesignMyNight to head to Mommi in Clapham then there's a wonderful little offer you can bag up in the process for some happy hour and drinks glory. Head down on a Friday or Saturday and book and late night booth for some signature fizz on arrival as well as 2-4-1 on ALL listed cocktails until midnight. WHAT? Yes, we know.
Fusing a Latin American feel-good factor with a local community feel, Barrio’s Amigo Hour specials offer great savings on all drinks throughout the week. There for you Monday to Thursday 4-8pm (until 7pm on Friday and Saturday), head here straight after work and cash in on beer, wine and cocktail deals. Check in at their Angel and Soho outposts for some similar Amigo Hour antics.
Friday nights are where it's at for some happy hour shenanigans at The Print House. You'll find 2 for 1 on selected house cocktails including the fabulous The Blackberry Mojito & The Print House Island Mule made with fresh Chilli (cheeeeky). For some atmospheric supping and alfresco drinking activities, The Print House is your beau.
This one is perfect for stopping by after a hard days work. Pop in between 4 and 8pm Monday right through until Saturday to take full advantage of the great deals on offer. A bottle of the venue's fantastic house wine is yours for just £12.50, with a bottle of Sagres or 1664 coming in at just £2.50 too!
A favourite haunt in Old Compton Street, Bar Soho has a generous 50% off the regular cost of cocktails, bottles of wine and champagne between 5-8pm every day, with bottles of beer, single spirits and mixers and a small glass of wine priced at £3.50 each. A venue perfect for sitting outside after-work, or enjoying the cosy intimate vibe inside in the booths, Bar Soho is definitely the destination for cheap drinks.
A fantastic subterranean drinking den just a stones throw from Oxford Street, The Roxy is perfect for after work drinks in London. With New York inspiration forming the interior of this cool cocktail haven enjoy the happy hour Monday to Friday between 5pm and 8.30pm and Saturday from 6:30pm until 10:30pm, and grab half price pitchers, house bottles of wine and prosecco. Boom.
Colourful, classic and fronting a no fuss philosophy, BOHO is a rare gem on London's bar scene. Sitting on Camden's buzzing Inverness street, BOHO is a fusion of casual dining and laid-back drinking where you can enjoy the best of a 3 hour happy hour in London, skilled cocktails craft and a spread of lovely British cuisine.
Giving off something of a swanky playground vibe, The Jones Family Project are super stylish but know how to keep their cocktail game up to scratch with a menu designed to cater to your mood/personality. Sup on some of their tailored concoctions and enjoy selective blends for just a fiver from Monday to Saturday between 5 and 7pm.
The Four Sisters is a real treat - serving up a selection of classic cocktails alongside innovate takes on the traditional and unique home-made infusions. The Happy Hour is nothing to be sniffed at either: between 4-7pm Monday to Saturday you can get your hands on two of these beauties for £10.
The hottest cocktail bar, club and dining experience in Covent Garden. If you don't do stuffy decor, badly made cocktails, rude staff or chart music then Foundation is the bar for you. They offer an eclectic decor, extensive cocktail list, a tasty food menu and great music with a Thursday special that will ply you with 2-4-1 cocktails from 5pm until 1am.
Hammering it down to Hackney for a drink? Then why not stock up on some truly affordable treats from one of the most dapper destinations over there? From 2-4-1 drinks deals to pocket friendly pints, those looking to spare a few pennies but enjoy the evening will more than have their way at Jackdaw.
Enjoy luxury without breaking the bank at Jamies Minories, a swanky bar in the City of London's thriving metropolis. With great deals such as 2-4-1 on selected cocktails from 5pm and going on all night every weekday, you'd be bonkers not head on down to Jamies for some real good nosh and crackin' drinks deals.
Head to Nordic Bar to indulge in Scandinavian food and drink and week-round happy hours, including 50% off wine, beers and spirits 5-7pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If that isn't enough to entice you, there's also a ping pong table, with regular tournaments taking place for dab hands, all accompanied by DJs spinning the freshest new tunes around.
Kicking off from 4.30pm every day of the week, Be At One's master bartenders get busy whipping up all sorts of creative mixes on offer at very competitive rates. Get your lips around favourites like the Aperol Spritz and the Bangkok Garden Party, available until at least 7pm and setting you up for a big night of partying that continues until 3am. Be At One boasts a number of party spots about town; each offering great happy hour discounts to the people of London!
Sitting nicely just a few paces away from St Paul's Cathedral, the Vinyl Bar has become a favourite spot for the many thousands that feed the metropolis each day, helping quench their thirst with copious amounts of ice-cold beer and an impressive range of fine wines. Versatile by nature with both all the best live sport and live musical performances from the city's most promising up-and-coming artists, a generous Happy Hour consumes and washes over the entire bar between 5-8 PM everyday.
No one can refuse a daily happy hour offering discounted cocktails - and especially not ones as delicious as those made at Jewel in Piccadilly. If you’re not a cocktail fan, take advantage of their promotions and grab yourself a bottle of wine at 50% off, or a £3 bottle of beer. Enjoy have some R ‘n’ R in the beautiful blanca bar, after work or a hard day shopping in Central London and snap up discounted drinks between 4pm and 8pm.
Agenda Bar is a super stylish drinking retreat in City popular among business folk looking for somewhere to relax for a few after work drinks. Don't be afraid of a swanky price tag though, head down here between 5pm and 8pm for their whopping happy hour where it's 50% off drinks! Who said sophistcated cocktails had to be pricey eh?
Opal in Embankment is the perfect place to head to if you are looking for a few cheap drinks in Central London. With a Happy Hour from 5-8pm every day, you can sip on swanky cocktails at half price and still have enough left for a bite to eat. Sit back and enjoy some great, guilt free drinks, without having to forego the rent money!
Looking to tuck into some afterwork cocktails without having to fork out what you've just spent the entire day earning in half an hour? Head down to South London's swanky cocktail bar, Mist on Rocks. On Wednesday and Thursday nights, tuck into any Martini or gin-based cocktail for a reasonable £6 each. And on Fridays, the happy hour runs later than most bars in South London, offering cut-price cocktails from 5pm til 9pm!
Lost & Found conjure up some of our favourite cocktails in the whole of south London. If 2-4-1 deals on these luscious drinks between 5 and 9pm wasn't already enough, you can land yourself a free sharing cocktail if you book yourself a table for 8 or more people on DesignMyNight. Head along and get some cheap cocktail joy!
This Greek Street bar has a Stupid Hour Monday-Wednesday from 5-7:30pm when drinks are practically half price and a mad hour where two cocktails are £10 from 5-10pm. Thirst bar is a great late night music and cocktail bar in Soho and is a perfect spot for happy hour in London.
Serving old school classics with a contemporary twist as well as a few new found favourites for good measure, Smollensky’s is a top place to visit for cocktails in Canary Wharf. Time your visit with Happy Hour (every day from 6 to 7pm) for a little extra bang for your buck, and there’s discounts on wines, spirits, bubbly and beers to look into as well.
The Warwick dispels the myth that it’s impossible to get a drink without breaking the bank in the West End. A lavish, warm and welcoming pub space just off Regent Street, join them for happy hour between 5 and 8pm, where you can get up to 50% off on selected drinks. Ideal for loosening up after work or for catching up with an old friend in one of the most vibrant parts of town.
Any claims that you can't get a cheap drink in Chelsea go straight out the window here. The perfect place to unwind after a long day at work, stop by between 4 and 9pm on weekdays to take full advantage; they'll have selected bottles of lager, glasses of wine and spirit & mixers available for just £2.90. Bottles of wine are £10 or treat yourself to some bubbles; a bottle of Prosecco is yours for £15.
A unique and quirky cocktail bar, Simmons Camden has one of London's largest range of fruit flavoured beers as well as an outrageously long (five hours, to be exact) happy hour from Sunday through to Friday. Simmons is great if you want to enjoy a few cocktails in an unique environment, serving two beautifully presented cocktails for £10, as well as a spirit and mixer for only £2.50. Check out their Tower Bridge, Soho or Fitzrovia venues if you can't get to Camden.
If these delicious Happy Hour drinks don't get you in the party mood then nothing will, but don't worry, THEY WILL. This lively cocktail bar serves up incredible cocktails and the daily changing themes keeps it spontaneous and fun. So go and hit the dance floor and let your weekly worries slide away, because the only worry you'll have here is how you're going to hold all of the drinks you've bought in a happy hour frenzy!
Tuck away a few discounted drinks from this prime Canary Wharf spot. Happy Hour runs Monday to Friday from 5pm until 7pm, where you can glug on selected 'cocktails and dreams' for a dime (or few) less than usual. These guys know how to rack up a good time so get down early for kick start to your evening.
Grace Bar won't let you down when it comes to cheap drinks in London. This Piccadilly bar will set you up with a smashing happy hour; from 4pm until 8pm you can get all drinks at half price. YES half price, we said it, you heard it. That means cocktails come in at a very cheeky £4.50 and house bottles of wine at only £9. What an absolute billy bargain that is.
Between 5pm and 7pm head down to Core for their 'Good Times' happy hour where selected wines are half price, you can get £10 off Champagne, classic cocktails go for just £4.50 and Champagne cocktails come in at a fiver. Becks is also a steal at £3.50 so there's really no need to even ponder over it at those cheap drinks in London prices!
The team of expert mixologists at the Map Maison really lead with their creative eye. Armed with a collection of strange ingredients, fresh fruit liqueurs, flavoursome punches and international spirits, they mix and flair together an impressive range of fun concoctions that are sure to leave a lasting impression on you. To really offer their visitors a great experience, there's an unbelievable 2-4-1 cocktail deal in operation between 4-7:30 PM on 6 days of the week,
The Alice, just a short distance from Liverpool Street and Shoreditch, has some of the most generous happy hour deals in the area. The drinks deals please both the after work drinkers and the pre-drink clubbers - heading out to some great Shoreditch clubs. The cocktail deals run through the week.
Join this East London bar for their irresistible happy hour everyday, from 5pm - 8pm. Its always 50% off cocktails, selected bottles of wine and champagne to help you get the party started straight after work, or to start celebrating a special occasion early. What could be better than avoiding the dreaded rush home and paying only £3.50 for a beer, glass of wine or spirit and mixer in this beautiful and quirky open plan bar.
How does 50% off the lush libations at Steam and Rye sound? Pretty rootin' tootin' if we say so ourselves. With 1/2 price cocktails every night from 5-7pm, not only can you indulge in some of the best in the business, you can get yourselves on a gallivant of one of the most unique looking bars in London, trinkets, taxidermy and all!
Ladybird Bar in Islington is a long-standing, quirky Angel boozer with a four-hour daily happy hour. The bar serves quality cocktails in incredible surroundings - know anywhere else with a Bottocelli styled ceiling in Angel?!
Quite the smiths-man when it comes to the drinks trade, this Farringdon joint is all about showering you in the best liquor and spirit concoctions every night of the week (and the weekend, obviously). Their happy hour is a pretty sweet tune as well, bringing in the bargain booze between 5pm and 10pm Monday to Friday and then ALL DAY on a Saturday. Marvelous!
The holiest union of cocktails and crepes, Shutterbug is a Shoreditch hangout where you can pile up on traditional French pancakes and save the pennies come nightfall with their afterwork special. Pick up 2 slushy cocktails for a tenner or 4 bottles of beer for a tenner between 4pm and 8pm every night of the week.
The Lucky Voice collective are the biggest and best Karaoke bars you'll set your singing voice on. If you take to their Soho sessions, get behind the mic with your mates and enjoy some of their night of the week offers including Facebook Fridays where if you check in, you can enjoy 1 hour of free singing. Ahhhhh!
Philosophical and scientific scrawlings decorate the walls at this time travelers workshop-stroke-bar. Adventure Bar is a museum for creative energies and that extends right down to their happy hour drinks mantra: Adventure Time. Come down on Sunday to Thursday to enjoy selected cocktails for £6, or Friday & Saturday where you can nab this deal until 8pm.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Chicago Rib Shack you can revel in 2 for 1 cocktails with your lip-smacking dinner of BBQ glory. Get you fingers messy at this joint with applewood smoked ribs, pulled pork mounds and scrumptious dinner and drinks deals that will have you coming back for more.