Based on the iconic Gibson Cocktail, this weird and wonderful cocktail bar in Shoreditch is a one for the must-visit list. Head along Old Street to find a den of 1920s shenanigans, from a live piano player to concoctions that come with unusual ingredients - fried worms anyone?
Quirky Cocktail Bars In London
With everything from secret speakeasy joints through to Alice In Wonderland based hangouts, London is full of quirky cocktail bars. And it's not just their interiors that are unusual; weird and wonderful cocktail bars in London also have serious mixing credentials, with mixologists who have mastered their craft to a T. Read our recommendations for quirky cocktail bars in London and get ready to see another side to the capital's drinking scene.
Callooh Callay is an eccentric London cocktail bar that is full of surprises. Head to Shoreditch to discover a secret room named The JubJub, a drinks list which is constantly evolving and changing and a menu that uses stickers to list its contents.
Brave the climb up to level six of Peckham Levels for sky-high views and killer cocktails. Near & Far is jam-packed with bits and bobs, from sink-in-soft armchairs through to light-up globes and fauna-inspired wallpaper.
Give in to temptation at this slick little drinking joint from celebrated chef Adam Handling. Indulge in naughty concoctions such as Good & Evil (Reyka, split cream, cold brew coffee, maple syrup and Fernet Branca), while seriously tasty bar snacks provide a great stomach-liner.
Think quirky London bar and one name is bound to pop into your head - London Cocktail Club. With wacky venues across the city, the group have recently opened a spot in Monument which is inspired by the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Saville Row Tailors; or try their bars in Shoreditch, Bethnal Green or Islington.
This little South London bar is all sorts of magical, from the crafted cocktails through to the monster-inspired artwork which clambers across the walls. Stop by for a date and pick drinks that are made in partnership with Maverick Drinks.
Step through the looking glass and into this Alice In Wonderland themed bar that has everything from a downstairs laboratory through to performance art and live music. The Hackney Road spot is perfect for a first date with a selection of vintage furniture, minimal interiors and an intimate setting.
This tiki paradise is the perfect urban retreat. Recline in luxury as you sip on expertly-crafted rum cocktails and revel in the tropical decor. Upstairs houses the bar's own rum, which you can learn to make yourself in one of their masterclasses.
Sneak inside The Mind Palace where you'll find a network of agents and spied led by the iconic Sherlock Holmes. With immersive performances and mouthwatering cocktails themed on the elusive character, this is one for your bucket list.
It's known as one of the best bars in London and it's not hard to see why when you step into this quirky London cocktail bar. Nightjar adds a touch of imagination to all they do, from cocktail mixing through to speakeasy jazz; this New Orleans venue is a seating only spot so make sure you grab a space quickly.
Trailer Happiness hasn't just impressed the likes of the UK, it's also shone its credentials worldwide. The unusual cocktail bar in Notting Hill is based on a '60s Californian bachelor pad with lots of retro-inspired furniture and a drinks menu you won't forget in a hurry.
This quirky cocktail bar near Brixton themes all its drinks and decor around medicine. From concoctions served in drip bags and imbibed using a syringe, to its fresh, healthy menu, everything in this place is a medicine of some sort.
An East London Stalwart, NT's is all sorts of cool, from the late night DJs to the secret outdoor terrace. Their cocktails are also impressive with sections such as The Bold and The Bizarre, creating punchy tequila mixes and a short and sharp 'meth' - made with ginger liqueur, mint liqueur, and Havana.
This unique London cocktail bar is spread over six floors and is accessible by appointment only. Head to Soho to discover the townhouse which is inspired by Soho's past decadence; think thick royal blue interiors, a light-up dance floor and cosy nooks to hide in for the evening.
From the same people as Blame Gloria and Bar Elba, Tonight Josephine is no stranger to attention. The bar has been splashed all over Instagram since opening, and for good reason - think celebrity mugshots in the bathroom, neon signs and cute cocktail.
Inspired by the Golden Age of travel, this cool and quirky bar in Central London will direct you straight to first class. With stunning service from some of the finest mixologists in the city, you'll soon see why Aviator at Hush was named Best Bar In London at the London Club and Bar awards 2017.
When looking for an unusual cocktail bar in London to party in, look no further than Trader Vic's as the Polynesian inspired watering hole mixes everything up with a tropical twist. Located in Park Lane, the venue hosts regular live music and DJ nights, and if you're peckish, try one of the delicious dinners from the wood-fired grill.
There's weird and wonderful cocktail bars in London and then there's the Reverend JW Simpson. The bar is the former home of a reverend and has been left much as it was found - with many of the original interiors and objects of its previous tenent.
Located in Marylebone, Purl is a themed London cocktail bar that whizzes you back to an era of glitz and glamour. With regal chandeliers, lots of nook and crannies and wow-factor cocktails, this bar has got date night written all over it.
Did someone say dancefloor on the ceiling? The Lost Alhambra is certainly not your average watering hole, as the central London hotspot brings you crafty cocktails, thumping music and eccentric decor well into the early hours.
Basement Sate in Soho is all about the good things in life: cocktails and desserts. Join the intimate little joint to munch on French-inspired fancies, from eclairs through to macaroons, and back to Champagne-based cocktails.
Sure it's called Restaurant Ours but this Kensington spot is also a great place for quirky cocktails. Head to the botany-filled warehouse for drinks that were made for Instagram - there's even hashtags in some names to help your captioning.
Bright, dark, playful, serious – The Perception Bar is one of many faces, making it the ideal stop for any Londoner. Come for delicious dishes from their resident chef, or grab a spectacular cocktail while listening to their rota of great music acts; either way, you're set for a unique time here.
Brought to you by the team behind The Piano Works, Studio 88 is the place to be for delicious cocktails and a party atmosphere until the early hours. Sip on a selection of expertly made cocktails while you party until the early hours with the help of two piano vocalist and accompanying musicians who will bring your song requests to life.
Full of neon signs, kitsch interiors and teapot cocktails, Simmons Fitzrovia is full of quirkiness. The cocktail bar has an amazing happy hour which includes £2.50 bottles of beer and 2 for £10 cocktails, along with outposts in King's Cross, Liverpool Street, and Angel.
Arguably the quirkiest bar in South London, Little Nan's bar in Deptford has been making waves since opening its doors. Decorated to match your grandma's vintage living room, guests can enjoy tasty cocktails served in teapots and vintage records played by the venue's DJs. With a sister venue, Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon, based down the road in Catford, you won't be disappointed by a night out here.
With bright pink walls, a cocktail that comes served in a giant golden pineapple and plenty of armchairs, Bourne and Hollingsworth bar in Fitzrovia is a top choice for unusual London cocktail bars.
In need of something a little different? Switch out the usual pint at the pub or cocktails at your local bar for a trip to Homeboy. Serving up proper Guinness, Irish coffees and a whole host of Gaelic grub, this is one of Islington's finest watering holes.
All sorts of weird and wonderful, The Last Tuesday Society is a treasure chest of quirky taxidermy and illicit drinks. Located in Hackney, the intimate spot is filled with everything from skeletons through to animal heads and occult-inspired art. Drinks are similarly as unusual, with hefty doses of absinthe and other rare spirits creating the menu.
Keep your eyes peeled to find this secret little spot in Tower Bridge. Call Me Mr Lucky is a kitsch bar that is known for their fun cocktails and cosy interiors.