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.
Last updated on 19th January 2018
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.
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?
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.
Full of neon signs, kitsch interiors and teapot cocktails, Simmons Euston Square is three floors of prime quirkiness. The cocktail bar has outposts across the cities, and also has an amazing happy hour which includes £2.50 bottles of beer and 2 for £10 cocktails.
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.
Callooh Callay is an eccentric London cocktail bar that is full of surprises. Head to Shoreditch to discover a secret room named The Palace of Humbug, a drinks list which is constantly evolving and changing and a menu that uses stickers to list its contents.
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.
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.
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.
Based on Victorian London, Worship Street Whistling Shop is a secretive little spot in Shoreditch. The unique bar in London emulates a gin palace as well as having a dram shop which is available for eight people to privately hire.
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.
You will have to hunt to find this London quirky cocktail bar but it will be worth it. Hidden in the heart of Chinatown, Opium is the brainchild of two cocktail experts and serves a menu of dim sum classics, perfect for lining your stomach.
Perfect for celebrating a birthday, Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge is a London cocktail bar with a difference. Stuffed full of puffy cushions, regal sofas and toys, the bar is like a great aunt's living room. Settle in in the posh parlour and start working your way through their inventive drinks list.
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.
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.
With a drinks list by Ryan Chetiyawardana (of White Lyan Fame) and plush interiors right besides the Thames, Dandelyan is an unmissable London cocktail bar. Grab a seat next to the floor-to-ceiling windows and sip your way through a fresh drinks list as you gaze over the city skyline.
With two floors which includes a laboratory and a menu that changes regularly, Scout is a cute and quirky cocktail bar in Shoreditch. The spot serves a rotational menu of cocktails that all use fresh and seasonal ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
Hester’s Hideout knows a thing or two about quirky cocktails in London. Open since the early 1900s, they’ve been a source of scandal the entire time, bringing burlesque dancers, musicians, performers and excellent cocktails to the hungry masses.
Studio 88 is the place to be for delicious cocktails and a party atmosphere until the early hours. While you sip on a selection of expertly made mixed drinks, you can party all night with the help of their two piano vocalists and accompanying musicians, who take song requests till the early hours.