It's known as one of the best bars in Shoreditch or Soho 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.
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 12th September 2023
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.
The Piano Works West End 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.
Touting smoking concoctions, you can trust that Purgatory Bar on Cambridge Street will serve nothing less than exciting with its cocktail selection. Enjoy Antoni Gaudi-inspired decor or the pretty outside terrace, all while exploring the fantastic bevvy menu. Oh, yes.
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.
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.
Nothing's quirkier than this bring your own booze cocktail bar in London. BYOC City provides the expert bartenders to whip you up some bespoke drinks, so all you have to do is turn up top the casino-inspired space armed with your favourite spirits.
Nestled underneath The Megaro Hotel, Hokus Pokus is part cocktail bar, part alchemy lab. Not only does it have some seriously unique interiors that look straight out of a sci-fi movie, but also delicious, molecular cocktails that will intrigue and delight in equal measure.
Seeking one of Covent Garden's quirkiest cocktail bars? Then expect plenty of nostalgia at TSQ Playhouse. With a wacky funfair theme throughout the venue, this hotspot is adding a little pizzazz to cocktail quaffing. Think tongue-in-cheek bevvies and a karaoke room too.
Scoring 10s across the board for looks and libations, Blame Gloria is not only serving up quirky cocktails, but also wacky interiors too. Head over to the Clapham bar and see the full array of kitsch furnishings and neon lighting for yourself.
Welcome to Reverend J W Simpson, a basement bar found beneath the streets of Fitzrovia. Previously inhabited by its namesake, it holds much of its shabby-chic decor. But the quirkiness doesn't stop there - the imaginative cocktail list showcases unique and little-known ingredients, perfect for those more adventurous drinkers.
Get a little quirky at Skylight Peckham's stunning indoor cocktail lounge and sky-high terrace. Whether you fancy enjoying some drag entertainment at a popular bottomless brunch or just taking in views of the capital with a drink in hand, you can always rely on this venue.
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.
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.
Boasting palm tree vibes and an epic roster of events, Skylarking in Peckham is a great spot for those of you after a hotspot with a difference. Grab your pals for its awesome happy hour which gives you 2 for £12 pours between 5pm and 7pm, all before dancing to live DJs.
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.
Quirky whisky cocktail bars in London don't get much better than East London Liquor Company, which has a cool canalside location complete with a converted warehouse building and waterside terrace. Plus, it's the ideal place for no-frills drinks across a cool space.
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.
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.
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.
Fronting gloriously pink interiors and a cocktail list to die for, these quirky cocktail bars in Putney and Covent Garden are just the place for Instagrammable happenings. You'll be sipping on all the classics, alongside a unique menu that includes the likes of 'tropic like it's hot' and 'Bohemian raspberry'.
If quaffing bevvies on seats from a 1930s vintage bus is your thing (it's definitely ours), be sure to head to Beetle Juice Brixton. Located in the Village, this glorious hotspot has a range of unique furnishings and decor, alongside a crackin' selection of cocktails.
Fronting stylish and modern decor, Iris Avenue is a cool bar in Fitzrovia. Ideal for girls' nights out, the venue is whipping up unique cocktails such as the Messenger in the Clouds, a mix of vanilla vodka, passion fruit puree and prosecco. You can also enjoy a manicure or massage if you fancy adding on some much-needed self-care.
Head downstairs at Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai for a retro smugglers den decked out with posters of Indian film stars and other quirky ornaments. From the Disco Inferno served in a glitter ball to other 70s-inspired serves, these cocktails are all kinds of quirky.
Sugar Cane Bar is a cool tiki bar in Clapham, boasting exotic interiors - think paradisical green palms, laced banana leave walls and statues. And what's on the lineup? Everything from delicious tapas and burgers to themed cocktails and thumping DJ sets.
Arguably the quirkiest bar in South London, Little Nan's 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.
Bonkers Bar in Dalston is the host of an immersive cocktail and theatrical experience with Billy Bonka, who is offering Londoners cocktails inspired by your favourite chocolate-themed book (but with a very adult twist). Get your hands on their golden packets to test these confectionery tipples.
If you're in need of something different, switch out the usual pint at the pub 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. Not in the area? Head to its Battersea location.
If you're on the hunt for quirky bars in South London, Mama Funki is one of the coolest places. With New York-style interiors and leather sofas, the venue also whips up delish cocktails. We recommend the Mama-rita - a mix of tequila, lacto fermented blackberry cordial and triple sec.
Think quirky London bar and one name is bound to pop into your head - The 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, Mansion House or Islington.
Platform Canary Wharf isn't your average cocktail bar, oh no. It also boasts over 20 video gaming booths where you can indulge your competitive spirit, playing Switch and PlayStation classics. To wet your whistle, there are creative mixes, tasty beers and lip-smacking pizzas.
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.
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.
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.
Full of neon signs, kitsch interiors and teapot cocktails, Simmons in 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, Angel and Holborn.
Quirky Covent Garden cocktail bars don't get much better than Tequila Mockingbird, a fun destination where classic concoctions, 2 for 1 deals and weekend DJs collide. Otherwise, you can chill out across the gorgeous raised lounge area for after-work drinks or group get-togethers.
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.
With a film-themed drinks menu, each and every cocktail at The Little Orange Door is as unique and tasty as the next. Opt for the tequila and coriander-infused Once Upon A Hollywood, or keep it simple with the rum-spiked house punch.
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.
Looking for something a little different? Cue Limin Southbank, a themed bar covered in sand and dishing up mouthwatering food from the Caribbean. As well as Trini street food classics, there's also a heady selection of rum cocktails to quench your thirst.