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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Looking for something a little different along Southbank? Cue Limin' Beach Club, 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.
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.
Fronting gloriously pink interiors and a cocktail list to die for, this quirky cocktail bar in Putney is 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'.
Looking to try something new in London? Offering tapas afternoon teas and epic cocktail making courses, MAP Maison is definitely a great shout. Boasting gorgeous decor and interiors, it also makes for the perfect date night destination.
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.
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.