Rock Bars in London
Metal heads and hell raisers who've come to party in London, we salute you! We've listed the rock bars in London who play metal, punk, classic rock and heavier than hell tracks. From dive bars and classic haunts to historic plots and ground-breaking gig venues, we've left no rock unturned when it comes to the best drum plying, riff licking haunts in the city.
Once known as the Flamingo Club in 1960, O'Neill's Wardour Street claims its fame from the Night Train and David Bowie shooting his MTV video 'Blue Jean' within their walls. Perfectly perched in the heart of Soho, this restaurant bar is an essential respite with an added dash of rock history.
A charming local boozer in Dalston, The Victoria is famed for its live music programme that showcases the city's best rock talent. Owned and operated by Jaguar Shoes, the pub rounds its nights off nicely with an array of classic cocktails, locally brewed beer and more behind the bar.
Nights at Gigi's are usually a raucous affair, fuelled by stellar cocktails and hair-whipping rock n roll. Whether you'e craving a live music fix or fancy something a little different on an East London night out, these guys are a top choice.
Are you a fan of the 70s rock scene? Be transported to the glamour and hedonism of Blame Gloria, where the drinks are flowing the Led Zepp is blasting and the interiors look like they've come straight out of a vintage magazine.
Venn Street Records is a vinyl-clad rock and roll drinkers den that's quickly become one of Clapham's most popular hangouts. Whether you're there for a gig night or just fancy a few drinks with a banging soundtrack, you can't go wrong with this South London staple.
Colours is a jack of all trades, with live music spanning pop, funk and rock (of course). Join them for a fun-filled night out in Hackney and you'll get to dance the night away to some of the city's hottest rock stars in one of the area's most Insta-worthy spaces.
Roadtrip Bar is a rowdy joint that totes classic interiors and live bands alike. From the cheap main bar with magazine-plastered walls and animal skull chandeliers, to the basement gig venue for bands and DJs alike, the bar retains the cool air of rock 'n' roll from its home in Shoreditch.
This trendy and unique live music venue in Camden offers a unique selection of rock, metal, jazz, ska and plenty of other nights to satisfy your musical taste buds. Alongside this, the pub is a real classic boozer at heart with cool decor, delicious beer and plenty of music paraphernalia.
This rock metal bar is as heavy as it is vampire repelling because of their passion for infusing garlic in almost everything they serve. There are 101 shots to explore and downstairs in the crypt-like bar there's a stone coffin and plastic skeleton; the ideal heavy metal music spot.
Slim Jims Liquor store in Angel is one of the classic rock bars in London following the principles of LA's Sunset Strip; booze, birds, Guns and Roses. The juke box is the epicentre of this rock n' roll quake playing classic rock music such as AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin.
With many famous faces having graced their stage, including the talented Bombay Bicycle Club, Foals and Michael Kiwanuka, The Old Queen's Head is the place to scope out new rock talent as well as get up close and personal with other hedonistic youngsters.
You say rock in Camden, we say Underworld. It has a great history of big acts behind it and offers a wide range of live music from underground acts to metal names, and breakcore evenings. From The Ataris to Killswitch Engage, if they've played in London, they've been here.
Aces and Eights Saloon Bar in Kentish Town is an amazing bar that always delivers, be that on cracking dive interiors or a plush riff-heavy playlist. With an impressive bar area composed of a strong range of beer, bourbon and various cocktails, it can all be enjoyed to the sound rock tunes.