Weird and Wonderful Bars in London

Taxidermy dining, ice cube cocktails, live circus performances and underground caverns - quirky bars in London aren't hard to come by, at least not when you have us around. From the eye-popping and the down right strange, to the dizzy yet dazzling, check out our guide to the most weird and wonderful bars in London for a dash of drinking in the city to remember. Creeps, freaks and regular peeps welcome.

Last updated on 29th August 2019




The Four Quarters

8 user reviews 5

One of the most unique places to drink in London, head on down to Four Quarters in Peckham not only for cocktails, but some of the best gaming in the business with retro arcade sets of Pacman, Time Crisis and more. Ease the night along with their impressive selection of craft beers and, once you've done beating your best mates at video games just like the old days, head downstairs for the speakeasy bar the Confession Box.

Trader Vic's

5 user reviews 5

Step into this Polynesian hideaway and take a trip into paradise. Here, you'll find exotic decor with Pacific patterns and tiki-carvings decorating the venue throughout. Serving up the original and (arguably) the best Mai Tais in London alongside some phenomenal French-Polynesian cuisine, Trader Vic's isn't one you should miss out on. 

Upper House

762 user reviews 4

Bottomless Chicken Wings for £10 and 2 other offers

Set in at the top of Dead Dolls House, Upper House is sporting the same unique vibes and fantastic decor. Rooms are stencilled in intricate designs and the menu pays homage to British seasonal dining - and once you're done scoffing, the house DJ will see you into the early hours.

Hidden away behind a striking mirror is the Looking Glass Room, a clandestine drinking hole where abstract photos line the walls and everything is not as it seems. Get up close and personal with the cocktail card as each libation is made with only the finest ingredients and prepared with a passionate flair.

Reverend JW Simpson

288 user reviews 5

From former home to Fitzrovia's quirkiest bar, Reverend JW Simpson is named after its previous tenant; a priest. And since the reverend moved on, the space hasn't seen much change, with homely features and personal affects left where they are - though the addition of a strong whisky selection certainly spices things up.

Head to Hackney where ABQ brings you a fully-immersive cocktail experience that will have you shaking, mixing and cooking up some seriously stunning molecular cocktails, and living out your mad chemist dreams.

The Last Tuesday Society

136 user reviews 5

This emporium of oddity - be it human, animal, vegetable or mineral - is a glorious insight into the dark side of the world. The Next Tuesday club stake their claim here, showcasing their love of collecting. A bar has been established downstairs, offering cocktails that will put some hairs on your chest. Weird doesn't begin to describe it, and this is certainly a land of wonder. 

Aeronaut

622 user reviews 4

By day, step out into Aeronaut's circus-style beer garden and snuggle up into one of the many themed booths with a hoppy pint in hand (all brewed onsite!). By night, Aeronaut becomes something else entirely; disco balls descend, the spotlights beam down and the stage comes out for the aerial acrobats and glamorous gymnasts. 

Hand Of Glory

42 user reviews 4

Boasting a taxidermy and Wiccan theme throughout, the Hand of Glory is one of London's most weird and wonderful pubs. More than just its decor, this pub is renowned for serving a fantastic selection of the best ciders available in the UK. And beyond that, they're also known to rustle up a cracking cheeseburger and exhibit some awesome local artwork. 

If 90s kitsch and teapot cocktails sound like your idea of heaven, then Little Nan's will already be on your radar. With bars popping up across London, Little Nans' Fitzrovia outpost is worth a visit, from the pictures of Pat Butcher and the downstairs dress up room through to Uncle Albert's fish finger sarnies.

Nightjar

2197 user reviews 4

With a focus on fantastic, bespoke cocktails and interesting design, Nightjar is one Shoreditch speakeasy well worth seeking out. Head downstairs and away from the bustle of City Road to encounter a archetypal 1920s scene, with guests enjoying tin cup cocktails at candlelit tables, as jazz and swing bands fill the room with their soothing tunes.

Hidden in the depths of Canary Wharf is a fine example of cocktail skill and cool interiors, but just how to find it? Just pay a visit to The Breakfast Club as this hidden gem is tucked away in the venue, and provides a roaring night of unique drinks, vintage inspired interiors and hidden charm. 

Drink Shop & Do

600 user reviews 4

If you were to look up the meaning of the word 'quirky' in the dictionary, Drink Shop & Do's picture would surely feature. Head to their workshop to enjoy anything from their 'Play With Clay 80s Style' to 'Learn To Twerk Dance Classes', with late night dancing to follow in the former porn shop downstairs.

Though the idea of drinking wine in a former toilet might not sound that appealing, you might make the exception for the wonderfully weird WC Wine & Charcuterie Bar. Based underneath Clapham Common tube station, the 24 different varieties of red and white wine work with the menu of sharing platters and cheese boards to offer an experience full of rich flavours and tastes. 

Lunch Set Menu and 3 other offers

Standing out in the crowd thanks to its iconic black exterior and with a reputation for serving some of London's most refreshing cocktails, the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is a quirky bar based just a short stroll from Angel station. Sit back in the beautiful greenhouse and enjoy some delicious food at this weird and wonderful restaurant in London.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

48 user reviews 4

£5 cocktails and 3 other offers

Where else can you gather your pals for some cavorting in a 1950s airstream caravan than Blues Kitchen Shoreditch? Revel in the vintage luxury of this truly unique destination, with room for up to 25 guests and a chilled drink never more than an arm's stretch away.

The Schoolhouse

314 user reviews 4

50% OFF FOOD and 3 other offers

Tucked away in Battersea, the Schoolhouse does exactly as it says on the tin, complete with lab coats, science areas and plenty of naughty behaviour. Come here for one of London's best boozy brunches, quirky cocktails galore, and a weird and wonderful vibe in South London.

Burlock

297 user reviews 4

Monday Rum Sessions and 7 other offers

A throwback to the 1920s Havana heydays, Burlock is one of the UK's most impressive rum houses. There's more than 200 different types of the spirit and a selection of authentic Cuban and Caribbean food to complement the tastes on show. Keen to try something new? The Grasshopper Challenge involves polishing off a grasshopper, a shot of rum and a Barbadian 10 Saints beer in quick succession.

The Escapologist

1606 user reviews 4

Based on the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is part modern-day Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge. It's a beautifully designed venue that pays homage to the illicit activity of the infamous Baron, where guests can enjoy a fun yet refined cocktail list, cheese-drenched pizzas and bottle service with their own secret lockers. 

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Connoisseurs of all things boozy, London Cocktail Club have finally ventured south with their mix of affordable and easily smashable cocktails. The Clapham location is dedicated to the movies, with a Star Wars Room, Titanic neons, and Pulp Fiction nods - your Saturday night just got a whole lot quirkier.

Old Street Records

420 user reviews 4

Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer

Something of a powerhouse when it comes to playing out in Shoreditch, not only is Old Street Records the place to head for those all important cocktails and delicious pizza bites, there's a roster of live music events and DJ nights that fit perfectly with the cool, neon-lit backdrop. 

The Gibson

427 user reviews 5

Expert mixologists have been experimenting with an Edwardian cocktail recipe and have decided to lay their inventions out for you to taste… at The Gibson. Hoping to re-popularise the now mostly forgotten drink, they are using the highest-quality spirits mixed with their masterful knowledge to compose a list perfect for their weird and wonderful Clerkenwell bar.

@ The Bletchley on Various dates from Tuesday 17th September 2019

You've gotta work for your drinks at this WW2 immersive experience. The Bletchley is inspired by Alan Turing's incredible code breaking, and will put the old noggin to the test with clues to crack and riddles to answer - it will be worth it once you've sipped on one of their concoctions.

Oriole

1563 user reviews 5

Bombay Sapphire Special Cocktail - Silk Route

Sister bar to Nightjar and home to some of the most famous cocktails in the world, Oriole's purpose is to supply creative drinks. A menagerie of vintage inspired spaces, live swing bands and cocktail artistry, Oriole is one of the most unique bars in London with good reason. 

Not far from St Paul's, The Four Sisters Townhouse bills itself as a home away from home - just as long as home is an inspired den of quirky knickknacks and banging interior design. Spread across several floors, the bar flaunts pink walls, botanical chairs and bookshelves - not to mention a nifty choice of cocktails.

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1371 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

When it comes to a unique night out in London, we highly doubt you've tried anything quite like Flight Club. Not only the perfect place to catch up on pizza, cocktails and brunch should the weekend take you, book an oche and get down to some serious darts action alongside drinks. The fun-time party has three venues; choose between Bloomsbury, Victoria or Shoreditch

You can meet only by appointment at this London basement bar, and even then you are unlikely to find its entrance. Your escort will greet you, before you're eventually invited through the American style Smeg fridge and admitted to a captivating underground drinking space whipping up delicious cocktails and beers with the outside world oblivious to your presence.

Bobby Fitzpatrick

190 user reviews 5

Turn up the volume on quirky cocktails and '70s chic as Bobby Fitzpatrick brings North London a whole heap of fun. The cocktail bar specialises in all things retro with vintage wallpaper, signed photographs and a cocktail list that's inspired by lost loves. Add board games and deep dish pizza and you're on to a winner.