Bars For Birthday Parties
Don't settle for less than you deserve, and don't you dare spend this birthday crying into a cakey mess because you're another year older. We've put together a list of the recommended bars for birthday parties across London - whether it's for a private event, or just a dose of downright debauchery, we've got it covered. Enquire and book online to secure your number one party venue for birthday drinks in London.
Last updated on 21st February 2017
Bespoke cocktails are the name of the game at Barsmith, and boy do they do them well. Each creation is crafted using house-infused spirits and at £7.95 a pop, value for money is a safe bet. What if your party is peckish though? That’s what the neat choice of Neopolitan thin crust pizzas (starting at just £7) are for, and they’ll put some fuel in the tank before a few disco tunes ring out on the speakers.
Show off your London knowledge to your mates at the seriously cool and original Reverend JW Simpsons. The basement bar is the former home of a reverend, still has many of the original features and puts on a cocktail list of foraged and seasonal ingredients.
This decadent den is a great place to forget your age as you fling yourself around the dance floor. Divine cocktails and Moroccan decor make this a night to remember (or potentially, to forget) and with late opening every night except Mondays and Sundays, your birthday doesn't have to land on a weekend to be any fun.
Perched upon the banks of the River Thames, Bar&Co is an oh-so-popular choice for birthday drinks in London. All aboard the boat for a night of alfresco dining and drinking, with spectacular views of the Thames, the London Eye and Big Ben. Plus, the entire venue is available for private hire, ideal if you'd prefer your birthday party to be a more intimate affair.
Step through the looking glass and enter a world of deviance and debauchery in a lavish yet comfortable setting. Serving up an eccentric and experimental cocktail selection, and playing host to all sorts of live performances, from the weird to the wonderful, Looking Glass Cocktail Club is easily one of the best bars in London for birthday parties.
There's nowhere that says 'I am a cultured, in-the-know member of London's drinking elite...and it's my frickin' birthday' quite like The Chelsea Prayer Room. Perfect for an intimate soiree amongst fellow louche liquor lovers, you can pose rakishly on the leather Chesterfields and stare blearily at the stunning wall murals. The ultimate in relaxed sophisticated celebrations.
If you're looking for somewhere heavy on the fun, totally unique and where you can get some dinner and drinks in one fowl swoop then Adventure Bar is your birthday boozer. Perfect for your party crew, this Clapham Junction haunt is a playground of quirky artwork, time travelling nonsense and over 50 cocktails to knock back. Happy birthday to you.
Dirty Martini carries itself with elegance and flair to serve expertly crafted cocktails in a stylish and vibrant setting, and is an ideal space for birthday drinks on account of its versatility. Perfect for a quiet couple with friends before hitting the town, and an excellent option if you're looking for something a little more intimate - hire out a bespoke tunnel, bed or vault to make your birthday party in London that 'lil bit more memorable.
Adventure Bar Clapham High Street packs one hell of a party punch - expect super friendly staff, kitsch decorations and pumpin' party tunes, this is one of the best bars for birthday parties of the wilder variety. Looking for a cracking Clapham alternative? Check out Adventure Bar Clapham Junction.
The Beast of Brixton is the perfect bar to celebrate your birthday in London, with a wide range of delicious drinks and a party playlist to die for. Hidden off the streets of Brixton, this secret bar is laden with cool decorations and the cocktail list is packed full of creative inventions, meaning you’ll not only have a good time here, but your friends will be really impressed.
If your birthday falls in summer and you fancy a generous pinch of funny, grab the gang and head to Embankment as you embark The Tattershall Castle boat. London's funniest floating comedy club is sure to start up a sweep of smiles and have a glut of giggles going with its host of celebrated comic acts including Noise Next Door, Marcel Lucont, Charlie Baker and MC David Morgan. If the laughs aren't enough to finish off your birthday bash, then boogie away as this boat becomes a nightclub that may even play a secret gig for you on your special day.
With a team of personal party planners on hold, Brodie's Bar makes for the perfect place to spend your birthday in London. This beau out East not only boasts views across the West India Quay development but it's also a bar and restaurant space where you can transition between a lovely meal and some slap-up drinks with your friends. Explore all the nooks and areas of this fab bar for a truly bespoke birthday party.
If it's a delightful dose of dim sum and incredible cocktails that you fancy this birthday in London, don't look any further than Opium, a charming speakeasy style cocktail bar in China Town. Filled with Eastern credibility and charm, this is perfect for unique nights out.
Looking for a unique place to spend your birthday in London? Hot trot it to Liverpool Street for one of the best bars in the business. Found under the heralded Simmons name and toting some seriously zany interiors, don't just be impressed by the trinkets and kitsch cool, the cocktails are simply out of this world.
For top quality drinks and a food menu inspired by the grand old colonial age, head to The Jam Tree in Chelsea for a birthday night out in London. They've got a late license, a sun soaked beer garden, an outdoor bar and BBQ area and DJs playing from 10pm to a packed dance floor - ticking every box of cool this birthday.
Located away from the main hub of Kingsland Road bars and clubs, the Rolling Stock is one of east London’s hidden treasures. Birthday groups can reserve a table with no minimum spend and happy hour discounts (offered everyday between 4 and 8pm) set your group up with up to 50% off selected food and drink. There’s a stunning alfresco space if you’re visiting in the summertime and DJ sets that continue long into the night.
Experience your birthday party in the ambient surrounds of Somerset House where the Modern charm of Pennethorne's awaits you. Set in the new wing of Somerset House this bar-turn-cafe-turn-restaurant space is a slice of relaxed, simple drinking and dining perfect for birthday drinks in London with a little European inspired style.
Warm up for an evening of French-inspired shenanigans with a few cocktails on Chancery Lane. There’s a beautiful range to pick between (Granny’s Green Beast and Julie’s Mamou were two of our faves) and they’ll get you nicely set for a menu of Provencal dishes served throughout the day. It’s only right that you have a go on the UK’s Petanque court, with this indoor version of boules more than likely to get a tad competitive after the French wines have flowed.
The Candlemaker's vibrant, psychedelic décor provides the perfect fun environment for birthday celebrations. Independently owned, this place just wants to show you a great, friendly time! Settle down into one of the 1960's style armchairs and wait for the revelry to begin. There's also regular DJs and rock and soul musicians to liven up the place some more.
Serving up expertly crafted cocktails at a very reasonable price, Be At One Wimpole Street mixes up a storm throughout the week. Easily one of the best bars in London for birthday parties, this one offers space for both refined relaxation and raucous party vibes over the weekend. Or, why not book you and your pals into one of their infamous Cocktail Masterclasses - at only £25 for 90 minutes, this is a great choice for birthday parties in London.
The Old Shoreditch Station fuses together a cafe, bar and pub physique all in one and is ideal for your birthday celebrations be they small, medium or large party plans. Available for full private hire or to hire out by area, this classic yet contemporary venue gives our chilled vibes and is in the centre of Shoreditch.
If you're looking for a birthday bash with a bit of class in an elegantly leather bound setting then look no further than Kensington's very own Goat DRINK. Darling, you simply must. Their neatly refined cocktail selection will definitely suit everybody's taste, no matter how big or small your party is. With DJs playing every Friday and Saturday until 1am this is a prime birthday destination to start your celebrations.
If you've been searching for a great birthday party location in Clerkenwell - give yourself a pat on the back, because you've found the perfect venue. Offering a variety of private hire packages, 1920's Bar can provide you with their stylish ground floor, plush basement bar, or both combined if you're really going all out. They've got all the gear to accommodate for DJs and a fantastic range of cocktails available at affordable prices.