Cue images of Old Hollywood once you step inside of one of the best kitsch cocktail bars in London, Ruby's. The former Chinese takeaway space has been transformed into the type of place where you want to slip into a silk robe and relax into a night of true 1940s avant-garde. Be lulled by the warm, lamp-lit atmosphere and excellent selection of uniquely served libations.
London's Most Kitsch Bars
If you're feeling an itch for kitsch on your night out, then we have some good news for you. Instead of testing your luck out at an utterly ridiculous themed bar, try going for one that seamlessly mixes quirky charm into a stellar set of cocktails. Here's our definitive guide to the best kitsch bars in London for your cluttered, colourful and fun fix.
When a retro restaurant in London comes to mind, do you think of chicken kievs? You should now. Join Coin Laundry not only for smatterings of retro, 70s inspired interiors, but a menu that doses you good and proper on hearty cocktails and kievs.
The chicest of kitsch themed London bars, Opium intertwines the Old World Orient with contemporary city culture through its eclectic décor and cocktail list. Tucked away Chinatown, Opium brings a certain air of sophistication and intrigue to any night out.
Satiate your thirst for a tropical celebration at Trader Vic's, a definitive kitsch bar that focuses on the slow and steady island kife. Fall in love with this little pocket of Polynesia over some fabulous mai tais complete with tiny umbrellas, of course.
Perfect for casual drinks in Shoreditch, but more importantly a great place to get your kitsch fix in London, head on down to Catch bar not only for top happy hours and diving right into drinks, look around for retro trinkets, gaudy pieces and colour galore.
Heralded for their cocktails and undoubtedly renowned for some of the finest rum based drinks in the business, it's not just concoctions Trailer Happiness are known for. Join them in their bar for a smattering of kitsch trinkets, vintage nit-bits and South Pacific nods aplenty.
Returning to its home in Deptford, Little Nan's is a quirky bar that celebrates all the things our beloved grandmas love. Styled as a vintage living room with chesterfield sofas, cocktails served in teapots and suede-covered everything, the venue specialises in serving unforgettable nights out in London. You can also get your fill of Pat Butcher-inspired goodies at their sister sites in Fitzrovia and at The Cavendish Arms in Stockwell.
You want kitsch, well you got kitsch at the seventh Simmons opening up near Liverpool street. Spread over two floors, the bar is chock full of vintage furniture, nooks and crannies and quirky interiors. Go from 3-8pm for their daily happy hour.
A trendy take on the mixed-furniture tastes of your grandmother, The Fine Line Bow Churchyard is one of the ultimate kitsch places to drink in London. Settle in for some tasty little treats at this brightly-coloured, comfortably casual bar, and wash down with one of the many superb wines or beers it has to offer.
Bursting with botany and partial to the stray, floral print, if you're looking for a kitsch bar in London that does cutesy interiors proud, look no further than The Folly. From its themed spaces down to its creative cocktails, this is a drinking wonderland all its own.
There's something fun afoot in North London as Booby Fitzpatrick brings you a whole heap of '70s inspired shenanigans. Based on a quirky fictional character, there will be a drinks list inspired by his former flames, American dishes, board games, signed portraits and plenty of board games.
While ending up back in primary school might sound like a total nightmare, The Schoolhouse makes for one great kitsch place to drink in London. Reminisce fondly over the retro, memorabilia-laden walls, and sip delicious drinks out of dignified toys. Class is officially in session.