In this post we will be breaking down drinking at the best bars in London. Whether you are looking for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to buy cheaper liquor during drink specials, or just to sing some karaoke hopefully we can assist.
Our first section will cover the best wine and cocktail bars in London. Up next we will get into breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts.
Then we will mention some of the best drink specials near you so you can hit up the right bars at the right times to do your drinking cheaper. After that we will discuss bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area.
Lastly we will talk about bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music. Towards the end there will even be a map that pins all of the spots from our various lists on it.
To find more UK bars with local drink specials check out that link.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Some of the top cocktail and wine bars in London are:
- Plume Wine Bar at 26 Wellington St
- Sager & Wilde Wine Bar at 193 Hackney Rd
- Prosecco House at 1 Crown Square One Tower Bridge
- Beaufort Bar at Strand
- The Black Book at 23 Frith St
- Demon Wise & Partners at 27a Throgmorton St
Plum Wine Bar offers expertly chosen drinks and shared platters.
Sager and Wilde is a stylish urban wine bar in your area with exposed brick walls and wooden floors that serves premium beverages and bar food.
A large selection of wines, liquors, beers, and spirits are offered along with dance parties with a DJ at Prosecco House.
Traditional and modern cocktails, mixes, and a fine selection of champagnes are provided at Beaufort Bar.
The Black Book excels at providing a changing selection of wines and Mediterranean nibbles as well as live music every Wednesday starting at 8pm.
Premium spirits and cocktails are served at Demon Wise and Partners.
Plenty of other local bars throughout this post have a nice selection of wines and cocktails as well.
London Breweries & Sports Bars
Sample new suds and watch the big game with your friends at the best local breweries and sports bars:
- Goose Island Brewpub at 222 Shoreditch High St
- Redwood Sports Pub & Kitchen at Bridge Station
- The Charlotte at 204 Union St
- The Moretown Belle at 5 Thomas More St
- Long Arm Sports Pub & Brewery at 20-26 Worship St
- Bar Kick at 127 Shoreditch High St
Goose Island Brewpub has been making high quality beers near you that they share enthusiasts all around the world since 1988.
Redwood Sports Pub and Kitchen has large TV’s for all sporting events and serves a blend of British and foreign pub fare in an industrial chic setting starting at 11am.
You can also find multiple TV’s for all sporting events as well as get servings of juicy burgers, pizzas, and other pub fare at The Charlotte.
The Moretown Belle is a laid back sports bar in London featuring widescreen TV’s and a patio while they serve burgers, roasts, and other pub classics along with refreshing beverages.
Long Arm Sports Pub and Brewery offers a rotating selection of fresh local craft beers and serves them right from the tank to the glass as well as conventional bar fare with vegan alternatives every day from 12pm to 12am. They also have TV’s for all sporting events and good local drink specials.
Football and other live sports on wide screen TV’s as well as burgers and pub fare are offered at Bar Kick.
Local Drink Specials
Visit these bars with drink specials near you to buy cheaper alcohol and your wallet will thank you:
- The Old School Yard at 111 Long Ln
- Big Chill Brick Lane at Dray Walk, Brick Ln
- Nordic Bar at 25 Newman St
- Super Max at 14-18 Handyside St
- Bar Elba at Rooftop Mercury House, 109-117 Waterloo Rd
- Thirst Bar at 53 Greek St
The Old School Yard is a school themed cocktail party bar with classic arcade games and some of the best drink specials near you from 5:30pm to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Big Chill Brick Lane is a low lit laid back pub with sofas and a front patio that hosts DJ’s and offers liquor specials from 4pm to 7pm Monday through Thursday.
Scandinavian beers and snacks, sports on TV’s, foosball, and ping pong tables are available at Nordic Bar as well as happy hours from 4pm to 7pm on weekdays and 12pm to 4pm on weekends.
Supermax has a great sound system and neon lighting and provides cocktails and vermouths as well as daily alcoholic drink specials in your area from 5:30pm to 7pm.
Thirst Bar is a late night cocktail and shooter bar with an exclusive basement dance floor and liquor specials from 4pm to 8pm on weekdays and 3pm to 6pm on Saturday.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Here is a good list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights in your area:
- The Victoria Tavern at 203 Holloway Rd
- The Woodbine & Irish Pub at 215 Blackstock Rd
- The Aeronaut at 264 High St
- The Lexington at 96-98 Pentonville Rd
- The Three Compasses at 99 Dalston Ln
The Victoria Tavern is an open lively hangout providing pizza and craft beers along with sports on TV and arcade games and they even host some of the best bar quiz nights in London.
The Woodbine is a classic Irish pub with reclaimed wood board walls, local ales, Thai food, and widescreen TV’s for sporting events that hosts quiz nights starting at 7:15pm.
Local pub quiz nights begin at 8pm on Wednesday plus there are circus acts on weekends at The Aeronaut where multiple TV’s for sporting events are featured as well as a beer garden.
US draught beers and whiskies are served along with live music at The Lexington from 12pm to 2am Sunday through Wednesday and until 3am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and they host quiz nights too.
The Three Compasses is a trendy favorite with a pub quiz, bingo, front beer patio, and a regular schedule of live music and DJ nights.
The Old School Yard and Nordic Bar are a couple of other fun bars with games around town who we have mentioned already in different sections.
Dance, Karaoke & Live Music
Anyone that wants to dance, listen to live music, and sing karaoke can head to:
- Live Band Karaoke Peckham at 40 Stuart Rd
- Ricco Lounge at 11 Russell Gardens
- Live Band Karaoke at 37 Cavendish Square
- Old Street Records at 350 -354 Old St
- The Social at 5 Little Portland St
You can choose from a catalog of over 300 classic and new songs as well as jam out to high energy live bands performing on stage at Live Band Karaoke Peckham.
Traditional and distinctive cocktails and wines as well as delectable dishes from around the world are served at Ricco Lounge. Additionally they host live music events, jazz groups, themed evenings, prized cabaret shows, movie screenings, and DJ performances.
Live Band Karaoke has a 5 member band performing live on stage with over 300 songs to choose from plus they show the lyrics on screen. You can listen to live music at a bar near you while eating pizza and drinking cocktails at Old Street Records.
The Social attracts a hip audience for food, beverages, DJ’s, and live music.
More good local bars for music lovers can be found at Prosecco House, The Black Book, Big Chill Brick Lane, Supermax, Thirst Bar, The Lexington, and The Three Compasses who we have linked you to in other sections.
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Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In London
After reading all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available near you. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke in your area.
If you think we got anything incorrect or notice us listing any venues that are no longer open please tell us in the comments so we can keep this info as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in London.