Quirky London Bars and Pubs

The bars and pubs in the city can get really old, really quickly, with their standard bar stools and decor. Then you have been to the ones recommended by everyone, for example, you have likely been to the Alchemist London. It is a great bar, but there are more to be discovered, and this list of featuring some of the city’s quirky and fun bars or pubs is something to check out. 

 

  1. The Four Quarters, Hackney Wick 

 

After finishing my video games module, this bar comes to the top of my list, with its array of retro games. They have two branches, one in Hackney Wick and the other is in Peckham, but they do not have the same games. If you are a retro games lover, check this bar out immediately, they have consoles and arcade machines. Oh yeah, there are also the tasty bites, cocktails and a speakeasy bar in the basement. You need to stay hydrated for all that winning you have to do!

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvNKzOBnX9J/: @fourquartersbar

 

2. Bunga Bunga, Battersea 

 

Get ready to enter into this immersive Italian bar and restaurant. If you’re looking for intimate conversation and some peace over a few drinks, this is not the bar for you. If you’re looking for non-stop entertainment, then you have come to the right place. The entertainment has been inspired by Silvio Berlusconi’s wild and infamous parties. Check this place out if you’re looking for all the glitz, glam and strong liqueurs. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6fY5hWjHfC/: @bungabungaldn

 

3. Cahoots, Soho 

 

We all have a love-hate relationship with the tube, but at Cahoots you will have a full-on love relationship with this vintage tube-themed bar. You get two hours of drinking time, so be sure to book far in advance, and make sure to ask for a seat in the carriage because it’s the only seat you will want in the house. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7OtzMlD3iZ/: @cahootslondon

 

4. First Aid Box, Herne Hill 

 

This isn’t your average cocktail bar. This isn’t your average hospital either. Your drinks are served in drip bags and administered using syringes. These drinks will solve everything you need in that moment. It’s quirky for its pseudo-pharmacological aesthetic and menu that never detaches itself from medicine. If you’re a medic, you might want to sit this one out, but if you’re tired of the same old bars in London, be sure to check this one out because it’ll also cure your boredom. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3Mryesnr4A/: @firstaidboxhh

 

5. Tonight Josephine, Waterloo 

 

This bar was inspired by Josephine Bonaparte. This was a woman who made her own rule and knew what she wanted and so should you. She is the most famous woman who made it clear that well behaved women don’t make history. When you go, you’ll find kitschy neon signs, gorgeous cocktails and celebrity mugshots. This is the bar to head to when you want a girl’s night out!

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Rb_p8h_iD/: @tonightjosephine

 

6. Otherworld, Shoreditch 

 

No, this isn’t a scene from Alien, but it is an awesome space-themed VR arcade located in East London. Once you’re settled in, you’ll be transported to an alternate reality, with sixteen different gaming options. Then you can head to the bar for some fantastic futuristic-themed drinks. Trust me on this one, this bar makes for quite the interesting first date, so keep this one in mind. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B3on8zBnX2R/: @otherworld.london

 

7. The Schoolhouse, Battersea 

 

This is the version of school you would rather reminisce about. You’ll find cocktails being delivered with science lab coats. The theme isn’t laid on so thick, the most you’ll find is bookshelf wallpaper, school signs, a blackboard and some toys. Although, you will find yourself committing some detention-worthy behaviour after a few drinks when you’re catching up with friends. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5hk12HncZr/: @theschoolhouselondon

 

8. Queens Skate Dine Bowl, Notting Hill 

 

I’m not a fan of skating, mainly because I can only walk in heels, but this place has been around since the 1930s and has been redone. With a new skating rink, bowling lanes and a burger joint, you will be living in this retro bar. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5AxML4Hvi9/: @queens_skate_dine_bowl

 

9. Electric Shuffle, Canary Wharf 

 

From the same creators as Flight Club, I introduce you to Electric Shuffle, a bar that puts a brilliant technological spin on the classic past time. This is one of the more unique bars in Canary Wharf. Once you’re finished visiting the lights in the area, check this bar out, you will finish the night with amazing food and drinks. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7lmC3eHdcS/: @electricshufflelondon

 

10. Bounce, Old Street 

 

Many of the ping pong bars in London don’t really live up to expectations, although, Bounce does! The Old Street branch is the best one I’ve been to. There are seventeen tables and a private room, so it’s the perfect place to get competitive on a night out at a bar. They have a table service policy which means you don’t have to leave your table and can get some awesome cocktails as you try to beat your opponents. 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B1RaadCFyw9/: @bouncepingpong

 

11. Bloomsbury Club, Tottenham Court Road 

 

This is one of those hotel bars that’s cosy and sparkly with it’s starry terrace. If you are a bibliophile then you must visit this bar. It takes inspiration from the Bloomsbury Group of artists and writers who hung out in the area during the early twentieth century. My go-to drink at this bar is the EM Forster as I love myself a more citrus cocktail. Don’t forget to pick up a Virginia Woolf either!

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B55losLh-3y/: @thebloomsburyclub

 

12. Alcotraz: Prison Cocktail Bar, Shoreditch 

 

The chain hosts both pirate and prison style cocktail bars. At this branch I am recommending, get ready to get an orange jumpsuit on, and transform into an inmate in this interactive cocktail bar. It is inspired by America’s notorious person and the menu fits the theme around it, too. As long as the warden doesn’t catch you, you’re good to drink!

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B0qFWlCgaqC/: @alcotraz_uk

 

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