London provides a host of unique and quirky experiences for people in search of an alcohol beverage in something more interesting than your local boozer. It has everything from rooftop gardens to secret speakeasy dens. You’re spoilt for choice, whether it’s fire breathers, taxidermy or full-on immersive experiences. If you’re on a quest to find your dream drinking experience, here are the top five cool bars in London.
Combining crazy golf with cocktails and street food, this British 1920s seaside themed venue is great for groups of competitive and fun loving friends. Originally a pop-up event, swingers now has two fully equipped locations. Both feature traditional courses stylishly remodel for the 21st Century. Before you tee off around the elegant and baffling world that is Crazy Golf, visitors can enjoy a selection of food and drink. In house are London’s most exciting street food venders and teams of mixologists providing classic and innovative cocktails.
This portal to another dimension lies in East London, hidden under a railway arch. Its in-game environment adapts dynamically to immerse you fully in your new world by using heat, wind, and rumble effects. A custom-built island, which looks like a futuristic pod stolen from your favourite sci-fi film links 14 different rooms and allows you to join up with your friends or strangers before making next move. Your experience could be anything from fighting the zombie hordes, flying through space or breaking a sweat in the VR rhythm game, Beat Saber.
Obsessed with Hollywood prison stories? This one could be the one for you. A theatrical cocktail experience, Alcatraz immerses you in the convict role. They provide orange jump suits on arrival and usher you into the real metallic cells. These individual blocks give you an intimate setting great for private parties. You’ll need to smuggle your home-brought booze inside and meet notorious bootleggers to help guide you through. There’s no set menu here. Once you’ve got your liquor through unseen, the serving inmates will create personalised and unique drinks for you.
A star of Peckham nightlife, this bar-come-video game fortress combines old-school arcade games, movie nights and craft beers. Nostalgic gamers will be dazzled by the choices available. They are fully equipped with everything from shoot ‘em ups to button bashers. You can enjoy a tipple while playing classics like Asteroids, Space Invaders, and Pac Man. Typical sounds on offer are electro beats, Fridays feature 90s rock, and Funk and Soul rule on Saturdays. In this gamers-must-visit location, there are also movie nights for your film buffs.
Brought to you by the Shoreditch Bar Group, this circus themed cocktail bar in Old Street is all kinds of quirky. It is filled with eccentric memorabilia, vintage posters, dangling model aeroplanes and bizarre zebra-unicorn hybrid that looks out across the dance floor. During their happy hour guests can sip two cocktails, while sitting on Rubix Cube stools, for just £10. The DJs play a variety of party tunes, and despite there not being acres of space, there’s enough for cutting a groove in their cool basement space.