10 Great London Bars for Unusual After-Work Drinks

Are you tired of the same old hangouts after work? The capital is home to some of the most unique bars in the world, so why not try something different the next time you head out for drinks with the team? Here are our top 10 choices of quirky bars in London.

This SoHo bar will transport you back to the 1940s to a post-war underground tube station complete with swing dancers, delicious cocktails, and a sing-song around the piano. You’ll also find a few post-war favourites on the menu, like gin and rum-based drinks, but there is plenty of ale on tap, too.

This is a really fun venue to unwind at after work. The tables are ping-pong tables so you can spend the evening playing while dedicated staff deliver your drinks. Alternatively, use the pre-order service to order drinks before you even arrive.

Wunderlust at The Big Red
If your idea of unwinding after work is to party it up, you’ll love Wunderlust’s rowdy student vibe and the inside-outside communal table. There are DJs and live music, a secret cinema, foosball table, and loads of divine cocktails. There’s also a double decker bus and a dance floor!

Cellar Door
Head to this tiny basement bar for drag acts, burlesque, and cabaret acts. It’s the ultimate in quirky camp and a great laugh after work. Be sure to try the “Starbucks must die” cocktail.

Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge
If you’re near Shoreditch, head into this bar and lounge for a candy floss margarita or two. The cocktail bar puts on a full show on molecular cocktails and mixology. There’s always something on at the bar, whether it is cocktail classes, burlesque, or high tea. And there is always an eclectic buzz.

Evans & Peel Detective Agency
Step into a scene straight out of LA Confidential at this fun detective bar. There are unusual cases to solve, loads of retro entertainment and Chicago-style jazz and gin nights.

£1 Cinema Club
Scrap your plans for heading to a movie after work and try out this quirky venue complete with 24ft wide screen. You’ll catch several cult classics along with free popcorn and entrance to the after party after the film.

Trailer Happiness
Head into this basement hang out and escape the bustle of Portobello Road for a couple of hours. This cool London bar offers some incredible character, inspired by the mid-60s. Expect innovative cocktails and quirky décor.

Bunga Bunga
Named after Italy’s risqué parties, this lively bar and pizzeria is perfect for a drink and bite to eat after work. There is an entire floor dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest and a staircase that is lit up by a 15ft crystal chandelier. The walls are covered with reproductions of the Sistine Chapel, and there is an authentic pizzeria section that serves delicious traditional dishes.

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
You need an appointment to get into this funky basement bar, and even then, you’ll battle to find the entrance. Once you do get there, your escort will greet you and invite you through to an American-style fridge and into an enchanting underground drinking hole complete with irresistible cocktails and beers.

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