Fun Places For Birthday Drinks in London
Last Updated: 26th March 2020 | Main image: Blame Gloria
Birthdays are good for your health.
The more you have, the longer you live.
Celebrating birthdays, however, might not be quite so beneficial to the ol’ constitution. Particularly the liver. And particularly if you do it at one of these music-filled, atmospheric, and straight-up fun places for birthday drinks in London…
Old Street Records | Shoreditch
OSR is a capacious Shoreditch warehouse, covered in vintage artist posters, and shelves overflowing with a whole range of classic records. The bar offers up an eclectic programme of soul, funk, indie, hip hop and electronica, rock and classic pop music, all of which are a combination of both emerging and established record labels showcasing their up and coming talent, as well as big bands and renowned DJs. Annnnnnd they have a solid cocktail menu & freshly baked sourdough pizzas. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 100
Bookable area? Yes, you can book a drinks area at the bar, or the whole venue if you’re feeling popular – find out more HERE.
Lucky Voice | Holborn
This is karaoke – but not as you know it. Unless plush velvet seating, 30-person booths, 9,000+ songs, dress-up boxes, private minibars, controllable lighting and disco balls are the least you expect… READ MORE
Numbers? Booths range from 4-30 people
Bookable area? You’ll have the booth for up to 2 hours, but there are big tables in the main bar area, too.
Bobby Fitzpatrick | West Hampstead
Bobby Fitzpatrick’s is essentially a time portal to a 1970s house party. The place is made for birthdays, and they’ll sort retro finger food, punch bowls of sharing cocktails and even a DJ for your do. READ MORE
Numbers? Anything up to 150
Bookable area? You can book various rooms of the ‘house’, each holding around 40 people. Find out more HERE.
Barrio Shoreditch | Shoreditch
This uber-kitsch, Latin-vibing, colourful treat of a bar was built for parties. The drinks are reasonably priced, they go down smoothly, and you can get one served in the flaming head of a lucha libre wrestler. They’ve got a covered terrace, a dance floor, and an entire caravan-shaped booth that you can book out for yourself.
Numbers? Up to 200 for the whole venue, but there are many intermediate options.
Bookable area? Yes, several, many with their own bar. Numbers range from 35-80 people seated. Check out their venue guide (including Barrio Angel, Central and Brixton) right HERE.
Burlock | Marylebone
Burlock serves over 200 varieties of rum, in a space built to evoke the Golden Age of Havana with tropical, colonial décor including an indoor grand house veranda, and a tasting room decked out like a Havana barber shop. And like the Golden Age of Havana, they love to have a party. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 160 for the whole venue
Bookable area? Yes, you can book tables for up to 50 people – find out more HERE
TT Liquor | Shoreditch
Taking up three full storeys, TT itself is a huge, converted Victorian police station that looks like, well, like it’s been converted from a Victorian police station: brick walls, stone slab floors, and caged liquor bottles (framed by their captors with subtle low light) surround the beautifully aged wooden fittings. The upper deck is reserved for cocktail masterclasses which, despite being educational, are actually perfect for parties. READ MORE
Numbers? Anywhere up to 120
Bookable area? Oh yes – you can book a cocktail masterclass for 6-20 people, a space in their vaults for 5-15 people, or an area in their bar for anywhere up to 120 people.
Evans and Peel | Earl’s Court
This secret bar, while hidden behind a bookshelf, is actually quite expansive. Once inside, you and your party can revel in the beaten white tiles, the dickie-bow-clad bar staff, and the soft lighting. You’ll all be served illegal bottles of booze in brown paper bags…you know, to avoid arousing the suspicion of the authorities. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 20
Bookable area? Yes, you can book a semi-private bar area for 20 people
Drink, Shop and Do | King’s Cross
This multi-use space prides itself on its parties. They’ll do everything from reserving a section of the bar area for your party, to closing off the whole thing for you. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 240 (for the whole venue).
Bookable area? Yes, several – they have three floors, with several bars and dining rooms for pretty much any number of people. Minimum 20 to book one. Check out their guide HERE.
Cahoots | Soho
Distract yourself from getting another year older by celebrating it in a space that feels quite a lot older – Cahoots now have two venues split across a Soho courtyard, both themed (with amazing detail) around a 1940s Underground station. Cocktails are printed on newspapers, the lights are low, and there’s always a DJ or a live swing band to keep the dancefloor moving. READ MORE
Numbers? Lots of small tables, with a full venue capacity of 170.
Bookable area? Book a table, hire this train carriage for 20-40, or go full venue hire. Find out more HERE.
Below and Hidden | Clerkenwell
B&H Buildings in Clerkenwell make for the perfect birthday venue. Not because of the outdoor terrace perfect for pre-dinner drinks; or their restaurant inside a foliage-filled conservatory… but because your night will end – as all good birthdays should – in a tiny basement club with LED-lit Medieval unicorn tapestries. READ MORE
Numbers? It is, as they put it, ‘no bigger than a living room’ – so depends how close you all want to get.
Bookable area? All their rooms are up for hire – find out more HERE.
Little Nan’s | Deptford
A kitsch 90s paradise, with statues of Pat Butcher, chintzy armchairs, and a (very) boozy cocktail menu scrawled in felt tip pen. You can either book an area in the main bar, or if there’s 40+ of you, you can hire each of their venues privately – and the Deptford bar even comes with its own outdoor courtyard. READ MORE
Numbers? Under 40 in the main bar, 40+ in Grandad’s Shed
Bookable area? Each venue’s privately hireable – and it’s free if you’re a (relative) local. Find out more HERE.
The Aeronaut | Acton
The Aeronaut has got your every need covered. Personal booth in their back garden? Check. Singing waiters? No problem. Sharing cocktails, BBQ grub, live circus and dancing? You got it. READ MORE
Bookable area? Yessir. Find out more HERE.
Call Me Mr Lucky | London Bridge
The first cool thing about CMML is the entrance – it’s through a Goodfellas-style bustling kitchen accessed by a secret passphrase. The second cool thing is the tequila-soaked cocktail menu. And the third is the makeshift Wheel Of Fortune on the wall which – when someone spins the arrow to land in the right place – wins a round of shots for everyone else in the bar. Now that’s a party bar. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 70 for the whole venue
Bookable area? Yes, you can hire the party vault for up to 24 guests. Contact them HERE.
The Piano Works | Farringdon, Leicester Square
The open plan, bare brick walls of this vast, 400-capacity listed Victorian warehouse puts the musicians at centre stage as they play energetic renditions of whatever pop classics the paying customers want. And the list of cocktails is lively too. Definitely a contender for a bracingly fun, big night out. READ MORE
Numbers? Technically up to 400, realistically up to about 50-ish.
Bookable area? Yes, they do cocktail masterclasses, and if you have 20 people, you can even form your own band-led choir – it starts at £25pp, and goes all the way up to £60pp for the whole shebang. Find out more HERE.
Jazz Café | Camden
Live bands and funk & soul DJs take centre stage in this two-tiered Camden classic. And you can hire yourself a table – or the entire mezzanine – overlooking the action, with table service and cocktails to return to when you need a break from dancing. READ MORE
Numbers? Best for bigger groups – 10 or more
Bookable area? Bag a table for 10-15, or hire the whole mezzanine for 150. Find out more HERE.
Peckham Springs | Peckham
The ultimate low-key bash. Peckham Springs looks like your mates made it – because the team really did build pretty much every part of it from scratch. It’s set up in a railway arch beneath Peckham Rye station, and serves £6 cocktails to sip either on the fairylit dancefloor, or outside on the foliage-festooned covered terrace. READ MORE
Numbers? Any size up to 400 standing.
Bookable area? You can reserve a long table for up to 30 free of charge, or hire a whole area out. Find out more HERE.
Four Quarters | Peckham
Upstairs: a whole load of retro arcade and video games to get competitive over, alongside burgers and £3 ‘mystery beers’. Downstairs: a whole load more arcade games, plus a dancefloor pumping with 90s and funk classics. READ MORE
Numbers? The whole place holds about 25 (seated) upstairs, and 60 (boogie-ing) downstairs
Bookable area? You can hire a small booth with an N64 for smaller groups, or go all out and private hire the basement. Find out more HERE.
Four Thieves | Battersea
If you’re inviting a couple of different friendship groups to your birthday, a round of UV crazy golf, Street Fighter II or life-size remote control car racing should quickly quash any awkwardness. READ MORE
Numbers? It’s always packed, so get there early if there’s a lot of you.
Bookable area? Not really, but you probably won’t be sitting down much anyway.
Tropicana Beach Club | Covent Garden
This place is huge, colourful, and bombastic. Some of the live entertainment on offer includes an elemental magician, steel drum bands, cabaret acts and fire entertainers. Also, it’s a club. There will be dancing. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 600
Bookable area? Yes, 50 people for a “VIP drinks area”, 150 for a dinner booking, and 600 people for the whole venue. Find out more HERE.
Blame Gloria | Covent Garden
BG is a hyper-kitsch basement bar inspired by the wild 70s heyday of a glamorous nana. Don’t do the maths on that, it’ll depress you. But the bar itself is all about good times – cocktail happy hours, a mini dancefloor with upbeat classics to sing along to, and vintage-styled booths for groups.
Numbers? Anything up to 250
Bookable area? They live for parties. Booths are all available to hire with buckets of booze (and even a mini doughnut wall if you’re going all out). Or you can hire a private room – find out more HERE.
Queen of Hoxton | Shoreditch
Queen of Hoxton is a triple-storeyed fun house, with DJs in the basement, a casual bar on the ground floor (home to raucous bingo nights, drag performances and karaoke with a live gospel choir) and a rooftop terrace, which changes theme every few months. But if you really want to push the boat out, they also have a private party room with your own DJ, bar, and a glowing infinity dancefloor.
Numbers? Up to 100
Bookable areas? Hire a booth in the basement for up to 15, tables in the main bar for 10-50, or the private room for 50-100. Find out more HERE.
Night Tales | Hackney
It’s a sprawling complex comprising a huge al fresco garden with street food and three bars, and a clubroom beneath a railway arch that’s played host to the likes of Rudimental, Groove Armada and Gorgon City… READ MORE
Bookable area? Yep – they’ve got day beds and booths, both covered in case the rain crashes your party. Find out more HERE.
Kansas Smitty’s | London Fields
Thanks to regular appearances at places like Ronnie Scott’s, 606 and Nightjar, the Kansas Smitty’s house band have become well-loved enough to take this rare step of opening up their own place. And the music is what this place is really about. You see, it’s an authentic homage to the love of good jazz; and arrantly good juleps, given that they have a whole menu of them. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 40, tops.
Bookable area? Tables are for up to 5 people, but you can book the whole venue for 40 people, at around a £1,500 minimum spend (depending on the time of year).
Behind This Wall | Hackney
This door does not look like it leads to your ultimate party destination. But inside, you’ll find excellent cocktails and half a dozen cosy booths perfect for small gatherings – or, go big, hire the whole venue, and win control of the DJ decks all night. READ MORE
Bookable area? Yes, though they’re separate booths so you may be a little spread out if you’re not hiring the whole venue.
Oriole | Smithfield
Located beneath London’s iconic Smithfield Market, Oriole comes from the people behind Nightjar, and the cocktails are just as good as you would expect them to be. But the best bit? They have live music seven nights per week, including some great Calypso, Cuban Son, Brazillian Jazz, and regular performances from Nightjar’s well-known roster of swing jazz musicians, with space at the front for dancing. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 12 on a Fri-Sat, and up to 30 on Sun-Thurs (or 185 if you want the whole venue).
Bookable area? You can book tables for up to 12 people, and semi-private areas for 19-30 people; but there’s a £50pp minimum spend for larger groups. Find out more HERE.
Original Sin | Stoke Newington
The second bar from the troop behind Happiness Forgets, not only does Sin look like the sort of brooding, dimly lit basement bar you might find in NYC’s meatpacking district… it’s also one of those rare gems which combine style with, well, fun. This is in large part down to the bar staff, who will always remember your name and drink; the alternating roster of live musicians who grace the stage on unpredictable monthly intervals; and the pool table, which is completely free to play. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 80 for the whole bar, but only 15 for an area.
Bookable area? Sunday to Thursdays they book for groups up to 15, however on Friday and Saturdays its only for groups of 6 people. No minimum spend.
The Sun Tavern | Bethnal Green
Sure, it looks like a pub. But this is really a cocktail bar in disguise. It’s an 1850’s corner house that’s been converted by the team behind Discount Suit Company, and they’ve filled it with a soundtrack of old Stones, Zeppelin and Beatles records, a menu of 18th Century punches & tankard cocktails, and a dozen craft beer taps. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 35
Bookable area? Not really, as the bar area is all one space, but you can reserve the seated area at the back.
The Blues Kitchen | Shoreditch, Camden & Brixton
Some people believe that you need to visit at least three different places in an evening in order to drink Snake Venom, the world’s strongest beer at 67.5%; eat alligator tails; access 100 varieties of bourbon; tuck into a BBQ menu created by a three-time winner of the British Barbecue Championships; and listen to live blues, seven nights a week. Those people are wrong. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 150
Bookable area? Yes, so, so many. They have private rooms, banqueting tables, an Airstream caravan, drinks booths, and stage-side seating. Numbers range between a dozen and 150. Check out all the options HERE.
Moonshine Saloon | The City
It’s your birthday. Which means if you want to throw your friends into a fully immersive, Wild West-themed bar with gambling tables, smuggled alcohol and mandatory stetsons, they have to comply. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 50
Bookable area? You can hire the whole place out privately, or just book a wad of tickets.
Nightjar | Shoreditch
This place has won awards for its cocktails, and should have won awards for its speakeasy style interior, if only such a ceremony existed. There’s live jazz and blues, a dancefloor, and no reason not to go there for a party. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 85
Bookable area? Yes, but it’s a little unusual: you can either book tables for live music for up to 10 people, or you can book the whole venue for 50-85 people. Nothing in between. Minimum spends for the whole venue are quite steep, and there’s a hire fee too – but this place is worth it. Find out more HERE.
The King of Ladies Man | Battersea
Are you into the ’70s? Do you yearn for disco drinks like Pina Coladas, Tequila Sunrises, Mezcal Sunsets, and Mai Tais? Do you kinda want to go to a bar hidden behind a launderette? Then we have just the place… READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 75
Bookable area? You can book drinks tables for anywhere up to 75 – contact them HERE.
Cattivo | Brixton
Housed in the basement of an old department store, Cattivo has cosy tiled booth areas tucked away between heavy velvet curtains – meaning you have somewhere to retire to for absinthe cocktails, while being right next to the dancefloor and live music. Plus, they come with your own private minibar (stocked with your favourite spirits), or you can plump for a gin trolley or a personal bartender. READ MORE
Numbers? They’re pretty flexible, so 10-150
Bookable area? Oh yes. Find out more HERE.
Darling House | Waterloo
6 privately hireable, unspeakably beautiful rooms filled with roving magicians, cabaret performers, burlesque artists and more, with mixologists hidden away in cupboards and doorbells that reveal secret panels hiding a magnum of Champagne. READ MORE
Numbers? Around 10 in each room, or 60 for the whole place
Bookable area? It’s all yours.
The Culpeper | Spitalfields
The Culpeper would make for a great pub to go to on any occasion, including a birthday. It’s fun, it’s lively, and they serve great beer. But head upstairs, and you’ll find its own bar serving signature cocktails; gardens supplying herbal tinctures for said cocktails; a bespoke grill from the London Log Company; a view of the City’s towering skyline; AND, an intimate, 12 – 14 seater glass Greenhouse where you can eat, drink and be merry under the sun and stars; rain, hail or shine. READ MORE
Numbers? 20-ish in the pub.
Bookable area? No, but you can book the rooftop greenhouse for dinner, for up to 12 people – give them a tinkle on 020 7247 5371
Laki Kane | Islington
Even if you don’t take advantage of the distil-your-own-rum experience going on upstairs, Laki Kane makes for the perfect birthday drinks venue in London – thanks to the quirky tiki cocktails, great music, and push-for-service buttons in every booth. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 150
Bookable areas? You can book the rum experience for up to 45, or just bagsy a drinks area for the evening – find out more HERE.
Mac & Wild’s Whisky Bar | Liverpool Street
Scottish food doesn’t get a good rap. Which is a shame, because the Scottish food at Mac & Wild is truly excellent. And the Scottish booze? Well, head down to their bar here and you’ll find a selection of European wines and Scottish craft beers; over 100 bottles of single malt whisky; three pre-batched cocktails known as ‘The Forager’, ‘Auld Pal’ and ‘The Ginger Laddie’; venison tartare; venison mince on toast; venison chateaubriand and “Haggis Pops”. Oh, and a virtual game-hunting experience with a tweed dress up box and everything. READ MORE
Numbers? Up to 80 for the whole bar
Bookable area? You can book the virtual hunting for groups of up to 15, private dining rooms for up to 22, or just hire the whole bar – find out more HERE.
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