Absolutely pick out the top 10 bars in London where drinking is the second best activity
Words Elysia Agnew
Flight Club, Shoreditch
Britain’s best-loved pub game has a stylish new home in East London. This contemporary bar serving a selection of wines, beers and spirits alongside tasty pizza boards & canapés, offers a real time darts experience with a personalised scoring system and animated boards. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate all we know and love about British pubs.
Bounce is a game-changer in social entertainment. This Old Street favourite takes the ping pong table thats you might find hidden at the back of the bar, and puts them in the spotlight. The ping pong is at the heart of this venue; offering individual games, group activities alongside a DJ booth, bar and restaurant with a wide selection of beverages and delicious nibbles too.
Swingers, Spitalfields & West End
With five cocktail bars, three street food vendors, a private dining room and two nine-hole crazy golf courses, Swingers is the entertainment bar that offers a bit of everything. Whether you’re hoping to try out the city’s latest pop-up street food, enjoy a cocktail or two in the bar or challenge your friends to a groundbreaking game of crazy golf, this is the venue to suit all. Architects and designers Michael Morris and Zachary Pulman have created a truly unique design and a fun environment to enjoy with friends and family.
Draughts is a heaven for hungry gamers. With over 600 board games available for customers to choose from, this is the perfect venue for a game over a craft beer, a glass of wine or a selection of snacks. For competitive gamers alike, Draughts also host tournaments, themed evenings and design workshops, where professional board game designers educate and inspire. A creative cafe celebrating all things gaming, playing, teaching and designing.
The Four Quarters, Peckham
The Four Quarters is London’s only arcade bar offering exclusive gaming, craft beer and hours of endless fun. From Street Fighter II and Pac Man nostalgia, this retro arcade bar has everything you’d imagine and more – with regular gaming tournaments, events and parties to get involved in alongside speciality beers and hearty pub food.
Bar Kick, Shoreditch
Famous for its table football, basement events, selection of pick foods, delicious cocktails, and beer and wine, Bar Kick is a quirky venue where you can hang out with friends and compete in a good old-fashioned game of table football. And if football is your thing, Bar Kick is also the go-to place to watch live football.
All Star Lanes, Shoreditch & Holborn
Eat, drink, dance and bowl at All Star Lanes, Holborn. This timeless classic American venue is the place to indulge and bowl in style. You’ll be able to spend the full day here with a delicious menu of home-style American food, cocktails and exciting bowling alleys. All Star Lanes can also host private parties in the themed private rooms.
Porky’s, Bethnal Green
Not only does Porky’s provides London diners with first-class BBQ food, customers can also get their game face on. ‘Porky’s Beer Pong Tournament’ is a monthly event where you can be part of the winning team at the BOXPARK restaurant. Delicious food, beer and competitive gaming all under one roof.
Urban Golf, Soho, Smithfield
Imagine experiencing 50 of the best golf courses in one place? Urban Golf has golf fanatics covered. A virtual, indoor golf simulator offering world-class global golf in the city. You won’t need to brave the cold and you’ll have a bar and food on hand. Urban Golf is a great place for friends to meet all year round and for private parties.