Who doesn’t love a good happy hour? When payday seems like lightyears away but you're craving the good times with your crew, a decentdeal can be a bloody lifesaver. We've been all over town finding you the best in the game. And no, there’s nothing wrong with doubling up every time you hit the bar – ya gotta make the most of it while you can, after all.
This bar empire has locations across the UK. Itsnaval-themed place on Shaftesbury Avenue has wicked drinks and a sexy, low-lit tattooed look with swallows and pin-up girls on the walls, whilethe Goodge Street spot hasmore drinks and delicious bar snacks. The Oxford Circus one is absolutely huge, so it's good for a large gang. If you're looking for somewhere to let loose in the City, the Monument outpost is where you need to head.
Happy hour: Two-for-£12 onEVERYTHING but Champagne. Everyday. Every LCC.4-7pm.PLUS every night of the week sees a different cocktailoffered attwo-for-one.
Various locations. Pick your fave
Arcade Food Hall
Thissuper-sized food hall features NINE kitchens, table service andsome next-level cocktails. Lucky for the broke babes among us,it's also got a great happy hour. This is definitely one to round up your mates for, seeing as you're gonna wantto try as many dishes and drinks as humanly possible from the gargantuan menu.
Happy hour:£6 cocktails and a pint of beer or glass of wine for £4,Tuesday-Friday from 4-6pm.
103-105 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DB
It's one of the best bars in the world, but evenBar Swiftain't gonna rob ya of the chance to geta fewof theirfamous aperitivos down you fora little less cash.Its colourful collection of Spritzes are just what you need to get your evening started, so if you're heading for a swift one (that turns into four) after work, you know where to go.
Happy hour: Until 7pm every day. All aperitivos £7 each.
12 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TQ
The Piano Works West End
Cheap drinks with a side of live music? Sign us up. This West End live-music party bar brings ALL the tunes and one helluva happy hour featuring cocktails and beers: the perfect fuel for dancing the night away to your fave tunes.
Happy hour: Half off the ENTIRE drinks menu, except Champers. Daily from 5-7pm. Saturdays from 11:30am-1pm and 5-7pm. Details here.
47 Whitcomb St, West End, London WC2H 7DH
The Lost Alpaca
Feeling in the need to get your groove on, Latin American style? We've all been there. The Lost Alpaca is the basement bar below the Lima Floral restaurant in the heart of Theatreland, and if Pisco Sours are your jam, get there after work and you'll get 'em two-for-one.
Happy hour:Two-for-one on selected cocktails, Tuesday-Friday 5-7pm.
14 Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BJ
Hitting a restaurant for happy hour? You're probably just as invested in the snacks as you are the drinks, so this deal is for you. Rüya in the heart of Mayfairis the king of Anatolian nibbles, and when you hitit up for aperitivo hour you get complimentary snacks when you order one ofthe epic signature cocktails, like the Nazar Sour made with cardamom-infused Belvedere Vodka, rose, pear, blue curaçao and Champagne foam.
Happy hour:Complimentary snacks between 5-6pm every day when ordering a signature cocktail.
30 Upper Grosvenor St, London W1K 7PH
If you’re a penny pincher, Simmons' happy hour £2.50 drinks are gonna sort you out. There's also bottles of wine for £12, two cocktails for a tenner, or you can grab a few ofthe cocktail teapots for £15 while you play a few rounds of something old school on theSegaMegadrive.
Happy hour: Twoof the same cocktails for £10 from 4-9pm (3-8pm in Soho Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus). From Sunday-Friday, beers and spirit/mixers for£2.50 and bottles of Prosecco for £18. All deal details here.
15 venues and counting across London includingAngel, Euston Square, Kings Cross, Camden, Soho and Fitzrovia
The Blues Kitchen Camden
This joint rocks the largest bourbon collection in London, so if the blues and jazz scene of Nolais your vibe, rock up here on a Wednesday, when there's live jazz and an all-night-long happy hourwith £5 cocktails. The "world famous" house band will play theblues, soul and grooveswhile you're sipping, so get ready to belt out someArethaat the top of your lungs. The table next to ya will love it.
Happy hour: £5 cocktails all night long from 5pm on Wednesdays.
111-113 Camden High St, Camden, London NW1 7JN
The Shoreditch post of the Barrio train is nothing that the cool East End kids can’t handle, but it sure is some kinda psychedelic Latino playground. This place is all pineapples, foliage and quirky bits. They have an "amigo hour"with cocktails for £6 everyday frommidday-5pm. Got thatmid-afternoon office slump? This is your cure right here.
Happy hour: Two-for-onecocktails Sunday-Thursday til 9pm and Fridays til 7pm.Plus a dailytwo-for-oneBarrio Classico available all night. More details here.
141-143 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
The hint's in the name at this vegan taco joint - yep, it's banging. So is its happy hour, which runs every single day. Order a Manhattan made with tequila and pineapple-infused house vermouth, then order another. You're welcome, babe.
Happy hour: Selected cocktails for £6, daily from 6-8pm.
480 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE
A cocktail bar inspired by nature isn't the most likely biz to share space with a Mac repair shop, but it's the kind of contrast that stirs up some good convo. We dig it. Head through The Macsmiths to the bar, and you'll find a super-cosy den decked out with all the greenery and loads of antiques. Drinks here draw their inspo from natural remedies and herbal medicine, and they also do some ace classics that you can get at a deal every damn day. Dreamy.
Happy hour: Selected classic cocktails for £7 daily, 6-8pm.
489 Hackney Road, London E2 9ED
Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen
Chilling in theedgy-meets-yummy mummy triangle of Dulwich, Herne Hill and Brixton? Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen can be found at this neighbourhood crossroads, and it's a real hidden gem of a bar with some chilled after-work vibes, made all the better for their “cocktail club” happy hour.During this purse-friendly witching hour, a selection of artisan cocktailsare only £7 a pop, and eventhe wine of the month benefitsfrom a sexy price slash.
Happy hour:£7 selected cocktails on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm.
Park’s Edge Bar & Kitchen 49-51 Norwood Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AA
Chez Antoinette Victoria
This sassy little French-inspired bistro is bringing the boujee to your happy hour in Victoria. Keeping itchic(AKA the only way the French know), the two-hour window offers upserves such asa French Negroni and St Germain Spritz along with classic Cosmos and Margaritas at a price a bit more reminiscent of the pre-Brexit days. Tres bon, bebé.
Happy hour: Aselection of its cocktails from just £7 and mocktails at £5 between 4.30-6.30pm Monday to Friday.
64 Buckingham Gate, 22 Palmer St, London SW1H 0PH
Two thingswe love: puns and tequila. But it's not just about the agave spirit at these south London bars. They know how to shake up pretty much any cocktail using all our fave spirits, and their daily happy hour means you can gettwo-for-oneon all of 'em from 5-8pm daily. We'llnever say no to two of theMockingbird Punches.
Happy hour: Happy hours run daily from 5-8pm at all TM venues, offering buy one, get one free cocktails.
Various locations: Tooting, Brixton, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Shoreditch, Wimbledon & Putney
The Old Schoolyard
The ultimate partybar that looks like the kinda place Zach fromSaved By The Bellwould dig- think table football, basketball hoops and '80s music bangers. There are also some serious cocktails made by bartenders who are anything but, and during happy hour you can get them for just£5 and twoBEERS FOR A FIVER.Loving life.
Happy hour:Tuesday to Saturday from opening until 7pm. Two cocktails for £10 or two bottles of Becks beer for £5.
109-111 Long Lane, London SE1 4PH
Happy hours are overrated. Our fave tropical bar takes discounts to another level with happy days, which see a selection of our favourite cocktails being served at discounted pricestil 7pm. Take a mate and act like it’s Friday, or go on a Friday and go absolutely f*cking'wild. Go forthe Jamrock Punch for starters – it’s a blend ofrums and plenty of tropical juice, AKA the perfect fuel for a night on the town.
Happy hour: Selected cocktails£5.95 daily til 7pm (£8 each after).
437 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8LN (you'll also find them in Shoreditch and Soho)
Head down a neon-lit staircase into this sexy subterranean speakeasy with a meat-heavy menu and inventive cocktails, plus live music inthe lounge every month. They've got delicious sloppy burgers and £5 cocktail and beer specials.
Happy hour:Select £5 signature cocktails. Kensington: Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm, Carnaby: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm, Soho: Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm, Shoreditch: Monday-Friday from 3-6pm
20 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 4EP
Big Easy Kings Road
The live music + frozen cocktail + Yankee rib shack formula has been working a treat for almost 30 years, which is why this Kings Road BBQ joint is basically never empty. There's an offer on every night, from all-you-can-eat shrimpto buckets of Brooklyn Brewery beer totwo-for-onecocktails.
Happy hour: Sunday to Friday, 4-7pm: bottled and tap beer from £3.50, glass of wine or Prosecco for £4, slushy cocktails £4 per glass or £11 pint and selected cocktails for £6.Detailshere.
332-334 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR
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What time is happy hour in London? ›
Mon-Fri, 4-7pm. Sun, 5-9pm. This is a crowd-pleasing kind of happy hour, set bang in the middle of central London and covering all the bases: cocktails, house beers, house wines and even house fizz in the form of prosecco fall under the daily two-for-one deal.Do they do happy hour in London? ›
Luckily for us, London actually comes up trumps when it comes to happy hours. From big chains dotted about the whole city to single breweries in E17 – or Walthamstow to those not in the know – here's our rundown of 14 of the best happy hours in London for you to get your drink on. We'll cheers to that!What time is London Cocktail Club happy hour? ›
What time is Happy Hour? Our happy hour is Sunday - Friday until 7pm at our London venues. If you are visiting our Bristol Triangle, Bristol Corn Street or Reading venues - you get an extra hour until 8pm all week.What time is happy hour in the UK? ›
UK-Wide: Be At One
The Be At One happy hour takes place all across the UK, offering 2 for 1 concoctions between 4.30 and 8pm on weekdays or 2 'til 7pm come weekends. Think venues everywhere from Chelmsford to Leeds, Manchester and beyond, all whipping up cheap cocktails.
Take cues from Casual Friday and go with a button-down and a nice pair of slacks, or a knit shirt and denim pants. Pair a colorful dress with a business-savvy blazer, or wear a classic blouse with denim jeans.Is there happy hour in England? ›
United Kingdom. The National Mandatory Licensing Conditions introduced in 2010 required licensees to take "all reasonable steps" to prevent irresponsible drinks promotions which effectively banned traditional happy hours.Why do bars close at 11 in London? ›
The pubs have to close at 11pm as this is the time that the beer refineries cease operations for the evening and stop piping beer to the pubs. During the night the ageing pipe work is then inspected and any breaks or leaks are fixed so as to prevent flooding.Do you tip on full price during happy hour? ›
The majority of tipped employees who work during those periods tell me they're tipped based on the Happy Hour total. But consider that a group occupies a table for an hour or two and orders several rounds of what today has become half-price food and drinks. So a $100 bill becomes $50 and the $20 tip becomes $10.What is the best time for happy hour? ›
What is the best time for happy hour? Though happy hours can vary, the best happy hour time is usually 5 PM to 7 PM. This is when most bars and restaurants experience a lull and haven't experienced nightly dinner crowds yet.What is the most famous nightclub in London? ›
1. fabric. The first entry on this list of the best nightclubs in London is one of the city's most famous spots. fabric officially opened in October, 1999 – just in time to begin serving a new millennium of ravers from all around the world.
What is the most famous drink in London? ›
And no list of London cocktails would be complete without the city's most famous cocktail, the Vesper Martini, of course.Which area in London has the best nightlife? ›
What part of London has the best nightlife? West End - London's West End is world-famous for its nightlife. The area is home to some of the best bars, clubs, and restaurants in the city. If you're looking for a night out on the town, this is the place to be.How much is a cocktail in London? ›
The price of 1 cocktail drink in downtown club in London is £12. This average is based on 12 price points. It can be considered reliable and accurate. Latest update: January 29, 2023.What is happy hour called in Europe? ›
Aperitivo is both the name for a category of drinks (a before-dinner beverage; aperitivo is the Italian word for aperitif, which we borrowed from the French) and the post-work ritual of enjoying those drinks. It's the Italian happy hour.What does happy hour mean in Paris? ›
In France, the happy hour time frame tends to be a bit longer, often three to four hours. Most happy hours start around 5pm or 6pm and last until 8pm or 9pm.What time does Happiest hour stop serving food? ›
- Monday - Wednesday. 4 PM - 12 AM.
- Thursday - Friday. 4 PM - 2 AM.
- Saturday. 11 AM - 2 AM.
- Sunday. 11 AM - 12 AM.
- Gin and Tonic.
- Vodka Soda with a Splash of Cranberry.
- Greyhound (Vodka and Grapefruit juice)
- Amaretto Sour.
- Anything with an Unexpected Plant Ingredient, Like Basil or Cucumber.
- Retro Drinks.
Remember: Happy hour is just that—an hour
You don't have to stay there all night.” Really, showing your face is the important part.
A cocktail hour is sometimes used by managers of hotels and restaurants as a means of attracting bar patrons between 4 pm and 6 pm. Some events, such as wedding receptions, are preceded by a cocktail hour. During the cocktail hour, guests socialize while drinking and eating appetizers.Why is happy hour not allowed in New England? ›
Why is Happy Hour Illegal in Massachusetts? In the early 1980s, there was an uptick in drunk driving accidents and fatalities across the U.S. and then Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis banned the sale of special or low-priced alcohol in order to curb these incidences.
What time is last call in England? ›
The majority of pubs close at 11pm, though recent statute reforms allow premises to apply for 24 hour licensing. Some pubs have stuck to 11pm closing but chain pubs, bars (close between 12:30 and 1:30am weekdays, 1-3am weekends) and clubs (most close at 4am, some open until 7 or 8am) generally stay open later.What is the clubbing age in London? ›
As per Council/Government law, all nightclubs guests have to be 18+. Some clubs require cleints to be over 21. This can be anytime or on specific day of the week.Do you still need to book bars in London? ›
Pubs in London are generally a seat yourself thing, if you can find one. Some do let you call ahead and reserve a table, so you might see signs that say “reserved”. If you have a big group, call up to reserve a table if you can think that far ahead! Otherwise, just find yourself a spot when you get there.How much should I tip for a $20 meal? ›
In the U.S., a tip of 15% of the before tax meal price is typically expected.What is a good tip for a $100 meal? ›
15-20% of the bill, including drinks.Is a 5 dollar tip okay? ›
"Three to five dollars is a sufficient tip," Swann says. "It doesn't necessarily need to be a percentage of the food you ordered."Who has the longest happy hour? ›
TGI Fridays™ Launches America's Longest Happy Hour.Is happy hour a good idea? ›
Happy hour is beneficial for bars and bar patrons alike. Overall, happy hours give customers a time to come enjoy a special deal and often, an extra special treat. For bars, happy hours bring in more customers, and they give bar owners a chance to shake things up and upgrade the reputation of their bar.What time is happy hour in NYC? ›
Happy Hour Deals: Weekdays 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm – $6 well liquor, $5 drafts, $7 house red and white wine, and $7 mules. Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – $6 well liquor, $5 drafts, $7 house red and white wine, and $7 mules.Which clubs in London do celebrities go to? ›
The first is Mahiki (Address: 1 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LD). This is probably the undisputed king of celebrity clubs in London. Places go in and out of vogue, with celebrity crowds gradually migrating around Chelsea and Kensington nightclubs, but Mahiki is the reliable go-to for guaranteed celebrity hobnobbing.
What is the most exclusive bar in London? ›
- Coburg Bar. The Connaught located in Mayfair is another extremely posh bar you can't miss in London if you're looking for great wine and good spirits to spend your money. ...
- Beaufort Bar At The Savoy. ...
- The Pod Bar, Sky Garden. ...
- Claridge's. ...
- The Rake At Borough Market. ...
- Horses & Coach.
The cost of entry to a club can vary from nothing (free admission) to as much as £15-£20 depending on the venue, the night of the week. Most club nights will sell advance tickets through a ticketing website such as Ticketmaster or Ticketweb, or through local specialist record shops.What alcohol do Brits drink? ›
Scottish whisky is one of the top British drinks to savour while travelling around the UK. Created during the 15th century, Scotch whisky or Uisge Beatha (meaning Water of Life), as it's known in Scottish, is the most popular alcoholic spirit in the world.What is the signature drink of London? ›
The Vesper Martini
This is probably London's most famous cocktail, created in the bar of Duke's Hotel in the 1950s for James Bond author, Ian Fleming.
Beer, it seems, is the most popular drink by a clear margin. 17% of survey respondents to Accor said 'beer' was their favourite drink, regardless of brand. Lots of this interest is driven by the rise of craft beer, with brands like Brewdog going from unknown to everyday in just a few years.What is the best night street in London? ›
The most popular street is Bond Street. This area should be avoided by travellers on a budget. Soho: Soho is a must on any travellers list when visiting London and especially at night time. Located in central London, it is famous for its trendy restaurants, live music venues, cool bars and clubs.Is London Eye better at night or day? ›
The London Eye is busiest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the UK school holidays, and is quieter at the beginning and end of their opening hours, which vary throughout the year.Is London Eye worth it at night? ›
It's especially nice to experience the nightfall, with the lights of the city, at the London Eye. To do this you should start the ride shortly after sunset (link with times below). Usually the queue times are not too long in the evening hours. The ride duration is around 30 minutes.What does a Coke cost in London? ›
|Price Of Snack Foods in London From Convenience Stores 2017|
|Coca – Cola 500ml bottle||1.25||1.35|
|Water 500ml bottle||0.50||0.45|
|Fresh Chilled Orange 330ml||1.25||0.99|
Average price of a pint reaches £3.95.
How to have a cheap night out in London? ›
- Happy Hour. Start your night in one of the many bars and pubs in London. ...
- Clubbing. ...
- Live Music. ...
- Sightseeing. ...
- Musicals & Theatre. ...
But happy hours weren't always an American post-work staple, and nor did it begin as a marketing strategy. Rather, the historical roots of the happy hour date all the way back to the early 20th century. Today, happy hour is associated with letting loose without letting too much cash loose from your wallet.What do Italians call happy hour? ›
What it is. An aperitivo (or apéritif) is often described as being similar to the American happy hour, but in reality, it's much more than that. An aperitivo is a pre-meal drink specifically meant to whet your appetite.What is happy hour in America? ›
Happy hour refers to the period of time in the early evening—typically starting around 4 p.m.—during which drinks and appetizers are available at reduced prices at bars or restaurants.What do French people call happy hour? ›
Apéro is a staple in the daily repertoire of the French, highlighting their values on food and wine culture, friends, family, and relaxation. Apéro – 1, Happy Hour – 0.What snacks are served at French happy hour? ›
Traditional snacks include olives, nuts, bread, cheese (such as Chevre, Camembert or Comte), charcuterie (prosciutto or saucisson sec), and bite-size fruits or veggies, like cherry tomatoes or radishes.
- Simple French greetings will serve you well on your trip to Paris. ...
- Bonjour is the catch-all French greeting meaning"good morning, good afternoon, and good day. ...
- Whenever you enter a restaurant, store or café, always say bonjour when you enter.
Usually between 5 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, though, in some cases it will stretch from as early as 4 to as late as 8. One of my favorite watering holes, New York's Pony Bar, has a happy hour that is literally just an hour, starting at 4:20 (marijuana reference, Mom).What time are most happy hours? ›
Though happy hours can vary, the best happy hour time is usually 5 PM to 7 PM. This is when most bars and restaurants experience a lull and haven't experienced nightly dinner crowds yet.What time is happy hour Live Lounge? ›
Our delicious Xmas specials are available alongside our full food menu til 10pm today! Happy hour offers from 4:30pm inc. 2-4-1 cocktails and £1 drinks!
Is happy hour a thing in Paris? ›
The café and bar culture is an essential part of the Parisian lifestyle. Luckily many of the bars in Paris offer happy hours, allowing you to save money while having a good time. Here is our list of the best happy hours the city has to offer, ranging from cheap to chic.Do you tip more during happy hour? ›
A few situations merit extra tipping. If it's happy hour and drinks are discounted, Zaric suggests dropping at least $2 per beverage, while Katz says a tip of 25 percent is appropriate. And if you're lucky enough to get a freebie, Katz says to add a minimum $5 to what you'd have tipped if you'd had to pay for it.How do you ask for happy hour? ›
How to ask – It's simple. Just ask. For some, asking a client out can be scary, and for others it the perk of the job. I often go with the basic “Hi [Name], I'll be in town on this date, what's a good bar or restaurant we can meet for happy hour?Why is 5pm the cocktail hour? ›
The Huffington Post article explains it this way: “For those law-breaking Americans who wanted to imbibe in secrecy, a kind of a 20th century pre-game emerged. Friends would meet at speakeasies or someone's home before going out for dinner, thus creating the cocktail hour.”What is the happiest time? ›
In one large study from the Brookings Institute, for example, scientists found happiness was high for 18- to 21-year-olds and then dropped steadily until about age 40. But past middle age, the pattern began to reverse—gradually climbing back up to its highest point at age 98!What are the most popular drinks for happy hour? ›
Popular happy hour beverages include gin and tonics, margaritas, Greyhounds, martinis, and Cosmopolitans. Happy hours also include drinks like rosé wine, summer shandies, and whiskey.Is there a dress code for live lounge? ›
No frills or frocks necessary as we operate a fairly relaxed dress code, in line with the fun-filled vibe of the venue. We are open 7 days a week from mid-day till 4.00am and have high quality home-cooked food available 7 days per week all day every day.What is happy hour called in Paris? ›
Apéro is a staple in the daily repertoire of the French, highlighting their values on food and wine culture, friends, family, and relaxation. Apéro – 1, Happy Hour – 0.Is Live Lounge still on? ›
We have fantastic live cover music 7 days a week from midday until midnight, before our DJs blast top hits and your favourite classic sing-a-longs until 4am.Is it rude not to tip in Paris? ›
Tipping is not required in France (although there are a few exceptions). You don't need to tip French waitstaff because they get a living wage and benefits. It is NOT considered rude to tip in France.
What time is happy hour in Italy? ›
Aperitivo or "happy hour" usually takes place between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m., and is a great way to relax, socialize and take in your surroundings.