Happy hours are a universal good - whether you’re a chirpy first year, a jaded third year or a stressed-to-high-hell postgraduate student, we can all agree that cheap drinks are always welcome. London is fit to burst with bars offering great drinks deals, and those bargain boozers at DesignMyNight have sussed out the top spots to get your happy hour drink on.
Simmons is a London happy hour institution. From students to business bods to tourists and locals looking for a wind-down - or a wind-up - the Simmons happy hour deals pull them all in. Running from Sunday to Friday from 4pm to 9pm, you’ll find £2.50 beers, wines and spirits, two for £10 cocktails and £15 cocktail teapots, all under one buzzing roof.
With a happy hour that runs from late afternoon until well beyond the twilight hours, Dirty Martini is a top spot for some cheeky drinks deals. From half price martinis to £3.50 beers, head to one of the suave city venues for some of the tastiest cocktails in town, at a price that won’t put you in your overdraft.
Bringing Latin American hospitality to the South London streets, Barrio brings you Amigo Hour every day until 9pm, and all day Sunday and Monday. If you’re looking to get your hands on some of their cool and crafty cocktails, they’ll be going for as little as £5.50, while their vibrant, eye-popping venue kicks off with great tunes and an insatiably upbeat atmosphere.
For a taste of the high-life head downstairs to this iconic Waterloo cocktail bar. Between the pink hues, feisty neon signage and mirror walls, you’ll find one of the liveliest happy hour experiences in London, as this stunning venue makes its wicked drinks half price from 5pm to 7pm every day of the week.
Be At One
Renowned for its extensive drinks list, there’s no time like happy hour to get stuck into Be At One cocktails. Running from 4.30pm to 7pm every day of the week, it’s a top spot for a post-library destress or some upmarket pre-drinks for when bottom-shelf vodka and coke just won’t cut it anymore.
Tequila Mockingbird Putney
Just a stone’s throw from Putney Bridge, this quirky cocktail haunt is one of the ultimate happy hour spots. Avoiding too many post-office bodies, its 2-4-1 cocktail offers runs every day from 5pm to 9pm, offering everything from the classic bramble to an apple and cinnamon caipirinha.
Clerkenwell and Social
Chock full of mythic cocktails and literary-inspired concoctions, there’s no better time to taste test the selection at Clerkenwell and Social then during one of their 2-4-1 happy hours. Catch the deal Monday to Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm, Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 9pm, and all day on Saturday up until 9pm at this cool and creative watering hole.
Venn Street Records
There’s no thirsty Thursday at Venn Street Records, but there is a very tempting Tuesday, and sauced Sunday. Head down to Clapham for 2-4-1 cocktails from 5pm to 8pm, and get stuck into some very cool concoctions - from their signature ‘Sour Records’, made with Jack Daniels and pistachio syrup, to the refreshing ‘Apricot Julep’, which goes down a treat in this vinyl clad drinking emporium.
Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen
One for the weekend warriors, Fitzrovia’s Jerusalem Bar and Kitchen offer 2-4-1 cocktails every Saturday from 6pm until late. With quite the selection to choose from, it’s all too easy to while away an afternoon in the impressive beer garden, or cosied up in the warm and rustic bar area.
London Cocktail Club
With some of the liveliest bars in the city, LCC is the snot-nosed tearaway of the London cocktail scene. With a happy hour slot that runs Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm until 7pm, grab a few glasses of the good stuff, from their insane shots to some big twists on classic cocktails. And if you pitch up on a Monday it’s two for £12 on all cocktails, all night.
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