Eleven Weird and Wonderful bars
Love Fancy dress? What’s better than a themed club night? - A club that has the same fun theme EVERY night. We’ve put together a list of the most unique, weird and wonderful clubs and bars in the UK that you simply must experience.
1. The King of Ladies Man | Battersea | London
Doing laundry will never be the same… Enter through a secret sliding door at the back of The Breakfast Club and you will be welcomed to The King of Ladies Man; a 1970s themed bar that serves up retro style pancakes, grilled corn on the cob, delicious milkshakes, and some even better cocktails. The décor is kitsch and kooky with a combination of pink flamingoes, bamboo and Hawaiian-shirted bartenders serving up Pina Colados- now that’s better than doing laundry any day.
2. Little Nan’s Bar | Deptford | London
No points for guessing this bar’s theme- it’s your (British, of course) Grandmother’s House. Amongst the pretty bunting and Bric-à-brac, you can snuggle up next to a giant teddy bear as you sip a cocktail out of a dainty tea cup.
3. Bacchus | Burlington Arcade | Birmingham
Steeped in stunning stone masonry and rich elegant woodwork, Bacchus is something of a Medieval themed bar in the city centre of Birmingham that nods to ‘ye olde’ traditions and classic British grub (with a great selection of cask ales if you’re interested, too).
4. The Jekyll and Hyde | 28 Steelhouse Lane | Birmingham
This club definitely has a split personality: Weird and Wonderful. The Jekyll and Hyde in Birmingham’s Colmore District not only boasts their very own Victorian gin parlour, but also holds a selection of some of the most bizarre drinks in the city. From cocktails made of rum flavoured toothpaste, to pitchers served in mini porcelain baths.
5. Evans and Peel Detective Agency | Earls Court | London
This bar really pours itself wholeheartedly into its theme: a Detective agency with a twist. Have a mystery you want solving? Present your case (reservation) to the front desk and a menu of exciting drinks is yours to peruse. Evans and Peel bring you drinks, drama and a night you’ll never forget.
6. Betsy Smith | Kilburn | London
Betsy Smith is a quirky venue with a theme of theatrical and fantasy. You can expect dreamy décor such as a Narnia-style wardrobe seating area and floating birdcages. Events include regular speed-dating nights, live music and a pub quiz. The food menu offers classic pub food, complemented by an extensive drinks list including some unusual but creative cocktails.
7. Bar Four | Hard Days Night Hotel | Liverpool
Liverpool is often described as ‘The Beatles City’, so it should come to no surprise that they have a Beatles-inspired bar. Take a Magical Mystery Tour to Bar Four, located inside the critically acclaimed Hard Days Night Hotel. Inside you’ll find Fab Four Themed cocktails such as ‘Honey Can’t Buy Me Love’ or ‘Rocky Raspberry Racoon’.
8. Hillhead Bookclub | Vinicombe Street | Glasgow
Hillhead Bookclub is full of antiques and all sorts of vintage oddities (including an old school Nintendo and ping pong table). This venue is pub, club and restaurant all in one. The theme? We’ll let you decide, but this just screams hipster to us…
9. Callooh Callay | Rivington Street | London
This bar inspired by Lewis Carroll… you will grow curious and curious as you spot the marvelous quirky interior. It’s simply a wonderland where bricks are replaced with cassette tapes and sofas are replaced with bathtubs… you have to see it to believe it.
10. Bibis Italianissimo | Criterion Place | Leeds
Bibis is a Las Vegas-style version of an Italian restaurant. It’s the glitziest showgirl in town, offering a tantalizing array of imaginative cocktails. Wednesday nights brings you 'Showtime' events, when tribute bands take to the stage. '
11. The Fitzgerald | Stevensons Square | Manchester
Fitzgerald takes pride of place in Stevensons Square above Rosylee and Hula Tiki Bar. The 20's styled bar has a speakeasy vibe about it, but focuses on all things 1920s: the décor and even the bar staff are in keeping with the theme.
By Kayleigh Stevens