London’s Best Bars For Live Music



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Some nights you want a gig you’ve sought out, booked ahead, counted down the days for. And sometimes you just want a bar with reliably great programming, where turning up and kicking back is the only thing demanded of you. London’s got plenty of those, from ska-hosting dive bars to basement jazz clubs, and gathered up here are our favourites. 

Troubadour

This place has been delighting Londoners for more than 60 years; Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Costello have passed through, and now you can too. The dinner and cocktails ramp up till about 11, and then it’s live music till very late, with an extremely eclectic programme of world music. 

263-265 Old Brompton Road, SW5 Troubadour London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource Troubadour London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource The Big Chill Bar

The great location and grungy decor help this place pull in good crowds, but what really enhances its live music credentials is the stage area right in the middle of the floor, putting the musicians in and amongst the crowd. It makes for an intimate gig and a fine night out.

Dray Walk, E1 The Big Chill Bar London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource The Lexington

This place would be a firm favourite just for its formidable bourbon selection, but it’s also a sweat-provoking venue with a great line in live music. The standing area is wide but shallow, which makes for a great atmosphere once the band gets going.

96-98 Pentonville Road, N1 The Lexington London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource The Distillers

Over in Fulham, this is well known as a comedy club but they have a great live music schedule too, with regular open mic nights. There’s a grand piano to make use of, and they’re partial to livestreaming gigs, to give your night a global audience.

64 Fulham Palace Road, W6 The Distillers London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource Servant Jazz Quarters

This place is all about the vibes. The bar is upstairs, the stage downstairs, but with an open staircase connecting the two, and great cocktails everywhere. The size is just right for intimate gigs – the kind of place it’s easy to lose track of time.

10a Bradbury Street, N16 Servant Jazz Quarters London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource servantjazzquartersServant Jazz Quarters London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource instagramLe QuecumBar

Hands down, the best gypsy swing bar in Battersea. It’s intimate, relaxed, has live music six nights a week, and they even sell live albums. The brasserie-style cuisine is fitting and there’s a secluded patio too.

42-44 High Street, SW11 Le QuecumBar London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource Le QuecumBar London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource Proud Camden

It’s a bar in an old horse hospital, for crying out loud. By day, a relaxed bar with a great rooftop area, and by night a big room with an even bigger sound system. Right in the thick of Camden market, they have your drinking and dancing needs covered.

The Stables Market, NW1 Proud Camden London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource Hootenannys

If it’s ska and reggae you’re after, this place has you covered, with lively nights three or four times a week. They even do live band karaoke, where brave souls can hop on stage and sing their faves with live backing. The Mexican food’s not bad either.

95 Effra Road, Sw2 Hootenannys London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource Hootenannys London's Best Bars for Live MusicSource



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