Searching for the best DJ bars in London? The coolest DJ bars in London have been selected by us for your perusal should you wish to avoid the club scene in favour of a trendier, more sophisticated music night. If funky decor and eclectic sounds together with a DJ who appreciates good music are more your bag, take a look at our recommended list of DJ bars in London and set off into town for an altogether less cliched but no less enjoyable party vibe.
247-249 Lavender Hill, Clapham, London, SW11 1JW
(020) 7223 8866
Top DJ's every Friday and Saturday night playing old school classics, funky house and commercial dance.
165 Clapham High Street, Clapham, London, SW4 7SS
(020) 7622 4004
SOUK is one of Clapham High Street's most vibrant bars. SOUK offer mouth watering cocktails, stylish surroundings and a great atmosphere, with regular Club nights and top DJs.
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333 Mother is a vibrant venue that is also home to Mother Live and The London Apprentice.
333 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LE
(020) 7739 1800
The Alibi is a DJ bar run by the cult London underground creative-collective Real Gold.
91 Kingsland High Street, Dalston, London, E8 2PB
(020) 7249 2733
26 Osborn Street, Brick Lane, London, E1 6TD
(020) 7247 7717
Apples and Pears is a cool bar at the Aldgate-end of Brick Lane. They serve a variety of drinks including contemporary and innovative cocktails. Expect varied musical styles, credible underground sounds and no restrictions on genres.
Quality Latin music is the focus on weekends at this friendly late-night Soho bar.
6 Poland Street, Sohho, London, W1F 8PS
(020) 7749 3940
St Martin's Lane London, 45 St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HX
(020) 7300 5588
Blind Spot is a chic cocktail bar within the St Martin's Lane London hotel. Andrew Loudon creates a variety of unique cocktails while Tien Ho offers impressive bar snacks.
DJs, VJs or bands entertain Thursday to Saturday - expect to hear anything from deep house to 1960s funk, ska, soul and everything in between.
The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
(020) 7928 4123
The management behind Dogstar claim to be the first DJ Bar in the world. Quite how they sourced this information is unclear but there's no doubt this Brixton landmark packs them out on a weekly basis thanks to many dance-influenced international DJs.
389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LQ
(020) 7733 7515
Fu Manchu is a social experiment from the team behind Jam Tree. Expect an extensive choice of dim sum and cocktails. Come nightfall, Fu Manchu hosts a wide selection of DJ' and live music events and transforms into Clapham's most compelling late night bar.
15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, London, SW4 7UX
(020) 3397 8844
Nestled in the heart of Smithfield Market, the Grand Union in Farringdon serves up gourmet burgers and American diner menu by day, and becomes a buzzing Bar by night. The vintage decor features antique furniture and mirrors, tasselled velvet curtains and paintings in heavy gilded frames.
55 Charterhouse Street, Farringdon, London, EC1M 6HA
(020) 7251 5259
A late licence and DJs has turned what was once a simple pub into a much livelier, upbeat party venue for Hackney locals - or anyone else who travels into the area.
438 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London, E8 4AA
(020) 7923 3206
104-108 Curtain Road, Hoxton, London, EC2A 3AH
(020) 3409 3636
Amongst the drinks available at The Hoxton Pony are cocktails served from self-cooling infusion jars into customised tea cups - book 24 hours ahead and you can enjoy a full blown Tea Party with sweet and savoury food served on an afternoon tea stand.
70 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7359 1710
The Ladybird’s credible music policy, taking in everything from rock'n'roll to reggae, disco to dubstep, marks it out as a go-to bar for those who like a quality and varied soundtrack to accompany their nights out on Upper Street.
The monthly live list is heavy on the indie, loads of emerging talent and DJ face-offs, with indie pop, country, indie disco, psychedelic pop, acoustic, new disco and the occasional bit of hip hop all getting thrown in to what most acts then claim as eclectic mixes.
35 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AJ
(020) 7482 7163
75-89 Upper Walkway, Camden Lock Place, Camden, London, NW1 8AF
(020) 7284 0007
Lockside is situated in Camden Town and overlooks the lock and the west yard food market. There is a varied food menu at Lockside that makes good use of locally sourced produce. They offer a great range of cocktails from classics to signature choices and a strong selection of English craft beers.
Lockside hosts regular events including cabaret and DJ nights, live music and major sporting events such as the World Cup and Wimbledon.
DJs crank up the music at the weekend and this Putney High Street bar feels ever so slightly like a venue straight out of Shoreditch.
160 Putney High Street, Putney, London, SW15 1RS
(020) 8780 2235
Mau Mau is an intimate bar in Notting Hill that has regular live music events and DJ nights.
265 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 1LR
(020) 7229 8528
The Nightjar is a speakeasy found in Old Street, they serve an extensive choice of signature cocktails and host regular music throughout the week. There’s a dedicated area for musicians and DJs and three secluded booths that are perfect for groups.
129 City Road, Old Street, London, EC1V 1JB
(020) 7253 4101
111 Long Lane, London Bridge, London, SE1 4PH
(020) 7357 6281
The Old School Yard is a fun bar that serves a wide choice of cocktails, spirits and lagers. The resident DJs spin classic old skool tracks that will have you skidding across the dance floor once again.
574 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AH
(020) 7923 9518
The Rocksteady After Dark is an independent live music venue, DJ Bar and nightclub situated in Dalston below The Rocksteady coffee shop and record store.
This lively spot on Shoreditch High Street has DJs on most nights of the week and music ranges from genre-busting party tunes at the weekend to soul, funk and jazz on quieter nights of the week.
145 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6JE
(020) 7739 3440
Experience the rare tunes of some of the most exciting DJs in the UK including Xfm's answer to John Peel, John Kennedy.
5 Little Portland Street, Marylebone, London, W1W 7JD
(020) 7636 4992
Charming DJ bar in East London for the discerning clubber.
359 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6LG
(020) 7729 0167
The Star of Kings is brought to King's Cross by Rob Star. Regular events and DJ nights are hosted. Affordable meals are served on the ground floor as well as having free WiFi and regular quiz nights on Tuesdays. The basement is where the DJs play a variety of genres through the state of the art Funktion One sound system.
126 York Way, Kings Cross, London, N1 0AX
(020) 7278 9708
148 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LW
(020) 7924 7022
Suburb SW11 is a popular bar situated a short walk from Clapham Junction station. Boasting an industrial chic background, with distressed walls, angled mirrors, zinc drinks counters, iron and bamboo features as well as an artistic and comfortable lounge; the venue's versatile design and lighting create a set of moods to fit any occasion.
Don't be surprised to catch the rich and famous on the decks at Tonteria. After all, this bar is run by Guy Pelly, close personal friend to Wills and Harry.
7-12 Sloane Square, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8EE
(020) 7881 5991