There is nothing better than going on a fantastic date, whether it’s your first or twenty-first. You want to go somewhere interesting and exciting and preferably without blowing your budget for the year in one night!

London is awash with luxurious bars where you can wine and dine a potential future loved-one but if you want to wake up in the morning with a few notes left over try one of our budget-friendly bars for a brilliant date night.


1) All Star Lanes

A View from the Alley...

95, Brick Lane, E1 6QL

Everyone loves a bit of bowling! Let your guard down and have some fun together. The beauty of this place is that it also doubles as a cool, lively DJ bar at the same time. It’s not all about the bowling. Have a game then kick back with some great music, buzzy atmosphere and scrumptious cocktails.

  • Closest Underground Station: Aldgate East
  • Budget: Cocktails from £6.95
  • Designometer: DJ Bar
  • Queue Buster: Book for bowling
  • Music: Rock’n’Roll / Indie / Disco


2) Bar Kick

Bar Kick

126-127, Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE

Bar Kick is a laid back but lively latino-flavoured, East London bar. The name comes from the row of table football “pitches” that adorn one side of the bar. Football? Romantic? On face value no but a game of table football is a great way to banter each other and relax on the date. Bar Kick has a brilliant daily happy hour from 4pm-7pm with bottled beer for £2 and cocktails for £4.95.

  • Closest Underground Station: Old Street
  • Budget: Cocktails from £6.95
  • Designometer: DJ Bar
  • Queue Buster: Gets busy from 9pm
  • Music: Funk / Latino Beats


3) Trailer Happiness

Cocktails at Trailer Happiness

177 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, W11 2DY

Decorated like a mid-60s American caravan, Trailer Happiness has great character. Enjoy a cheap and cheerful “tv-dinner” and a few strong cocktails! Perfect for sharing is also their legendary volcano drinks; a tacky plastic mould of a volcano that arrives at your table, up in flames and a super strong cocktail in the middle. You’ll have a great night but might not remember much the next morning!

  • Closest Underground Station: Ladbroke Grove
  • Budget: Cocktails from £6.50
  • Designometer: Cocktail Bar
  • Queue Buster: No need to worry
  • Music: House / Rock’n’Roll


4) Book Club

Cosy and refined at the Book Club

100 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH

Book Club is a great space for a date any time of the day. Relax over a big breakfast, lunch time snack or dance with great cocktails in the basement bar at night. Often hosts of live music, readings, film and art – catch it on an interesting night and you will have plenty to chat about with your date (and appear cultured at the same time!). For a fun, non pretentious and potentially out of the norm date, Book Club is a definite go-to.

  • Closest Underground Station: Old Street
  • Budget: Cocktails from £6.50
  • Designometer: DJ Bar
  • Queue Buster: No need to worry
  • Music: Live / Indie / House


5) El Cantara

Fine Moroccan & Spanish food & drink

45 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 4SD

El Cantara is the first Spanish / Moroccan restaurant-bar in Soho. Escape the hustle and bustle of the London streets and enter into an authentically decorated Riad-esque space. Share some delicious Tapas dishes then snuggle up together in the late night terrace Shisha bar, with a glass of Spanish Rioja.

  • Closest Underground Station: Leicester Square
  • Budget: Cocktails from £6.50
  • Designometer: Restaurant Bar
  • Queue Buster: Book a table
  • Music: Background


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