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Written by Mae Bristow - 02 November 2023

The 9 best bars in Fitzrovia

Quaint pastel houses, cobbled pavements, the faint smell of overpriced coffee and pastries in the morning. Mmhm, that’s Fitzrovia. Competing with the likes of Marylebone and Soho, this area has been holding its own for a pretty long time.

While it’s known as the home to writers like Virginia Woolf and George Bernard Shaw, Fitzrovia is a hotspot for some great bars. From the cosy and the comfortable to the ultra-stylised, and whether you’re looking for a first date spot or somewhere for drinks with the girls, there’s a bar in Fitzrovia for everyone. Walk with us and we’ll show you a few.

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1. The speakeasy cocktails that go down way too easy: The Lucky Pig Cocktail Bar

Fitzrovia, London

The Lucky Pig Cocktail Bar is down the road from Great Portland Street station and is a late-night basement cocktail bar that has a sort of neo-Victorian meets 1920s speakeasy vibe to it with velvet upholstered couches, travel trunk tables, exposed brick and purple walls.

Sip their Jaffa Cake signature cocktail – intense with that sweet chocolate orange flavour we all love, or order the Silent Garden that’s refreshing and floral. The Lucky Pig also does live DJs on the weekends and live music on the weekdays.

The Lucky Pig is a great choice for a themed party, celebration, or just a date night. You can book everything from a cosy booth for a hot date to an exclusive private hire for a celebration. With a capacity of 100 standing or 60 seated cabaret style, it’s a top pick for Fitzrovia bars.

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2. You had me at Rosé: The Remedy – Wine Bar, Shop and Kitchen

Fitzrovia, London

This cosy little wine bar is like a little piece of Italy right in the heart of Fitzrovia, close to Great Portland Street station. It’s just the place to be for an intimate night with near and dear ones – or, you know, a hot date

We love The Remedy because every visit to this bar will always be different. They are renowned for their weekly rotation of wines from all over the world and have an extensive cellar list if you want to search for vintage and rare wines. The place is small with only a few seats outside, and just as sought after for their food, so ensure you book ahead!

fitzrovia bar riding house
fitzrovia bar riding house bar drink

3. Relax in this Fitzrovia bar: Riding House Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia, London

One of the first things you’ll notice about Riding House in Fitzrovia is just how cosy it feels. Walk in and breathe a sigh of relief. “Finally, a bar where I can drink and relax in”, you say. Our thoughts exactly.

With a banquet-style and circular seating, a muted colour scheme that’ll make Architectural Digest proud and enough plants to rival your favourite plantfluencer, this Fitzrovia bar is the stuff of dreams (and magazine spreads).

Take your pick of any of their drinks. Their pun-ny Snow Comparison (vodka, apple, blueberry, lemon and rhubarb bitters) is a good place to start.

interior of the newman arms fitzrovia london bar
exterior of the newman arms fitzrovia london bar

4. If it’s good enough for Orwell, it’s good enough for us: The Newman Arms

Fitzrovia, London

The Newman Arms is a quaint little pub that’s been around in Fitzrovia since the 1730s.

It has a homey and comfortable atmosphere with its sturdy wooden tables, leather seats, a fireplace and homemade pies, but there are more reasons why we love this pub.

Their claim to fame is having George Orwell base the “Proles” pub in his dystopian novel 1984 on their fine establishment. While it might seem small from the outside, The Newman Arms has a well-rounded selection of drinks for all with cocktails, wines, spirits, and more than 10 draft beers – a true pub for the proletariat if there ever was one.

28-50 oxford circus Fitzrovia bar
28-50 oxford circus fitzrovia bar

5. A Fitzrovia bar that’s equal parts style and substance: 28-50 Oxford Circus

Fitzrovia, London

Plush lime green chairs you just sink into. Pastel pink stools and a hanging collection of wine glasses just above the bar. Nice.

28-50 Oxford Circus (which ironically isn’t on Oxford Street, but on Great Portland Street) is exactly what you’d expect from a bar in Fitzrovia. Tasteful elegance that isn’t too try hard.

The self-described “Wine Workshop & Kitchen” is home to a bevy of wines. Snack on smoked almonds, with a glass of red or, if you don’t fancy wine, then try one of their signature drinks.

If you fancy something a bit more intimate, this bar is available for private hire – so you can drink, dine and gossip your way.

The albany fitzrovia bar
The albany fitzrovia bar

6. A bar in Fitzrovia that isn’t really a bar: The Albany

Fitzrovia, London

Okay, okay, so this isn’t technically a bar but it’s a spot that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention. From the well-worn wood floors and furniture, to the lilac walls and pillars, you can probably guess that this is the place to go for drinks and good vibes (and not stylish interiors).

Saying that, The Albany is a local favourite and for good reason. With more beers, spirits, wines and cocktails than you can count, this is one place for drinks and catching up. Prosecco or Martini anyone?

Take a seat, sit back and relax, you’ll be here a while.

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7. Visit this Fitzrovia bar for some of the best mezcal in town: Wahaca Charlotte Street and Mezcaleria Bar

Fitzrovia, London

Dark green walls. Comfy brown seats. A gold bar you can’t miss. Nestled on Charlotte Street, you’ll find Wahaca and on the top floor, Mezcaleria Bar. This bar claims to serve some of the best mezcal in town. You can be the judge of that.

On the mezcal front, they’ve got Quiquiriqui and Del Maguey and for tequila of the blanco, reposado, and añejo variety.

For more mezcal mania, this venue can be hired for 10 people and fits up to 150 people.

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cocktail the purple bar in fitzrovia london bar

8. Dark and decadent: The Purple Bar

Fitzrovia, London

For your yearly dose of purple, check out the Purple Bar inside the Sanderson Hotel. With a ​​Phillipe Starck-designed decor of violet silk curtains, mirrors and candelabras, it’s a moodily swish bar that's dark, dramatic and completely over the top – but that’s why we love it.

This Fitzrovia bar is the kind of place we expect to find vampires drinking blood by the wine glass, but instead, you find delicious cocktails. Their Nostalgic Nectar and Retro Rendez-Vous are our favourite signature cocktails of theirs. Book a reservation to ensure you have a spot to bask in all that purple glory.

Black Horse Fitzrovia bar
Black Horse Fitzrovia bar

9. Have a drink at this 2-4-1 Fitzrovia bar: Black Horse

Fitzrovia, London

This bar is a little bit of Fitzrovia history here. Opening its doors in 1809, The Black Horse is a pub on one floor and a bar on another. Come on in and make your way upstairs to find the bar.

Warm, low lighting, cosy red sofas, and a bar upstairs: The Black Horse takes the basics of the pub and bar and excels at them. With drinks you can’t help but take a second look at (Love Bite, we’re looking at you), we can only expect that you’d have as much fun looking through the drinks menus as you will taking a sip of them.

Now, how about an espresso martini to get back you on the horse?

More of the best bars in Fitzrovia

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. Fitzrovia is known for its amazing bars. From busy tiki bars and cocktail bars with world-class mixologists to quiet and cosy garden bars, we've got every type of bar in Fitzrovia for you to browse and book. Why not take the team for a corporate day out at an activity bar or have a birthday bash at your own exclusive bar? Have a look at these top Fitzrovia bar venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Fitzrovia venues respond to your enquiry.

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Guide to hiring best bars in Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia, a trendy and vibrant district in London's West End, is home to a diverse range of bars, making it an excellent choice for hosting private events, parties, or gatherings. This guide will walk you through the steps and considerations for hiring bars in Fitzrovia, London, to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.

Determine Your Event Requirements

Before beginning your search for the perfect bar in Fitzrovia, it's essential to define your event's requirements:

Event type: Is it a birthday celebration, a corporate party, a product launch, or a casual get-together? Guest count: How many people are you expecting to attend your event? Budget: Determine a budget range for the bar hire, drinks, catering, and any additional services. Date and time: Identify the preferred date and time for your event.

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There are an endless amount of websites that will provide you with a rundown of the best bars in Fitzrovia. It can often feel overwhelming to search through these sites. That’s why at HeadBox we work with the best venues and will circulate your event details directly to them. You’ll hear back from trusted venues that have availability and cater to your event. If only it was always this easy.

Choose the Right Bar

Fitzrovia offers a diverse range of bars, each with its unique ambience and style. Consider factors like:

Location: Is the bar centrally located and easily accessible for your guests? Atmosphere: Does the bar's ambience match the tone of your event, whether it's a cosy cocktail lounge, a trendy wine bar, or a traditional pub? Capacity: Ensure that the bar can comfortably accommodate your expected number of guests.

Verify Licensing and Permits

Check that the chosen bar has the necessary licensing and permits to host private events, especially if you plan to serve alcohol. Ensure compliance with local regulations to avoid any issues during your event.

Budget Considerations

Establish a clear budget for hiring the bar and catering services. Understand the bar's pricing structure, including any minimum spend requirements, rental fees, or hire charges. Plan for additional expenses like catering, decorations, and entertainment.

Availability and Booking

Popular bars in Fitzrovia can book up quickly, so it's wise to begin your search early. Once you've found a suitable bar, inquire about its availability for your chosen date and secure your booking with a deposit.

Visit the Bar

Before finalising your decision, schedule a visit to the bar. Inspect the space, layout, and amenities in person. Discuss any specific setup requirements and ask the bar staff any questions you may have.

Catering and Beverage Options

Discuss catering and beverage options with the bar. Determine if they offer a menu that suits your event, whether it's finger food, a full dinner, or a selection of drinks. Inquire about special dietary considerations and the bar's ability to accommodate them.

Entertainment and Decor

Decide on the type of entertainment or decorations you want for your event. Some bars may offer entertainment options, while others may allow you to bring in your own. Ensure that the chosen bar can accommodate your preferences.

Plan Transportation and Accessibility

Consider transportation and accessibility for your guests. Ensure the bar is easily reachable via public transport and has nearby parking facilities. Inform your guests about transportation options to make their arrival convenient.

Review Contracts and Agreements

Carefully review the contract and any agreements with the bar. Understand the terms and conditions, including the cancellation policy, payment schedule, and any rules or restrictions that apply to your event.

Hiring a bar in Fitzrovia, can elevate your event and create lasting memories. By defining your requirements, choosing the right bar, and planning your budget wisely, you can ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for you and your guests. Effective communication with the bar staff is crucial to addressing specific concerns and ensuring your event runs smoothly and meets your expectations.

Frequently asked questions

Hiring out a bar in Fitzrovia is easy with HeadBox. All you have to do is tell us what you're looking for, we'll share your enquiry with suitable bars in Fitzrovia and you'll get messages from venues & match with your favourites. Easy.

Most bars in Fitzrovia have the necessary licenses to host private events and serve alcohol. It's essential to verify this and ensure compliance with local regulations.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a bar or a private space in a bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

It can often feel overwhelming to visit these bars. That’s why at HeadBox we are proud to offer an innovative and eco-friendly solution to enhance your venue selection process. Our 3D tour videos allow you to experience the venue as if you were there in person, all from the comfort of your device. This not only saves you valuable time and effort but also aligns with our commitment to reducing carbon emissions by minimising the need for unnecessary transportation. Explore, choose, and plan your event easily while contributing to a greener, more sustainable future.

Most bars will require you to use their drink services, and you may discuss beverage options with them. Bringing your own beverages may not be allowed in some venues, so it's best to confirm their policies.

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