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June 20, 2023

Our favourite Holborn bars

Holborn, the weird are between the end of Strand and the Start of the city – the true nether region of London. Once considered the capital's purgatory, Holborn is now a flourishing mecca of amazing bars that will make any event shine.

We took it upon ourselves to gulp, sip and chug our way across the neon-bathed landscape to bring you the very best of bars in Holborn. Take a look at our top picks below.

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1. An unforgettable experience at the London Cabaret Club

Holborn, London

If you’re looking for unforgettable, award-winning entertainment combined with impeccable food and service, this Holborn bar is one to keep in mind.

The London Cabaret Club is an elegant and modern venue that offers a sophisticated experience in the heart of London. Set around distinctly British themes, the wide variety of shows celebrate the rich heritage of British culture with their faultless cabaret performances.

At this Holborn bar, you can expect a seasonal menu crafted by renowned chefs with the best ingredients.

You should expect to be served an exquisite range of British tapas and succulent steak during your next visit. Look out for their special themed events, like their Great Gatsby events that will have you whisked back into the roaring 20s.

2. Let your hair down at The Cocktail Club Shaftesbury Avenue

Holborn, London

This unique Holborn bar, located just outside of Soho, is the perfect place to let your hair down after a long day at work. Decorated with bespoke tattoo artwork, leather banquettes and old-school British Navy-style pin-ups that adorn the walls, this bar isn't looking for subtlety.

Serving wacky-named cocktails, like the ‘Bee's Knees’ and quirky British bar menu items, like the Tequila-based ‘coupet’ of squid ink, smoked bacon, sugar, lemon and egg white, you’re bound to have a memorable experience.

In this Holborn bar, you’ll find great drinks, music and the perfect place for a non-stop party experience.

3. A private hire karaoke night at Lucky Voice Holborn

Holborn, London

Get ready to sing your heart out at the Lucky Voice. Enjoy up to 2 hours of karaoke in your very own private room with a catalogue of over 11,000 songs to choose from. Make the most of their unique ‘thirsty’ button on their touch screen karaoke interface and have delicious cocktails served to your private rooms. Here you’ll find some of the best cocktails and mixologists in London to create the perfect drink from their extensive list.

This Holborn bar will keep your stomach lined with their delicious artisan pizzas and sharing plates, delivered with exemplary service. If 10 state-of-the-art private karaoke rooms wasn’t enough for you, enjoy their large dance floor, live weekend music and luxe pop aesthetic. With each private room holding up to 30 people, the Lucky Voice is a great choice for a night out with friends, family or colleagues.

4. Be the ping pong champion on your next night out to Bounce, Farringdon

Holborn, London

Fancy your hand at a game of ping pong? Make your way down to, Bounce to play with any of their impressive 17 ping-pong tables. Book your table for as long as you want and even hire their Games Guru who can guide you and your guests through minigames during the night.

There is a game for everyone, from table tennis lovers to shuffleboard fanatics with the new immersive activity where their ‘Wonderball’ table becomes a giant computer game. You most definitely won’t get dry or hungry with waiters serving cocktails directly to your table and loading you up with 13” pizzas.

This 1950s-style cocktail bar will have you coming back for more as it combines entertainment and socialising with sports for a night of energy, laughter and great drinks. For those wanting a more exclusive party, Bounce provides a private area with its own cocktail bar, karaoke and 3 ping pong tables.

5. Step into sun-kissed Southern France at Baranis

Holborn, London

Holborn-based bar Baranis is one of London's most chic cocktail bars. Step into a sun-kissed venue that offers specialist herb-infused cocktails and the UK’s only indoor pétanque court.

Found in the vaulted cellar of an old auction house, Baranis provides something a little bit different for those wanting an experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Take in the glamour of Southern France as you enter this intimate bar kitted with booths built into their eye-catching arches.

Cocktails are the go-to choice at Baranis. Try your taste buds with exclusive herbal and floral mixtures like the unique drink ‘Patis Old Fashioned’ crafted with homemade bourbon and infused with pastis. Alongside these innovative drinks, Baranis serve up traditional Provencal and Corsican large dishes, nibbles and sharing platters - making it well worth a visit.

6. Enjoy laidback luxury at the NYX Hotel London Holborn

Holborn, London

At the NYX Hotel London Holborn, the electrifying atmosphere is contagious. Located just a short walk from Covent Garden and Soho, this bar and hotel is the perfect place to stay. For guests looking to explore, it is uniquely placed with a tube station just 5 minutes from the hotel as well as King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston train station.

NYX Hotel London Holborn has over 200 modern suites including all of the facilities you could possibly need for a luxurious and restful stay. Here you can explore the bar which is all about maintaining a laid-back atmosphere for dining and enjoying their signature cocktails.

You’ll have access to their all-day Middle-Eastern-inspired menu and be able to enjoy live music on the weekends. With its luxurious plush interiors, reclining sofas and bold artwork, this location is a great spot for anything from after-work drinks to celebrating special occasions.

7. Taste an award-winning wine collection at The Bunghole Cellars

Holborn, London

The Bunghole Cellars is the place to be for wine lovers and foodies. From the menu, you’ll find classic British dishes using seasonal ingredients which are sourced locally. They serve a grill menu, including seven cuts of grass-fed beef and king prawn and crab linguine, refreshing salads and a bunch of sharing platters with something for all.

Taken from Davy’s Wine Merchants’ Greenwich cellars, you can explore their extensive and award-winning wine list, collection of craft beers, premium spirits and cocktails.

The space itself is suitable for private functions and after-work drinks.

8. Pop down for your most interesting pint at Temple Brew House

Holborn, London

Holborn bar and microbrewery, Temple Brew House is the perfect friendly and relaxed environment to visit for a refreshing pint.

In the heart of Temple and just around the corner from the banks of the Thames, this basement bar is renowned for its interesting and unusual beers. You’re also in for a treat when it comes to their menu with in-house smoked foods and fresh produce.

Inside you’ll find charming decor with stripped-back walls and diagrams detailing their unique brewery process. You’ll also find board games scattered across the oak tables in this venue, making it the perfect cosy den to spend your evening.

9. Experience a meaty-treat at The Bountiful Cow

Holborn, London

This independent bar in Holborn is the place to be for those who love a good steak. The menu of this family-run bar is clearly the shining star of the place. Sourcing all its beef from local butchers, The Bountiful Cow offers a delicious lunch and dinner menu with the finest steak.

Headed by executive chef Roxy Beaujolais, you’ll find restaurant-quality steaks and burgers at pubby prices. You’ll even find some vegetarian options here too. Be sure to order yourself a drink or two and enjoy their classic wine.

Established as a favourite amongst the locals, The Bountiful Cow is a venue to relax and enjoy the bright decor and cowboy film posters scattered on the walls.

10. Visit Holborn's most convolutedly named bar: The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas

Holborn, London

Described as a hidden gem by those who visit, The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas is the go-to bar for your next London visit.

Deep in the heart of London, this wine bar allows guests to indulge in exceptional wine and great food. When you visit, it is clear the wine is the star of the show with 120 wines that span countries from England to Austria. You can also expect to be served delicious charcuterie platters and sharing plates with brilliant service.

If you want to know more, they provide educational and private wine masterclasses for guests to book, making this Holborn bar a great place for both days and nights out.

More of the best bars in Holborn

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. Holborn 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 Holborn 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 Holborn 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 Holborn venues respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a bar in Holborn

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect bar. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Holborn.

Frequently asked questions

For bars in Holborn, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:

Belgo Holborn – Located in old Lloyd's bank, this Holborn bar has food as good as its drinks. Win win.

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.

There are lots of ways to book a Holborn bar. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best bars in Holborn and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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