Food & Drink

These are London's Bad Decision Bars

Published On 01/07/2014 Published On 01/07/2014
London's Bad Decision Bars
El Camion
Dalston Superstore
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The Dolphin
Heaven
Zoo Bar
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1. Zoo Bar & Club 13-17 Bear St, London, WC2H 7AS

Even though it's not full of animals, Zoo Bar can still be a pretty wild time considering it doles out a wide variety 'tails, craft beers, and is open til 3am.

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2. El Camion Mexican Grill 25-27 Brewer St, London, W1F 0RR (Soho)

This colorful slice of Baja California brings the heat, and an impressive amount of tequila and mezcal, to a ground-level London cantina … sip on a custom margarita or just go for gold (someone get the salt and limes). No matter what you’re drinking, or shooting, you have to stuff your face with surprisingly good Mexican food…they make fillings like chicken tinga and pork carnitas and then make burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and everything in between. In true Soho fashion, head downstairs (watch your step) to the cocktail bar Pink Chihuahua for tequila-fueled debauchery.

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3. Moonlighting Nightclub 17 Greek St, London, W1D 4DR (Soho)

Located in Soho, this nightclub usually attracts large crowds with its live music, DJs, comedy shows, and super-cheap drink specials.

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4. Efe’s Pool Club & Bar 17B Stoke Newington Rd, London, N16 8BH

This Dalston bar certainly is of the divey variety, but it's definitely well-stocked with a large variety of cheap beers and there are plenty of pool tables to play a few games while enjoying your drink.

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5. Dalston Superstore 117 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 2PB

This multipurpose bar hosts a variety of club nights throughout the week and you have the choice of hitting up the more relaxed space upstairs or the loud, bangin', gritty party that's usually happening downstairs. And if you don't feel like partying, just stop by for breakfast or lunch for some quality food.

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6. The Dolphin 165 Mare St, London, E8 3RH (Hackney)

Best reserved for weekend visits, this divey bar/karaoke parlor is a decent spot to hit up and shoot some pool or listen to some live tunes.

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7. Heaven 9 The Arches, London, WC2N 6NG

This place is exactly what you'd expect heaven to be: if you expected heaven to have a large stage with live bands and raucous crowds, and if heaven was open later than all the other places around.

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8. Walkabout Temple Station, London, WC2R 2PH

One of many Walkabouts across the UK, this Aussie-inspired bar that aims to "share the best of everything Australian".