Covent Garden is an epicentre of London nightlife. It offers a wealth of options, whether you are looking for a quiet drink or a whole night of cocktails and dancing. If you fancy a real taste of Britain, there is nothing more authentic than a pint of bitter in a traditional English pub. For an evening of conversation and sophistication, Covent Garden has many world-class wine bars. If it's an opportunity to put on your glad rags and hit the town that you're after, the area is filled to the brim with cocktail bars. For some fun and giggles with your friends, there are a handful of theme bars for you to enjoy.
Here is advice on what sorts of options are available to you depending on what kind of night out you are after; listings of a large number of Covent Garden bars - each listing links to a more detailed page with location, contact details, what to expect and photos of each bar. Each bar has been categorised by what kind of bar it is: a traditional English pub, a wine bar, a cocktail bar or a themed bar.
What to expect from the bars in Covent Garden
If you fancy a night out in Covent Garden,head to the main square (the piazza) and taking it from there. The streets in this area are lined with places to go for a drink. You will find that the majority of pubs stay open until around midnight and some of the wine and cocktail bars will be open until 02:00 or 03:00 in the morning (for the exact opening times see the links below).
If you are looking for a more low-key and sophisticated drinking den, many of the Covent Garden restaurants have a wine bar where you can enjoyhigh quality drinks (see options below such as Crazy Bear).
Pubs in the area
Pubs are as much a part of London's traditions as the changing of the guard and Big Ben. They offer an opportunity to soak up a truly British atmosphere. Covent Garden's pubs are open all day and tend to offer food alongside the drinks. Head here if you fancy an informal drink and a bite to eat in relaxed surroundings.Porterhouse in Covent Garden
If you are heading into London with a crew of friends and are after something to do that will entertain and keep you all in one place (you know how easy it is to get lost when you are moving around in a big group!), a trip to a comedy club ticks all of the boxes.
There are a plethora of comedy club options in the areas surrounding Covent Garden. Leicester Square sits right next to Covent Garden and there lots of comedy club options in the area - for more details check out Guide to Comedy Clubs in Leicester Square.
If you are after a late night drinking option, Covent Garden's cocktail bars are some of the best options. They tend to be the bars that stay open the latest (see the exact opening times on the individual pages - links below). They are also the places that offer the opportunity for a bit of a boogie - many of them have DJs playing, particularly at the weekend. If you love cocktails, you will be satisfied with the high standard of cocktails made in the bars in Covent Garden - cocktail staff are well-trained and they know how to make a drink that suits your own personal tastes (just tell them what sort of drinks you like and see what they come up with for you).
Many of Covent Garden's wine bars are located inside some of the best quality restaurants in the area. They're a good place to head to find yourself in sophisticated surroundings where you can enjoyfine wine andconversation with your friends. Many of the wine bars also sell food that you can enjoy to accompany the drinks - sharing platters and other bar snacks such as meats and cheeses.Crusting Pipe in Covent Garden
Theme bars in the area
Theme bars are a lively place to head with friends in Covent Garden. The Roadhouse is an American diner-style bar where you will be able to take part in some karaoke, watch live music and chomp on some traditional American food. They are well-trained in coping with large groups, so it is a convenient option if you are in a hen, stag or birthday party. Guanabara is a Brazilian themed bar - the pace to head for some dancing to traditional music and Brazilian party atmosphere right here in London.
On a night out in Covent Garden you may want to grab something to eat before you hit the bars. Covent Garden offers a large variety of places to eat - everything from high-quality fast food joints to chic and expensive restaurants. Take a look at our Guide to places to eat in Covent Garden for more ideas.
As soon as you arrive at Covent Garden you will realise that you won't need to go far to find a bar - the area is jam-packed with a variety of bars. If you are planning a night out in the area, do a bit of research in advance. If you want something low key and relaxed, you will find the wine bars and pubs appealing. If you are more interested in a night on the tiles, the cocktail and theme bars offer dancing, glamour and a fun-filled atmosphere. It is worth heading off of the beaten track to find more interesting and less touristy places - get lost down the backstreets in the area, and you are sure to find a bar that takes your fancy.