Even for the regular drinker, just sitting down to have a beer or a glass of wine is not enough sometimes. People are becoming increasingly mindful of their alcohol consumption and are looking to make guilt-free, healthier choices. Many traditional cocktail bars in London are aware of this trend and are getting more creative with bringing in regulars.

If you have a competitors spirit and you enjoy spending time at bars late at night, London has dozens of activity bars where you can compete with your mates and have several cocktails.  From rooftop croquet and table tennis to mini golf and darts, these are the best places for drinks and games in London.

Plonk Shoreditch

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With several venues across London, Plonk Shoreditch is considered their most playful venue. The 9 holes mini course features an energising design with tropical plants and neon designs, with secret ramps, tunnels, and routes. This is a challenging mini course that will bring out the competition in you. The Shoreditch venue combines physical and mental challenges to give you one of the most thrilling and exciting, yet frustrating crazy golf courses yet. Plonk Shoreditch has a BYOB policy which contributes to the fun as you struggle to find accuracy after having a few drinks. This venue is one of the best places for drinks and games in London.


Skylight is a rooftop bar located in Wapping that has a good selection of classic British lawn games in the summer including petanque and croquet. The rooftop bar is a great spot for some drinks and games all year round, even in winter when it is transformed into an ice rink for skating and ice hockey. The best thing about Skylight is that you can also enjoy a view of the city from the rooftop.

Flight Club

This is one of the most popular game’s bars that have found a new home in East London. Flight Club offers the best of spirits and beers along with tasty pizza boards and canapés, and a wide selection of wines. At the bar, there is a dartboard with a personalised scoring system where you can challenge your mates as you enjoy the bar’s finest liquor and food. The Flight Club is a classic British pub and the perfect spot for an after-work meet up.

Draughts, Waterloo

If you are looking for the perfect games bar, Draught is where you want to be. There are more than 600 board games available for you to choose from, making it the best venue for a game over a pint or two, a good selection of wines and snacks. The bar hosts tournaments, so if you are the competitive type, you might want to save the tournaments dates. Draughts offers more than games and beer to its customers, as you can partake in design workshops and themed evenings, where board game designers share insights about their creations and also inspire.

Bar Kick

For those who enjoy having a drink while engaging in any kind of sporting activity, Bar Kick is the ideal games bar for you. This Shoreditch bar has several tables spread across its two floors, and if you never miss a game of Premier League, you can catch the live games.