Cabaret, live music and some of the city's best cocktails - Covent Garden has it all. Try the raunchy fun of cabaret bar Cellar Door, or hang out at relaxed wine bar Bedford & Strand. The area's drinking scene is diverse, so check out more of our picks of the best places for after-hours drinks in the area. Think we've missed a great bar in Covent Garden? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions. And don't forget to read our guide to Covent Garden pubs.
Kitsch, messy and a late-night legend, this basement bar attracts a regular crowd of debauched luvvies and miscreants. Play spot-the-soap-extra as you order a pint of Red Stripe, Kirin Ichiban, Heineken or Wells Bombardier at the bar, which is surrounded by signed black-and-white publicity shots of not-quite-familiar faces. The club is members only, but the trick to enjoying its way-past-midnight hospitality is to arrive before 8pm and stay put.
A large hub of entertainment in south London that is a bar, restaurant, cinema, gallery, live music and comedy club, and yoga studio rolled into one. The focus, though, is on the food and drink. Expect an all day menu ranging from the 'full Exhibit' (avocado on toast, chorizo, tiger prawns, black beans and eggs) to buttermilk-fried chicken burgers, linguine vongole and pan-fried sea bass with garlic and coriander prawns, samphire and lemon. The drinks list is strong on cocktails, with elderflower martinis (gin, elderflower and cucumber) alongside a rum dog millionaire (rum, mango, lime, blackberry liqueur and ginger beer) and a watermelon cooler (tequila, watermelon, blueberries and lime). A short wine list and craft beers by the bottle and can also feature.
Venue says: “Elevate every Sunday from 3pm. Live DJs, garden party, £5 cocktails.”