With its transport links to mainland Europe, it’s no surprise that King’s Cross has become a buzzy part of town. The area is now home to a wide variety of restaurants, cafés, pubs, and bars that make it a fun place to be, both for those who live in London and people who are just visiting. If you want to discover some of the great nightlife in King’s Cross, we’ve got some top tips – take a look at our guide to the best bars in King’s Cross.
Guide to the best bars in King's Cross
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The best bars in King's Cross
- Big Chill – Buzzy party destination
- Vinoteca – Global wine bar
- Booking Office 1869 – Unique old-world feel
- The Lighterman – Canalside bar and restaurant
- Little Creatures – Craft beer by the canal
- Spiritland – Destination for music fanatics
- St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar – Indulgent railway bar
- German Gymnasium – Channelling Oktoberfest
- Two Tribes Campfire – Creative and cosy
- Keystone Crescent – Members-only hidden cocktail spot
- Supermax – Buzzing basement cocktail bar
- Sweeties – Admire the city views
- GNH Bar and Terrace – Slick hotel bar
- Vermuteria – Discover the flavours of Vermouth
- Gas Station – Luxe tropical vibes
- Double Standard – Glorious rooftop views
- The Racketeer – Creative cocktail destination
- The Drop – Relaxed wine bar
- Hokus Pokus – Imaginative drinking destination
The best bars in King's Cross
Buzzy party destination
Big Chill has long been established as a vibrant party venue in King’s Cross. There’s a lively atmosphere, a wide choice of drinks from craft beer to unique cocktails, plus there’s a bustling roof terrace. DJs play late into the night and the bar often puts on themed events.
Global wine bar
If wine is your thing, don't miss Vinoteca. These bars make wine accessible in a laid-back casual setting. There's an extensive range of global wines available at this comfortable and welcoming destination. You can also sample seasonal European recipes here, as well as brunch and a roast at weekends.
Unique old-world feel
Inspired by the original design of the St Pancras ticket office, Booking Office 1869 has an old-world feel. This smart restaurant and bar features wood panelling, impressive palms, and pendant lights. The restaurant serves European dishes but the bar is open late at weekends serving wine and cocktails. There’s a roof garden too.
Canalside bar and restaurant
Contemporary bar and restaurant The Lighterman has outdoor spaces and canalside views. Visit the downstairs bar for drinks, including unique seasonal cocktails. Beer, wine, and bar snacks like pork pies are served too. It’s a bustling venue with a smart interior and expansive outer terrace. The restaurant serves classic British food.
Craft beer by the canal
Craft beer fans can check out Little Creatures, a modern canalside tap room from Little Creatures brewery. This relaxed space is dog- and family-friendly. You can try out a variety of the brewery's own beers, in addition to specially-selected options from other UK brewers. Burgers and pizza are also sold.
Destination for music fanatics
If you can't have a night out without music, Spiritland is worth checking out. Styled as a modern listening lounge, it's a contemporary café and bar with an attached radio studio. There's a chilled atmosphere, plus regular live music performances, album launches, and music-themed talks. Cocktails, beer, wine, and snacks are served.
Indulgent railway bar
Indulge in champagne as you watch the Eurostar trains from the St Pancras Brasserie and Champagne Bar by Searcys. The venue has an elegant champagne lounge with plush booths and a 'press for champagne' button. Numerous types of fizz are available at this refined venue, including champagne magnums and English sparkling wine.
Visit restaurant and beer hall German Gymnasium for an authentic European experience. The venue comprises a bar, terrace, and European grand café. There’s a lively atmosphere inside this Grade II listed building, where you can grab a stein, munch on a currywurst or schnitzel, and soak up the ambience.
Creative and cosy
If you're looking for a buzzy and creative place to drink, Two Tribes Campfire is a popular option. This relaxed venue celebrates beer, food, art, and music, with a meaty menu cooked over an open firepit. There are comfy covered spaces where you can enjoy a drink, plus DJs and live music.
Members-only hidden cocktail spot
For an exclusive cocktail experience, check out Keystone Crescent. This discreet bar is tucked away behind an unassuming grey door and is open late to its members. Inside you'll find a fun retro interior with strong 70s vibes, plus favourite cocktails as well as original mixes. Snacks are served too.
Buzzing basement cocktail bar
Buzzy cocktail bar Supermax comes from the team behind Happy Face Pizza. This cool basement space is lit up with neon and has a powerful sound system to keep the party going. The bar specialises in drinks with vermouth, but classic aperitifs and bar snacks are on offer too.
Admire the city views
Kick back and relax at Sweeties as you enjoy cocktails and impressive views of the city. This atmospheric bar is designed to uplift you with vibrant drinks and bold flavour profiles. Try a classic or signature cocktail or otherwise opt for wine, champagne, and fine spirits. DJs add to the party atmosphere.
Slick hotel bar
For a sleek drinking spot close to King's Cross station, try GNH Bar and Terrace. This sophisticated space is a modern railway bar, serving classic and seasonal cocktails and upscale bar snacks. Events take place like jazz and cocktail evenings if you're looking for a stylish night out at a smart venue.
Discover the flavours of Vermouth
Vermuteria specialises in vermouth and in delivering a European atmosphere to King's Cross. Inspired by cafés in Spain, France, and Italy, it feels airy and has a spacious outdoor terrace. Food is served all day and there's a huge selection of vermouth from across Europe, including vintage bottles.
Luxe tropical vibes
Next to Regent's Canal, Gas Station has indoor and outdoor spaces and a luxurious tropical vibe. The outdoor space is heated and covered for use all year round. The bar offers a huge choice of drinks, including draft beer, but food is also available. Seafood and steaks are the main attraction here.
Glorious rooftop views
Check out rooftop bar-restaurant Double Standard for fab city views and a great atmosphere. This cool and contemporary destination has a relaxed feel and a spacious outdoor terrace. Sophisticated pub grub is on the menu but you can come for drinks, with cocktails and a varied choice of other options available.
Creative cocktail destination
The Racketeer is a favourite for cocktails in King's Cross. Retaining the look of a traditional pub, this cosy independent venue has a number of spaces to explore. The creative list of cocktails changes regularly and there are imaginative mixes for every taste. Wine, beer, and sharing platters are also available.
Relaxed wine bar
If you want to explore wine in a relaxed atmosphere, try The Drop. Set in an archway, there are indoor and outdoor spaces at this laid-back spot. It specialises in serving wines sourced from small producers, and the experienced staff here can help you choose the right bottle.
Imaginative drinking destination
Subterranean drinking den Hokus Pokus is a cocktail bar that creates a truly memorable experience. Inspired by local history and Victorian quack medicine, the drinks will entertain as well as refresh you. There’s a distinctive interior with steampunk influences and curiosities, plus a diverse cocktail menu with contemporary mixes for every taste.