Vintage pubs, cool bars and the largest club in West London: Ealing’s nightlife isn’t short of options. We’ve rounded up the best of the bunch for your big night out.
Nightlife in Ealing
If you know your Merlot from your Cab Sav, Crispins Wine Bar on The Green is the best place in Ealing for budding oenophiles (that’s a posh word for wine fans). It also has one of the few late licenses in the area and even has a piano for impromptu serenades and sing-a-longs.
Heading out towards Acton, Vindinista is a wine shop and bar open until 9pm, with plenty of leftfield, organic and biodynamic bottles to choose from. It serves up some delicious meat and cheese boards to accompany your wine and the staff are always on hand to help you pair your food and drink choices correctly.
Open for brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails, Charlotte’s W5 is housed in a gorgeous converted Victorian stable in Dickens Yard in Ealing. The food is exceptional and the drinks are just as good, spanning artisan coffees, home-infused cocktails, a mammoth wine and beer menu and an extensive range of soft drinks and virgin cocktails.
If you want a bar off the beaten track, there are few better than the Evans & Peel Detective Agency. With a strong old-fashioned sleuth look and feel, the speakeasy provides a winning combination of cocktails, high-end bar food and some impressive design touches that make you feel like you’re in a 1940s film noir set. It’s located a few miles from our Ealing hotel in Earl’s Court, but it’s well worth paying a visit if you’re heading into central London.
Cocktails in Ealing
Pubs in Ealing
If you only go to one pub in Ealing, make sure it’s The Grange, a historic Victorian pub overlooking Ealing Common. The pub has several bars including one outside in their heated walled garden and serves up a classic range of pub grub.
If you’re in the mood for a little pub crawl, check out the pubs and bars that occupy South Ealing Road. Our top pick is The Rose & Crown, a popular English pub with a large range of cask and craft ales and excellent food (their Sunday lunch is one of the best for miles around).
Keep heading south and you’ll find the Ealing Park Tavern, a large and open pub known for its top-notch food, large garden and suck-you-in sofas. Those seeking a great gastropub should head here.
Just as cosy and welcoming is The Duke of Kent, half a mile north of Ealing near Scotch Common. The stylish public house is enormous, with a massive beer garden (including table tennis tables and a kids play area including edible plants), several bars stocked with cask ales, ciders, wines and spirits and a dining room open daily for lunch, dinner and nibbles.
We end our pub crawl where we started it, back in central Ealing. Located on Broadway and a short walk from the tube and train station is The North Star, a contemporary and laidback pub with a large courtyard, a hipster-friendly array of cask ales and cocktails and a food menu spanning burgers, sharing platters and bar snacks.
Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Karma Ealing is a two-room club with a large mezzanine level and Moroccan-themed VIP suite. Playing a wide range of music including house, hip hop, techno and commercial anthems on its top-of-the-range Funktion One sound system, it’s billed as the largest club in West London. Karma has been a mainstay for over 25 years, and is right in the heart of Ealing, a short walk along Uxbridge Road from our Ealing hotel.
The other late-night option is The Red Room next to Ealing Broadway tube and train station. Originally the imperious Ealing Jazz Club that was a mainstay of London in the swinging 60s, the two-room venue is now a slightly hit-or-miss venue open for sporadic gigs and live music.