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10 Afterparty Venues For When You're Not Ready To Go Home Yet

The best parties don't start until the clock's long hit midnight...

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It's Friday night, it's 2am and the lights are coming up. Home time? As if...

We've picked out some of the UK's best night spots for those who dare to be different. For those who refuse to let others tell them when their night ends. For those who dress not for the party, but the afterparty.

Basic revellers need not apply...

1. Duck and Waffle, London

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Opening Times: Open 24 hours

Location: Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY

Vibe: Killer cocktails at 40 floors high

Ask a Londoner the place to be at three in the morning, and the response will be Duck and Waffle. Open 24 hours, DJs through the night, and cocktails to die for – this is type of bar you grew up dreaming about visiting.

2. Motel, Liverpool

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Opening Times: Open until 3am nightly

Location: 5-7 Fleet St, Liverpool L1

Vibe: Dive bar grunge

Unassuming by day, Motel comes to life at night as a truly authentic slice of Americana. From the cocktails, to the staff, to the full-to-bursting jukebox, one step inside Motel and it feels like you're transported to another glorious world.

3. The Nightjar, London

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Opening Times: Open until 3am Fri–Sat

Location: 129 City Rd, EC1V 1JB

Vibe: Subterranean speakeasy with live blues and jazz

The Nightjar is described as a hidden slice of old-school glamour on the fringes of Shoreditch. Considering its achingly trendy surroundings, this speakeasy somehow manages to feel completely hidden. Exclusive, stylish, secret. What's not to like?

4. Santa Chupitos, Liverpool

Opening Times: Open until 4am Fri–Sat

Location: 41 Slater St, L1 4BX

Vibe: Secret cocktail emporium

Cocktail spots this good shouldn't stay open this late. Open until 4am, Santa Chupitos has that rough-around-the-edges, rebellious feel that offsets the high society cocktail menu. And you can extend the night even further by going down into El Bandito, the basement tequilera that stays open until 5am.

5. Bloc+, Glasgow

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Opening Times: Open until 3am nightly

Location: 117 Bath Street, G2 2SZ

Vibe: Riotous Scottish indie bar

Don't let the odd mashup of Soviet and Americana fool you, this unique basement bar is Scottish through and through. A legendary music venue which plays host to new and established most nights, it even has its own record label. This is the place for the "wild-childs" out there, not afraid to get themselves dirty.

(And if that wasn't enough, Bloc's kitchen also has a late menu of pizzas and hot dogs that practically run right until the lights come up...)

6. Cahoots, London

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Opening Times: Open until 2am Thurs–Fri, 3am Sat

Location: 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PG

Vibe: 1940s post-wartime mischief

Drinking on the underground is fully permitted at Cahoots, an encapsulating journey back to 1946 where the swingin' Blitz spirit is kept well and truly alive. It's an immersive experience that never ceases to be interesting. Just be warned, you may have to book ahead!

7. Jake's Bar, Leeds

Opening Times: Open until 3am Thurs–Fri, 4am Sat

Location: 29 Call Lane, LS1 7BT

Vibe: Experimental cocktail bar

You know a cocktail bar has some credentials when it has its own 3,000-year-old copper still with which to brew its spirits in. A sister bar to the famous Portobello Star in London's Notting Hill, rumour has it there's a new cocktail menu launching in September...

8. Cirque le Soir, London

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Opening Times: Open until 3am Fri–Sat

Location: 15-21 Ganton St, W1F 9BN

Vibe: Decadent A-list circus

If your idea of an afterparty is pure, unadulterated decadence, then it doesn't get much better than the thoroughly debauched Cirque le Soir, featuring burlesque snake charmers, fire-eaters, and an indoor funfair. You'll need to find your way onto the guest list first, but that won't be a problem for you, right?

9. The Liars Club, Manchester

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Opening Times: Open until 4am nightly

Location: 19a Back Bridge St, M3 2PB

Vibe: Tiki dive bar and Caribbean rum shop

If rum's your poison, then you'll no doubt be wide-eyed with excitement by the 100 different varieties on offer at the devilishly named Liars Club. Descend the stairs into another world...

10. VQ, London

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Opening Times: Open 24 hours

Location: 325 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL

Vibe: West London chic

Sometimes the afterparty isn't always about drinking and dancing. Sometimes it's about settling down for some fine food, and for the VIP party girl, there's no better place to do that than VQ, which has been serving West London's finest for nearly 20 years. You never know whom you might spot in there in the early hours...

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