Bars in Shoreditch
Heralded by some as London's 'hipster haven', and toting what we might consider one of the biggest populations of French Bulldogs in the city, Shoreditch is the epicentre of East London's most sought after antics. From some of the finest in urban art and hidden speakeasy inspired nooks, to a patriotic collection of pop-up events and off kilter drinking destinations, no two nights are ever the same. Yet to experience the throngs of Shoreditch? Tuck into our selection of liquid lush below.
The Blues Kitchen offers another fun-loving jamboree of live music, flowing booze and BBQ’d bites this July. Head on down for 10pm, where the Old Dirty Brasstards play a live set before a special midnight soul show from the venue’s resident band and DJs playing vintage rock ‘n’ soul take over. At £1 a ticket, we’re practically giving ‘em away.
If you're looking for a great bar in Shoreditch then you need venture no further than Callooh Callay. Not only is Callooh Callay one of the best cocktail bars in London, but the great atmosphere, quirky surroundings and great service on top, mean that this place is a must on any Shoreditch bar hop. Tuck into luxe trinkets and cocktails galore.
A really cool cocktail bar, Far Rockaway is a versatile venue whose cuisine and drinks are regularly revered by all who walk through its doors. Inspired by the Queens NY resort, it boats an incredible selection of American themed cocktails such as the "Peanut Butter Cup" with real Reese's pieces and dark chocolate liqueur.
Trapeze's arrival in Shoreditch has done nothing but improve what is already an incredible nightlife scene. A circus inspired bar and club that's split over two floors, expect comical quizzes and live music to DJs on a nightly basis. Always a fun night out, it's a truly eye-catching addition to the Shoreditch scene.
Casa Negra is a Mexican restaurant and boozer serving traditional food interspersed with shed loads of tequila. They’ve created quite the reputation for their fresh, re-worked Mexican eats, but it’s the cocktails that really caught our eye. 25 agave tequilas and mezcals proudly line the shelves, each concoction features a noticeable Mexican kick.
One of the newest haunts to make its home in Shoreditch, Canvas have transformed what once was a boozer into a veritable den of cool concoctions and cracking urban art. Boasting the creative edge that Shoreditch knows and loves so much, Canvas is raising the bar, quite literally, for cool joints to grab a bevvie in East London.
Hidden above Rivington Street's Bedroom Bar, NOLA is a New Orleans inspired bar in Shoreditch promising live jazz, delicious drinks and a completely unique ambience thanks to their heralded concoctions and humble NO tones. NOLA was recently voted as one of the top 4 cocktail bars in the world. Serious stuff.
This quirky new kid on the block doesn't like the long waiting times for sub-par cocktails that happens in other cocktail joints around the block. It's mission is to deliver bottled cocktails made from individually sourced ingredients, all in a great Shoreditch setting. If you're looking for a cool concept-driven bar with a friendly, welcoming edge then look no further than the Craft Cocktail Co.
Hoping to stumble across something different? Think we’ve found you a match. White Lyan uses no ice, fruit or branded bottles, instead focusing on their own Mr Lyan spirits and fresh ingredients. It’s fair to say this formula has produced mouth-watering results, as this unassuming liquid lair continues to be spoken of as one of the finest drinking holes in London.
The LCC crew have arrived, and they’re here to shake up the Shoreditch scene. Decking their irresistibly cool dwellings out in biker-themed fashion, plonk yourself on a black leather and climb into a quirky cocktail list, with ‘Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman’, the ‘Brixton Riot’ and the ‘Smoking Barrel’ all must tries.
Apples & Pears is a colourful, vibrant cocktail bar offering Brick Lane’s party people a tasty mix of Vietnamese street food and signature cocktails. The music programme is worth the visit alone; with motown, soul, funk and old skool hip-hop to enjoy alongside some catchy acoustic beats. Interiors are cool and quirky, and there’s a heated cocktail garden out back.
One of the most unique bars in Shoreditch, Bavarian Beerhouse injects a healthy dose of all things Bavarian into the bar scene of East London. Waiting staff wear traditional costume, and serve up ice cold beers in huge stein glasses alongside hearty dishes. DJs take to the decks on Friday and Saturday nights to play a soundtrack of tunes that'll keep you dancing until late.
This critically acclaimed basement bar on Commercial Street is a must visit for the cocktail connoisseurs among us. The venue offers a quite exquisite range of concoctions - featuring vintage and modern tipples alike - put together by the masterful bartenders. Cocktails not your thing? No fear, there's also a library of fine wines, ice cold beers and divine bar snacks.
The Hoxton Pony is one of our recommended bars in Shoreditch, adored by pleasure seekers across London on account of its seasonally changing cocktail menu designed by owner Gerry Calabrese, and the raucous parties held throughout the week. Book a space now through DesignMyNight to gain access to one of the most coveted bars in Shoreditch.
Translate Bar is a great Shoreditch hotspot with an industrial vibe and rugged wooden furnishings. Well worth visiting for their fun approach to cocktail making alone, you can also indulge in a little live music throughout the week. A Shoreditch bar with real character, kick back and relax with a few drinks in this East London hangout any day of the week.
Shoreditch offers a little of everything, and Mexican party Catch Bar brings a little Latina to the area. During the week you can relax with a cocktail and some great Mexican Tacos and Tortas, and on a weekend you can dance the night away as the party spreads over two floors, with DJ's, mixing the best tunes to get the party going.
Situated just opposite Liverpool Street Station, this bar in Shoreditch offers a happy blend of city sophistication and Shoreditch revelry. This is the perfect place for after work drinks on account of its prime location in the city, but with a 3am license and great happy hour drinks deals, Dirty Martini also functions as a top venue. Can't make it to Bishopsgate? No problem! They've got awesome outposts in Monument and St Paul's too.
The Jones Family Project is one of Shoreditch's best all-rounders. Ideal for both work and play, this Great Eastern Street hangout offers great food, delectable drinks and ever better company to an eclectic mix of visitors. There's a choice of innovative cocktails and thoughtfully selected wines to be had, and the venue's many versatile event spaces make it a stand out candidate.
Cool, but not afraid to get down and dirty, Roadtrip is the late night party bar in Shoreditch, closing at 5am Fridays and Saturday nights. Its American jukebox feel gives it a devil-may-care attitude that is hard to resist. The DJs play a sexy mash-up of party tunes that is sure to get you on the dancefloor, or alternatively choose your request on their amazing jukebox.
In the heart of Shoreditch at the top of the hip Hackney Road, lies Looking Glass Cocktail Club. This great Shoreditch cocktail bar takes mixology to a whole new dimension. The entertainment at Looking Glass is tantalizing and titillating, challenging the powers of perception. Showcasing the weird, the wonderful, the wicked and fusing live music and performance art.
XOYO's famous clubbing scene and eccentric cocktail bar upstairs makes it a formidable Shoreditch package. You can cut all kinds of shapes on the hallowed dance floor downstairs before working your way up to find their eccentric, NYC-inspired bar above. There's a range of drinks, a good selection of bar snacks and bookable tables.
In the heart of Shoreditch, close to Hoxton Square, the party keeps going on all week at B@1 Shoreditch. With a killer cocktail happy hour and the friendliest staff in town, this is the place in Shoreditch for any time of the night; whether you are starting off your night with a few friends, or socialising around the bar till the early hours of the morning.
The Nightjar Bar is class personified with live jazz, beautiful decor and wonderful cocktails. A secret speakeasy bar hidden by Old Street station, the cocktails are unique and designed extremely well. Nightjar is always packed out by a discerning crowd thanks to its vintage vibes, prohibition inspired bustle and high-quality charms.
Ninetyeight bar is a delightful basement cum cocktail bar in the heart of Shoreditch. This is a hard-to-find bar that has a vibe and atmosphere that might make this your favourite bar yet! Make sure you beat the crowd and head on down on a Saturday night for a destination only described as Elton Johns ideal interior. Just look at those pillows now would you.
This quirky Shoreditch bar might offer up Ping Pong one day or a book reading the next! Anything goes at The Book Club and the crowd is always buzzing for the next event. From whiff whaff moments and artsy pop-ups, to the industrial interiors and basement boozin', it's a heralded favourite when bopping East.
Located on Hoxton Square, this popular Shoreditch bar is full of surprises and quirky decorations to keep you on your toes thanks to its ever growing collection of vintage furniture and retro knick knacks. For a great evening in this cool East London bar, ho foot it to a square that rivals the Albert one in antics and boozin' alike.
This hidden party bar located just off Bethnal Green Road is sure to set your senses alive. Encapsulating Shoreditch with it's bold decor, slamming cocktails and fresh DJs, it's definitely one to check out thanks to its off the radar attitude and a less than assuming party crowd.
Casa Blue is a cool and lively DJ Bar located in the heart of Shoreditch close to Brick Lane. The North African styled decor makes for a good party place throughout the week, with it really taking off on weekends. The young and trendy crowd really know how to let off steam at this awesome bar in East London.
Voted as the Best Rooftop Bar of 2012 in the DesignMyNight awards, Golden Bee is a late night cocktail bar, which looks out over Shoreditch. Get outside no matter the weather, with their covered areas and heaters pre-empting the uncertainty of London weather. Not only a wild night out for London clubbers; you can book your special occasion at Golden Bee.
Book yourself a Ping Pong table and get competitive at this East London bar. Alternatively, chill out on the cool, boho chic benches with your friends with one of Blueberry's sublime cocktails and check out their cool and every-changing artwork. Sourcing local food, this is the perfect eatery and bar for lining the stomach of food and tasty alcohol.
Voted 'Most Viewed Listing' in DesignMyNight's 2012 awards, it is no mystery why Floripa is such a popular night out in East London. With a name taken from a Brazilian island known for its party attitude and festival feel, this is an ultimate party bar. Head here for a night of Latin American beats and a cultural fushion in sound, there is no doubt you will be dancing all night at Floripa.
Have yourself a rootin' tootin' Americana inspired romp in Shoreditch at The Blues Kitchen. Whether you're noshing over burgers and alligator at dinner, knocking back a few crafty cocktails amongst the dance floor, or swooning over craft beer, whisky and one of their gospel nights, this haven of industrial interiors, music and musings has it all.
A Kingsland Road staple, flocks of East London locals revel in the laid back nature of Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes. While the interiors may be ever changing thanks to a local plethora of artists, the attitude remains as this: Cracking pizzas, a top selection of cocktails, and a crowd that promises to be non assuming, as long as you are too.
Rainy nights in Shoreditch spent alongside coffee cocktails and steamy windows? It's like something out of a 1950s flick. While lif may not be a movie, drinks are Shoreditch Grind are just what they say they are: freshly ground by day, packed with a punch by night. A cafe bar that keeps its level of cool no matter what.