Shoreditch Bars and Clubs
Blessed with all kinds of elusive basement bars, boutique clubs, warehouse parties and gastropubs; Shoreditch is renowned for its cutting edge nightlife. Good for a pumping party almost every day of the week, you'll find bohemians, rockers, indie kids and everybody in between spilling out onto Old Street to seek out some of London's hottest nightspots. Our handy guide to the best bars and clubs in Shoreditch is as follows.
Marrying Shoreditch chic with New Orleans finesse, Nola provides a spacious area to enjoy some quality cocktails and live music. Stocked up with luscious drinks with a Louisiana edge, it's the perfect place to get some mates together after work and take in some jazz, blues and rock'n'roll beats.
White Lyan is a slice of industrial chic, showcasing a minimalist metal-clad bar whilst serving up a refined selection of hand crafted cocktails. Using only Mr Lyan spirits and ingredients specially concocted for a straight serving of the best flavours, these guys even go to the lengths of bottling, carbonating and capping their own creations, adding a stamp of White Lyan class.
They perfected the blueprint in Camden, and now Blues Kitchen has become one of Shoreditch's hottest spots too. Sink your teeth into a menu decorated with masterful burgers, wings, ribs and steaks, pop a couple of cocktails down the hatch and then make your way to the dance floor, where a live band play blues tracks into the early hours.
One of Shoreditch's leading fun-time party bars comes in the form of the High Street's Barrio East. With flamboyant furnishings, delicious cocktails and a crowd that loves to throw its hands in the air and party like nobody's watching, a lively night out is assured.
Golden Bee's triple-tiered rooftop terrace makes it one of the best spots for some alfresco antics in east London. Tailor made for those hazy summer days, revellers sup away at celebrated cocktails while soaking in those rays high above the streets of Shoreditch. Head inside once the sun goes down, where commercial house music rules the roost deep into the night.
You'll find one of our favourite restaurant bars in the area sitting pretty in the heart of Great Eastern Street. This is the Jones Family Project; an eatery serving delightful food and booze sourced very close to home. Select from their many handsome areas and indulge in an A La Carte menu and a drink or two from the NYC-styled long bar.
One of Brick Lane’s leading lights can be found in the form of Apples & Pears. A charismatic and vibrant cocktail bar on Osborn Street, these guys serve up lip-smacking Vietnamese street food washed down with a refreshing blend of signature cocktails. It’s open until 1am at the weekends, and there’s a cocktail garden for the warmer months.
No Shoreditch list is complete without a shout out to this famous clubbing destination just off Old Street. Welcoming top-drawer DJs to the decks week in, week out, XOYO opens its doors to hedonists from all over London and beyond for a breathless party which rolls on until sunrise.
Nightjar is a charming drinking space at the forefront of Shoreditch's clutch of scintillating speakeasy bars. Step off City Road and descend a tight staircase to discover a roaring twenties hideaway with art deco touches, candlelit tables and friendly bartenders serving up their unique cocktails.
Combining the best in historic copper surfaces and teetering bar stools with the trendiest of cosy booth seats and neon splashes, this speakeasy feel bar is the perfect decadent den for your boozy bashes or your intimate catch ups in the very centre of London's party hot spot.
A hidden gem characterised by its dark green leather booths and original east London artworks, Portside Parlour is the perfect spot for date night. There's expertly made cocktails, a neat and tidy tapas menu and a very exclusive range of spirits that are available to purchase by the bottle.
Renowned for their truly innovative drinks, corking food and a treasure chest of unique quirks and oddities, it's not hard to see why Callooh Callay's trophy cabinet has seen so much action down the years. Chill in the downstairs bar, soak up some VIP treatment upstairs or work your way through the wardrobe to uncover the secret room!
A quirky Great Eastern Street hideaway doused in faded circus glamour, there's always something fun to try at Trapeze. Hit the Ground Floor if it's punchy cocktails and tasty sharing platters you're after, or take it to the basement where the underground sound of deep house takes hold every weekend.
A fantastic venue in the heart of Shoreditch, Far Rockaway is an American inspired restaurant and bar serving some incredible food and drinks throughout the food. With skateboard smothered ceilings, urban inspired art pieces and mis-matched furniture, it's a unique spot that's always a fun evening.
Sometimes in life you just need to climb into a mountainous sourdough Pizza washed down with a couple of kick-ass cocktails. Here's where the Hoxton Seven really comes into it's own, and with a bouncing basement bar complete with regular DJ nights there's every reason to stay a little later.
Looking for something a little different from your Shoreditch night out? Here's your answer. This fantastic retro party night attracts all kinds of disco divas and funky fly guys on down to the dancefloor, where they move and groove to a mixture of disco classics, 80's pop, 90's dance and modern day hits. There's all kinds of performers, flamboyant fancy dress every where you look, and even a swimming pool and jacuzzi!
Forget craft beer, it's all about the craft cocktails these days. Innovative, fun and offering something genuinely different, Craft Cocktail Co conjures up large quantities of mixed drinks and brings them to the counter in kitsch 75cl bottles. With fresh mixes raring to go; you'll spend less time waiting, more time drinking.
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 sofa and roll your sleeves up; there's some serious drinking to be done here. There's drinks to suit all tastes, and mixes like the 'Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman' and the 'Brixton Riot' are as quirky as their names suggest.
Mixing Shoreditch cool with City sophistication, Dirty Martini is the place to let your hair down after work. Happy hour drink deals set you up just fine, with DJs loading up the bass-heavy dance tracks ready for a big night on the tiles. If Bishopsgate doesn't suit, you could always check out their Monument and St Paul's venues.
Translate is your nailed on favourite if you're on the search for cool cocktails in a friendly, warm setting. Industrial and edgy at first glance, stop by and linger for a while to discover one of the most chilled out spaces to grab a drink in Shoreditch. Time your visit tactically to take in one of their cracking live music evenings!
Kingsland Road's Catch Bar offers the perfect balance between party bar and late night club. Make yourself at home during the week when fresh food, craft beers and colourful cocktails reign supreme, or come for a dance at the weekend when club nights and live music will have you dancing out the door in the early hours.
Found yourself on Hoxton Square with some time to kill? Zigfrid von Underbelly - with its eclectic interior, great food and belting DJ nights - is your safe haven. Zigfrid's pretty flexible; it's equally adept at hosting a few chilled out bevvies after work and your Friday night fix of late night dancing too.
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 and their fantastic frozen margaritas come dressed with fresh fruit puree.
Step off Hackney Road and discover something altogether different. Work your way through the giant 'looking glass' and into a world of decadent debauchery, with mesmeric cocktails and eccentric entertainment soon to follow. Undeniably one of the coolest bars in East London, it's the place to be for unique and unusual cocktails.
Sick of searching "where to host a table tennis tournament in Shoreditch"? Look no further than Blueberry Bar; a Shoreditch hangout offering quality, locally sourced food, delicious drinks and a healthy serving of ping pong tomfoolery. Pop in for a game with your mates, or stride on over to the dance floor at the weekends, when live bands, house, disco and funk tunes provide the beats.
The Be At One team are known for their expertly created cocktails and party vibes throughout London, and their Shoreditch base is no exception. Join a melting pot of trendy after-work professionals, party people on their way out and cocktail lovers squeezing in as many different concoctions as possible during the very generous happy hour.
Shoreditch Gone Wild is one of London's finest bar/club crawls, showcasing some of the best bars and clubs in the Shoreditch area. Visiting top venues such as Floripa and Cargo along the way, expect an evening of fun, frolics and cheap drinks. Tickets only cost £10 and get you free entry to some of the best bars and clubs in Shoreditch.
A melting pot where Brazilian beach bar meats London bloc party, Floripa assures one of the best party atmospheres in east London. Chow down on Brazilian street food, drain an ice cold caipirinha and soak in the vibrant decor, with DJs at the weekends and frequent live performers to round things off.
Escape the east London metropolis and arrive at the North African themed Casa Blue if it's something a little different you're after. Great food platters are perfect to share for larger groups, while the bar offers deliciously wicked cocktails in bijou but charming surroundings and the party vibes are carefully nurtured by the funky afrobeat tracks on the speakers.