In the heart of Shoreditch at the top of the hip Hackney Road, lies Looking Glass Cocktail Club - one of the best bars in East London. This great 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.
Bars in East London
Once marked as the "next big thing" the East End has surpassed its cool-by-date, yet still keeps pushing the fashionable nightlife in London boundaries with new, quirky and unique bars in East London. No matter the night of the week or weekend, whether you want to partake in the latest hip 'n' happening night, or swap a normal night for an extravagant adventure, the bars in the East End are the ones to head to. For some of the best London Parties, you should look no further than our recommended Bars in East London.
A hive for South American style partying, flaming drinks and good fun fiestas, Barrio Shoreditch is where it's at for a hot and heavy night of samba rhythms and dutty dance moves. Their interiors look like a paint explosion has occurred in the jungle with a love for Latino food, drinks and attitude reigning supreme.
Roof East is the place to be if you're big on rooftop bars that overlook the Olympic Park. Ideal for some summertime lounging, this flexible events space also hosts everything from yoga sessions to open-air cinema from the Rooftop Film Club, with a play zone host to all kinds of games and activities. Come for street food from a Hawksmoor chef and great cocktails at one of the best open-air spaces in east London.
This great East London bar can take you from casual drinks to all-night clubbing at the drop of a hat. Known for throwing some of Shoreditch's best parties, it's perfect for students and professionals alike.
Oozing a level of charm and sophistication that wouldn't look out of place on the streets of Mayfair, this is a basement cocktail bar that you simply can't miss. It's hidden away beneath The Arbitrager and is a favourite for after work lounging; guests soak in the luxurious vibes and let the stresses of the day melt away with a drink or two from the signature list.
Way out east is beloved Stratford, and even more beloved The Bat and Ball. This new East London bar has it all. With two bars, a deli, pizzeria, and a games hall its hard not to get lost in the night at The Bat and Ball. The pizzeria hosts local legends, Well Street Pizza, to bake up great pies during your night out. If your whole crowd wants in on a game of pong, no need to fear--The Bat and Ball has over twelve tables for ping pong. Singles or doubles anyone?
Shoreditch Platform is an exciting new space in the regenerated Shoreditch Train Station. Split over two levels, the upstairs is a versatile bar that serves everything from breakfast through to dinner as well as having a strong cocktail list. Head there after work or over the weekend when DJs will be keeping the party going until the early hours.
Quirky and cool Simmons is coming to Bishops Gate. Think vintage furniture, nooks and crannies to cosy up in and two cocktails for a tenner, if that doesn't put it ahead in the East London drinking scene, we don't what will.
Eclectic interiors, cool spaces and a pub garden to boot. When it comes to a bar in East London, our money's on The Star By Hackney Downs having you covered. Primed for pints, and just the place to grab a dose of burger bites, book a table at The Star for a fun night out in the city.
Adding a serious dose of swank and slick to the East London bar offering is Aviary, the rooftop bar in Finsbury Square. Head to Montcalm's rooftop for views of the city, utterly delicious cocktails, British seasonal plates and a roof terrace that will make you never want to leave.
In true speakeasy style, The Nightjar Bar, Shoreditch offers a soundtrack of jazz and swing while you sip your tin cup cocktail. A downstairs bar that encourages relaxation and drink appreciation, The Nightjar Bar offers personal service and often live music. Book yourself a table and step back in time.
This Shoreditch eatery rightly takes up its place as one of the East's premier venues for a variety of reasons. Its partly to do with the great food on offer - its a must visit if you love grilled meat and seafood dishes - and is also linked to the great cocktails and wine list. Its got a slick interior to match, meaning it attracts a vibrant crowd that return time and again.
From the team behind Looking Glass Cocktail Club, this stunning East London bar offers an amazing drinks menu, seasonal small plates and some very sexy industrial interiors.
Located just off the main Kingsland Road strip, the Rolling Stock is one of east London's hidden gems. A cracker of a bar, gallery, beer garden and buzzing underground dance space, this place is popular with the Shoreditch crowd thanks to its creative personality and top draw DJ nights. Relax with a pint in the spacious beer garden or head here for a couple of quiet drinks after work; happy hour offers up to 50% off between 4 and 8pm every day.
Located in Hackney, White Post Cafe is a new comer on the London bar scene. The quirky space is modelled on a '70s office and has a relaxed and welcoming vibe. Head their in the day for a catch-up over delicious cake and coffee or go more formal in the evening with wine and a locally sourced dinner. They are also available for private hire, whether it be a coffee morning to a drinks reception.
While East London bars may be known for the nitty and the gritty, there's one bar that promises ultimate luxury. Head to the top of the Gherkin as Searcy's conjure up magic in the shape of sweeping city views and stunning drinks.
A quirky, "one-of-a-kind" bar in Shoreditch is not uncommon, however a rooftop bar in Shoreditch is a rarity and the Queen of Hoxton's spacious roof is a great find. For a party in London, Queen of Hoxton has it all; sofas, pinball and table football for an upbeat hangout, and a pretty special rooftop space themed around Neverland.
Not only a great addition to the Shoreditch nightlife scene but also to East London, Trapeze is undoubtedly where it's at. On the ground floor you'll find a creative cocktail list, incredible food and an awesome party, while downstairs you'll encounter the underground sound of some deep house every weekend.
Head up high for this pretty bar in Aldgate; Jin Bo Law is located on the 14th floor and offers amazing views of London from the rooftop terrace. If the weather's not playing game, the inside is just as pretty with bright interiors and a punchy cocktail list.
Shoreditch's premier speakeasy, head underneath Blues Kitchen Shoreditch and you'll find southern American bar snacks, a wonderful soundtrack by female-fronted RnB singers, and all the whiskey-based cocktails you need.
Keeping up with East London's need to offer classic nights out with a quirky twist, the Farringdon based Piano Works doesn't disappoint. Wonderfully combining a decadent piano bar theme with the harsh, airy feel of a Victorian warehouse, this hotspot has all the ingredients to make a good night. Fantastic music, a brilliant venue, and even better food and drink, you'll definitely leave this place wanting more.
Head to Brick Lane where you'll find this multi-faceted venue offering everything from a co-working space to tasty dishes for that feeling peckish. There's even a proper sound system and live music until late.
The Hoxton Pony is a favourite among London revellers, and a failsafe option when on the hunt for bars in East London. With DJs playing freestyle mash-ups of House, Dupstep, Electro, Bass, Garage & Hip Hop through to Old Skool party classics, and a cocktail menu designed by cocktail whizz-kid Gerry Calabrese, The Hoxton Pony is always a popular choice for bars in East London.
The Four Quarters have already conquered and now they're coming East with their cracking combo of craft beer and retro arcade games. Setting up shop in near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the bar will have classic games such as Pacman and Space Invaders and some of the area's best beers.
Three Compasses is a charming bar on Dalston Lane that doesn't conform to what you'd typically expect from a popular bar in zone two. It isn't a super-chic hipster parade with a microbrewery and a room for stroking cats; it takes a much more simple approach - focusing on serving up some of the best burgers in London, pouring the finest ales, offering a plethora of board games, and boasts some of the friendliest bar folk around.
Pop upstairs from the debaucherous antics at XOYO to discover a chic cocktail bar that has something for everyone. They're well stocked with amazing cocktails, beer, wine, dangerously tasty bar snacks and top London DJs playing quality tunes throughout the week. The bar has an unmistakable NYC feel to it, and with bookable tables and a slightly less raucous ambience, it's perfect if you're looking for a brief respite from the no-holds barred partying downstairs.
Stop by Rudie's when you're in Dalston for tasty Caribbean cocktails washing down a series of Jamaican, jerk-heavy dishes, all to the backdrop of great reggae tunes.
The iconic ABQ bar is back with their excellent molecular cocktail class and a bar inspired by Breaking Bad. Head to Hackney where they'll be shaking up a storm with fully immersive decor, hazmat suits and loads of great drinks.
Those looking for a speakeasy bar in East London won't be hard pushed to enjoy this charmer of a nook. Found above the Ten Bells in the heart of Spitalfields, Upstairs at The Ten Bells is a vintage darling of romantic nooks, dated furniture and some of the most mastermind cocktails in the business.
The all night pit stop for big fat Deep Southern feasting and some dance floor mania. Blues Kitchen knocks up Americana eats and live bands playing out the best music of Blues, Jazz, Soul and Funk persuasions. Get your groove on every night of the week at this juicy joint where eating, drinking and dancing are the only asks.
One of the most stylish bars in East London, this cool wine and cocktail haunt in Dalston offers a stunning schedule of live music, DJs and art exhibitions for you to enjoy alongside their great food and drinks.
A jammy neighbourhood joint brimming with delicious cocktails, El Garito is Hackney's favourite party palace thanks to its unique events space - the Hackney Downs Studio.
Forget those crowded bars and rowdy clubs, The Basement Shoreditch is a venue that combines expertly-made cocktails with attentive hosting and an unbeatable music playlist. Whether you're a fan of gin or would rather slip on a single malt scotch, the experienced team running the show have everything you could ever need.
This East London bar is as elusive by name as it is by nature... Found might sound easier that it actually is, but you shouldn't let that stop you; because once you do find this secret bar, you'll be greeted by a team of London's top mixologists and boy do they knock up some corkers. Swan down and experience it for yourself, if you can.
Get yourself down to Dirty Martini Minories for a City night of Martinis and late nights. The Martini bar is open until 3am on weekends, plays some banging tunes and best of all, your first round is on us.
Named after the party island off the coast of Brazil, Floripa bar in Shoreditch has captured the hedonistic vibe of its namesake and let it loose in London. A bar dedicated to partying they have DJs and live bands all night, plus with food inspired by the street vendors in Brazil; Floripa is a cultural delight.
An award winning cocktail bar in the heart of Shoreditch, we just couldn't do a feature on the best bars in East London without mentioning the exceptionally-amazing Callooh Callay. From masterful mixology to secret upstairs rooms, low-lighting to dapperly dressed barmen - there's a reason Callooh Callay boasts so many accolades.
The Gibson is a criminally underrated cocktail so trust Clerkenwell to support a bar dedicated to mixing the drink. Expert mixologists have been experimenting with the recipe to create an intriguing list fit for the dark, intimate and extravagant East London establishment.
The Cat and Mutton in East London is the perfect place for a snuggly Sunday or after-work drinks; established in 1729 this Bethnal Green boozer is full of character and historical features. The food is a classic fare of British dinners, with hearty roasts, burgers and delicious cocktails.
Located smack bang in the middle of east London's social hub, LCC Shoreditch are your go-to guys for an impeccable cocktail fix. Choose between quirky creations like the 'Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman' and the 'Brixton Riot', and don't you go striding out without having sampled our favourite; the Jack Daniel's-smothered 'Smoking Barrel'.
Industrial innards and a collection of creative libations are what Barsmith is all about. Their mixology mantra is cool, unique and ultimately tasty with each concoction served in a different style vessel. Your drinking experience here will be nothing but laid-back and delicious with the perfect atmosphere for an after work tipple.
Kenza is an exotic wonderland of Arabic excess and luxuriant drinking and dining that will transport you straight to the Middle East. Low-lit, atmospheric and draped in silk materials and cushions, Kenza is a space for lounging and relaxing with a swanky cocktail or two and some Lebanese bites.
Located only minutes from Liverpool Street station, this swanky restaurant is all about the tunes. Of course, the menu speaks for itself; with fresh and high quality ingredients perfectly prepared, but it's the live acts and talented musicians that really get us going.
From the genius minds behind the bar movement that took London by storm, Ping comes a whole new age of social gaming. Welcome to the dawn of darts. This is Flight Club and yes, you can talk about it. tell everyone, we certainly are. Get boozy, get a team together and get yourselves an oche at this cool East London bar where their digital scoring system will handle the rest.
This cocktail bar-cum-restaurant is swiftly becoming one of the coolest bars in East London. Doubling up as a gin distillery, Martello Hall has a fantastic array of gin-based cocktails and an extra special cocktail, the Nicola, made with their house Martello gin.
Not only can you dance the night away to rock music, disco sounds and underground tunes, but The Rocksteady has also got the menus to keep you fed and watered. Think classic negronis and modern concoctions alongside authentic British dishes.
One of the true gems on the East London scene, Ruby's continues to pull in the punters thanks to its exquisite drinks and friendly ambience. The bar team at this underground Dalston wonder mix up a seasonal menu with table service, while the Lounge area serves a wide selection of beers, wines selected by Clapton specialists Verden and Vietnamese street food from the impressive Hanoi Kitchen.