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.
Last updated on 11th January 2018
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.
Located slap bang opposite Liverpool Street Station; Dirty Martini Bishopsgate is a great bar in East London to visit, any night of the week. Promising classy (but accessible) cocktails, a hearty selection of platters and snacks, plus a late license and party-time DJs - these guys know how to have a good time. Pro tip: don't miss out on their happy hour!
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.
Based in a former launderette on Well Street, Rehab is an intimate space for Homerton’s after-work drinking needs. Good for drinks on date night or enjoying a hard earned glass of organic wine with your mates, tuck into the selection of vegan bites to boot.
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.
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.
It’s all about fun at Translate Bar. Whether that’s a fun drink – they’ve got cocktails, wines and beers, including one called Happiness, what more could you want? – or fun vibes from the speakers, they’ve got you covered. Expect a retro pop soundtrack, loads of drinks deals and late night partying.
Seek out this hidden gem in the East End and you’ll immediately reap your rewards. Apples & Pears serves up fantastic and innovative cocktails in an energetic setting, evoking an infectious atmosphere that rivals some of London’s top Prohibition plots. The eclectic music programme ensures there’s always something to tap your toes to as well.
A vibrant cafe during the day, a buzzing cocktail bar full of colour at night, the Map Maison is a quirky cocktail bar in East London. Armed with a huge selection of strange ingredients, colourful punches and international spirits, the team of bar tenders use their many years of experience to produce a stunning line-up of intriguing concoctions. With DJ playing tunes all night and a dancefloor for anyone with enough Dutch courage, you won't forget a night out here.
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 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.
Whisky-lovers in East London have found their new paradise. With a 185-year-old oak tree trunk in the centre of the room and 250 bottles of whisky prepared for your consumption, this quirky and contemporary bar is the perfect place to escape into to enjoy whisky.
Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is a Shoreditch party bar with some serious character. A stalwart on the East London bar scene, Jaguar Shoes combines exhibitions, delicious drinks and a hearty DJ roster to offer a completely unpretentious atmosphere, all through the week. This place gets extremely busy a little later on in the night; so booking in advance is highly recommended if you want to secure a table.
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.
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.
With an epic painted mural, views of Finsbury Square and a focus on classic cocktails, The Devil's Darling is a unique little boozing spot tucked away in Shoreditch. The bar team is specialised in mixing up everything from a martini through to an Old Fashioned.
After food, music and good times in a chilled out spot by Regent’s Canal? The Barge House is your perfect match, promising good vibes in a serene location right by the water. Brunch is served from 10am at the weekends (check out their signature Breakfast in Bread), menus change with the seasons and there’s a fantastic range of craft beers, curated wines, spirits and amazing cocktails for you to work through.
Starting off as a pop-up bar, Sage and Wilde has now moved into a permanent site in the heart of Hackney. The team behind the name have set up shop in the historic British Lion pub and have curated a menu featuring some of the finest produce of the world's best vineyards. With cheese toasties to keep things on an even keel and a range of bar snacks to accompany each glass, there are few better ways to spend an evening 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The champion of piled high beefy patty's, bacon jam and one huge party atmosphere is back. Burger Bear has created a space on top of Old Street station called none other than the Magic Roundabout. Expect all the usual gaff: burgers, big beats and alfresco drinking vibes as well as some new pop-ups. Prawnography will be taking the stage with their epic spider crab offerings.
A quirky North African bar, Casa Blue in Shoreditch's centre is a amalgamation of colour and cultural pieces, which only adds to the vibrancy of the bar. If the Afrobeat and funky soul don't have you in the party mood, the funky-named cocktail list and the buzz of people are sure to!
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.
The Alice, located on Liverpool Street, is a bar of equal parts class and comfort, which is largely down to the fantastic decor; it is filled with warm, earthy tones, interesting 50s-inspired touches and comfortable seating. The Alice is available for hire for private parties, but is also perfect for enjoying a relaxing cocktail or two after work. To reserve your space at this great London bar book online.
Bounce is an Old Street hub for eating, drinking and ping-ponging long into the night. It’s an underground hub featuring 17 tables, where groups of mates come together in the name of competitive socialising at what is one of the most fun venues in Shoreditch. Bounce offers table service throughout, so you don’t need to worry about leaving your table when ordering in the beautiful Italian pizza or premium gin cocktails!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crossing the great Pacific divide to settle in the East, Terrace Bar is a fusion of Mexican culture and flavour. Strap on your sombrero (or maybe just bring some maracas ... you know, a bit more discreet) and head down to this Latino drinking den specialising in the fine art of Mezcal and Tequila blends. Taking unique and Hispanic vibes to heart, this East London nook buzzes with multicoloured delight and playful interiors.
Harking back to the golden years of Jazz, Kansas Smitty's is a vintage bar that couples great live music with traditional julep drinks. The entire basement bar explodes into life 5 days a week, when the Kansas Smitty's house band take to the stage. Sit back, sip a stunning julep and lose yourself in the soulful beat of the band.
This East London bar is brimming with allure, decadence and some old world character that makes it one of the city's most exclusive hideaways for private events. Douse yourself in the indulgent style of the Victorian era where rich interiors and a menu of fine food and drink await. The Victorian Bath House is truly a luxurious place to drink in London.
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.
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’.
Be At One Shoreditch's underground feel to their bar befits the surrounding area of the cool part of the East End. With the hip and well-dressed hanging out under the low-lit bar, in the leather-backed booths. Join this buzzing social scene any night of the week, grab yourself a space; book online now.
Hot footing it to Shoreditch for drinks? Looking for a quirky bar in East London that will quell any and all cocktail needs? Not only boasting a four hour long happy hour, those heading down to Cirque can enjoy their circus themed interiors, boasting everything from vintage trinkets and taxidermy to clown paraphernalia.
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.
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.
Come here. Closer... a little closer. There's a bar beneath Bishopsgate which is actually the bees-knees and you should get in there before its secret reputation is shattered in the city's insatiable thirst for creative cocktails. WM Barker & Co is an underground bar oozing old world style with new age mixology where unusual ingredients make for some ultimately custom drinks.
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.
Low-key and serene, the Haunt has made a bit of a name for itself in North London, offering locals a great place recharge and unwind. Flexible by nature and drawing in Londoners from across the city, the venue's basement hosts a number of frivolous events, including yoga classes, life drawing lessons and wild DJ sets. To maintain the easy going vibes, the venue's bar serves an intriguing range of craft beers, fine wines and some of the most famous spirits in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Beerhouse brings a “rough and ready” approach to partying on Old Street. It’s a place for people who like nothing more than to let their hair down and let the stresses of the day melt away; beers come served in gigantic stein glasses and they’re served by a friendly team sporting authentic Lederhosen. Tuck into some currywurst, watch some live sport and cut some shapes to the live oompah band.
Sitting pretty on the side of Regents canal in Haggerston, The Proud Archivist is a event space turn restaurant bar where you can head for picturesque views across the water at the same time as you admire the latest art exhibitions. A blank canvas to showcase local creatives and harness talent, The Proud Archivist is a top pick for laid back cafe vibes and top notch nosh.
Ray's bar is cocktail bar in East London that's taken the phrase 'liquid dinner' to a completely different level. With the cocktail menu split into starters, main courses and desserts, the talented bartenders make use of an arsenal of bespoke liqueurs, potent spirits and fresh fruit to create some of London's most creative concoctions. And if things get a bit too hazy, guests can also enjoy a slice of pizza, courtesy of the experts upstairs.
A cool bar part of the even cooler Dream Bags collective, Hand of Glory is about as quirky as East London bars come. You'll find interiors of giant maypoles, wicker masks, branches hanging from the ceiling and a folk kind of style. A generally nice place to hangout, you can also stuff yourself on their acclaimed roast or just pop in for a few laid back bevvys.
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.
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.
Hoxton Square has long been a favourite spot to party with the Shoreditch crowd, and that’s exactly because of venues like this. Positioned right at the heart of all the fun, this cracking hangout features a bar, kitchen and outdoor terrace ideal for after work drinks and catching some of the hottest emerging live bands.
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.
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.
If you're looking for an East London venue that offers something a little different, look no more, the Rich Mix offers the city's cultured crowds live music, immersive theatrical performances and dance showcases all under on roof. Dedicated to hosting only the finest artists in the industry, expect to see some of London's best live spoken word acts and most promising dance and theatre companies strut their stuff at this characterful venue.
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.
With a focus on delivering a line-up of cutting-edge musical acts to the people of Shoreditch, Old Street Records is one of the coolest hangouts in town. It’s the third venue of its kind, with everything from EP launches to new bands and established acts all taking the stage throughout the week. Bespoke cocktails and authentic Italian pizzas are on the menu, and there’s a hidden basement which plays host to intimate jazz nights below street-level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canary Wharf's cool and collected cocktail cavern in East London is a mighty magnet for any liquor lover as barflies flock from their desks direct to this bubbling bar. Mixologists have mounted a marathon of cocktail concoctions, from classic catchers and contemporary whirls to wicked, all-time favourites. Hosting Happy Hour from 6pm 'til 8pm all week and all-day Saturday this saloon is a popular professional drinkery and will prepare a paradise of punchy tipples, from beer and wine to spirits and softs.
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.
For a dash of New Orleans inspired drinking, Nola is your Sazerac laced answer. Quite possibly one of London's most infamous bars, this saloon styled haunt is a fusion of New Orleans and Louisiana culture remembering the smokey tones and tastes of the Jazz Age. Expect timeless concoctions, alluring aromas and bartenders dressed to the nines in bracers.
Head down to Old Broad Street to find Corney and Barrow - one of East London's most bustling wine bars - for some afterwork tipples. Here, you'll find an extensive selection of some of the finest wines and cocktails, all of which are very reasonably priced. And if you're looking for a spot to catch the big European games midweek, this place has you covered with their large HD screens!
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.