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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking inspiration from the spirit of Indian coastal drinking dens, Toddy Shop Bar is Chai Ki's sister site in the heart of Crossrail Place. Head over and experience delicious all-day dinging, complete with small plates of fresh seafood and hand-crafted cocktails.
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.
Proudly placed in the South of Bethnal Green, The Arches is an East London bar with an urban edge. Within the space, it houses a cool coffee shop in one arch and a laid-back taproom and quirky retro gaming area in the other.
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.
Head to Brick Lane if you're looking for a sprinkling of nostalgia on your night out. Not only do these guys serve some seriously good breakfast grub, but their quirky cereal-inspired cocktails are packed with flavour, enjoy while listening to 90's bangers and playing your favourite arcade games.
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.
No matter what time you visit TwoRuba, there will be something to meet your needs. With a brilliant array of dirks available and a cool, contemporary space to enjoy them in, it's perfect for a quick coffee or a couple of cocktails after work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We get it - heading for an evening out at Westfield probably isn't top of your to-do list, but just hear us out for a second. Among the thronging crowds of shoppers lies All Star Lanes, a seriously fun bowling alley, cocktail bar and American restaurant well worth seeking out. Dig into a menu of indulgent Americana flavours, wash it down with retro cocktails and finish with some ten-pin mischief; there's no less than 14 lanes here.
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.
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'.
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 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.
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.
Retreat to this cosy basement bar where an invigorating choice of cocktails await. The bartenders on show are masters of their domain, and they offer a medley of forgotten classics and a squad of five desert island drinks that changes every month. There's burgers, dogs and wings are on hand if you fancy a bite.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Comprised of two bar areas packed full of delicious cocktails, this South Woodforde watering hole is a must-visit for anyone on the hunt for some chilled out drinks at a unique venue.
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.
You'll want to head east for a slice of this beauty. Located in the heart of Hackney Wick, this restored Dutch barge rests on the water, giving unparalleled views and a warm atmosphere. The British fusion menu and delicious drinks make this one restaurant and bar you'll want to visit soon.
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.
Perfectly perched at at Crossrail Place in Canary Wharf, Chai Ki is an innovative all-day eatery and bar that champions experimental Indian flavours. From breakfast until dinner, guests can explore an exciting menu of authentic food and drink created in innovative ways.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
East London is a place of creativity and surprise; and The Last Tuesday Society is certainly proof of its accepting atmosphere! The Last Tuesday Society call this place their spiritual home, filled as it is with historical objects, taxidermy and a whole host of other strange things. Downstairs, the bar follows the baroque sentiment; serving up lethal cocktails indeed alongside bar snacks and tapas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.