Best Bars in East London

From Dalston and Shoreditch to Spitalfields and Hoxton, this area houses some of the coolest nightlife joints and trendiest watering holes in the capital. Whether you're looking for a romantic date night spot, a couple of laidback drinks with mates or something a little different, you'll find them in our guide to the best bars in East London.

Last updated on 7th March 2023

The Victoria

As well as being famed for its live music programme that stretches back three decades, this Dalston boozer also pours up delicious cocktails, local craft beer and global wines. The Victoria's kitchen hosts pop-up chefs so there's always something fresh and exciting to keep hunger at bay.

Bar 161

Fancy an evening of delicious tipples? Situated in London Fields, Bar 161 is a supreme spot for cocktails - think blood orange margaritas, espresso martinis and classic negronis. Plus the venue provides an intimate ambience - fab for first dates.

Hackney Funhouse

A hands-on immersive cocktail experience, Hackney Funhouse's ABQ event will see you creating some of the finest molecular concoctions around. Suit up in your hazmat and take to your own RV where you'll be cooking up seriously spectacular creations.

The Turks Head

Nestled within Wapping, The Turks Head is a charming historic pub boasting a stylish outdoor seating area. Head to this East London gem for a few brews or tuck into a menu of French and English-inspired scran.