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 26th September 2022

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.

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.

Bar 161

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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.

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.

Brick Lane Tap Room

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A fun pop-up bar in East London, Brick Lane Tap Room is one of the best places to find yourself this summer. Rock up to their Spitalfields haunt and you'll find craft pints aplenty and a menu of delicious New York-inspired eats.

La Terraza

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If outdoor bars in East London are what you're after, then La Terraza certainly fits the bill. Whipping up jugs of sangria and cocktails, alongside an extensive choice of wine or beers, this spot has everything you need to wash down your tapas.

Found in the Pan Pacific London hotel on Liverpool Street, Ginger Lily is a gorgeous Singaporean-style speakeasy touting sultry interiors. To top it off? There's also a crackin' selection of food and drink. Including a Wilson, boasting pineapple rum, coconut and citrus. 

The Duchess of Dalston

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One of the best bars in East London, The Duchess of Dalston blends old school and modern vibes to create an effortlessly cool basement setting. Head here for the chance to enjoy signature cocktails that change every two weeks, as well as mouthwatering South American bites.