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.

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Last updated on 22nd May 2024

La Bibliotheque

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Nestled somewhere between Dalston, Shoreditch and Islington is La Bibliotheque, a fine dining restaurant and one of the best bars in East London if you're looking for an innovative Japanese drink. The creative cocktail menu 'The Journey' is crafted by Melissa Frangi and includes the likes of ukiyo rice vodka-based tokinoka.

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.

Swift Shoreditch

Swift Shoreditch is a popular cocktail bar located on Great Eastern Street sporting pretty European interiors and banquette seating. Open until midnight towards the end of the week, it's the perfect spot in town for a bespoke tipple or date night. Enjoy a signature rhubarb and custard tipple or its own Irish coffee, or venture into the extensive wine and beer lists.

Pineapple Xpress

If you're a rum lover, you're in for a treat. Bringing tropical vibes and jaw-dropping views to the heart of Shoreditch, Pineapple Xpress is a colourful Caribbean haven perfect for your next mate date. Make your way to this lush joint's top floor as the sun sets to sip on expertly crafted demon-water cocktails like the fruity Magnum Punch, the refreshing Lucky Luch and their signature Rum Punch.

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.