Best Bars in East London

East London bars have always been the place where trends are set; an area of London where you can find almost any type of bar from cool and quirky, underground speakeasy, restaurant bars, music bars and many more. If you're looking for one of the best bars in the area, from Dalston and Shoreditch to Spitalfields and Hoxton, read our recommendations below. 

Last updated on 13th March 2020

Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

44 user reviews 4

From its elusive exterior almost like two ragtag neighbouring New York liquor stores, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes has a recurrently changing interior. Going from retro, 1950s American theme to kids playrooms, here it always promises to deliver ultimate uniqueness. Its quirky, old-school kitchen home design, for example, accompanied by detergent/medicine-inspired liquid concoctions, such as "Gin & Shampoo" really does make for an unforgettable bar experience.


24 user reviews 4

The elegant Indian-inspired decor of Anise make it the perfect antidote for other more indie bars in East London. Candle-lit booths and a purple glow encasing the venue create a chilled vibe, which is heated up by the Indian bar snacks and spice-infused cocktails. Very popular with the Square Mile after work drinking set, expect a discerning and sophisticated clientele to share the venue with you.

Sample some of the finest molecular cocktails in East London at this unique masterclass in Hackney. Suit up in your hazmat then head for the RV where you'll be cooking up some seriously spectacular concotions.

Cinnamon Kitchen

11 user reviews 5

An East London bar and restaurant with an added hit of heat, Cinnamon Kitchen merges modern Indian cuisine with classic British influences to create an exciting fusion menu of top-quality cuisine. There's a main dining room, Tandoor bar for a more interactive dining experience where you watch your dishes being made right before your eyes and a large outdoor terrace for some alfresco drinking when the sun comes out at this top East London bar.

Dirty Martini Bishopsgate

62 user reviews 4

Happy Hour

As sleek and as sexy as its clientele, this is one of our recommended bars in East London. With a late license keeping the place open until 3am six nights a week, and a selection of happy hour drinks deals, this is one of the best bars in East London for after work drinks or fun time partying until the early hours. They've got something pretty special going on in Monument and St Paul's, too!

The Ten Bells

195 user reviews 5

The Ten Bells haven't been completely truthful with you. They've been keeping their progressive upstairs cocktail bars a secret, but we're here to lift the lid and help you discover a stunning new drinking den in one of London's oldest pubs. Retire to a Chesterfield sofa and admire iconic artworks, as renowned bartender Jerome Slesinki sets you up with a few shorty cocktails.

Apples and Pears

378 user reviews 5

Cocktail Tasting Package 1 £30 – 4 Cocktails and 1 other offer

Located off the infamous Brick Lane, Apples and Pears is an East London Bar that merges a chilled and relaxed early evening vibe with a party pumping nightclub later at night. There are great happy hours that run throughout the week and famous East London themed cocktails such as 'Not a Negroni'. Head downstairs of this great East London bar for a late night club with resident DJs and great party tunes. Apples and Pears take venue, area and table bookings so book online and head out East. 

Hand Of Glory

54 user reviews 4

Made your way round to this charming boozer off Hackney Downs yet? Why not! It quickly becomes a firm favourite, charming punters with an interior that features giant maypoles, wicker masks and brass icons galore. Plonk yourself at a table and prepare for a feast; there's a rotating menu of culinary delights and plenty of 'deadly ciders', craft beers and home-infused gins at the same time.

Trap Taproom

1 user review 4

Located in the heart of Walthamstow, Trap Taproom is serving up draft beer and cider, fridge goodies and local cocktails along with a specially-curated range of wines. Providing coffee fixes in the day, brews by night and street food pop-ups at the weekend, it's a truly unique space. 

Casa Blue

11 user reviews 3

Casa Blue London is a cool and quirky North African East London party bar in the heart of Shoreditch just a short walk from Brick Lane. A fun little bar in East London, Casa Blue is ideal for groups of friends catching up, or on a fun night out; and with funky soul and Afrobeat on the speakers mashed with indie and party classics, it will definitely put you in the mood for fun. 

The Victoria sets out to create a “relaxed, familiar and playful” atmosphere; which is everything you might expect from your local. Famed for a live music programme that stretches back three decades, this Dalston boozer also features a stunning 50s bar island which serves classic cocktails, local craft beer and new world wines. The kitchen hosts rotating pop-up chefs, so there's always something fresh and exciting to keep hunger at bay.


103 user reviews 3

Floripa in Shoreditch (formerly Favela Chic) is a cocktail of Brazilian and Latin-American Culture. Throughout the day, you can enjoy all that is great about our Hispanic amigos. Guests can head down for some tasty tapas or more substantial meals before the party starts. There really is no other East London Bar that competes with Floripa when it comes to throwing down a carnival style shindig. Make sure you're on the guest list, when you are, head on down. Aye Carumba!!.

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

13 user reviews 4

Ruby's, in Dalston, is a real gem in the East London bar scene. Though not particularly easy to find or get in to, those that do are in for a treat. The bar is set beneath Ruby House on Stoke Newington Road. Ruby bar slows down the pace of the heavy-hitting bars and clubs Dalston is known for. Here you will find specially and expertly crafted unique cocktails in a calm and intimate setting. 

The Shoreditch

94 user reviews 3

The Shoreditch bar and club, located on Shoreditch High Street, is on the front line of East London's bustling entertainment and cultural scene. It's a chic DJ bar across two floors which has a pleasant lounge bar vibe early on, that transforms into a full-frontal dance party, most days of the week.  The popular Happy Hour offers you two cocktails or four beers for a tenner, 2pm-10pm daily (9pm Saturdays). And the Shoreditch is open til late, 7 days a week.