Best Brick Lane Bars
As you negotiate the route between Bethnal Green and Whitechapel, amongst the promoters, curry houses, vintage shops, record havens and bright lights, you may be forgiven for needing a drink. A dynamic and buzzing part of the city which comes alive at night, there's little wonder why this stretch of East London is so popular. If you're in need of an escape from the crowds though? Check out our guide to the best bars in and around Brick Lane.
A quirky bar at the Aldgate East end of Brick Lane, Apples and Pears is known for its mega cocktail offering. Whether you like yours short and sour, or long and sweet, the mixologists here will be sure to whip you up a new and creative concoction. And for when those hunger pangs strike? There a mouthwatering menu of wood-fired pizzas for you to get stuck into.
This lively bar located just off Bethnal Green Road is sure to get you into the party spirit. Encapsulating Brick Lane with its bold decor, slamming cocktails and fresh DJs, it's a must-visit in our eyes. Better yet? There are daily happy hour deals, with two cocktails or four beers for just £10.
A popular Brick Lane spot, Big Chill is one of the most laid-back and fun bars in East London thanks to a regular roster of DJ nights, affordable drinks and a patio for alfresco fun. The scran is supplied by Chuck Burgers, so hungry revellers can ready themselves for oozing cheese, juicy patties and loaded fries galore.
Casa Blue is a cool and lively party bar located just off Brick Lane. Boasting quirky neon lighting, luxe velvet booths and a jam-packed calendar of events, this East London spot is always buzzing. Head here during the week for live sports screenings, or pop by on the weekend for DJs and dancing 'til late.
Located on Bethnal Green Road, just a short stroll away from Brick Lane, BrewDog Shoreditch is a wonderland of all things craft beer. Whether you're a total connoisseur or a newbie to the world of brewing, the staff here will be more than happy to help with pint recommendations and regular tasting classes.
The perfect venue for something a little different, All Star Lanes is a bowling alley, bar and restaurant all in one. Located on Brick Lane, this quirky spot is ideal for those extra special occasions - from boozy birthday bashes to big-kid hen dos.
One of the best cocktail haunts in Shoreditch, this basement bar from the team behind Blixen and Three Sheets offers a curious line-up of both boozy and non-alcoholic cocktails alongside some very sultry interiors. When it comes to date night on Brick Lane? This place ticks all the boxes.
One of the best bars on Brick Lane, Kill The Cat is a taproom and bottle shop, ideal for casual drinks with beer-loving pals. Head over for the chance to sample some incredible brews from their extensive selection, then stock up on your favourites.
Head to DF Tacos for a great selection of Latin American beers and craft brews. If that's not your thing? There are also plenty of wines and wonderfully refreshing margaritas to pair with their signature soft tacos - the perfect fuel for a night on the tiles.
While not actually on Brick Lane, this super stylish haunt is just a short hop and skip away. A charming boozer boasting bags of character, The Ten Bells is a stellar spot for a few pints, a tasty bar snack or some pre-dinner cocktails. Lit up with roaring fires and twinkly candles, it's the stuff of date night dreams.
Giving a new meaning to casual drinks, this East London spot exudes chilled-out vibes, with a focus on the comfort and familiarity of the living room. Whether you're after a communal working space or Friday night drinks, you'll find tasty dishes and signature cocktails at this sprawling venue.
One of the best bars on Brick Lane, this unique offering fronts something for any occasion. Putting focus on good booze, BBQ food and fantastic music, you'll find burgers to sate your hunger, and craft beer and cocktails to quench your thirst.
London Cocktail Club is a staple for anyone who loves quirky interiors, buzzing atmospheres and even better drinks, and luckily the Shoreditch venue is no exception. And with a BYOF (bring your own food) policy? You won't have to stray far if those midnight munchies strike.
One of the best places to drink near Brick Lane, JuJu's Bar & Stage is serving up craft pints, seasonal cocktails and a mega selection of Mezcals. But that's not all. This beauty is also providing you with entertainment in the form of art exhibitions, film screenings and live music.
Looking for the best outdoor bars in Brick Lane? The Gate's sprawling terrace space is an absolute must for summertime catch-ups. Not only is this place pretty darn gorgeous to look at, but they're serving up relaxed lunches by day and sultry date night vibes when the sun goes down.
The perfect spot for a group night out, Caboose is the BBQ burger restaurant that's set in an American railway wagon. Hire out the whole venue (with capacity for 13 people) and enjoy a three-course feast of some of the best smoked meat in the biz, with a BYOB drinks policy to boot.