A popular bar in Brick Lane, 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 patio for grabbing a quick bevvie at any point throughout the day. It's a must for after-work tipples and pre-drinks for a big night out.
Best Brick Lane Bars
As you negotiate your way down Brick Lane amongst the promoters, curry houses, vintage shops, record havens and bright lights, you may be forgiven for needing a drink. This is a dynamic and buzzing part of London which comes alive at night, but it can be difficult to find a great Brick Lane bar to escape from the crowds. We put together a list of the best bars in Brick Lane so you can be confident that a drink is always at hand.
A trendy and quirky bar, Apples and Pears is a cocktail bar at Aldgate East off Brick Lane with a underground music policy and a hip setting for the young crowds floating by on Brick Lane. Boasting a fantastic selection of tipples with London themes, this is a Brick Lane staple for a great night out.
Giving a new meaning to casual drinks, this east London spot exudes chilled out vibes, with a focus on the living room. Whether you're after a communal working space or after-work drinks, you'll find tasty dishes and signature cocktails.
While not actually on Brick Lane, this cool cocktail bar just 5 minutes walk away is practically in the same domain. A speakeasy inspired haunt found above the Ten Bells, Upstairs is a cocktail bar brimming with mixology sass, vintage inspired innards, liquid mastery, date worthy nooks and more.
Casa Blue is a cool and lively DJ Bar located in the heart of Shoreditch close to Brick Lane. The urban styled decor and almost vintage interiors make for a good party place throughout the week, with it really taking off on weekends with brunch to boot.
London Cocktail Club is a staple for anyone who loves a good time and even better drinks, and luckily the Shoreditch addition to the brand is just a stone's throw from Brick Lane. The décor is grease monkey garage inspired, with the theme permeating into the music and attitude.
This great Brick Lane bar is not only a great destination for after work drinks but is just a short walk from some great Shoreditch clubs. If that isn't enough to interest you, The Alice has cheap drinks deals throughout the week, so head down to this great Brick Lane bar.
This hidden party bar located just off Bethnal Green Road is sure to set your senses alive. Encapsulating Brick Lane with its bold decor, slamming cocktails and fresh DJs, it's definitely one East London party hub to check out when you're starting a big night.
It's a bit of a Shoreditch institution at this point, Cereal Killer is not only the perfect spot for a bowl of breakfast goodies but also serves kooky cocktails that'll add a sprinkle of nostalgia to your nights out. Sip on these while surrounded by 90's nick nacks as top hits from the 00s play through the speakers.
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, making it perfect for romantic date nights near Brick Lane.
Just a stone's throw from Brick Lane is Rosa's Thai Café, offering bold red colours, bold Thai flavours but a friendly atmosphere. Make your way into their contemporary-yet-cute interior, feast on their exotic Thai curries and drink their Asian inspired cocktails and you are guaranteed a good time.
Head to DF Tacos for a great selection of South 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, providing the perfect refreshment before a night out in East London.
A staple of the Shoreditch scene, this hotspot has been transformed into the ultimate island retreat to cool you down this summer. Think DJs, street food, tropical cocktails, palm trees and deck chairs for uber chill vibes in the heart of the buzzing Brick Lane.
One of Liverpool Street's most exciting cocktail bars, The Alchemist is bringing new levels of innovation to your drinks. Mixing chemistry, theatre and classic concoctions, you'll find sips that smoke, pop and bubble, alongside a delicious all-day dining menu to help soak it up.