Three Compasses is a charming pub on Dalston Lane that doesn't conform to what you'd typically expect from a popular bar in zone two. It isn't a super-chic hipster parade with a microbrewery and a room for stroking cats; it takes a much more simple approach - focusing on serving up some of the best burgers in London, pouring the finest ales, offering a plethora of board games, and boasts some of the friendliest bar folk around.
One of the most urban and interesting portions of East London, Dalston is a hubbub of cocktail nooks, creatives and industrial crannies. From hidden cocktail caverns and party pubs with a penchant for live music, to late-night restaurant bars and a top roster of laid-back interiors; check out our recommendations for some of the very best bars in Dalston.
If you're on the hunt for the best bars in East London, The Duchess of Dalston is a go-to. From the minds behind Callooh Callay, this cocktail bar has an ever-changing menu every two weeks, with expertly blended creations served in a cool basement setting.
Little sister to Dalston Superstore and Voodoo Ray's, come to this camp paradise for the ultimate kitsch night out. Drag queens lead the night as you take to the stage, belting amazing songs and aided by special effects, all while sipping cocktails.
Continually rated as one of the true gems on the east London scene, Ruby's pulls in crowds from all over the capital to their intimate basement bar confines. The Bar specialises in a seasonal menu of innovative cocktails, with the Lounge focusing more on a wider choice of beers, wines curated from Clapton experts Verden and Vietnamese street food from the Hanoi Kitchen. A hidden treasure perfect for all occasions.
Is this is the quirkiest bar in Dalston? We'd bet on it. Taking inspiration from a mix of Drag Race, 70s psychedelia and Roald Dahl, this immersive cocktail experience has lucky golden ticket holders tasting Billy Bonkers' latest confectionery-themed tipples.
While it may be a slight walk from Dalston, if there's any pub in East London that's worth it, it's Hand Of Glory. Noted for their witchcraft and pagan inspired interiors, head on down for a premium pub meal alongside their Seven Deadly Gins.
The Mix is one of Dalston's top clubs, offering you a delicious lineup of eclectic music events. Not just a haven for audiophiles, this East London bar serves up all manner of tasty tipples, plus even dishes out quality grub to satisfy any hungry tums.
When it comes to the nitty, fun and gritty of live music in London, The Victoria is up where with some of the best of them. Not only a prime indie music space, The Victoria is ever a bustling pub known for their affordable pints, classic interiors and top pub grub.