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.
Last updated on 23rd February 2017
You’re unlikely to find a more vibrant hangout in Dalston than Viva. A melting pot of Mexican, Latin and American influences that takes the form of a tapas restaurant and cocktail bar, slip in after a long day and unwind at the bar, where expert mixologists are always striving to conjure up something different and unique.
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.
Never has their been a bar in Dalston quite like that of Little Nan's. A kooky and quirky pop-up with kitsch on their side, head on down for a dose of all things 90s and nan as this bar promises tea-pot cocktails, nostalgic hits and popcorn aplenty.
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.
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.
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.
The hedonistic hybrid in Dalston, this club, bar and private hire space keeps its bones bare but its parties on high. Head on down for a regular roster of late night drinking and dancing in an industrial and urban East London location.
Based underneath the well-known pizza joint Voodoo Rays, Ray's Bar is a quirky cocktail bar that offers each guest a three-course liquid dinner. With the cocktail menu split into starters, main courses and desserts, the talented bartenders make use of an arsenal of bespoke liqueurs, potent spirits and fresh fruit to create some of London's most creative concoctions. And if things get a bit too fuzzy, you can always grab a slice of pizza from upstairs.