Bars In Hackney
Hackney is a thriving and exciting part of East London. With proud artists and musicians residing in this area, there is a fantastic cultural scene and of course plenty of bars and cocktail spaces for you to put your best drinking foot forward. We have put together our favourite Hackney bars for a great night out in London, and the list is telling enough for itself.
Last updated on 17th October 2016
A historic building, this Hackney bar is perfect for grabbing a tasty bite to eat with your drink and chatting with your mates until close. This is a chic East London pub and is really popular amongst the trendy professionals wanting to wind down at the weekend. What's more, they hold a great Sunday Roast sessions for weekend feasting.
East End drinks maverick Gerry Calabrese is behind this London Fields favourite known for its artistic edge, vast all-weather terrace and boundary-pushing gin cocktails. Head chef Oisin Coyle offers a menu balanced with healthy and hearty dishes, with visitors checking in for brunch, afternoon tea and roasts come Sunday. You’ll find us in the terrace, where reclaimed woods, ivy plants and flickering lights creates a charming atmosphere.
Three Compasses is a charming bar 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. This local Eastend boozer focuses on serving up some of the best burgers in London, pouring the finest ales, and boasts some of the friendliest bar folk around.
You have nothing, if you don't have Rootdown. One of the best hidden gems in Hackney, Rootdown don't only come with that cool, industrial and geometrical edge, their wine list is exemplary and their plates are a roster of European and fare-fetching dishes that are not to be missed.
An intimate and quirky space based in a former launderette, Machine No.3 brings organic wine, cocktails and dancing to Homerton. The focus is on delivering good quality drinks at affordable prices, with raw brickwork and low-lighting to create a stripped-back feel. This is a relaxed spot for some after-work drinks and make sure you return at the weekends, when DJs play until 1am.
One of the best casual cocktail bars in Hackney, Viva Dalston is a name that not only tells tales of stunning cocktails and handmade ingredients, their blend of Mexican and Latin dining makes for one of the most charming nights out, East of the capital.
Hackney has a fair run of interesting bars, and Shane's is yet another on the roster. Not only are their New Zealand themed plates for the hardy meat eaters among you, there's a unique and creative roster of cocktails and wine to boot.
White Post Cafe in Hackney has got to be one of the friendliest bars in North London. The flexible space goes from cafe during the day, serving the tastiest cake and coffee, to a relaxed wine bar and eatery come night time. The venue also hosts a wide range of events and encourages guests to take part in the community spirit.
Discovered this little gem of gastro foods and deadly ciders yet? Strikingly furnished with wicker masks, brass icons and giant maypoles (Morris Men dress optional), Hand of Glory boasts an interior unlike anything else we’ve encountered. There’s an ever-rotating spread of home cooking to sample (don’t miss the Proper Northern Roast on Sunday) and a fine choice of cider, ales and infused gins to guzzle.
Primed with some of the most laid-back boozers in London, Hackney is perfect to wile away the evening, but where to dose up? Grab a pint of draught or tuck into a top plate of gastro gorging courtesy of the team behind The Star by Hackney Downs.
Neatly perched between Dalston and Hackney Downs, The Vic is a friendly and familiar boozer renowned for its live music schedule. Many an enthusiastic gig-goer have enjoyed an intimate gig night here, and while the venue retains its prestige as one of East London’s leading music venues, there’s also a fine gastropub environment to enjoy. Relaxed and playful, The Vic serves classic cocktails, local beers and an ever-changing menu of comfort foods.