Hipster Bars In London
They used to be called beat nicks, then bohemians, then Asos and Instagram came round and the whole world thought they were hipsters. OK so it's just a word, but if you've a penchant for style, art, music and a little bit of an East London edge, you're a hipster, so welcome to the club. You'll no doubt now want to get yourself a flat in Hackney, grow a pencil moustache and visit one of these cool East London hotspots for your choice of live arts and quirky ambience. 'How did the hipster burn his tongue? He drank it before it was cool'
Last updated on 15th May 2016
You get an inquisitive mix of punters at Zigfrid Von Underbelly in Shoreditch, which just about sums up its bizarre interior. Seriously whatever you expect to experience as you walk through the door, forget it. You could be listening to the Sex Pistols while drinking a margarita or watching a live band stood next to a Totem pole... all of your standard ingredients for a hipster's night out. Non?
Kookie characterised, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is an aspiring art student's inspiration with its ever-changing, intriguing interior themes. A highly attractive hangout if you're looking for a drinking den with a unique edge, showcasing for example a 1950s American home kitchen complete with pharmacy counter and walls dressed in detergents, soaps, sodas and jams. Just one of its many looks, this uber-quirky bar design was as original as its cocktail list, including names like "Aspirin & Lard"!
Situated in the heart of hipster territory, The Nest started out as a concept to showcase ground breaking new electronic sounds, now this London basement bar is regularly packed to the rafters with fun seeking hipsters and dance junkies alike. The walls may be bare and there isn't really anywhere to sit but who cares when you're having this much fun. Head down to get your fix of electronic hits.
Head upstairs to XOYO's cocktail bar for a true taste of hipster hankerings. An ideal hangout for those looking to mix it up with artists and musicians whilst kicking back to some London's hottest DJs, this NYC-fashioned joint has a suitably cool, oppressive interior, but don't let that scare you away from this buzzing hipster bar in the city. Tables can be booked and the vibe is slightly less raucous than the club below.
Modish sister venue to flagship "Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes", The Old Shoreditch Station as the name would suggest is housed in Shoreditch's decommissioned, former station. A typically East, trendsetting space, this café bar should suitably quench any hipster's thirst, serving up locally roasted fair-trade coffee, organic wines, speciality beers and a range of first-rate whiskeys. Besides its live music acts and private functions, fashion retail product launches and art exhibitions take to the floor.
Hammering it home in Hackney Wick is another favoured, canal-side warehouse. A multi-functional space frequented by a plethora of cool kids and cracking creatives alike, Number 90 is a smashing East London yard for those that like cavorting by the canal in a cool space of upcycled furniture, wooden wares and hot to trot selection of DJ nights.
Combining cool with sophistication, Peters & Co. Gin Palace has to be one of the trendiest bars in the East End. If you've a penchant for all things hipster then this classy little gin palace will suit you. The decor is a tiled and simple 1930's style, the drinks are divine and they've taken over a pie and mash shop. Awesome.
This traditional London pub lies within Broadway Market which is particularly prime spot for those trendy wendys the populace likes to call hipsters. The Dove may look traditional on its surface but wait until the board games come out. The Dove serves an amazing array of rustic gastro dishes, which probably explains why it's so hard to walk in and get a table on weekends.
Dalston Superstore serves as a cafe, club and bar in trendy Dalston. It's also a place to lave all inhibitions behin. This quirky London bar hosts regular art exhibitions and live events that draw in a cultured hipster crowd for a lively atmosphere. You'll love the parties held pretty much every day of the week with a wide variation on what music you'll hear. Entry's usually free too.
The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch doesn't play by the rules, and why would you expect it to when it's owned by Vice magazine. This buzzing hipster joint is chocked full of attitude to party hard. There's a constant flow of tomorrow's biggest bands coming through the doors too so you'll want to head down today.
The Haggerston in Hackney is a long serving London hipster bar, in fact it was probably present in the beginning. The rustic interior that's become an accustomed feature of East End pub restorations and the eclectic blend of live music from every genre have made it popular with the pre-clubbing Dalston crowd so you'll want to get down early to guarantee your spot.
An age old favourite amongst the creatively booted community for often raucous nights in town. This hipster bar is famous for its regular karaoke nights and Victorian décor. There may not be a huge selection of drinks but you'll be too caught up in the party mood and cheap deals to care, honestly, many a night has gone missing at The Dolphin. Put down the guitar and pick up a mic for a fun night down The Dolphin.
You'll find The Alibi quite unforgettable as there's always something happening at this hip Dalston bar and club. Tthey're just so, that they kind of don't give a hoot, even when that, what's his name, Harry Myles drops by? The vibe at The Alibi on weekends is akin to the coolest house party in London as you move from crowd to crowd with live DJ's in one tightly packed room and candle lit booths in the next.