You've probably spotted the neon glints of Loves Company on your way into Old Street Station, and the time has come for your to saunter inside where they'll be serving you up some of the slickest drinks on the strip, alongside some eye-wateringly good interiors.
Quirky Bars In Shoreditch
Trying to find a quirky bar in Shoreditch is like trying to find fish and chips by the seaside - walk ten paces and there's always another one. To make things easier, we've rounded a group of the coolest, quirkiest, weirdest and wildest bars in the area for your drinking pleasure. From ping pong places and mixology meccas, to circus affairs and ball-pit bashes, read our recommendations for the top quirky bars in Shoreditch.
A notorious circus-themed spot in the heart of Shoreditch, Trapeze brings the party every night without fail. Head down to the Great Eastern Street hub and get stuck into burgers and cocktails before throwing yourself into the dancefloor throng.
For something completely different in Shoreditch this super slick, tech-savvy darts bar reimagines everything you thought you knew about this traditional pub sport. With real-time scoring and touch-screen interfaces, this quirky Shoreditch bar is also no stranger to a very mean cocktail.
A gorgeous Brick Lane bar and courtyard that changes with the seasons, Paradise Alley offers beach vibes during the summer and the ultimate winter hideaway when the weather takes a turn. Offering tasty street food, cocktails and some awesome DJ nights, it's a disco mecca with Instagram-ready aesthetics.
One of the coolest, prettiest bars in Shoreditch, this quirky cocktail bar on Hackney Road maintains the Alice in Wonderland magic of its name with the presence of a decadent secret bar hidden behind the 'looking glass'. Step into a fantastical world of opulence at this quirky Shoreditch watering hole.
While nowadays there's all manner of quirky bars in Shoreditch, back in the 2000 there was one, and it was Catch. Known for championing some of the best new DJs and live acts, this East London institution now serves some of the best cocktails in Shoreditch.
One of London's most notorious cocktail experiences, Alcotraz' Shoreditch venue is one of the only bars you'll want to be behind for your next group night out. Smuggle in your own liquor for the chance to have some very talented inmates knock up some unique drinks for you.
Not your usual Shoreditch watering hole, Bedlam prides itself on its list of contemporary concoctions. Get cosy with plush furnishings and soft lighting and soak up everything from bellinis and sours to mezcal concoctions and cider-tipped numbers.
Broody, moody and dripping with cool, this quirky Shoreditch bar and venue is the perfect hang out for music-heads. With walls lined with vinyl records and a fantastic, buzzing atmosphere, it's a great option for a night out in East London.
Brick Lane is positively packed with quirky spots and this is no exception. The original cereal cafe, this East London hotspot is serving up some breakfast-inspired cocktails that'll give you some serious throwback vibes, all to be enjoyed while surrounded by nostalgic decor and vintage arcade games.
With geometric wallpaper, Rubix cube seating and neon lighting, Cirque is the epitome of the quirky Shoreditch bar. They serve up great cocktails and have a stellar Happy Hour, as well as programming some excellent DJs to spin the best tunes on Friday and Saturday nights.
A stone's throw from Shoreditch High Street, this quirky East London bar is one of the maddest drinking spots in the city. LCC make a habit of hiring some of the coolest, most talented cocktail bartenders in London, so expect loud music, swinging lampshades and a whole heap of fun.
Hidden away down Ravey Street, this quirky Shoreditch bar is possibly the tiniest one of the lot. Manned single-handedly on some nights, the delightful little drinking den serves up some masterful cocktail concoctions for you to enjoy in one of their cool hidden coves.
Looking for somewhere new in East London? Ditch the usual spot and head to this Brick Lane beauty that boasts a co-working space, cocktail menu and live music in the evenings, not mention a killer selection of eats including vegan burgers, small plates and boujee mac 'n' cheese.
This cool and quirky East London bar specialises in delicious cocktails and even more delicious pizzas. With a basement bar downstairs that hosts DJ nights and private parties, this place also offers a Happy Hour that surpasses the eight-hour mark.
This quirky bar on Old Street is a bucket list destination for any cocktail connoisseurs. With some of the coolest most creative concotions in East London, gorgeous Art Deco interiors and friendly, talented staff, it's the perfect place to pitch up for a night of kooky cocktails in Shoreditch.
A world away from the crude, overcrowded bars and clubs that litter much of London, this elegant little drinking den is a must-visit for any discerning drinkers. With regular live jazz and swing nights, and some of the most creative cocktails in East London, it's a quirky little haunt for any mixology fans.
Hosting regular club nights and exhibitions, this quirky cafe and bar in Shoreditch, has some of the most colourful interiors in the area, as well as some of the best pizza. Open all day for freelancers and mid-week brunchers alike, it's after dark where this Kingsland Road bar really comes into its own.
An underground ping pong bar with a passion for pizza and neon, Bounce is an Old Street institution. Fronting 17 tables there's more than enough space for you and your pals to get your pong on, while the bar serves up an epic selection of cocktails, beers and one hell of a gin menu.
Shoreditch is home to London's first dedicated video games and e-sports restaurant and bar. You'll get the chance to re-live those good ol' days of retro gaming as well as take on new classics such as Mario Kart and FIFA all while tucking into mouthwatering pizza from Happy Face Pizza.
The party girl of the Shoreditch bar scene, this quirky Hoxton Square spot offers a little bit of everything. From Tarantino-inspired touches to a sumptuous menu of classic cocktails with a twist, it's got the ultimate atmosphere for those looking for a fun night out.
Take your tatsebuds on a Filipino adventure as Kinilaw & Buko take over 100 Hoxton for a sublime brunch experience. You'll get to feast on dishes such as pork lumpia spring rolls, soft shell crab and oxtail kare kare croquettes, washed down with signature cocktails and unique wines.
Located inside the gorgeous Court House Hotel, this stunning bar offers an excellent selection of hand-crafted cocktails perfect for a few after work drinks. Alongside getting to grips with some of the best drinks on Old Street, you can enjoy their array of unique art works.
A UV-covered ping pong bar on Paul Street, SINK is about more than just a few rounds of table tennis. Alongside bringing you beer and golf pong on top of their standard offering, they're also great if you're looking for an all-inclusive night, with a range of food and drink packages to suit every party.
It's a ball pit that serves booze. Need we say more? This wacky venue concept has proved to be one of the most popular destinations in East London. Boasting a million plastic balls for you to roll around in, as well as cocktails for days, it takes gold when it comes to quirky Shoreditch bars.
With quirky and colourful interiors, this great pub in East London is a must-visit for beer fanatics. Just a short walk from Shoreditch High Street, you'll find a slap-up selection of brews, from cask bitters to limited edition bottles; it's like a sweet shop for the real hop heads.
Follow the neon lights to Hoxton Square and you'll stumble upon Gigi's, a quirky Shoreditch bar that has made a name for itself in East London by serving up some truly great nights out. Serving up live music, comedy and drag alongside cocktails and tasty plates, it's as perfect for brunch as for a post-work booze-up.
This intriguing Shoreditch whisky bar is a must visit for any firewater fans. With over 250 bottles on display and Whisky Library that spans the length of the bar, guests can seat themselves around the 18ft, 185-year old oak tree trunk that takes up the centre of the room, or even have a crack at blending their own.
Quirky doesn't even cut it when its comes to the decor in this Shoreditch cocktail bar. From pirates and umbrellas to disco balls and rugs on the ceiling, they've got a unique look, and an even more unique bar offerings. Switching it up with tiki tipples and martinis that go down all too easy, it's one of the funnest bars in East London.
Adding a touch of drama to your nights out in Shoreditch, The Alchemist serves creative cocktails that change colour, fizz like bath bombs and come to life before your eyes. If you're searching for a cool spot for after-work drinks or an impressive location, this Old Street bar will deliver.
Specialising in rarities of the Mexican persuasion, Gold Step is a bold and beautiful haunt in the heart of Shoreditch. If you're a fan of mescal, tequila and various other agave-based creations, swing by and take part in the interactive cocktail experience.