A bustling venue with a focus on delivering music to the masses, Old Street Records is one of the coolest hangouts in East London. With bespoke cocktails and authentic Italian pizzas on the menu, you can expect everything from EP launches to new bands and established acts.
Unmissable Bars in Shoreditch
The trending district for everything from salt beef beigels to fashion statements and some of the most expensive gyms you'll *never* set foot in, Shoreditch is the place we love to hate (to love). With urban art spaces, hidden speakeasies, rooftops, pop ups and underground dens, bars in Shoreditch have got a rep for being some of the coolest in the city. Want a slice of the best places to drink in East London? Open wiiiide.
A circus-themed bar and club that's split over two floors, Trapeze brings you comical quizzes, live music and DJs on a nightly basis. Always a fun night out, it's a truly eye-catching addition to the bars in Shoreditch.
Barrio Shoreditch is easily one of East London's best cocktail bars, if not one of the wildest. This fun spot is a great option for letting your hair down and enjoying delicious cocktails, with offers running throughout the week.
If you're looking for a great cocktail bar in Shoreditch then you need venture no further than Callooh Callay. Not only is it skilled in the art of fine sips, but it also hides the secret JubJub room where eccentricities flourish and you can chill in some sort of mod, 70s inspired purple clad pad. Basically, it's pretty damn cool.
Welcome to Flight Club, this is the new era of social gaming, the dawn of darts if you will. Yes, darts, but in a cool, Shoreditch bar where the digital system will set you up with a whole hoard of games to play and do all the scoring for you. To the oche!
Looking for cool bars in Shoreditch, Kill The Cat is one of the area's hidden gems. Head to Brick Lane where the taproom and bottle shop is serving up an exceptional array of sips from around the globe, both to drink in and takeaway.
Part of the legendary Strongroom recording studio, The Strongroom bar and kitchen is a hub of creativity. With a giant garden, huge craft beer list and great food, its a spacious hideaway in often-cramped Shoreditch with notoriously one of the best Halloween parties in the area.
Head to Hoxton Square, where Nikki's is serving up a delicious mix of twisted cocktails and hedonistic thrills. Inspired by Quentin Tarantino, you can expect a wild space featuring a PVC-covered bed, buzzing vibes and a menu filled with creative concoctions.
In the heart of Shoreditch, close to Hoxton Square, the party keeps going on all week at B@1 Shoreditch. With a killer cocktail happy hour and the friendliest staff in town, this is the place in Shoreditch for any time of the night; whether you are starting off your night with a few friends, or socialising around the bar till the early hours of the morning.
It seems pretty fitting that the trendy location of Shoreditch is home to London's first dedicated video games and e-sports restaurant and bar. Grab your mates and head to the hipster haven to take on Mario Kart, FIFA and more with goodies from Happy Face Pizza to keep you going.
One of the most unique bars in Shoreditch, Cirque is sitting pretty for those of you that want a dose of quirky interiors with your drinks. Brimming with vintage trinkets, taxidermy, clown paraphernalia and more, it invites you to head on down for a four hour-long happy hour, DJ nights and more.
Shoreditch offers a little of everything, and Mexican party Catch Bar brings a little Latina to the area. During the week you can relax with a cocktail and some great Mexican tacos and tortas, and on a weekend you can dance the night away as DJs take over two floors.
This critically acclaimed basement bar on Commercial Street is a must-visit for the cocktail connoisseurs among us. The venue offers a quite exquisite range of concoctions - featuring vintage and modern tipples alike - put together by the masterful bartenders.
Apples and Pears is a colourful, vibrant cocktail bar offering Brick Lane's party people a tasty mix of wood-fired pizzas and signature cocktails. The music programme is worth the visit alone; with soul, funk, old skool hip-hop and party classics to enjoy alongside some catchy acoustic beats.
Nestled on the vibrant Curtain Road, this fun time party bar is serving up everything from sharing owls to shooters and classic cocktails. Quench your thirst with a rum-fuelled Miami Vice or something a little more subdued like an Old Fashioned to get the party started.
Nestled in the trendy neighbourhood of Shoreditch, Apothecary is a stylish izakaya-inspired eatery that's serving up Japanese small plates and casual drinks. They also host a delicious bottomless brunch and have live DJs playing on the weekends.
Cool, but not afraid to get down and dirty, Roadtrip is the late night party bar in Shoreditch. Its American jukebox feel gives it a devil-may-care attitude that is hard to resist, with DJs playing a sexy mash-up of party tunes that is sure to get you on the dancefloor.
If you're a cocktail fanatic, then Swift Shoreditch is the place for you. The gorgeous East London bar oozes style with gorgeous lighting and sleek banquettes. As for the drinks? Sample some of their signature concoctions and you'll see why we rate it so highly.
Sleek, suave and carefree, Matchbox is a laid back spot in the heart of Shoreditch High Street. The experienced team of bartenders will be serving both signature and classic cocktails and the kitchen will be creating huge sharing platters of delicious street food alongside all the big sporting events.
Nights out in Shoreditch are getting a weird and wonderful upgrade thanks to Hijingo. The bingo club and bar is wowing its guests with incredible video and lights displays, while blasting banging tunes and serving up tasty cocktails and street food.
Situated just opposite Liverpool Street Station, this bar in Shoreditch offers a happy blend of city sophistication and revelry. The perfect place for after-work drinks, it's open late and has great happy hour drinks deals. They've got outposts in Monument and St Paul's too.
If drinking in a prison isn't the most Shoreditch thing you've ever heard about, there's nothing left to say. Wear your orange jumpsuit and smuggle your favourite liquor past the warden… so that one of the working inmates can mix you up some delicious cocktails.
With a name taken from a Brazilian island known for its party attitude and festival feel, this is the ultimate party bar. Head to Floripa for a night of Latin American beats and a cultural fusion in sound, there is no doubt you will be dancing all night at Floripa.
A Kingsland Road staple, flocks of East London locals revel in the laid back nature of Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes. While the interiors may be ever-changing thanks to a local plethora of artists, the attitude remains as this: Cracking pizzas, a top selection of cocktails, and a crowd that promises to be non-assuming, as long as you are too.
Located on Hoxton Square, Gigi's is full of surprises with its eclectic clientele, artsy aesthetic and bold painted walls. For a great evening in this cool East London bar, hot foot it to a square that rivals the Albert one in antics and boozin' alike.
This all-day, all-night venue blends Italian dining with a European market hall approach to drinking. Head on down to experience the mouthwatering coal oven-baked pizzas with the largest selection of tap wine outside the US and a stunning array of absinthe.
Bounce is there if you're looking to eat, drink and play ping pong late into the night. It's a buzzing subterranean spot just down from Old Street, where big groups of mates book out tables and play to their heart's content. Each table can fit up to 20, so you can bring a bunch of mates to enjoy authentic Italian pizzas and gin cocktails.
Nestled in the bustling area of Old Street, The Alchemist are serving up some of London's most innovative cocktail creations. Serving drinks that fizz like bath bombs, change colour and come to life before your eyes, this bar will add a touch of drama to your after-work sessions.
Black Rock is pretty much a whisky lover;s heaven, bringing together over 250 bottles of whisky inside a minimalist, cool and contemporary drinking space. But even novices will be drawn here, with their centrepiece of a 185-year-old, 18ft oak tree trunk in the middle of the bar, used as an interactive cocktail ageing system.
The LCC crew have arrived, and they're here to shake up the Shoreditch scene. Decking their irresistibly cool dwellings out in biker-themed fashion, plonk yourself on a black leather and climb into a quirky cocktail list, with 'Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman', the 'Brixton Riot' and the 'Smoking Barrel' all must tries. If you're near Old Street, try their beautiful botanical space.
This hidden party bar located just off Bethnal Green Road is sure to set your senses alive. Encapsulating Shoreditch with its bold decor, slamming cocktails and fresh DJs, it's definitely one to check out thanks to its off the radar attitude and a less than assuming party crowd.
This quirky bar in Shoreditch promises nine custom-made table tennis tables, street art and even a ping pong pro-robot to challenge if you're feeling brave enough. Think buzzing party vibes, tournaments, beer pong and plenty of fun at this unique London hangout.
Founded by bartender royalty Alex Kratena and Monica Berg, this East London bar was one of the most hotly anticipated openings of 2019. With sleek Old Street digs, a kitchen menu not to be missed and drinks in the form of world-class cocktails, it's not hard to see why it's already winning awards.