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.

Last updated on 25th February 2021




Old Street Records

612 user reviews 4

A bustling venue with a focus on delivering cutting-edge 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 all to feature throughout the week, with intimate jazz nights and DJ sets held in the secret basement.

Apples and Pears

378 user reviews 5

Cocktail Tasting Package 1 £30 – 4 Cocktails

Apples & 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. Interiors are cool and quirky, and there's a heated cocktail garden out back.

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.

Bounce, Old Street

962 user reviews 5

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 and there's a table service policy throughout, which means you won't need to leave when you're ordering in the authentic Italian pizzas and gin cocktails.

Goose Island Brewpub

64 user reviews 5

Offering a slap up selection of craft beers (alongside Chicago-worthy deep dish pizzas), the Goose Island Brewpub brings you tasty food and bucket loads of atmosphere in a space made for laid back drinks and belly filling eats.

Catch Bar

21 user reviews 3

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 the party spreads over two floors, with DJ's, mixing the best tunes to get the party going.

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.

Trapeze

683 user reviews 4

Trapeze's arrival in Shoreditch has done nothing but improve what is already an incredible nightlife scene. A circus inspired bar and club that's split over two floors, expect comical quizzes and live music to DJs on a nightly basis. Always a fun night out, it's a truly eye-catching addition to the bars in Shoreditch.

Found

8 user reviews 4

Go and find Found and then report back to us on your findings. Joking. We'll do the hard work for you and give you a brief round up of why you should go to this secret Shoreditch bar. 1 - Finding it is half of the excitement, 2 - Once you're there, you'll be in the presence of some of London's top mixologists. 3 - This means the drinks are insane.  

Callooh Callay

759 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a great bar in Shoreditch then you need venture no further than Callooh Callay. Not only is it skilled in the art of fine cocktails, but this place also hides a 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. 

Dirty Martini Bishopsgate

250 user reviews 4

Situated just opposite Liverpool Street Station, this bar in Shoreditch offers a happy blend of city sophistication and revelry. This is the perfect place for after work drinks on account of its prime location in the city, plus with a 3 AM license and great happy hour drinks deals, you'll find yourself there longer than you planned. They've got outposts in Monument and St Paul's too.

Black Rock

276 user reviews 5

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.

Be At One Shoreditch

352 user reviews 4

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. 

In the heart of Shoreditch at the top of the hip Hackney Road, lies Looking Glass Cocktail Club. This great Shoreditch cocktail bar takes mixology to a whole new dimension. The entertainment at Looking Glass is tantalizing and titillating, challenging the powers of perception. Showcasing the weird, the wonderful, the wicked and fusing live music and performance art. 

Swift Shoreditch

1 user review 5

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.

The Jones Family Project

30 user reviews 4

The Jones Family Project is one of Shoreditch's best all-rounders. Ideal for both work and play, this Great Eastern Street hangout offers great food, delectable drinks and ever better company to an eclectic mix of visitors. There's a choice of innovative cocktails and thoughtfully selected wines to be had, and the venue's many versatile event spaces make it a stand out candidate.