Bars in Shoreditch
The trending district for everything from French Bulldogs, to 'Hipster' 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 28th September 2017
A bustling venue with a focus on delivering cutting-edge music to the masses, Old Street Records is one of the coolest new 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.
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.
Hidden above Rivington Street's Bedroom Bar, NOLA is a New Orleans inspired bar in Shoreditch promising live jazz, delicious drinks and a completely unique ambience thanks to their heralded concoctions and humble NO tones. NOLA was recently voted as one of the top 4 cocktail bars in the world. Serious stuff.
The Nightjar Bar is class personified with live jazz, beautiful decor and wonderful cocktails. A secret speakeasy bar hidden by Old Street station, the cocktails are unique and designed extremely well. Nightjar is always packed out by a discerning crowd thanks to its vintage vibes, prohibition inspired bustle and high-quality charms.
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.
Barrio Shoreditch is one of East London's best cocktail bars. This fun time party bar is a great place in Shoreditch for letting your hair down and enjoying delicious cocktails. Barrio Shoreditch is a cool and quirky cocktail bar that raises the bar of South American themed cocktail bars in London.
Translate Bar is a great Shoreditch hotspot with an industrial vibe and rugged wooden furnishings. Well worth visiting for their fun approach to cocktail making alone, you can also indulge in a little live music throughout the week. A Shoreditch bar with real character, kick back and relax with a few drinks in this East London hangout any day of the week.
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.
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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.
From the man behind The Talented Mr Fox comes Scout, an intimate and innovative cocktail spot. Located moments from Old Street, the bar is split in two, from the upstairs which serves mixes made from seasonal British produce, through to the downstairs laboratory which is perfect for seeing how the magic happens.
Perched on a corner of Kingsland Road, The Old Shoreditch station is an original gaff steeped in heritage from once being a decommissioned train station, which was part of the Great Eastern railway. Taking on something between a cafe, bar and pub vibe, it's an ideal place to perch with a pint or glass of liquor in hand.
With three large cinema screens, a number of sperate rooms and a handful of stages spread throughout the venue, The Rich Mix entertainment bar frequently hosts film screenings, live music performances and dazzling theatrical showcases. Dedicated to hosting only the finest artistic performances, expect to see some of London's best live spoken word acts and most promising dance and theatre companies strut their stuff at this characterful venue.
Have yourself a rootin' tootin' Americana inspired romp in Shoreditch at The Blues Kitchen. Whether you're noshing over burgers and alligator at dinner, knocking back a few crafty cocktails amongst the dance floor, or swooning over craft beer, whisky and one of their gospel nights, this haven of industrial interiors, music and musings has it all.
Located on Hoxton Square, this popular Shoreditch bar is full of surprises and quirky decorations to keep you on your toes thanks to its ever growing collection of vintage furniture and retro knick knacks. For a great evening in this cool East London bar, ho foot it to a square that rivals the Albert one in antics and boozin' alike.
XOYO's famous clubbing scene and eccentric cocktail bar upstairs makes it a formidable Shoreditch package. You can cut all kinds of shapes on the hallowed dance floor downstairs before working your way up to find their eccentric, NYC-inspired bar above. There's a range of drinks, a good selection of bar snacks and bookable tables.
Black Rock is pretty much a whisky lovers 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.
Cool, but not afraid to get down and dirty, Roadtrip is the late night party bar in Shoreditch, closing at 5 AM Fridays and Saturday nights. Its American jukebox feel gives it a devil-may-care attitude that is hard to resist. The DJs play a sexy mash-up of party tunes that is sure to get you on the dancefloor, or alternatively choose your request on their amazing jukebox.
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.
Apples & Pears is a colourful, vibrant cocktail bar offering Brick Lane’s party people a tasty mix of Vietnamese street food and signature cocktails. The music programme is worth the visit alone; with motown, soul, funk and old skool hip-hop to enjoy alongside some catchy acoustic beats. Interiors are cool and quirky, and there’s a heated cocktail garden out back.
One of the most unique bars in Shoreditch, Bavarian Beerhouse injects a healthy dose of all things Bavarian into the bar scene of East London. Waiting staff wear traditional costume, and serve up ice cold beers in huge stein glasses alongside hearty dishes. DJs take to the decks on Friday and Saturday nights to play a soundtrack of tunes that'll keep you dancing until late.
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, ping pong tournaments, beer pong and plenty of fun at this unique London hangout.
Sleek, suave and carefree, Matchbox is a trendy cocktail bar 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. With cocktails named after famous sports stars and a line-up of fish bowls to get your night going, there are few better places to start a big night out in London.
Could we tempt you with some live music on Hoxton Square? There’s a cracking little spot to discover right in the heart of all the fun called - conviently enough - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. A seriously popular joint with the Shoreditch crowd, there’s a good choice of food and drinks, an outdoor terrace and a consistently top notch schedule of live bands playing throughout the week.
Casa Blue is a cool and lively DJ Bar located in the heart of Shoreditch close to Brick Lane. The North African styled decor makes for a good party place throughout the week, with it really taking off on weekends. The young and trendy crowd really know how to let off steam at this awesome bar in East London.
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.
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. Circus themed and brimming with vintage trinkets, taxidermy, clown paraphernalia and more, head on down for a four hour long happy hour, DJ nights and more.
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.
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.
Voted 'Most Viewed Listing' in DesignMyNight's 2012 awards, it is no mystery why Floripa is such a popular night out in East London. With a name taken from a Brazilian island known for its party attitude and festival feel, this is an ultimate party bar. Head here for a night of Latin American beats and a cultural fushion in sound, there is no doubt you will be dancing all night at Floripa.
The Hoxton Pony is one of our recommended bars in Shoreditch, adored by pleasure seekers across London on account of its seasonally changing cocktail menu designed by owner Gerry Calabrese, and the raucous parties held throughout the week. Book a space now through DesignMyNight to gain access to one of the most coveted bars in Shoreditch.
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.
Located in near Finsbury Square, The Devil's Darling is an intimate and sexy little drinks space that puts the focus back on classic cocktails. Join the bar for an after-work negroni or post dinner martini, as they choose three daily specials to tickle your taste buds.
Echoing the artsy stance of Shoreditch comes Rolling Stock, a hoarder of top notch DJ nights and late night boozing to boot. Not only boasting a raging beer garden with urban art and sunshine to boot, those looking for a late night dance floor doozie will be in luck thanks to a top selection of name faces and deck spinners.
Ninetyeight bar is a delightful basement cum cocktail bar in the heart of Shoreditch. This is a hard-to-find bar that has a vibe and atmosphere that might make this your favourite bar yet! Make sure you beat the crowd and head on down on a Saturday night for a destination only described as Elton Johns ideal interior. Just look at those pillows now would you.
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.
Bar Kick is everyone’s local in Shoreditch, boasting a cracking happy hour, great selection of beers and cocktails, table football everywhere (and tournaments to boot), and 3D live football shown in the basement downstairs of this welcoming venue.
This hidden party bar located just off Bethnal Green Road is sure to set your senses alive. Encapsulating Shoreditch with it's 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.
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 quirky stencilling design, a strong cocktail menu and hot DJ nights, Shoreditch Platform is one of East London's most exciting new openings. Split over two levels, the space offers areas to work during the day, while in the evening the upstairs bar is a hub of socialising.
Trafik is a Shoreditch bar all about the music. Open until the early hours of the morning nearly every day, they bring some of the best DJ collectives together with some great happy hour deals and two floors of music-loving punters.
If you’ve a quest to track down all the best places to drink beer in Shoreditch, The Draft House should be high up your list. A charming space filled with interesting characters and an eye-catching decor, pull up a stool and sample their special range of beer - each has been sourced with great effort and care. And what of the food? The pub also carries a strong selection of beer food, sharing plates and classic mains if you need a bite to eat.
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.
A really cool Shoreditch cocktail bar, Far Rockaway is a versatile venue whose cuisine and drinks are regularly revered by all who walk through its doors. Inspired by the Queens NY resort, it boats an incredible selection of American themed cocktails such as the "Peanut Butter Cup" with real Reese's pieces and dark chocolate liqueur.
Hoxton Square’s network of chic London basement bars is hardly a secret. You’ll find one of our favourites below Electricity Showrooms, where the handsome combination of killer cocktails, cosy booths and neon lighting creates a bespoke bar perfect for unwinding after a stressful day.