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Together the duo behind one of London’s coolest cocktail bars, Worship Street Whistling Shop, Tristan Stephenson and Tom Aske are extending their nightlife repertoire once more. Operating as a basement bar designed to ‘quash stereotypes in the world of whisky’, Black Rock is an intimate drinking den with a minimalist and contemporary setting.

As legends in the industry with their own beverage consultancy, Stephenson and Aske now turn their attention to showcasing some of the finest whisky blends in the world. There’s to be over 250 bottles on display in a Whisky Library that spans the length of the room, as roaming bartenders mix and serve a range of whisky cocktails to guests against a hip-hop and electro-funk soundtrack.

There's no doubting the centrepiece at Black Rock, as guests gather around an 18ft, 185-year old oak tree trunk which also acts as an interactive cocktail ageing system. A must-visit for whisky aficionados and novices alike, Black Rock pushes boundaries while offering a novel, personal approach to service.



Day Open Close Notes
17:00 23:00
17:00 23:00
17:00 00:00
17:00 01:00
17:00 02:00
17:00 02:00
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Black Rock
9 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS

East London

Nearest station:
Liverpool Street (Tube)
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Our Review

Black Rock Shoreditch - London Bar Review

Black Rock Shoreditch - London Bar Review

Let’s face it, any mention of a ‘whisky bar’ and your average punter is going to expect an old-school, cigar-laden, stuffy and most-likely unwelcoming place to drink. But as is the rise of important discussions around social...

Read our full Black Rock Shoreditch - London Bar Review review

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Amazin cozy place! Ideal for whisky lovers visited Black Rock on 13 Oct 2017
15 Oct 2017 by

Amazing place for whiskey with friends! visited Black Rock on 05 Oct 2017
07 Oct 2017 by

Fantastic customer service, outstanding oysters and the selection and organisation of the whiskeys made for a truely enjoyable night - we didn't want to leave! visited Black Rock on 30 Sep 2017
03 Oct 2017 by

Great and unique place. Definitely Worth a visit. visited Black Rock on 29 Sep 2017
02 Oct 2017 by

Lovely attentive staff. Great evening visited Black Rock on 29 Sep 2017
01 Oct 2017 by

Fantastic whiskey bar!!! Great atmosphere (excellent music playlist) and extremely insightful and friendly staff - will definitely be visiting again soon. Thank you!! Katie visited Black Rock on 25 Sep 2017
27 Sep 2017 by

Had a fabulous visit to Black Rock. My husband even managed to find 2 whiskies he'd never tried before. Wonderful informative staff!! Will return! Patricia visited Black Rock on 22 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017 by

Great night, really friendly staff, amazing venue and of course fantastic whiskey! visited Black Rock on 22 Sep 2017
24 Sep 2017 by

Amazing whisky selection, Amazing Staff - Top night! CHARLIE_T33 visited Black Rock on 20 Sep 2017
22 Sep 2017 by

Really nice atmosphere to drink a whiskey. Big range to please anyone and the bar tenders gave us really good recommendations! For whiskey lover I recommend this bar! sandrinemartin22 visited Black Rock on 16 Sep 2017
18 Sep 2017 by

Lovely evening, helpful staff, interesting concept visited Black Rock on 26 Aug 2017
28 Aug 2017 by

Superb place, wonderful for whiskey, but I think the snack selection is too small. visited Black Rock on 25 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017 by

Friendly staff, interesting decor, amazon experience! Will definitely be back visited Black Rock on 22 Aug 2017
24 Aug 2017 by

Great service, looked after by Alex who was absolutely great. Would definitely recommend visiting here, very unique, love the table that is converted into a huge cask where they are ageing their own whiskey. visited Black Rock on 16 Aug 2017
18 Aug 2017 by

Interesting venue. Excellent customer service and choice of drinks. Security really friendly as well. visited Black Rock on 12 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by

It's great. Lovely staff, a really fun and interesting experience. We started with the 'table whiskies' then had a couple of drams and finished with a cocktail. All were delicious. Nicholas visited Black Rock on 11 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by

The concept is a great one; however, you need staff who take the time to explain the it well and are there to serve you. That was not my experience which was disappointing. visited Black Rock on 11 Aug 2017
14 Aug 2017 by

Excellent Bar with very helpful staff! visited Black Rock on 03 Aug 2017
05 Aug 2017 by

God i loved it here. So welcoming and not pretentious stuffy whisky bar at all. The team there know their sh*t and are so informative on all the whiskys. Loved that you can go discover new tipples based on flavour notes too. Good list of beers too for the non whisky drinkers (and cocktails). Love this little den.
28 Jul 2017 by

It pains me to tell you how good this place is, as it's only little and if it gets too popular I'll never get in! It's a genuinely amazing little whiskey bar. If you don't like whiskey, I really don't recommend it! The ambience, staff, product, everything is just awesome. 100% recommend it. visited Black Rock on 27 Jul 2017
28 Jul 2017 by

We had a great night at Black Rock. The guys were welcoming and friendly. It was a quiet night (Tuesday) but that didn't matter because they were really attentive and keen to tell us all about the whisky and help us pick each of our drinks. I am not a whisky drinker and I loved it, the cocktails were delicious. My boyfriend loves whisky and enjoyed perusing the "library" and tasting a few of the Japanese whiskys. I would definitely recommend Black Rock, it's more than just a bar, it's an experience. visited Black Rock on 18 Jul 2017
20 Jul 2017 by

I love Black Rock and it by far has the best cocktails in town. However this time was slightly ruined by the staff members rather sexist comment about my preference of drink "likely to be a pornstar martini". That set the blind date I was on off to a rather awkward start. Always one to have a laugh, this joke was rather unfunny. Maybe a little mindfulness of language wouldn't go amis visited Black Rock on 14 Jul 2017
17 Jul 2017 by

Fantastic evening sampling some excellent whisky from around the world. Will definitely be busting agin soon. visited Black Rock on 12 Jul 2017
14 Jul 2017 by

As always...loving the whisky selection and the ambience visited Black Rock on 29 Jun 2017
01 Jul 2017 by

Taken back by the amazing depth of whiskey which was matched by the knowledge of those serving it. Fantastic little bar and very much the epitome of a whiskey bar. Suki visited Black Rock on 14 Jun 2017
27 Jun 2017 by

Incredible service from Tom and Kevin, personalised recommendations and excellent drinks. Even for non whisky drinkers, this bar is a great experience and they found something to suit all tastes. visited Black Rock on 21 Jun 2017
23 Jun 2017 by

Outstanding service! Great place for whiskey lovers and the beginners! Highly recommend! visited Black Rock on 16 Jun 2017
18 Jun 2017 by

This is an absolutely brilliant bar with great ambiance and knowledgeable staff. The only place I would trust to make me a whisky-based cocktail. The Smokey cocktail was superb! visited Black Rock on 13 Jun 2017
15 Jun 2017 by

Superb. Knowledgeable, friendly staff, great atmosphere, cracking drinks. visited Black Rock on 07 Jun 2017
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