Based just off Old Street roundabout, Nightjar is a stylish Shoreditch cocktail bar that needs no introduction. Famous for being at the top of London's mixology game, the venue stuns and amazes with its incredible selection of inventive drinks and sultry, speakeasy vibes.
Cocktail Bars in Shoreditch
Shoreditch - arguably London's trendiest, most progressive area. A place where no boundary is left unpushed and where word of a quirky new pop-up is met with welcoming crowds. Featuring some of the most interesting creations and venues in city's cocktail scene, it's unquestionably where you need to go if you want to try the latest quirky concoction. To help you whittle through them all, here's our guide to the best cocktail bars in Shoreditch.
Callooh Callay is a Shoreditch cocktail bar that prides itself on pushing every boundary it comes in contact with. Eccentric by all meanings of the word, not only can the cocktail list can be found in the bar's sticker book, but the bar even has its own secret Palace of Humbug room.
Based on Hackney Road, the Looking Glass bar is something of a hero in the ever-changing Shoreditch cocktail bar scene. Navigate your way down a few winding corridors and see if you can find the venue's secret room, with quirky cocktails that match the bar's character and concept.
With its sister venue - The Worship Street Whistling Shop - just a stone's throw away, Black Rock is a cocktail bar known for its brilliant whisky collection. Armed with over 250 different bottles and fittingly decorated with a suave, Don Draper-esque image in mind, the venue is a Shoreditch gem.
With venues all across the capital, the team behind this quirky bar are capable of rivalling any. Always creating new concoctions and known for creating a party vibe whatever the time of day, this fun venue embodies why cocktail bars in Shoreditch are some of London's most popular.
Be At One offers East Londoners a stress-free, easy-going night out with a wide array of signature cocktails to tempt your taste buds. Grab your mates after work, head on over to Old Street and enjoy everything this carefree cocktail bar has to offer.
Based on Great Eastern Street, Floripa kicks into life each weekend when the live bands and carefree DJs take over. Perfect for a boozy night out, this Shoreditch cocktail bar is certain to leave you with a beaming smile and a musical spring in your step.
This isn't your average cocktail bar in Shoreditch, this is Alcotraz. And here, you'll need to smuggle your contraband booze past the prison guards and into the hands of one of the inmates. Once inside? Your bartenders will shake up something great, as long as you don't get caught.
Head underneath Blues Kitchen Shoreditch and you'll find a quirky speakeasy you didn't even know you had been looking for. Boasting whiskey-based cocktails, southern American bar snacks and a female-fronted RnB soundtrack, Moonshine Minnie's is one cool joint.
Suave, stylish and a little sultry, this basement bar underneath Brushfield Street's Blixen offers an inspired selection of drinks. From elegant overproof bourbon mixes to a unique, nettle-laced gin muddle, you're sure to find something unique to try at The Bar Downstairs.
When it comes to cracking cocktails in Shoreditch, there's nothing quite like some fresh meat to shake things up. Enter Nikki's: the Hoxto Square bar filled with Tarantino-esque touches, twisted concoctions and a buzzing atmosphere to take you from after-work drinks to late nights out.
From classics like Martins and Side Cars to signature twists on old favourites, The Redchurch is a top choice for drinks in Shoreditch. If you're after something a little different, check out the dessert cocktails and massive punch bowls.
When it comes to cocktails in east London, Trafik is the go-to for party bar vibes. Not only can you soak up classic cocktails, but you've also got two floors filled with banging beats, dance floors and good vibes. This is one for those looking for a big night out.
Not only do Serata Hall boast the largest selection of wine on tap outside the US, but they also have their eyes firmly set on absinthe, slow dripping it into a goblet with stirring spoon and sugar cube to give you a unique drinking experience in Shoreditch.
If you're looking for an extra touch of drama to your nights out in Shoreditch, head no further than The Alchemist Old Street where they've perfected the art of impressive cocktails. Be amazed by mixes that change colour, fizz like bath bombs and come to life before your eyes.
Escape the bustling streets of Shoreditch and head to this jaw-dropping cocktail bar for a few secret sips. Taking inspiration from the classic pickled cocktail, The Gibson's menu is built around a magical calendar that transports you to different seasons in different eras.
This beaut bar is ticking all the boxes when it comes to stylish decor, stunning small plates and delish cocktails. Having set up shop on Charlotte Road, this is a fab spot to unwind with friends, as they also have live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hands down one of the best cocktail bars in Shoreditch, Golden Bee features a stunning rooftop, clubbing area and live music until 3am. Plus, the venue dishes our cracking cocktails such as Moscow mules and smoking Mexican sours.
A one-stop shop for all of your night out needs, Gigis Hoxton is a bit of an all-rounder. Not only does this place boast some of the best cocktails in town, but also a fantastic basement club with DJs and live music, plus an alfresco terrace for sunshine sips.
If you're looking for some lip-smacking bevvies in Shoreditch, then be sure to check out Platform London. This cool haunt not only offers a fabulous drinks menu to keep revellers satisfied, but it's also home to a huge library of games, from Mario Kart to Just Dance, you won't be disappointed.
If you're looking to wet your whistle and then some, 28 Well Hung is the watering hole you need to check out. Pop along to dive into a load of signature cocktails (which are 2-4-1 on Fridays), as well as beers and wines, with scrumptious small plates to boot.
One of the best watering holes in Shoreditch, Simmons on Brick Lane is quite the boozer when it comes to drinks. Along with creative cocktails and boozy teapots, the venue fronts an award-winning happy hour on Sundays, as well as 2 mojitos for £10 on Mondays.
On Great Eastern Street, you'll find temper whipping up a whole range of bespoke tipples across its sultry interiors. From The Bone Rattler, which infuses bourbon with smoked bone butter (before adding wild honey liqueur, bitters and dark sugar), to the juicy Piña Pirilla, there's plenty for everyone to slurp.
Whipping up some of the best concoctions, NAMI Bar has gained quite a reputation for its serves. Head inside the Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch, where you'll be able to quaff a lip-smacking selection of Asian-inspired pours, all while delving into small plates.
One of the prettiest places on our list, The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch is decked out with beautiful greenery and modern decor. Fab for a catch-up with friends, it's also got the cocktails to match - think white negronis and lemongrass margaritas.
Music & Beans Shoreditch is a bit of an all-rounder. Not only does it rustle up a range of mouthwatering eats throughout the day, but it also shakes up a mean cocktail, with both classics and signatures available. Even better? On the weekend you knock them back while listening to live music.