Escape the east London metropolis and arrive at the North African themed Casa Blue if it's something a little different you're after. Great food platters are perfect to share for larger groups, while the bar offers deliciously wicked cocktails in bijou but charming surroundings and the party vibes are carefully nurtured by the funky afrobeat tracks on the speakers.
Shoreditch Bars and Clubs
Blessed with all kinds of elusive basement bars, boutique clubs, warehouse parties and gastropubs, Shoreditch is renowned for its cutting edge nightlife. Good for a pumping party almost every day of the week, you'll find bohemians, rockers, indie kids and everybody in between spilling out onto Old Street to seek out some of London's hottest nightspots. Our handy guide to the best bars and clubs in Shoreditch is as follows.
Home of an extraordinary selection of beer and good, solid comfort food options, The Draft House has quickly become one of Shoreditch's most prized assets. It's a pub packed with interesting stuff and an eye-catching decor, where the music is always on point and friendly staff pour your pints and serve up a classic spread featuring delectable burgers and hot dogs.
Renowned for their truly innovative drinks, corking food and a treasure chest of unique quirks and oddities, it's not hard to see why Callooh Callay's trophy cabinet has seen so much action down the years. Chill in the downstairs bar, soak up some VIP treatment upstairs or work your way through the wardrobe to uncover the secret room!
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 sofa and roll your sleeves up; there's some serious drinking to be done here. There's drinks to suit all tastes, and mixes like the 'Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman' and the 'Brixton Riot' are as quirky as their names suggest.
Mixing Shoreditch cool with City sophistication, Dirty Martini is the place to let your hair down after work. Happy hour drink deals set you up just fine, with DJs loading up the bass-heavy dance tracks ready for a big night on the tiles. If Bishopsgate doesn't suit, you could always check out their Monument and St Paul's venues.
One of Brick Lane's leading lights can be found in the form of Apples & Pears. A charismatic and vibrant cocktail bar on Osborn Street, these guys serve up lip-smacking wood fired pizzas washed down with a refreshing blend of signature cocktails. It's open until 1am at the weekends, and there's a cocktail garden for the warmer months.
Nightjar is a charming drinking space at the forefront of Shoreditch's clutch of scintillating speakeasy bars. Step off City Road and descend a tight staircase to discover a roaring twenties hideaway with art deco touches, candlelit tables and friendly bartenders serving up their unique cocktails.
Whether you're in need of a stiff drink after work, or just want to let your hair down as the weekend approaches, this east London paradise is just what you need. There's palm trees, deck chairs and a cocktail shack just for you.
Hidden on Brick Lane you'll find Hopscotch and The Drinking Den: the latter is a speakeasy where great booze makes even better cocktails; the former is a small plates restaurant, inspired by everywhere from Europe to East Asia, and made from British ingredients.
You'll find one of our favourite restaurant bars in the area sitting pretty in the heart of Great Eastern Street. This is the Jones Family Project; an eatery serving delightful food and booze sourced very close to home. Select from their many handsome areas and indulge in an A La Carte menu and a drink or two from the NYC-styled long bar.
This great bar and club in Shoreditch offers both a casual drinking environment as well as a serious club experience. With cheap entry, quirky decor and great drinks, it attracts and cool and creative crowd.
Shoreditch Gone Wild is one of London's finest bar/club crawls, showcasing some of the best bars and clubs in the Shoreditch area. Visiting top venues such as Floripa and Cargo along the way, expect an evening of fun, frolics and cheap drinks. Tickets only cost £10 and get you free entry to some of the best bars and clubs in Shoreditch.
McQueen adds a dab of old Hollywood to Shoreditch with a bar, restaurant and club offering something to suit any mood in any of its three rooms. This joint is styled with plenty of swagger and attitude bringing a touch of New York to East London. Head to McQueen early in the evening and get your night off to a flying start with a buzzing atmosphere, live entertainment be it a new band or circus performers. Stay put and head downstairs to the venue's club for some rock 'n' roll glamour getting your feet moving until closing time. Book online.
Step off Hackney Road and discover something altogether different. Work your way through the giant 'looking glass' and into a world of decadent debauchery, with mesmeric cocktails and eccentric entertainment soon to follow. Undeniably one of the coolest bars in East London, it's the place to be for unique and unusual cocktails.
The Be At One team are known for their expertly created cocktails and party vibes throughout London, and their Shoreditch base is no exception. Join a melting pot of trendy after-work professionals, party people on their way out and cocktail lovers squeezing in as many different concoctions as possible during the very generous happy hour.
Kingsland Road's Catch Bar offers the perfect balance between party bar and late night club. Make yourself at home during the week when fresh food, craft beers and colourful cocktails reign supreme, or come for a dance at the weekend when club nights and live music will have you dancing out the door in the early hours.
A quirky Great Eastern Street hideaway doused in faded circus glamour, there's always something fun to try at Trapeze. Hit the ground floor if it's punchy cocktails and tasty sharing platters you're after, or take it to the basement where the underground sound of deep house takes hold every weekend.
Found yourself on Hoxton Square with some time to kill? Zigfrid von Underbelly - with its eclectic interior, great food and belting DJ nights - is your safe haven. Zigfrid's pretty flexible; it's equally adept at hosting a few chilled out bevvies after work and your Friday night fix of late night dancing too.
Looking for a quirky bar in East London with a side of personality? SiNK offers 9 custom made tables, a ping pong robot (no, really!), awesome tunes, Americana eats, and plenty of fun. Come here for games of beer pong, good drinks and good times.
Sometimes in life you just need to climb into a mountainous sourdough pizza washed down with a couple of kick-ass cocktails. Here's where the Hoxton Seven really comes into its own, and with a bouncing basement bar complete with regular DJ nights there's every reason to stay a little later.
They perfected the blueprint in Camden, and now Blues Kitchen has become one of Shoreditch's hottest spots too. Sink your teeth into a menu decorated with masterful burgers, wings, ribs and steaks, pop a couple of cocktails down the hatch and then make your way to the dance floor, where a live band play blues tracks into the early hours.
One of East London's leading fun-time party bars comes in the form of the High Street's Barrio Shoreditch. With flamboyant furnishings, delicious cocktails and a crowd that loves to throw its hands in the air and party like nobody's watching, a lively night out is assured.
This cool and trendy Shoreditch bar offers some of the finest cocktails in town, not to mention and fabulous party atmosphere, late night opening hours and the best tunes all night long.
Located on a stretch of Old Street, The Gibson is movie-star magic. The tiny little bar may only be one room but, the night promises endless surprises as a live piano player takes to the keys every night and cocktails and amazing concoctions that use ingredients from far flung corners of the world - fried worms anyone?
A melting pot where Brazilian beach bar meats London bloc party, Floripa assures one of the best party atmospheres in east London. Chow down on Brazilian street food, drain an ice cold caipirinha and soak in the vibrant decor, with DJs at the weekends and frequent live performers to round things off.
No Shoreditch list is complete without a shout out to this famous clubbing destination just off Old Street. Welcoming top-drawer DJs to the decks week in, week out, XOYO opens its doors to hedonists from all over London and beyond for a breathless party which rolls on until sunrise.
Forget those crowded bars and rowdy clubs, The Basement Shoreditch is a venue that combines expertly-made cocktails with attentive hosting and an unbeatable music playlist. Whether you're a fan of gin or would rather slip on a single malt scotch, the experienced team running the show have everything you could ever need.