Located on a stretch of Old Street, The Gibson is movie-star magic. The tiny bar may only be one room but the night promises endless surprises, as a live piano player takes to the keys every night and the bar's signature concoctions use ingredients from all corners of the world - fried worms anyone?
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. Explore our handy guide to the best bars and clubs in Shoreditch here.
Bringing the weekend spirit to Shoreditch seven days a week, Tuk Tuk is a hopping party bar that stays open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. The fun space is packed with eclectic items, including umbrellas and neon pieces, while at the back Secret Samosa Club is feeding you with deliciousness.
Sat on the start of the Kingsland Road, Junction East is a cheap and cheerful bar that's always up for a good time. Spread across three floors, the space is a simple mix of stripped back interiors and places to perch, with DJs spinning you until the early hours come the weekend.
Found yourself on Hoxton Square with some time to kill? Gigi's - with its bold interior, great food and belting DJ nights - is your safe haven. This bar is 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.
Mixing Shoreditch cool with City sophistication, Dirty Martini is the place to drink after work. Happy hour drink deals set you up, with DJs loading up the dance tracks ready for a big night out afterwards. If Bishopsgate doesn't suit, you could always check out their Monument and St Paul's venues.
When it comes to nights out in Shoreditch, this Old Street bar should be on your radar. Spread across two floors, Trafik is a heaving spot filled with live music, dance floors and a whole load of cocktails to keep you watered as you head from after work drinks to a full-blown night out.
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.
A Shoreditch bar with some of the most thrilling entertainment in London, Hijingo is putting its own twist on bingo. Attempt to scoop up some incredible prizes with high-stakes gameplay, state-of-the-art set design and delicious refreshments to hand.
Renowned for their innovative drinks, food and a treasure chest of unique quirks and oddities, Callooh Callay is one of London's most esteemed bars. 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 are shaking up the Shoreditch scene with their irresistibly cool dwellings kitted-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 with a banging happy hour and party spirit 'till the early hours.
Head to Q early in the evening and get your night off to a strong start with a buzzing atmosphere, live entertainment (be it a new band or circus performers). Stay put and witness the downstairs club becomes a hub for rock 'n' roll glamour that gets your feet moving until closing time.
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.
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.
Looking for a quirky bar in East London with a side of personality? SiNK offers nine custom-made tables, a ping pong robot (no, really), awesome tunes, American-inspired eats, and plenty of fun. Come here for games of beer pong, good drinks and even better memories.
Taking its name from Redchurch Street which it lies on, this bustling bar is one of Shoreditch's finest. Think DJs spinning the tunes well into the morning, alongside sharing punch bowls, signature sips and even dessert cocktails... perfect for an after-work drinking session in East London.
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 are in full swing.
A late-night party den, art venue and cool cocktail spot all in one, JuJu's Bar & Stage are keeping Shoreditch punters on their toes. Whether you fancy catching some rays in their gorgeous beer garden, tucking into a Pan-Asian burger or watching a live performance, this is the place for you.
Escape the East London metropolis and head to the North African-themed Casa Blue. Here you'll find food platters that are perfect for sharing, while the bar offers delicious cocktails in bijou yet charming surroundings, while the party vibes are carefully nurtured by the funky afrobeat tracks on the speakers.
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, The Lighthouse frequently attracts a cool and creative crowd from East London every day of the week.
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.
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.
Set in Hoxton Square, this vibrant bar is bringing a taste of Latin American to Shoreditch with their Havana-themed decor. Step into a Cuban world, complete with retro game consoles, cracking pizza choices and a generous happy hour at this party bar.
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.
Be At One is known for their party vibes throughout London, and their Shoreditch bar 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.
Located just minutes from Old Street station, this circus-themed bolt-hole is a quirky spot for cocktails. Not only can you enjoy cocktail deals and beers offers through the week, but the menu of classics and modern concoctions is enough to quench your thirst.
This cool and trendy Shoreditch bar offers some of the finest cocktails in town, not to mention and fabulous party atmosphere. If you've got a hankering for late night opening hours and the best tunes all night long, Sunset Bar is a cool and quirky bar that's sure to deliver.
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 a refreshing blend of signature cocktails. It's open until 1am at the weekends, and there's a cocktail garden for the warmer months.
It's full steam ahead as Shoreditch Platform welcomes you to get down in style each and every night. From house and disco in the loft to special guest DJs, this is the spot for great nights out in Shoreditch with its party spirit and enticing bar selection.
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, this the place to be for unique and unusual nights in Shoreditch.
A hidden gem characterised by its dark green leather booths and original east London artworks, Portside Parlour is the perfect spot for date night. There's expertly made cocktails, a neat and tidy tapas menu and a very exclusive range of spirits that are available to purchase by the bottle.