Best Pubs in Dalston

Dalston is cool, filled with tons of places to soak up the unique culture like Ridley Road Market and The Dalston Rio. As well as quirky bars and clubs, its pubs are cosy, food, beer gardens and real ale all making up their bones. Whether your budget is high or low, start with our list of recommended Dalston pubs.

Last updated on 12th November 2021




The Three Compasses

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Three Compasses is a charming pub on Dalston Lane that doesn't conform to what you'd typically expect from a popular pub in zone two. It isn't a super-chic hipster parade with a microbrewery and a room for stroking cats; it takes a much more simple approach - focusing on serving up some of the best burgers in London, pouring the finest ales, offering a plethora of board games, and boasts some of the friendliest bar folk around. 

The Shacklewell Arms

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If there's a famous music pub in Dalston, it has to be The Shacklewell. With an intimate back room being graced daily by some of London's best independent bands, it's a well-known spot to catch a show, along with pool, affordable drinks and more.

The Vic's longstanding reputation for memorable live music nights speaks for itself. Welcoming music fans of all genres through their doors down the years, pop in today and you'll find an exciting gastropub vibe is to be enjoyed by the same token. The music plays on, but there's also a fine choice of classic cocktails, locally brewed beers, rotating menus in the kitchen and a friendly atmosphere.