Among those in the know Dalston is seen as a haven for the cool kids of London, 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, Dalston also has dozens of cosy, cool and chilled out gastro pubs with food, beer gardens and real ale. Whether your budget is high or low, start with our list of recommended Dalston pubs!
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.
One of the coolest pubs in Dalston, Hand of Glory is dosing its East London guests on something a little different. Perfect for those with a love of gin and roast dinners alike, get familiar with their pagan inspired interiors and roster of independent artwork lining the walls.
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.