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Best Bars In East London


Best Bars In East London

The Best Bars In East London

Like a lazy orthodontist, we’re going to have to ask you to brace yourself.

What follows is a list of East London’s best bars, many of which risk eliciting never-before-experienced levels of excitement. There’s bars here for every occasion, budget, and drinking partner. There’s hidden speakeasies. Rooftop date spots. And a timeworn sailors’ drinking den tacked onto London’s only remaining bona fide music hall.


Coupette | Bethnal Green


Easily one of our favourite bars in London, Coupette is an unpretentious, cosy cocktail den where the drinks all hover around the £10 mark, and yet do mystical things with maple vermouth, sunflower seeds, burnt treacle and smoke. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 423 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AN Book here

Ruby’s Bar & LoungeDalston

Ruby's Dalston Bar

Located under a large, lit-up cinema billboard currently bearing the words “Nothing to see here…” is music-filled basement speakeasy, Ruby’s. READ MORE

Details: Open Tuesday – Saturday | 76 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 7XBBook here

TT Liquor

TT Liquor best bars East London

An old Victorian police station, crammed with an unusual bottleshop, a cocktail workshop, a cinema, and a basement cocktail den with booths inside the former detention cells. READ MORE

Details: Open Tuesday – Saturday 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA Book here

The Culpeper | Brick Lane

Home to the greatest rooftop garden in East London, rain or shine. Meanwhile, the ground floor tavern is the perfect spot for a cocktail… or a glass of wine… or a craft cider… or a Sunday roast. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 40 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LP Book here

Discount Suit Company | Brick Lane

Discount Suit Company

A textbook date spot tucked away in a tailor’s old stock room, with Motown records and cocktails mixed by barkeeps fully fluent in the language of good drinks. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 29 Wentworth Street, E1 7TB Book here

The Zetter Townhouse | Clerkenwell

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The most sumptuous and intriguing of all London cocktail bars: packed with curios and oddities, it’s a den of lived in luxury, and easily one of the best bars in East London. READ MORE

Details: Open dailySt John’s Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ | Book here

The Sun Tavern | Bethnal Green

Sun Tavern best bars East London

A rickety corner bar that was opened by the team behind Discount Suit Company just a few years ago, but looks like it’s been around much longer thanks to the peeling plasterwork and old-school fittings. Come with a big group, drink poitín, and make memories. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | 441 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0AN | Book here

Mahogany Bar, Wilton’s Music Hall | Whitechapel

Sailors and lovers have been frequenting The Mahogany Bar at Wilton’s since 1725. On Mondays, croonworthy pianists type catalogues of jazz and soul music all night for free. READ MORE

Details: Open Monday – Saturday from 5pm | Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, E1 8JB | Reserve for big tables here

Boundary | Shoreditch

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Shoreditch has seen it all: nuns, factory owners, criminals and prostitutes. Now it boasts a roof terrace with 360-degree views across the chimneys of the East End. And hipsters. READ MORE

Details: Open daily from noonBoundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD | Book here

NightjarOld Street

Nightjar - cocktail bars london

Nightjar is a bona fide speakeasy, complete with candlelight, conspiratorial whisperings, rose-tinted mirrors, leather chairs, live jazz and award-winning, strikingly presented cocktails. It’s also a bona fide contender for the best bar in London, full stop. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | 129 City Road, EC1V 1JB | Book here

Milroy’s | Spitalfields

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Opening a mere 55 years after the original, the folks at Milroy’s have had plenty of time to decide what their perfect bar would look like. Turns out, it’s a four storey townhouse with rotating cocktails, hundreds of whiskies, a tasting room for rare drams and a cigar terrace… READ MORE

Details: Open Monday – Saturday 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY Book here for the basement bar, or just walk-in upstairs

Kansas Smitty’s | London Fields

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The Kansas Smitty’s house band were so well-loved that they set up their own place, pouring all their love of juleps and live music into it. This buzzy basement bar, tucked away under Broadway Market, is the result. READ MORE

Details: Open Tuesday – Sunday Underneath ‘Off Broadway’, 63 Broadway Market, E8 4PH Book here

The Last Tuesday Society | Hackney

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If you think sharing your table with a stuffed lioness by the name of Leonora is unusual, you’ll need a stronger drink before heading downstairs to Viktor Wynd’s Wunderkabinett of Curiosities, an anti-museum filled with voodoo artefacts, two-headed sheep, and jars of celebrity poo… READ MORE

Details: Open Wednesday – Sunday 11 Mare Street, E8 4RP Book here

Callooh CallayShoreditch

Callooh Callay

A bustling Victorian-inspired bar, inside which lives the actual, legitimate speakeasy wardrobe to Narnia. And by ‘Narnia’, we mean Callooh Callay’s dimly-lit, tropicalia inspired hideaway lounge. READ MORE

Details: Main area open daily from 6pm 65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY Book here

Sager & Wilde | Hackney

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Top calibre, predominately Californian wines sold by the glass over a bar of reclaimed cast iron cellar doors. And as far as good aesthetics go… Yes, this is literally as far as good aesthetics go. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 8JL | Book here

Untitled | Dalston

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Tinfoil and naked bodies, together at last: Untitled’s one-of-a-kind interiors are matched only by the cocktails, like the Snow, with white clay, chalk and enoki vodka… READ MORE

Details: Open Thursday – Saturday | 538 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH | Book here

Scout | Hackney Central

Scout best bars East London

A cool, minimalist, no-waste cocktail laboratory where the shelves are lined with bottles of home-made tinctures and infusions made with foraged ingredients. READ MORE

Details: Open Wednesday – Saturday 224 Graham Road, E8 1BP Book here

Satan’s Whiskers | Bethnal Green

Satans Whiskers

A suave cocktail bar nestled between newsagents, mini-cab offices and strip clubs with an illuminated icebox on the bar full of sliced tropical fruits. READ MORE

Details: Open daily | 343 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9RA | Book on 02077398362

The Gibson | Old Street

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An intimate, low-lit bar on a corner of Old Street, where the cocktails arrive in clouds of mist, glowing beakers, and giant gold bananas. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 44 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ Book here

Three Sheets | Dalston

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Three sections on the menu. Three drinks in a section. Three sheets to the wind by the time you’re finished. The menu changes every week at this laid-back bar, giving you plenty of excuses to return. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 510b Kingsland Road, E8 4AE No bookings

Tayēr + Elementary | Old Street

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A bar of two halves, run by two couples. Up front, you can tuck into TĀTĀ’s legendary katsu sandos. Out back, you can savour one-sip martinis and inventive cocktails made with serious care and dedication. READ MORE

Details: Open Monday – Saturday 152 Old Street, EC1V 9BW Book here

Lounge Bohemia | Shoreditch

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Probably London’s best subterranean molecular cocktail bar styled after a 1960s lounge bar from the Czech Republic. READ MORE

Details: Open daily 1e Great Eastern Street, Hackney, London, EC2A 3EJ Book via 07720707000

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