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The Best Bars in Shoreditch

The Best Bars in Shoreditch & Spitalfields

Last updated: 9th April 2020

If you’re a ghost reading this, you’re in the right place.

Because happily, all these bars serve spirits.

And if you’re a regular human being looking for the best bars in Shoreditch and Spitalfields, well, you’re in the right place too – because we’ve crafted a bespoke, highly curated guide of the area’s best bars for you.

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TT Liquor

TT Liquor Shoreditch bars

This converted Victorian police station has gone from putting people behind bars to… well, putting some more people behind bars. Only needless to say, they’re a lot more happy about it. It’s now a temple to booze, including a rare bottle shop, a cinema, a mixology classroom and a subterranean cocktail den with intimate booths set in the former cells. The drinks menu rolls through the great cocktailing eras, which they’ll also happily curate into a bespoke drinking journey for your group. READ MORE

Details: 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | Bar open Wed-Sat, 5pm-12am£££

Blues Kitchen

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch bar

An oldie, but a goodie. If you’re looking for somewhere that combines nightly live music from a fleet of rambunctious funk, soul and blues bands with over 100 varieties of bourbon; dancing; BBQ ribs; chandeliers made from gramophones; a hireable airstream caravan and a small animatronic fishing boy… then this is really the only place. READ MORE

Details: 134 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AR Open daily ££

Flight Club Shoreditch

Flight Club Shoreditch bars

The people behind Bounce (which combines ping pong with booze) and All Star Lanes (which combines bowling with booze) put their minds together to create Flight Club, a darts bar that combines private booth areas, striking industrial-Victoriana decor, oven-baked pizzas, fast-paced games and a set of high-tech animated darts boards designed by a literal rocket scientist… with booze. READ MORE

Details: 2a Worship Street, EC2A 2AH Open daily £££

Callooh Callay

Callooh Callay best shoreditch bars

This multiple award-winning bar is inspired by Alice in Wonderland – though we’re fairly confident in saying that the drinks here won’t have any unexpected side effects regarding your height. They are, however, extremely delicious-tasting – though if you get tired of the offering down here, you can always ask very nicely to make your way through the mysterious-looking wardrobe, and head up to the members’ bar upstairs where bartenders take over on a monthly basis to try out new concoctions. READ MORE

Details: 65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY | Open daily 6pm-1am (Jubjub bar 6pm-2am Wed-Sat) | ££

Happiness Forgets

Happiness Forgets Shoreditch bar

As Jacques Prévert wrote, “Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it”. Sage advice, given that HF is the ultimate in candlelit, subterranean cocktail bars, lying low beneath Hoxton Square. It comes to you from an ex-Pegu (in NYC) mixologist, who’s also behind Stoke Newington stalwart Original Sin. The cocktails here are purely excellent – even if you can’t remember them the next morning. READ MORE

Details: 8-9 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU | Open daily 5-11pm£££

The Gibson

Gibson best Shoreditch bars

The Gibson, tucked away unexpectedly on an Old Street corner, likes to think of itself as a time machine, offering you the opportunity to traverse space and time through the medium of cocktails. And trust us, you loved it. The interiors are a beautiful Belle Epoque mash-up, drinks arrive served on candlesticks and in smoking coconuts, and there’s regular music nights (from different decades, naturally) to accompany you on your travels. READ MORE

Details: 44 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ Open Mon-Sat 5pm-2am, Sunday 1-10.30pm ££


Nightjar best Shoreditch bars

Sometimes you want a place for an apocalyptic knees-up, with flights of shots, a light-up dance-floor, and lasers. And sometimes you want a subterranean, date-worthy speakeasy with nightly jazz performances and award-winning cocktails. Nightjar is very much for those times. READ MORE

Details: 129-131 City Road, EC1V 1JB | Open Sun-Wed 6pm-1am, Thurs 6pm-2am, Fri/Sat 6pm-3am£££

Lounge Bohemia

Lounge Bohemia Shoreditch bars

Despite its location underneath an innocuous-seeming kebab shop in Shoreditch, the fact that it sports a mid-century Czech Republic aesthetic and serves gin and tonic droplets in basil leaves, Lounge Bohemia remains – somehow – completely unpretentious. Experimental, innovative and beautifully presented, the cocktails here come courtesy of Paul Tvaroh, a self-trained mixologist. Proof, if ever was needed, that if you want something doing right, you should do it yourself… READ MORE

Details: 1e Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ | Open daily 6pm-midnight (11pm Sun)££

Black Rock

Black Rock Shoreditch bars

Black Rock is a love letter to whiskey. In the basement, you’ll find a dark, moody drinking den sporting half a tree filled with whisky laid down the middle, and carefully selected, flavour-profiled whiskey cabinets lining the walls. Upstairs, you’ll find a more casual ‘whisky tavern’ serving highballs in Japanese-inspired surroundings, a drinking terrace, and a blending room to create your own whisky… READ MORE

Details: 9 Christopher Street, EC2A 2BS | Open Mon-Sat from 5pm-late£££

Tayēr + Elementary

Tayer Elementary best bars Shoreditch

Tayēr + Elementary comes to us from the dual partnership of Monica Berg (whose last bar was Oslo’s Himkok, No.19 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list) and Alex Kratena, whose last bar was London’s own Artesian, previous No.1 on the same list for four years running. So, to put it bluntly, they know how to mix a drink. READ MORE

Details: 152 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9BW Open Mon-Sat, 11.30am-midnight ££

CTC Brick Lane

Cocktail Trading Company Brick Lane

Cola liqueur. German whisky. 19th century buchi leaf gin. You know a bar’s special when the fact that they serve a Bag O’ Chips cocktail (mingling Irish poitín with roast potato seasoning syrup) isn’t their most interesting feature. Wild, theatrical cocktails are served against the warm backdrop of an old Victorian parlour, with live music every Wednesday evening. READ MORE

Details: 68 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GQ Open daily ££


Boundary Shoreditch bar

Winter, summer, rain or shine; Boundary is the year-long rooftop bar and grill restaurant atop Terence Conran’s Shoreditch hotel. And they’ve got pretty close to perfecting the mathematically foolproof formula for romance, with firepits, festoon lighting, Champagne and tables for two beneath shady trees. READ MORE

Details: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD | Open daily, 12-11pm (walk-in only for drinks) £££



The Culpeper

Culpeper best Spitalfields bars

This Spitalfields pub is hard to top. Unless you top it with a roof terrace and vegetable garden with a bespoke BBQ grill, a functioning fireplace, a privately hireable greenhouse with its own cocktail bar and a series of rooftop sessions from yoga and drawing to astronomy nights. READ MORE

Details: 40 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LP Open daily from 11am £££

Discount Suit Company

Discount Suit Company best bars Shoreditch

Despite the name, Discount Suit Company is ready to kit you out with a very different set of ‘tails. Tucked down an unmarked door on an otherwise deserted street at night, it’s a genuinely illicit-feeling drinking den, with a roaring soul soundtrack, industrial bulbs glowing softly against exposed brick walls, and cocktails that may – nay, will blow your mind. READ MORE

Details: 29 Wentworth Street, E1 7TB | Open M-Th 5pm-midnight, F/Sa 2pm-1am, Sun 5-11pm££

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

Hawksmoor Cocktail Bar shoreditch

With porthole doors, subway tiling and shimmering, beaten metal walls, the Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar is like a glamorous submarine. Take a seat in their intimate alcoves and sip now-classic numbers like Shaky Pete’s Ginger Brew; Green & Red margaritas and the Penichillin slushy… READ MORE

Details: Below Hawksmoor Spitalfields, 157a Commercial Street, E1 6BJ | Open Mon-Thurs 5.30-11pm, Friday 5.30pm-1am and Saturday 4pm-1am (closed Sunday) | ££

Milroy’s Spitalfields

Milroys Spitalfields bar

A suave, four-storeyed temple to whisky with a cocktail den in the cellar, a ground-floor bar stocked with over a thousand whiskies (and a fleet of barkeeps ready to mix up whatever you want), a members’ lounge serving exclusive drams, a cigar terrace and a whisky tasting room for in-depth masterclasses. READ MORE

Details: 76 Commercial Street, E1 6LY Open Monday-Saturday | £££

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town

Mayor scaredy cat town cool shoreditch bars

Walking into a restaurant full of people minding their own business, announcing that you’re here to see the mayor, and promptly stepping into a giant fridge is likely to be one of the more unusual ways you’ve started a Friday night. Or perhaps it’s not – in which case, you’ll feel perfectly at home in the speakeasy-style cavern beneath The Breakfast Club. It’s small, candlelit, and home to a bevy of quality cocktails – not bad for something you found at the back of the fridge. READ MORE

Details: The Breakfast Club, 12 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS | Open Mon-Thurs 5pm-12am, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10.30pm££


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