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25/06/18


The Best Bars in Shoreditch

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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Unusual Shoreditch Bars

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 Tues-Wed 3pm-12am, Thurs-Sat 3pm-1am Walk-in only

The Gibson | ££

Gibson best Shoreditch bars

The Gibson likes to think of itself as a time machine, offering you the opportunity to traverse space and time through the medium of cocktails. 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 temporal travels. READ MORE

Details: 44 Old Street, EC1V 9AQ Open Thursday-Saturday evenings Book here

Swift | £££

swift shoreditch bar

It’s another power couple line-up – only this time, there’s a couple of couples. Namely, Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston of Milk & Honey, and Nightjar founders Edmund Weil & Rosie Stimpson. Together, they opened a sleek Soho cocktail bar, which proved so popular that they’ve just opened a second in Shoreditch – and in the midst of a pandemic, no less… READ MORE

Details: 93 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HZ Open daily from 11am | Walk-ins only

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. Here, 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 Tues-Thurs 5.30-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 2pm-12am, Sun 2-11pm Book here (Fri & Sat walk-in only)

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 Tuesday-Saturday 6pm-12am | Book here

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 Mon-Wed 11.30am-12am, Thurs 11.30am-12.30am, Fri & Sat 11.30am-1am, Sun 11.30-10.30pm | Book here

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 | Temporarily closed

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 | Still temporarily closed

 

Shoreditch Rooftop Bars

Boundary | £££

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 Mon-Thurs 4-11pm, Fri-Sun 12-11pm Walk-in only for drinks

The Culpeper | ££

Culpeper best Spitalfields bars

This Spitalfields pub is hard to top. So they’ve gone all out 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 weekdays 4.30-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-7pm | Book here

Sushisamba | £££

sushisamba rooftop

The highest outdoor terrace in Europe doesn’t just rely on its views to draw the punters in. To match the cuisine (spanning from Japan to Brazil and Peru), there’s cocktails like bottle-conditioned negronis infused with cherry blossom; Kobe beef fat-washed Japanese whisky highballs; and a caipirinha made with kaffir lime leaves, which you can sip overlooking the city until 2am. READ MORE

Details: 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Open Sun-Wed 12pm-12am, Thurs-Sat 12pm-2am Just walk in for drinks

Upper 5th Shoreditch | ££

rooftop bars shoreditch

A chimney pot-skimming rooftop set above a former courthouse, where you can sip on a selection of wines, beers and classic cocktails while absorbing the panoramic views. READ MORE

Details: 335–337 Old Street, EC1V 9LL Open Weds-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 2-10.30pm, Sun 1-9pm Book here

 

Hidden Shoreditch Bars

Nightjar | £££

Nightjar best Shoreditch bars

Hidden behind a small wooden door overlooking the Old Street roundabout you’ll find a subterranean, date-worthy speakeasy with nightly jazz performances and award-winning cocktails. It’s very possibly the best bar in London, let alone Shoreditch. READ MORE

Details: 129-131 City Road, EC1V 1JB | Open Weds-Sun, 6pm-late | Book here | Please note live music is currently suspended

Black Rock | ££

Black Rock Shoreditch bars

Black Rock is a love letter to whisky. 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 signature dram… but it’s the basement where you’ll find a dark, moody drinking den and half a tree filled with whiskyREAD MORE

Details: 9 Christopher Street, EC2A 2BS | Open Friday-Sunday evenings | Book here

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), book ahead | Book on 0772 0707 000

Callooh Callay | ££

Callooh Callay best shoreditch bars

This multiple award-winning bar is inspired by Alice in Wonderland – though we’re fairly confident that the drinks here won’t have any unexpected side effects regarding your height. They are, however, extremely delicious – 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 (2am Fri-Sat, Jubjub bar open 7pm-1am Thurs-Sat)Book here

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 | Book here

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 Sun-Thurs 5pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 5pm-1am | Book here

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 Tues-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am | Book here

 

Shoreditch Bars for Live Music & Dancing

Blues Kitchen | ££

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch bar

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 Mon-Wed 12pm-12am, Thurs 12pm-1am, Fri 12pm-2.30am, Sat 10am-3am, Sun 10am-11pm | Book here

Old St. Records | £

Old St Records shoreditch drinks

Currently unable to offer its usual line-up of live music and gigs, Old St. Records is going back to its roots by spinning records nightly till ‘late – though you’ll want to get there early for the £6 cocktail happy hour from 5-8pm. READ MORE

Details: 350-356 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NQ Open Mon-Wed 5pm-1am, Thurs-Sat 5pm-2am Book a table here, or just turn up

Queen of Hoxton | ££

Queen of Hoxton shoreditch club

Downstairs: a laid-back club area that regularly plays host to hip hop karaoke, DJ nights and a privately hireable neon-lit dancefloor. Upstairs: a rooftop terrace with cocktails, themed decor, and – in winter – a giant wigwam. READ MORE

Details: 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX Open Wed-Sat, rooftop open Thurs-Sun Book here

Colours | £

Colours Hoxton

What was once Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen is now Colours; a bar, cultural events space and nightclub all under one roof. Live music and DJs jostle on the calendar alongside events like UV life drawing – and their cocktails will only set you back £5 if you swing by between 12 and 7pm.

Details: 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU Open Weds & Thurs 12pm-12am, Fri & Sat 12pm-1am See what’s on

The Old Blue Last | £

A pub run by Vice with live music from big names (Florence and the Machine, Diplo, Charlie XCX) and up-and-comers (your faves, Joe and the Shitboys), very often for free. Plus, they brew their own beer. Bring a disposable camera and shoes you don’t care for.

Details: 38 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3ES Open Sun-Wed 12pm-12am, Thurs 12pm-1am, Fri & Sat 12pm-2am No table bookings, book for gigs here

Apples and Pears | ££

shoreditch bars dancing

There are woefully few places in London where you can sit outside drinking cocktails out of miniature picnic baskets or Gromit (out of Wallace & Gromit)’s head before dipping back into a brick-walled den to dance to live music and DJs. Apples and Pears, however, is one of them.

Details: 26 Osborn Street, London E1 6TDOpen Thursday-Saturday Book here

Village Underground | ££

village underground shoreditch

A huge club venue tucked under a network of railway arches, topped by a couple of tube carriages that double as creative co-working spaces. Village Underground offers everything from live gigs and late-night techno raves, to the occasional time-warping, cocktail-fuelled Blitz Parties, where everyone gets into vintage gear and parties like it’s 1945.

Details: 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ Check upcoming events here

XOYO | £

xoyo shoreditch

A relative youngster at only 8 years old, whose sprawling industrial bi-level space sees regular sets from the likes of Dimitri in Paris, Late Nite Tuff Guy, and Gilles Peterson. Friday nights are curated by a rotating roster of DJs in residence, while Saturday night is given over to a classic club night, Pleasurehood, with £5 entry. Don’t miss their live orchestral renditions of classic albums, from Beyoncé to Frank Ocean.

Details: 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4APSee what’s on

 


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