The Best Liverpool Street Bars

Liverpool Street.

Truly, it is where your liver belongs.

Teetering on the border between The City and Shoreditch, Liverpool Street is the booze-laced threshold between work and play; a spot where you can head for a post-work drink or an aperitif to a night out. There’s illicit speakeasies and activity bars; subterranean drinking dens and sky-high cocktail terraces.

So without further ado, we present the best bars in Liverpool Street:

By Appointment Only

By Appointment Only - liverpool street bars

Just your quintessential, utterly secret, bookings-only cocktail bar secreted away in a former Turkish Victorian bath house beneath a Bishopsgate pavement. Smartly attired barkeeps serve up fourteen types of martini, venison-infused gin, and peanut butter old fashioneds, alongside a host of other house-infused spirits that you can take home with you, should you wish. And you will. READ MORE

Details: The Victorian Bath House, 7-8 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TJ Open Fridays 5pm-midnight – must book ahead


Sushisamba liverpool street bars

A classic for a reason. That reason primarily being the al fresco lounge seating, 39th floor rooftop views, cocktails infused with Japanese ingredients like the Shiso Fine, aaand the life-size, illuminated orange tree growing out the centre of the bar. READ MORE

Details: Heron Tower – 39th Floor, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AYOpen Sun-Tues, 11.30am-1.30am; Wed-Sat, 11.30am-2am

Discount Suit Company

Discount Suit Company best bars Shoreditch

A brick-lined cocktail vault hidden below an old tailor’s, replete with leather sofas, a Motown soundtrack on vinyl and an ever-changing cocktail menu leaning heavily on old-school bitters and aperitivi. READ MORE

Details: 29a Wentworth Street, E1 7TB | Open Mon-Thurs 5pm-midnight, Fri 2pm-1am, Sat 5-11pm


Lounge Bohemia

Lounge Bohemia

Hidden beneath an unassuming Shoreditch Kebab shop is this 60s Prague-styled cocktail bar serving once in a lifetime molecular cocktails that turn up smoking or bubbling form the likes of test tubes or upside-down lightbulbs. READ MORE.

Details: 1e Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ | Open Mon-Sat 6pm-12am Sun 6pm-11pm


Swingers best Liverpool Street bars

Not one but five bars, surrounded by the bucolic rolling hills of two crazy golf courses, filled with quintessential golf club touches like sand traps, loop-the-loops, lighthouses, cocktail-bearing golf caddies and giant tanks of Greenwich’s Meantime beer. READ MORE

Details: 8 Brown’s Buildings, (Between Bury Street and St Mary Axe), EC3A 8AL Open daily noon-late (from 10.30am Saturdays)

Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild Liverpool Street Bars

This bar is the place for shots. Not because of the drinks – which instead comprise a sophisticated array of house bottled cocktails, craft beers, whisky slushies and over 200 varieties of Scotch – but because of the two simulation shooting ranges, on which you can hunt grouse, deer and boar. Also, there’s a tweed dressing up box. READ MORE

Details: 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN Open Mon-Sat 12-11pm

Jin Bo Law

Jin Bo Law Liverpool Street Bars

One of London’s lesser known rooftop bars, which makes it increasingly likely that you’ll get a table out on the terrace (especially if you book ahead). From this glossy spot you can clock the Shard, the Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie in one sweeping vista, and find some Peas of Mind in the form of soju, chartreuse, yuzu and salted pea cordial… READ MORE

Details: Dorsett City Hotel, 9 Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AH Open Mon-Wed 5pm-1am, Thurs-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-12am


Helix and Iris Liverpool Street bars

The very top of the Gherkin was designed as a show-stopping, surprisingly intimate, entirely glass-encased cocktail bar with staggering 360 degree views of the city that only an elite circle of private members were able to access. Until nowREAD MORE

Details: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP Open daily 11am-11pm, bookings only

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar - best liverpool street bars

The best thing about Hawksmoor Spitalfields isn’t the recently revamped, romantic, art deco-style decor. It’s not the triple-cooked chips, or the bone marrow gravy. Hell, it’s not even the steak. It’s the moody bar underneath it all, closely guarded by those in the know, and serving a killer cocktail list including butter Old Fashioneds and the Nuclear Banana Daiquiri – where, incidentally, you can also find all of the above. READ MORE

Details: 157a Commercial Street, E1 6BJ | Open Mon-Thurs 5.30-11pm, Fri & Sat 5.30pm-1am

Black Rock

Black Rock - liverpool street bars

Black Rock is a veritable palace of booze, coming to you from the team behind the dearly departed Worship Street Whistling Shop. And there’s plenty to keep you occupied here, with two floors dedicated to whisky, including a basement bar where you can pour a dram out of the very table you’re sitting at. Which is also a tree. READ MORE

Details: 9 Christopher Street, EC2A 2BS All open Mon-Sat, 5pm-late


Last Updated: 11th August 2020 | Main image: Jin Bo Law 

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