If you’re looking for a high-class, impeccably appointed, luxurious cocktail bar serving molecule-perfect drinks made by world-renowned mixologists…
…then Ridley Road Market Bar is going to massively disappoint you.
And that’s the good news. Because to put it plainly, it’s just too fun for any of that. It’s a tiki dive bar that’s totally comfortable in its own skin, with a buzzing atmosphere, cheap drinks, live music, and a relentless sense of energy coursing through its veins. You’ll find it (surprise!) in the middle of Ridley Road Market, inside a converted gambling shop. The decor is the textbook definition of cheap & cheerful, with wooden benches, plastic plants, and a little disco ball to glam it all up.
The cocktails start at a fiver for a frozen marg or Pina colada, while the ‘fancy’ cocktails come in at a whopping £6 – try the ginger mojito, it’s their house speciality. Beer is even cheaper at £3 for a can, and if you’re feeling like really pushing the boat out then the most expensive thing on the menu is a bottle of prosecco for £21.
They take the music a little more seriously than one might imagine, with regular DJs, live acts, and themed musical celebrations – in fact, there’s a monthly evening dedicated to “The Golden Age of Jamaican Music” (the ’60s & ’70s, FYI).
There are no bookings. In fact, they don’t even have a phone. So just pop right in…
…if you’re in the Market for a good time.
NOTE: Ridley Road Market Bar is open late Weds-Sat. You can find out more, and check out their programme of events at the website right HERE.
Ridley Road Market Bar | 49 Ridley Road, Dalston, E8 2NP