Our recommendations of the best bars in Shoreditch!
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If you're looking for cool, unique bars with great cocktails, look no further than Shoreditch. Known for being full of young, creative types, it comes as no surprise that the nightlife here is some of the best in the city.
With everything from swanky, sleek bars to traditional pubs, check out our list and you'll be drinking a Negroni out of a jam jar before you know it! Before you go, have a look at the 13 best places to eat in Shoreditch (by our resident food critique) or the best Sunday roasts in Shoreditch.
10. Book Club
While it is technically a bar, it’s difficult to pigeon-hole The Book Club as a venue. Spread over two floors, they offer great food (particularly the brunch menu), club nights, life-drawing classes, ping-pong tournaments, live bands, talks, and many other forms of entertainment. The cocktail names are also a highlight – we recommend the ‘Lorraine Kelly’! Address: 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
9. Bar Kick
Colourful and relaxed, this is the perfect place to have a few drinks with friends on the weekend. Filled with flags and football tables, it feels like a student house with a great crowd and a cocktail menu. The vaguely retro-Spanish theme means bar food tends to be along the lines of chorizo and cheeses, while events such as live comedy and speed dating are held there throughout the week. Address: 127 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE
With four floors of fun and an incredible rooftop, the Queen of Hoxton deserves its regal name. Including a bar, club and a gallery all in one building, you could accidentally find yourself here for much longer than you anticipated! The roof is a real highlight – with an outdoor BBQ in the summer and loads of events such as open-air cinemas, it’s the best place to be on a summer night. Address: 1-5 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
Tucked away underneath the famed London Steakhouse (which deserves all its praise, by the way), the Hawksmoor bar is a cosy cave with a prohibition-era vibe, due to the dark wood, secluded tables and pretty patterned tiles. The incredible cocktail menu features revived classics and old favourites, while the bar menu offers good-value juicy burgers made with Hawksmoor-standard beef. Address: 157 Commercial St, London E1 6BJ
6. Exit Bar
Exit Bar has enjoyed its status as a hotspot since opening in 2003. The interiors blend a retro 70/80s feel with Oriental visuals, and there are sitting areas as well as a standing area - just in case you feel like finishing the evening off with some dancing. There is an extensive cocktail list and a selection of beers to choose from on the menu. Address: 174 Brick Ln, Shadwell, London E1 6RU
Located on top of the Boundary Project (a boutique, Terence Conran hotel), this classy rooftop bar has one of the best panorama views of London. The cover and heaters means it’s open both summer and winter, so you will always be able to enjoy the beautiful gardens and delicious drinks. Address: 2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
Looking for something a bit different? Check out this cavernous, circus-themed bar and club on Great Eastern Street. The street-level bar offers food and drink in a spectacular setting, while the basement floor transforms into an acclaimed club with respected House DJs playing until the small hours a few times a week. Address: 89 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HX
A veritable Brazilian bolthole, Floripa will transport you to the sunshine of Rio de Janiero even if it’s snowing outside. The carnival atmosphere means potent tropical cocktails, Brazilian cuisine and DJs playing reggae, funk and Rock n’ Roll on the weekend. This is certainly a bar for drinking and dancing, rather than discussions! Address: 91-93 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HZ
A proper East-End boozing joint dating back to the 1600s, the Owl and the Pussycat is a cosy, traditional gastropub filled with antiques and a variety of well-chosen ales. The gentrification of the area means you’re now more likely to find City Boys here than men from the market, but it’s a nice slice of history all the same. There’s also a lovely Victorian dining room upstairs if you get peckish.
Address: 34 Redchurch St, City of London, Greater London E2 7DP
1. Hoi Polloi
This recent addition to the Shoreditch bar scene is nestled within London’s most fashionable new hotel, The Ace Hotel. Famous in New York for being hipster heaven, the London outpost doesn’t disappoint. While Hoi Polloi is largely a restaurant, it includes a small Scandinavian-style bar with a great cocktail and spirit list. The perfect place for spotting up-and-coming designers in bizarre outfits!
Address: Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
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