Commercial Tavern

Bars and pubs Spitalfields
  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Its authentically traditional pub exterior jutting out into Commercial Street like a ship’s prow, the Commercial Tavern is a wantonly wacky revamp outpost of the Hoxton boho bar beat.

Polaroids of 24-hour party people, a whole wall of Interview magazine covers and a cluster of retro lampshades all point towards the venue’s underground bent, although the pretty young bar staff will still provide your change on a silver platter.

It’ll be too dark to see the beer taps on the brightly tiled bar counter, but ale drinkers should enjoy a pint of Meantime Helles or London Pale Ale, or Young’s Special.

If chat and early Bowie over the speakers start to lose their appeal, there’s a pool table filling most of a small side room; upstairs has its own bar.

Venue name: Commercial Tavern
Address: 142 Commercial Street
E1 6NU
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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Average User Rating

3 / 5

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alan b
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too trendy for its own good... rude staff, uncomfortable atmosphere, only for black framed glasses and tight turned up skinny jeans brigade. Avoid.

Gem M

Awful service. Rude staff who think are too cool and too good and look down on customers.

Rude, rude, rude and just simply should not be serving people.

Avoid at all costs.

Lizzie W

20 minutes waiting at the bar for a drink - granted it was Friday at 8pm - for them to then tell us the card machine wasn't working and we had to queue downstairs!
Fair enough, some times that does happen but we had been waiting 20 minutes for the waitress to serve only 1 person, making 2 cocktails. She was so so slow.
Saying that there is a nice atmosphere and it is a quirky place with jazzy decor. Well located as well.


Firstly they have a Dulux dog. They have at least 4 chandeliers on the ceiling of the bar. There is a pool table. I mean was else could I say.... I loved the decor. If we bashed heads of a 50s housewife, a deer hunter and an idiotic, pitiful hipster the Commercial Tavern would be the mixed up brains leaking out. 

The staff were friendly enough, as much as a hipster could be with a gun to their head. The seats were dare I say 'shabby chic', a mixture of different styles of furniture which in this instance worked. The atmosphere was not relaxed at all, in a way that everyone was trying to one up each other or even themselves to be that much cooler. The wall of Interview magazine covers is pretty good even if it is ruined by people sitting in front of it. If it didn't have the rubbish people in it, it would be my favourite pub.


The decoration is really amazing, although the staff was a bit unhelpful. Cool overall atmosphere.


Chic. The mystique, elegance and execution can be applied to everything about Commercial Tavern. A place that makes you come back because you didn't see it all or get enough.