Bars and pubs , Breweries Shoreditch
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The premises vacated by Mason & Taylor are now home to the second branch of the Aberdeenshire brewery of the same name, after the original in Camden. You can buy Brewdog beers in Tesco and Asda now, and it has bars in almost every major British city, but it still somehow maintains independence and an air of rebelliousness.

Brewdog Shoreditch looks bit like a foundry (bare lights, bits of iron, moulded aggregate). It's not as sterile as it sounds, and there are wooden booths for a bit of privacy from the crowds. As with Camden, it’s often rammed with hopheads male and female – it's all about the craft beers here. There isn't a single sop for Carling or Krony lovers in sight. Everything on offer is a celebration of the endless drinking possibilities that arise when malt, water, yeast and hops come into contact, from the dark and spicy Alice Porter to the sharp and fruity Raspberry Revolver. The most popular brew, Punk IPA, has enough hops packed into it to dispel all memories of any brackish brown beer you might have tried and hated. Average beer strength must be about 6.5 per cent, and none of it's cheap, so best stick to half-pints.

Brewdog Camden sells good pizzas and burgers; here it’s 'Japanese street food'. In a Scottish brewery's craft beer bar in London. Why this is so isn't clear. But it's not bad – a ‘gyudon roll’ was stuffed with slow-cooked, salty sweet beef, and ‘katsu skewers’ were deep-fried morsels of lotus root and okra on sticks with dipping sauce. I'm not sure what they'd make of it in Fraserburgh, or Fukuoka for that matter.

There's now a third branch in Shepherd's Bush.


Venue name: Brewdog
Address: Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA
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Our friend took us to this pub on a Saturday night. It was busy as expected. Had a nice time with a pretty big group of friends. We just got back from an open mic night so we had an acoustic guitar, and my friends started playing some songs (we were sitting in a somewhat hidden room and the music in the place was quite loud so other costumers didn't really hear it). It had a nice vibe to it, we really enjoyed our time.

The only downside is that the toilets were unisex and absolutely filthy: no toilet paper, pee on the floor.


I really enjoy the Brew Dog for its beer variety.

Of course we will always find the well-known Punk IPA, but the pub is often changing its brew selection, I never got disappointed!

If you go around Brick Lane on Sunday for the market, stop there at the end of the afternoon, the pub is usually way less busy on this day.

If you can, try the 5 AM, this is my favourite so far!

You can as well try to find the secret bar, down the stairs ;)


Some BrewDog bars do offer a failsafe refuge for a good beer in otherwise bereft areas of London- for instance, their Soho branch is a beacon in the darkness of some awful surrounding pubs- but the Shoreditch location has strong competition. East London boasts the best selection of breweries and taprooms for craft beer enthusiasts, so the BrewDog empire typically demonstrated an arrogant abundance of confidence when they bought up the site in 2012.

Sitting at the intersection between Brick Lane and Redchurch Street, the first thing that this bar can crow about is its location. Although the tight spot does restrict outdoor seating space, it’s a great site in the heart of East London. There are good perches for people watching- and this is a perfectly acceptable way to spend an afternoon in East London, where some electrics thrive- and the bar, with ceiling high windows and lots of natural light, feels bright and welcoming during the day. It gets quite busy, but the sagacious barstaff will always give you their opinion and patience as you do a recce of the selection.

The décor is familiar, mirroring the contemporary vibe of other BrewDog bars with exposed light fixtures, tiled walls and industrial fittings, and the familiar marquee board above the bar divides the drinks on tap into two columns: BrewDog’s own range and guests. They are renowned for carrying an excellent selection of guest beers, having a good relationship with local brewers and International breweries as well. Beavertown is often well represented.

Oh, if that wasn’t enough, they do have a retro arcade and American craft beer bar called Two-Bit in the basement- but I’ll admit that I’ve found it difficult to veer from the main bar on every visit because the atmosphere is generally pretty pleasant and buzzing. 

Amy L

In the sea of craft beer bars in London, Brewdog has to be my fave. A selection of fabulous beers (Punk IPA is my first choice every time), great atmosphere, and a delicious food menu. This is a consistently good pub/bar for a few after work bevvies. I've never been disappointed in any of the Brewdog locations, although I think Shoreditch is probably my favourite so far. Highly recommended (but might be worth booking a table if you are a group - it gets packed on weekends).

Babs - Working Girl London

A nice bar to chill - relaxed atmosphere, fairly reasonably priced, doesn't feel like a chain and plays some really good music. Great for a lazy afternoon/evening catch up with friends but not exciting enough for a proper night out in my opinion!

Daniel L

amongst the rise of craft beer places in London, Brewdog boasts some of the top you can find, at affordable prices. Staff are amazingly friendly and knowledgeable (shoutout to Nic!). There are also guests beers that feature on tap if you ever do run out of ideas from trying the ENTIRE extensive menu (that would take a while though...) The only downside is this closes at 1 am.. way too early when you are having such a great night!

Diana T

Brewdog is a great place to end your night on a night of just drinks. Or to pop by for a good beer before going to the cinema at Rich Mix. Their Punk Ipa is really yummy, and they even have Oyster Stout beer. The bar is a great place to stand and sit and chat. Usually I manage to get a chair. And the downstairs is great for a quick snack. The lighting downstairs is kind of intimate, so if you're a big beer big drinker, its worth bringing someone to enjoy the beer with you!

Luisa G

Nowhere near as good as the other Brewdog establishments, mainly due to the arrogent, pretentious and moronic people that visit it!

Derek D

This venue used to be an oasis away from the mainstream Shoreditch bars with good beers, good music, a relaxed atmosphere and friendly bar staff. On a recent visit, I was horrified at how far things have fallen. On entering the basement bar, I was queuing for a drink when an argument broke out between a tall, bearded barman and a girl. He got the order wrong and then started shouting at her rather than rectifying his mistake. While Angry Beard was slagging off the punters, two slow, preening barmen painstakingly constructed cocktails seemingly oblivious to the burgeoning queue.Over the next 25 minutes, several prompts for service from several thirsty customers fell on deaf ears. The atmosphere was toxic as the superiorist staff revelled in winding up the public by ignoring them. A flat pint of punk finally arrived on the half hour mark.After this repeated itself on a second bar visit, it dawned on me that this is now the way it is. Unhelpful, narcissistic bar staff with nothing but loathing for their customers. The BrewDog Shoreditch has become what it set out to fight against. It has become a soulless cavern of contempt.


maybe the doorman had been to italy and been subjected to racism himself


Hello guys! Friday 9/8 me and two friends of mine, we were going to the brewdog to drink a good pint around 11pm after a fantastic dinner but the bodyguard he did not allow us inside and when why asked "why", his fantastic answer it was " because you are Italians and you are not allowed". Obviously it was a defiance, but no reason why because we weren't drunk and anyway a racist behavior it shouldn't be allowed in London in 2013.. We are completely disappointed.


This bar is second to none. If you like beer, it's the place to go. Downstairs atmosphere's really cool- dimmed lights, comfy sofa- I just love it.


Beers are excellent, but the pseudo-alternative branding is so cringey it makes me double over. You'd think a fourteen year old boy had done their marketing. Also suffers from inevitable Brick Lane run-off.


Used to love this place when it was M&T and as much I love hops and what brewdog does with them, this pub has a far inferior selection than before and the new layout is uncomfortable.