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Hackney bars and pubs

Check out our favourite bars and pubs in Hackney


For every gents-turned-pop-up-bar in Hackney there’s an honest-to-goodness boozer serving well-signposted pints and top-notch nosh.Cat & Mutton is a buzzing gastropub great for Sunday lunch, while Pembury Tavern draws the real-ale crowd. New Empowering Church, meanwhile, is a temple of hipster cool with some great club nights.

Think we've missed a great drinking spot in Hackney? Let us know in the comment box below.

Hackney pubs

Prince George

Once a mellow backstreet local, the George now swarms with rowdy, slumming-it art students in ridiculous outfits on Fridays and Saturdays, to the point where the landlord has even hired a bouncer.

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Dalston

Dove

The staff at the Dove long ago realised that the formula of great beers, uncomplicated food and simple decor was a winner that'd stand the test of time.

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London Fields

Kenton

One of Hackney’s hidden gems, this eclectic boozer draws a crowd of loyal locals to an interior that mixes candlelit antiques and modern curiosities.

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Hackney

Cat & Mutton

Show up at this corner pub on a Sunday lunchtime and you’ll think you’ve walked into an estate agent’s advertisement for urban living.

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London Fields

Pembury Tavern

There’s no faulting the beer at this grand old corner pub, which had lain derelict for a spell before being revived by the Individual Pubs group in 2006.

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Hackney

Prince Arthur

The Prince Arthur still has the feel of a neighbourhood pub, due in part to classic but attractive gastropub fittings of chunky wooden tables, dark-green leather stools and taxidermy on the walls.

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Dalston

Hackney bars and clubs

Bistrotheque

Head to the first floor of this East End trendsetter for the light, white restaurant and big oval bar (the Manchichi, where walk-ins can eat and good cocktails are mixed). Although the hipster count is high, the welcome and service are friendly, and there’s a level of professionalism here that’s missing from many local restaurants. The kitchen is capable of highs – duck confit with puy lentils and mushrooms was a stellar version – but a steady B-plus is more usual.

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Tower Hamlets

Shacklewell Arms

The bjoux live back room still smells bizarrely of mould and the courtyard smoking area – complete with broken fountain and faded, crudely painted murals – might nix its chances of a Michelin star for music venues, but this down-at-heels gem is already an institution, just two years after throwing open its doors to a rampantly eclectic live music programme. The Shacklewell is usually crowded, but generally convivial, welcoming a hipster-ish crowd to gigs seven nights a week, plus club nights, magazine launches and after-show parties, all benefitting from a late licence.

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Dalston

Off Broadway

Housed in a former art gallery and shop, this inappropriately named hangout – it’s actually right on Broadway Market – has won a loyal following since it opened at the end of 2008. The owners have said that it’s modelled on a now-defunct bar in New York’s East Village, and you can kind of see what they mean without having been there. Certainly, the menu’s mix of notable beers (Brooklyn on tap, along with a number of other excellent bottled American imports) with worthwhile cocktails (rooted in tradition, but modified for the modern drinker) is unusual for the UK but pretty common across the ocean.

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London Fields

Comments

4 comments
Roger
Roger

I have to say that the Sunday Roast at THE MARKSMAN was rather a let down. Watery gravy, awful, dry, floury and hard roast potatoes, to the point of being inedible - not dissimilar to 'Aunt Bessies' frozen roast potatoes! Yorkshire Pudding was very average in places and on the whole dry. Meat (beef) was acceptable, pork better. Service friendly and pleasant, which it should be for the 12.5% that's added to your bill and the £14.50 price tag for a rather small plate of food. Underwhelming.

Deanne
Deanne

The Marksman Pub is an excellent choice. It's cosy and traditional, and has been crowned Best Sunday Roast East London. Weekday Menus are fresh and seasonal, offering at least two fresh fish dishes and a goats cheese souffle amongst the other more meaty (steak & chips, sausage & mash) dishes. Service is always top, with friendly unaffected staff.

John
John

Wenlock Arms is (IMHO) the best real ale pub in Hackney

Julia Lafferty
Julia Lafferty

Hackney's latest pub the Clapton Hart on Lower Clapton Road, E5 is highly recommended. The Hackney Citizen newspaper says "If you hanker after a good ale served by friendly staff in a convivial atmosphere, the Clapton Hart ticks all the boxes". It serves locally brewed ales from the East London Brewery and Redemption too.