London's best craft beer bars and pubs

The watering holes with the best selection of US-style craft beers from breweries both near and far

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Craft beer – interesting, progressive beers made by small-scale breweries, and distinct from real ale – is often explosively hoppy and quite unlike traditional British beer. An increasing number of London bars and pubs are specialising in them. Here's our pick.

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Craft beer in east London

Brewdog

  • Rated as: 4/5

This Aberdeenshire brewery's first London branch is in Camden. Everything on offer at this second branch 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.

  1. 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
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Crate Brewery

  • Rated as: 3/5

Not quite a stone's throw from the Olympic Park, perhaps more of a decent javelin pitch away, is this popular pizzeria-cum-microbrewery. There are Crate's own brews (Lager, Golden Ale, IPA, Best Bitter, Pale Ale and Stout) plus a changing selection of 15 or so craft beers, including plenty from the States. The cask and keg choice varies regularly too. We can vouch for the Middle Eastern lamb pizza.

  1. White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, E9 5EN
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Fox

  • Rated as: 3/5

This Dalston hangout has really upped its beer selection of late, and now boasts 22 draught pumps (the range changes daily but stalwarts include Camden, Kernel and Brooklyn breweries) alongside 170 bottled beers. Here, the emphasis is on the UK, US and Belgium, but let's face it, you'll never run out of something new and interesting to drink.

  1. 372 Kingsland Rd, E8 4DA
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Sebright Arms

  • Rated as: 3/5

With a regularly changing selection of around 15 draught and 30 bottled beers, the Sebright Arms in Bethnal Green showcases all that's good about London microbreweries such as Redemption, London Fields, Redchurch, Sambrook's and Camden. They also serve cask ciders and perry, and have a great music programme. A fine example of a reborn East End pub.

  1. 31-35 Coate St, E2 9AG
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Well & Bucket

  • Rated as: 4/5

A lot of care has gone into renovating this long-closed pub near Brick Lane. The huge array of craft beers on offer includes about 18 on tap. The fine selection ranges from Kent’s Caveman Brewery Citra to Little Creatures from Western Australia. The dozen or so porters are chosen to match the oyster menu.

  1. 143 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 7DG


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Crafti Beet
Crafti Beet

Agree, surprised The Rake isn't on the list

Honky Tonk
Honky Tonk

LONDON'S FIRST EVER BEER TROLLEY TAKEOVER! Brand new venue Honky Tonk Clapham will host a trolley takeover with London’s first ever beer trolley on 21st November. The Trolley Takeover will be a craft beer and food matching master class, where the experts will come in and hi-jack the Honky Tonk Beer Trolley. Top beer sommelier, Phil Harding will host the evening, matching five different craft beers to a delicious five course-tasting menu of Honky Tonk classic dishes including the crab cakes with Fordham Wisteria Wheat, the Honky Tonk burger with Fordham Copperhead - Brooklyn Lager and glazed ribs with Fordham Ramshead. So if you think you know your malty brews to your fruity fusions come down to Honky Tonk Clapham and prove it. Trolley Takeover 21st November 7pm - 2am Tickets Available from: https://trolleytakeover.eventbrite.co.uk/

Honky Tonk
Honky Tonk

LONDON'S FIRST EVER BEER TROLLEY TAKEOVER! Brand new venue Honky Tonk Clapham will host a trolley takeover with London’s first ever beer trolley on 21st November. The Trolley Takeover will be a craft beer and food matching master class, where the experts will come in and hi-jack the Honky Tonk Beer Trolley. Top beer sommelier, Phil Harding will host the evening, matching five different craft beers to a delicious five course-tasting menu of Honky Tonk classic dishes including the crab cakes with Fordham Wisteria Wheat, the Honky Tonk burger with Fordham Copperhead - Brooklyn Lager and glazed ribs with Fordham Ramshead. So if you think you know your malty brews to your fruity fusions come down to Honky Tonk Clapham and prove it. Trolley Takeover 21st November 7pm - 2am Tickets Available from: https://trolleytakeover.eventbrite.co.uk/

Allison
Allison

Beer Mutiny: British Craft Beer Festival Wednesday 19th June - Sunday 23rd June Arch 402, 37 Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD http://www.TheCraftBeerSocialClub.co.uk Beer Mutiny is the only beer festival that fights the establishment – no more dull beer, we say! Taste a fantastic range of beers from ALL OVER the UK. Shatter the perception that UK Beer is boring, and be proud to drink British! All sessions include a selection of over 30 beers to choose from. Plus! An introduction to the science behind how we taste! You'll learn some fascinating facts about how you experience flavour and how you can improve your palate! Tickets: £15 per person for ten beers £20 per person for ten beers plus snacks http://www.TheCraftBeerSocialClub.co.uk

Michelle
Michelle

I'm surprised that The Rake near Borough Market isn't on the list!