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Check out the varied and lively bars of Shoreditch – from live music at Big Chill Bar and the amazing view at Boundary Rooftop to the whimsical charm of Callooh Callay. We pick our favourite bars in Shoreditch, so be prepared to discover the best places to enjoy a classic cocktail. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.


Happiness Forgets

  • Rated as: 5/5

On a Friday night, when this tiny basement bar was rammed, our waitress said all the tables were booked. But she added that a table for four at the back had just two ‘really nice people’ sitting there and she’d ask if we could share with them. They said yes, and we were in. This warm welcome

  1. 8-9 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
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Hawksmoor Spitalfields (bar)

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

This architecturally fascinating basement bar is a jewel in east London’s bar scene. If you can’t bag a table in the main seating space or at a table under the vaults, perch at the copper bar and ask the bartender to explain the architecture to you. Seated there, you’ll also get the chance to

  1. 157 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ
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White Lyan

  • Rated as: 5/5

The headlines you’ll read about this new Hoxton cocktail bar will mainly proclaim that it doesn’t use ice. That shows how extraordinary it actually is to dispense altogether with such a time-honoured way of chilling drinks, but it’s not even the most exciting thing about White Lyan. It’s

  1. 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
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The Golden Heart

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

Landlady Sandra Esquilant, regular Tracey Emin and Lady Di are given equal profile on the walls of this traditional Truman boozer, a hangout for the arty crowd and Shoreditch flotsam and jetsam. Sandra, whose 30-year marriage to Dennis is celebrated in neon outside (one of several Emin creations

  1. 110 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ
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Book Club

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

It doesn’t sound like a place for an exciting night out, but behind the sedate name is one of the most consistently creative bars in London. You could visit for the drinks alone: cocktails are served in glasses or jugs to share, and come with names like Don’t Go To Dalston, or the Lorraine

  1. 100 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH
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Nightjar

  • Rated as: 4/5

Nightjar has become a huge success, busy even midweek; we visited on a Monday and were lucky to get in. Clear message: book a table. The cocktail list, divided into historical eras (pre-Prohibition, post-war and so on), makes for enthralling reading with all its unexpected ingredients. Just to give

  1. 129 City Road, EC1V 1JB
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Callooh Callay

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

This area of town isn’t as hip as it used to be, but Callooh Callay is still as much a destination in its own right as it is a hidey-hole to avoid the drink offer-seeking masses. Since opening in 2008, it’s consistently served some of the most innovative cocktails in London, even if the decor

  1. 65 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
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Worship Street Whistling Shop

  • Rated as: 4/5

From the same group as Purl and VOC, this cellar bar is decked out in what seems to be a speakeasy/Victorian mash-up (dark wood and lots of eccentric decorative touches). It makes much of its experimental techniques; if your curiosity is tickled by the sound of ‘enzymes, acids, proteins and

  1. 63 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU
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Well & Bucket

  • Rated as: 4/5

When a pub closes, as this one did way back in 1989, the worst thing that can happen to it is to be turned into a Tesco Metro. Next bad, demolition, followed by change of use to chicken shop or bookies. But sometimes, a pub comes back from the dead. Not in a creepy, zombie way, but a joyous,

  1. 143 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 7DG
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Princess of Shoreditch

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Up the spiral staircase from the bustling downstairs bar, the dining room at this 250-year-old corner premises is a good-looking, cosy space. A dozen linen-clothed tables – candlelit at night – are served by a small team of young, efficient staff. Choosing from a menu that included wild boar

  1. 76-78 Paul Street, EC2A 4NE
  2. Main courses £11.50-£19. Set lunch (Tue-Fri)...
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sandra
sandra

new venue just opened in shoreditch central city bar nice venue good staff lovely cocktails and opens late, djs was playing soulful house. we had a good time.

Stephanie
Stephanie

And don't forget BAR KICK!!!! Bar, Cafe, Cuisine, Babyfoot, Live Sports, Football in 3D!, Babyfoot Tournaments, Comedy, Poetry, even football themed Speed-Dating... there is no end to what's on at KICK?!!

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