Well & Bucket

Bars and pubs Shoreditch
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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, on-the-third-day style. And here is one of these born-again boozers – following wilderness years as a Chinese restaurant and a leather wholesaler, the Well and Bucket is once again brimming over with beer.

A lot of care has been spent restoring the big room to resemble a pub once again. The Victorian tiling was once noted across London for its splendour; it now looks a bit battleworn, but is brilliantly atmospheric. Close your eyes and you can imagine the place packed with porter-drinking, pipe-smoking, H-dropping Cockneys of yesteryear.

Phantom East Enders might be a bit unfamiliar with the huge array of craft beer on offer, which includes about 18 on tap: on our visit there was Evil Twin’s Hipster APA (vividly described by my companion as ‘dad-strong’), to the fruity, prickly, almost Hawaiian-tropical Omnipollo Fatamorgana. There’s even a little cocktail bar downstairs: in short, definitely one for the bucket list.

Venue name: Well & Bucket
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Address: 143 Bethnal Green Rd
London
E2 7DG
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun.
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
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Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

This is one of the nicest pubs in London (or at least East London) in my opinion. It's quite an upmarket decor and chilled music. They do food as well - amazing sliders! I also spied two people having a Sunday roast next to me and got major food envy - it looked delish. There are plenty of drinks on offer at not too high a price, and downstairs there is a cheek 'hidden' cocktail bar. The only downside at Well & Bucket is the lack of seating. You just have to perch at the bar and watch like a hawk until people at a table look like they're getting ready to leave - and then swoop when the time is right before anyone else can get in there!

Archie R

It appears to be pleasant on the surface of things.... Until you ask where the toilet is and it goes downhill at a rapid speed. The staff are only able to function when you're barking a drinks order at them. Anything at a personal level and people struggle. I would come back if I wanted to appear as a cool, hipster, haven't been living in East London long but going to hope for the best or was busting for a wee.

Peder

En lind strøm af toner fra swing til motown garneret med lige så liflig ale fra Camden og Mikeller - nice night out with Reza and Allan

Niccy M

Bloody love this place. Would only mark down from 5* because like all these places in London, they just don't stop open late enough for my 'party-hard' lifestyle.

Willy B

Absolutely great pub. Going here again with work friends on Friday and can't wait!

Andy

Only marked down form 5* because it gets a bit packed and there's not too much seating...