Boceto Hackney

Bars and pubs, Tapas bars South Hackney
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Boceto Hackney

A tapas joint on Mare Street where the drinks rule supreme.

Au revoir to cute bistro Bouchon Fourchette and hola to Boceto Hackney, a tapas bar taking its place on Mare Street. Although, judging from our visit, a warmer welcome should be extended to the cocktails. This is a sister venue to Brixton’s Three Eight Four and Seven, both restaurants where the drinks win out. So we made easy work of a Barrel-aged Gunpowder Negroni and an original mezcal-based creation, the Abuela, whose chilli kick would surely knock Granny for six.

Secondary to the sterling drink offering is a limited tapas menu. The staples are all here: chorizo, charcuteria, pan con tomate. But flavours run fairly flat, especially in a prawn dish lacking sufficient garlicky depth. It’s comforting, though, to taste patatas bravas the way they should be – charmingly rustic chunks of spud with a liberal dousing of rich tomato sauce and aioli.

What’s truly authentic, though, is the Spanish style of service: we were left far too long to mull over the menu, but there was plenty of warmth as soon as we got their attention. Sit up at the bar to make life easier and you’ll also get Speedy Gonzales access to those drinks.

By: Laura Richards


Venue name: Boceto Hackney
Address: 171 Mare St
E8 3RH
Transport: Rail: London Fields
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We decided to pop in on our way to the station and we were greeted with a friendly smile by a staff member we ended up staying all night.

Creative cocktails for only a fiver (Gunpowder-tea infused Negroni), my new favourite bar.

There is no occasion that I couldn't recommend Boceto for. Each and every time I arrive I am greeted by a warm and friendly member of staff, who always seem to go above and beyond to make sure I haver a consistently great experience. The £5 cocktails are almost too good to be true, from the barrel aged gunpowder negroni to the flaming mai thai bride... An absolute gem of a place. Make sure you experience the great food, drinks and service for yourself though!

Booked the secret basement for my 30th, the cocktails were flowing, tapas delicious! Lovely intimate space to enjoy with friends, staff were very accommodating and friendly, they even made up a special cocktail in my honour with my good friend gin! Best birthday ever!

Popped in on a lunch date and the service was amazing. Beer and food recommendation was great from the staff. Fishcakes were a definite fave. One to watch for the summer. 

Favourite new WIFI Hub! Good music, good coffee and tasty breakfast! Charming french waitress and sun shining through the open doors ..... Made my Monday. Welcome to the Mare Street Boceto!

Such a little gem on Mare Street. Great addition + food, drinks, service were all amazing. Will definitely be back to try the bottomless brunch!

Fantastic place - amazing food and friendly staff with some rest mid week deals. I have been back 3 times and can't wait to go again! I think they'll be very successful in Hackney