Canvas Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Hoxton
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(16user reviews)

A nice new Old Street bar with an ambitious cocktail list, a great location, and warmly welcoming staff. Not to mention the loveliest floor tiles in London.​

Please note, Canvas Bar is now closed. Time Out London Editors.

Stretched on to the frame of a former local boozer, Canvas Bar has a lot going for it. The location, so close to Old Street station you could crawl there in three minutes, gives it access to waves of the Shoreditch-bound. The secondhand décor is attractive – check out the colourful, mismatched Italian floor tiles in particular. Staff are incredibly friendly and obliging. There is a changing selection of pictures by young artists dotted around the walls. And there’s a deliberate policy of keeping the volume down on the sound system, so customers can hear each other speak. (Other bars, listen up! We don’t all like having to shout to make ourselves heard.)

The cocktail list (£7.50-£10) has high ambitions for creativity and originality, but an attempt to order off-menu came to grief: staff had never heard of the Planter’s Punch, a 100-year-old classic cocktail that should form part of any bartender’s repertoire. But a ‘Vic’s Mai Tai’ was competently made, even if it didn’t follow the unsurpassable Trader Vic’s recipe.

Early-ish on a Thursday, the place was already respectably full. Tall glasses of beer were much in evidence, as was a mixed crowd of local scene-types and affable folk in business attire. Fridays and Saturdays are DJ nights, and the 180-capacity room gets pretty heaving. During the rest of the week, despite the competition, I’d be happy to come and drink here.

By: Richard Ehrlich


Venue name: Canvas Bar
Address: 135 Old Street
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 4pm-midnight; 4pm-2am Sat, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Old Street
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Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Canvas is a short walk from Old Street station so a perfect stop off before getting the tube home. The place itself isn't big so if there is a group of you I'd recommend booking an area.

Their cocktail menu is extensive, a little different from the norm and all priced around £8ish. All the cocktails I tried were delicious but the service was soooo slow and a tad rude! I also enjoyed great little boogey with a few friends as they played some chooooons (their dance floor is small!). Overall a good night out mainly because of the people not the venue

Definitely one I would avoid in the future!  Ducked in here on Friday night to avoid the rain and wished I hadnt.  The bar had the scent of bleach that shows the previous night may have been a big one and they hadnt opened the windows for ventilation since!  The staff seemed disinterested and the drinks were pretty awful.  Perhaps this is a venue to head to later in the evening when you have had a few drinks and the standards have dropped.....

Horror ! Sad- very sad and unfortunate place. I work in the same industry and more miserable place then this I've never Seen. Staff is beneath criticism, out of curiosity I watched them about 10 minutes. -Angry -Rude -Missing any organization. Bar smelled disgusting... there was one shouting clown showing off :x (presumably the boss). It is generally like a Farm. Hopefully someone will read my comment and won't waste their time and money.

Really great night doing the cocktail masterclass. So much fun and Marvin was brilliant Definitely recommend the masterclass as a brilliant introduction to cocktail making and a brilliant way to start the night!

Great cocktail menu, recommend the Strawberry painkiller, the staff are great, great atmosphere, can't wait to come back

Fabulous cocktails (especially strawberry painkiller). Excellent prices and great bar staff!

The inimatable Canvas bar, only here a few months but making it's mark in the Shoreditch cocktail landscape with vemom ( probably infused venom served on a bed of crushed ice ).

Bartenders are only too happy to please, espeacially if you leave your choice to their imagination.Tonights surprise take was a smoke infused Old fashioned, complete with pour at your own pace live smoking bottle.

Whilst not a new venue to me, always manages to be different. Bring a hood coat, bloody cold when the doors open!

Right by work and have to disagree with the review - barman made me a cracking French martini off menu and a mini martini shot for free for my mate and I. Crucially they actually don't try that hard and there's few places this close to the tube that feel Friday enough

Great bar - great staff - cocktails are amazing. If you are ever around Shoreditch I recommend to come in, you won't regret it

Came to this bar with some friends as we were walking down old street good service Friendly staff and the cocktails that we had were tasty will come back for sure.

Simple and easy bar, love their cocktails and music is amazing. Much better then Nightjar and other expensive bars.

Absolutely terrible. Me and my friend went to to meet a group of friends for drinks for her birthday. We got there first and my friend really had to pee so she said hello to the (I think french) bartender and headed straight towards the bathroom as I approached the bar and him, to order drinks. He very rudely and aggressively told her the bathroom was for paying customers only and that before she goes to the bathroom she "maybe needs to say hi". Without hesitation my friend apologised and said she had said "hi", and that he must not have heard her, he turned his back to her with a "tsk" not even acknowledging that I had also greeted him and that I was clearly looking around for my friends as I approached the bar. I was so angry and shocked that I told my friend he was too rude to even bother, we then told our friends to meet us somewhere else. I seriously hope not all staff members are as rude, his attitude was shocking. I never leave written reviews but this warranted it. Do not give this place your money. And to the management team: do not hire people that are rude to paying customers.

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