George & Dragon

Bars and pubs Shoreditch
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This old-fashioned, gay-friendly boozer is the hub of the trendy Shoreditch and Hoxton scene. So naturally it gets busy at the weekends, when 24-hour clubbers pop in for a pint between dance sessions. Much of the clientele comprises budding fashion designers and art students. On some evenings, it’s a sea of kids in skinny jeans, black eyeliner and vintage jackets; like them, the bar is scruffy but stylish. It’s cosy too. For one thing, it’s often crammed. And the crimson walls create a womb-like interior, enlivened by kitsch touches: twinkly lights (it always looks like Christmas here) and knick-knacks galore (pink flamingos, a rhinestone-studded cowboy hat, a stuffed weasel). A cardboard cut-out of Kim Wilde surveys the knowing crowd, who plant tongues firmly in cheek on Saturday nights as they dance to cheesy pop (Kylie, Girls Aloud), vintage gems (Kate Bush, Pulp) and forgotten oddities (Culture Club’s Time Out | Gay & Lesbian London 33 ‘The Medal Song’). Most punters drink pints from plastic cups. Arrive early at the weekend if you want to snag a table, otherwise it’s standing room only.


Venue name: George & Dragon
Address: 2 Hackney Road
E2 7NS
Opening hours: Open 6pm-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Old Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
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Good fun, cheesy, great location, nice crowd and decent drinks choices!


It was really sad to read the other day to read that one of the best pubs in East End is about to be close its doors due to merciless landloards putting the rent to high that the guys can’t survive in the area any more. George and Dragon has always been more than just a pub. A museum of curiosities and the only place with an art gallery in the loo. It’s been a great alternative for Saturday night if you didn’t want to watch games in some other bars. You could always pop in here and join the vocal supporters to many X-Factors contestants. It’s here that you can also meet some of the most colourful characters of the area during a cheesy 80s party on Friday night. My personal bonus for early adopting Sagres. You will be missed.