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Golden Bee

Bars and pubs Shoreditch
4 out of 5 stars
(39user reviews)
Roof terrasse
Golden Bee

Time Out says

It's all about the party at this cocktail bar on Singer Street, just around the corner from Old Street tube. Resident DJs at the weekend bring the tunes (house and club classics, mainly), with many of the Monday nights devoted to film screenings up on the rooftop terrace - complete with bottomless popcorn and a blanket, lest it get nippy.

The drinks list is certainly extensive. Spirits - available by the bottle and the measure - range from the well-known to the rare. Many contribute to a cocktail list chock-full of martinis, margaritas, mojitos, flutes, shots and the Golden Bee - a house drop of Olmeca Reposado tequila served with crushed ice, Pisang Ambon banana liqueur, passion fruit sugar, lemon and cloudy apple juice. There's a solid selection of wines, too.

There’s no kitchen, but give them a buzz a few hours (well, 48, actually) before you head down and they’ll order in sushi platters for you. That’s the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we like.



Address: Singer Street
Transport: Tube: Old Street tube/rail
Opening hours: Open Tues-Wed 5pm-12am; Thurs 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat 5pm-3am
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Users say (39)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:22
  • 4 star:9
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:6
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BOUNCERS VIOLENTLY ASSAULTED MY FRIEND AT GOLDEN BEE. Please, do not go to Golden Bee. Going to Golden Bee was the first time in my life that I have ever felt unsafe at a club, let alone feeling unsafe because of the staff working there. A member of our party was beaten until unconscious by three of the bouncers working here. After the event, when outraged onlookers questioned their actions, they were meat with incredibly abusive language that I do not care to repeat. A place that can employ such savage, thuggish men is not somewhere to spend any amount time or money. My time at Golden Bee is something that I will never forget because of the traumatising actions and disgusting behaviour of the staff. I have only given it one star because Time Out will not let me give it -1000000000.

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We had an amazing night at the Golden Bee last Friday! We went for a company night out and were about 20 people, everyone had so much fun. The roof terrace was so nice! The music, drinks and costumer service were great too! We will definitely be back. Special thanks to Gosh who did the booking procedure so smooth and easy to us.

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Great place to have fun.

I loved the way this place it's designed.

Staff really nice, the do walk around like bees making sure you have everything you need.

Definitely going back

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Had a night out on the 18th we had a really good night, roof terrace is wicked bar staff upstairs and downstairs all really nice...baring in mind it was really busy I think they coped really well.

Had a dance downstairs too...must say this was my second visit here and I would most definitely go again.

Drinks are reasonable too, and taste good!!!!!!! You can definitely taste the alcohol!!!!! Loved it.

Door man were all very polite didn't have a problem at all. Not arrogant like some places I've been too.

Wicked night

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Two floors of live music, outdoor seating, fires, heaters and delicious martinis decorated with little golden bee chocolates. The only downside is that the slippery metal staircase gets increasingly treacherous as the night goes on.

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This place is amazing - great rooftop in both winter and summer. They provide blankets, outdoor heaters and fire pits during the winter/ The cocktails are delicious, my favourite being the one with Haribo sweets on top! 

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Great for after work and love love love the rooftop bar. If you are looking for a lively venue then this does not disappoint, perfect in the summer!

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Great after work venue or weekend night out. I'd recommend Booking an area on the balcony (weather permitting), with its warm heaters & open fire you can stay there all night. Music is great & cocktails are a treat.

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Doesn't get more central Shoreditch than this, lovely place to get after work drinks. Quite busy especially on Fridays.
Overall, good vibes and nice cocktails as well!

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I went to Golden Bee on Friday night for drinks with a party of 15.  We were on the roof terrace which was lovely.  There is a Fire-pit and heaters all around.  The Management were great and I must say I did not find the place overcrowded at all.  There is a downstairs bar and outside terrace which is well able to accommodate the crowds.

Music and drinks were fab.  I totally recommend this place its so different from the grungy Shoreditch scene with its refreshing decor.

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Great venue! Been there last weekend and the venue is beautiful with three different areas including a lovely roof terrace. Great for a sunny day in Shoreditch! Will be definitely coming back for those delicious cocktails.

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Really cool bar. Great vibe and nice post-work crowd. London has been in need of another decent rooftop bar or a while now and this is something quite unique. Will definitely go there again in the near future!

Love this place! So many different floors so great variety of ambiance. The rooftop is definitely one of my favourites in London as seating is casual and relaxed but very pretty. Also great bar staff who are friendly and welcoming! Definitely recommend for a night out! You would even have to move on just move floors as the music is always great! Keep up the great work guys!!! x

I celebrated my 25th birthday with 20 friends of mine last saturday at Golden Bee and it was amazing! The staff was so friendly as always and the cocktails were great especially there is this addictive cocktail named "pornstar martini", I don't know how many we had that one and this other shot named rose tequila. Since these days London is quite hot, the terrace with fresh air was perfect ambiance and because the music is not that loud, you can actually have conversation with your friends. Moreover even tough after at some time the terrace closes, the area in downstairs with great music is the perfect end. I recommend every age group people to stop by if you are looking for going-out place around Shoreditch.  Many thanks to staff, DJ and Golden Bee.

As mixed group with some "older people" attending we were a bit nervous about going to "The Bee " well we shouldn't have had any worries at all, from the moment we arrived we were looked after brilliantly, Raph and the team really did make us all feel most welcome, even the other customers were friendly with no complaints at all when we took their seats to watch the Spain versus Portugal world cup match.

The music was just right and the younger members of our group had a great time downstairs in the main bar

We have nibbles delivered and they too were great, along with the easy atmosphere we had a brilliant night and cant wait to go back, Many thanks to all at Golden Bee, we loved it !!

Reserved a space for my birthday. When I arrived they showed us to the area. The staff were amazing and polite. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone had a great night.

Hired out the VIP Lounge for the entire night. Really glad I did. The staff went above and beyond to ensure we had an amazing time. Great vibe, great atmosphere and the bar staff in particular were amazing. Antonio the bartender made the night for us! Definitely recommend !!!

love this bar! great atmosphere and music and lovely cocktails not too pricey!

Tucked away off the main road near Old St tube is a side door which leads you up some stairs in the Golden Bee. The interior is very loud, brash and some might say trashy, but no-one goes to the Golden Bee for the inside, it's the rooftop bar that is the real treat.  If you carry on round and up, you'll find yourself outside and up on the roof. With big heaters, sofas, blankets and a well stocked outdoor bar, this is one of my favourite rooftop bars in London. Even better is that they have a happy hour! Yes! Mon-Thurs 5-7pm there are 241 cocktails, as well as house spirit/mixer and discounts on wine, champagne and beer buckets. Although not included in 241, I'd recommend their signature Golden Bee cocktail - it's tequila, pisang ambon liqueur, passion fruit, and comes with a chocolate bee! 

Great location as always. We celebrated our friend's 30th and we had the perfect table inside just next to the dj . Good cocktails, nice crowd and lovely atmosphere! 

Arranged a firm party - Golden Bee was amazing!! Looked after us the whole night.  Food was great although I should've ordered more.  Drink was plentiful... cocktails were amazing... whole atmosphere 10 out of 10... Thanks!!!!

Went on a Tuesday night for work drinks.  Great bar and drinks menu, lovely setting.  Only giving 4 stars as you cant open a tab and you can't order food to the terrace, we were not advised of this when booking.  Otherwise a 5 star experience 

Booked an area in the Golden Bee's rooftop bar for my 40th birthday. We had a great night. It's a cool venue and the bar staff were brilliant. I'd totally recommend.

Thanks Golden Bee for a great night. We had booking downstairs but we wanted to be upstairs. The staff where able to accommodate us. It was a great atmosphere. Thank you for making my birthday night great. All my friends really had a fab night. We will definitely be back.


Lovely rooftop bar from when the sun is shining. Good cocktails but limited places to sit and often have to cue to get onto the rooftop.

Had my leaving drinks here which we will never return again. Doesn't even deserve one star! Rude manager and owner who kicked us out to make way for business men in suits with an open business tab. Booked table in advance with confirmation for 5:30pm until 2am but was told to 'GET OUT' by 6:30pm. Pretentious and shallow. We all had drinks and wasn't even given the chance to finish them without the manager and owner shouting at us like mad dogs. Humiliating and money grabbing place. I advise not to go there. Even the security men informed me to not let them ruin my evening and enjoy it somewhere better.


Summer means one thing to me, happy hour at the golden bee.With excellent cocktails and an amazing rooftop view of the kebab shops of east London, this is an excellent after work spot.Granted I have never been late in the evening, it has never been unbearably busy so I have always had quite a relaxed time here.2 for 1 on cocktails during happy hour makes it a great budget/ date option and with several floors you have both cover from the rain in case the British weather decides to switch! They have a great array of cocktails which do not feel like they are just slopped together but the staff take their time to prepare a great drink for you.It is slightly hidden but worth hunting down for the spacious rooftop. 

Love this place! The roof is so cool and drinks are affordable.

Could do with proper music up there but really nice evening for get togethers! Have rebooked for a birthday in summer x


Golden Bee is a beautiful rooftop bar in Shoreditch. You have to go up two flights of steep stairs to get to it but it is worth the climb. The Happy Hour prices are great and the cocktails are delicious. 

The Golden Bee has a lot of potential to be great - fab location with a wonderful roof terrace. Unfortunately for me it didn't quite love up to expectations - the drinks weren't great, while there's a lot of options they tasted a bit watered down and it felt like quantity of quality. The staff weren't massively helpful either. Definitely has potential and a couple of changes and it would be there!

The Golden Bee is a classic case of 'don't judge a book by its cover'. After entering through a rather dingy doorway and climbing up several flights of stairs that looked like they lead nowhere promising, we found ourselves on this delightful rooftop, surrounded by fire pits, sofas and an excellent view over Shoreditch. 

Drinks are reasonably priced and there's no entry fee which is a bit of a coup on a Friday night in Shoreditch!

I'd recommend


The Golden Bee is a great option for 'City meets Shoreditch' drinks. I've often visited the establishment with colleagues and girlfriends and not being disappointed. I have to say however I visit the venue for the roof top bar, and find the downstairs small, dark and lacking atmosphere-until it gets livelier later in the evening. So if your heading there, head straight for the roof. Generally it pays to book for the sunny summer evenings (but I have managed to swing it with out a booking with a small group). I should also mention that with the fire pits lit this can be an option to impress a first date also. Cocktails are good, and the view over Old Street is lovely!

We had a short lived, horrible time at the Golden Bee. Having booked for a party of 15 on the guest list, our party was refused entry as it wasn't a 50/50 split of males/females. Whilst a fraction of the party arrived and got in, sadly the birthday person was refused entry. The whole needing to have a '50/50 split' of guests was never mentioned to me upon booking (both speaking to someone over the phone or in the email confirmation from DesginMyNight). Not impressed at all and I will definitely not be going back.

Wonderful venue, staff and crowd! I love coming here for a guaranteed great night with a fun atmosphere!


This used to be an after work favourite before I moved offices. I loved it because it was a rooftop bar without any pretentiousness. It was always laid back and casual and great for after work drinks. If it's a great view you are after though this is not the place to find it. The cocktails are average and not overpriced and they have a happy hour until 7pm Mon-Thur. During the winter though the outside space is not ideal and the inside space is pretty small, tacky and too loud.

Really cool rooftop bar with amazing cocktails and a 2-for-1 happy hour, even on Fridays! I visited a couple of Fridays ago for after work drinks, really good atmosphere and music on the outside terrace with plenty of heaters. I would definitely recommend drinks here and am looking forward to my next visit! 

One of the worst bars in London. Always over capacity with stupidly long waiting times at the bar. If you want somewhere cool with good music and nice people, go somwhere else. Best avoided.

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Worst club ever. Aggressive bouncers and very intimidating female manager who tried to make our night miserable all night. I wish i never went. 

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Avoid like the plague.. Horrendous place, have never dealt with such obnoxious and arrogant people as the owners of Golden Bee! Staff are outrageously rude and even shouted at me down the phone and hung up. worst customer service I've ever experienced, followed by a £125 cancellation fee when I asked them not to cancel my booking!

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