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Looking Glass Cocktail Club

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Hackney Road
4 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)
Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Shoreditch
Looking Glass Cocktail Club mirrors, Shoreditch

Time Out says

A cocktail bar with low-lit, vaguely Victorian interior including, of course, a huge 'Alice in Wondlerand'-esque mirror. There's a also speakeasy style drinking den and DJs to boot.



Address: 49 Hackney Rd
E2 7NX
Transport: Tube: Old St/Shoreditch High St Overground
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
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Users say (15)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 4 star:8
  • 3 star:2
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:0
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I visited the looking Glass along with my wife with high expectations due to the mainly positive reviews and was left distinctly underwhelmed.  The drinks are overpriced, with a sneaky service charge of 12.5% included which is just pure greed.  The Gentlemen’s toilet was blocked and the taps were not working; disgustingly unhygienic.  Avoid this overrated establishment and instead consider visiting Nightjar, 129 City Road or The Cocktail Trading Co. Brick Lane; both of which are excellent alternatives for a memorable night out.


Cocktails with character! I'm not sure what my favourite was called but it came in a bamboo type beaker and was topped with a smoking cinnamon stick - and it was delicious! Service was really fab too. A great spot in trendy Shoreditch and ideal for after work drinks with a twist.


I think I am out of the loop when it comes to cool bars in Shoreditch as I had never heard of this cocktail bar until invited to a Birthday party here.Expecting a night of being rammed into a small space and a massive shared bill at the end, I was really surprised by the Looking Glass.They had allocated a great sized space for everyone and there was not too many people being allowed in, resulting in lots of space to manoeuvre and talk to everyone.The bar looked busy but they have servers who come to you and take payment upon delivering your cocktail which I thought was a great system, I hate agroup tab! The cocktail I had was ok and they had extra fun ingredients you can add to make the flavour different, I would have loved to try some more but at over £10 each I opted for a beer as a second drink.As my group was at the front I never got to see through the mirror door so I will be making sure to come back.I think this would make an excellent date spot for someone looking to impress so if you want to show off the secret spots of London to friends. 


Love the vibe of the place, really cozy and fun cocktail club, with great music and some events happening in the back. Not very knowledgable about whiskey tho.


Date night complete! As we made our way through a large (over the top large!) wall mirror we are lead into a cozy speakeasy den, surrounded by sofas and armchairs waiting for us to nestle in. Bartenders at the ready, serving us st our table, I was blown away with my 'Uncle Monty' cocktail. Appearance alone my martini styled glass was a vibrant pink, garnished with broccoli (strange but works) and embellished with a plastic bag and bamboo causing my mind to wander and wonder what to expect. Tarquin's Dry Gin, sweetened with beetroot syrup, twisted with lemon and paired with Campari- I thoroughly enjoyed my cocktail concoction trying to nurse my glass with ill success. Worth a visit and a great surprise to any cocktail lover.


Cocktails and Spanking  -  Only in Shoreditch. 

Well what a fantastic way to start 2017, the cocktail list is experimental, when I say experimental I mean "Royale with Chee" experimental using mature cheddar fat washed with white rum eerrrrr?! Yeah we were not sure about that either. I opted for a less cheese based cocktail in the shape of the "Gold Bullion" Aperol, Amaro Averna, Amaro Lucano Anniverso, lemon and champagne & rhubarb reduction (this really made it) served on the rocks, by on the rocks I mean Oh Holy giant Ice balls, on the rocks. Best £12 I have spent so far this year. The staff are knowledgeable, you can also order something a little more vanilla if you like, this is east London so if enjoy the obligatory cocktail with a syringe on the side try the "Choose".

Really unusual cocktails, knowledgable award winning mixologists housed in a semi undiscovered venue in Shoreditch

Really unusual cocktails, knowledgable award winning mixologists housed in a semi undiscovered venue in Shoreditch

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This is a cute little bar with some beautiful furnishings, but it doesn't quite have the magic its name would suggest. Cocktails are high-end expensive and not quite delicious enough to warrant it. Staff are polite and efficient but not warm enough to keep us there for another round. Looking Glass could do with mirroring a few of the area's better cocktail bars.


Like any good Instagrammer (totally a word) I was excited to visit a speakeasy bar. Imagining myself somewhere hip, cool, and off the beaten track, with a cocktail in hand, this promised to be fun a night. Located in Shoreditch this bar has a great premise- go through the mirror and into the hidden away bar. On the door a woman in a mask slapped customers' bums upon going through the door, resulting in an awkward 'was that you?!' from the guy in front of me. Having pointed out our welcomer, we proceeded without incident to a cosy arrangement of armchairs, to drink the night away. Except…we didn't. Cocktails that changed colour upon stirring, cocktails with foam and liquid underneath, cocktails of luminous blue…all were bitter and sipped with a frown. Potentially it was our unsophisticated palates, but there was a big group of us and we all ended up choosing wine for our second drink. This place has such promise- cool, quirky and a fun concept- but they really need to improve their drink creations! 


A rather cool Victorian-like speakeasy-style cocktail bar, hidden back from the main Hoxton drag. Cocktails are inventive and not too horrendously priced, and there is an actual looking glass for you to step through into a vast yet still intimate bar area. A great one if you're not already over the speakeasy vibe! 

Cool place but definitely (unlike so many other places) best in Winter. It's not really a summer outdoor vibe here at all and somewhat out of the way. The back area of the bar is not open often in summer as it simply does not get busy enough. Shame as this is where the music and dance floor are. The cocktail however are certainly impressive year round and barmen go to a lot of effort to explain their creations. Like all good cocktails the wait can be longer but nevertheless definitely worth it. Strange sad music was playing the last time we went. It was a Friday evening and we actually left because of it.

Cool little place with some interesting drinks. Would go back for sure!

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