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Mikkeller Bar

Bars and pubs, Pubs Hackney Road
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A craft beer bar from the Danish brewery in collaboration with, er, Rick Astley.

When it was announced towards the end of 2018 that ’80s heartthrob and modern-day meme sensation Rick Astley was setting up a pub in Shoreditch, it all sounded a bit #fakenews. But he was never gonna let you down. It’s all come out of a collaboration with Danish brewery Mikkeller. The crooner and the Copenhagen-based craft beer specialists have been working together on unlikely brews since 2015, and this experimentation has now led them to open the brewery’s first UK bar.

From the outside, it looks like any of London’s small, unsuspecting boozers – an old-fashioned, hand-painted sign bearing the name of the pub’s previous iteration sits above steamed-up windows and pine-green paint. The only distinguishing features are Mikkeller’s name in signature white type and a jazzy neon sign over the door. Inside though, Mikkeller and Astley have brought the site into the twenty-first century. Musty carpets and stools have been replaced by the contents of a Scandi-themed Pinterest board. Exposed bulbs hang from the ceiling, Swiss cheese plants line the walls and there are a handful of mid-century stools and tables.

It’s not somewhere you’d go to settle in for a session, though. There are 20 different beers on tap (and more available in bottles and cans) that are unlike most other offerings in London’s beer-centric bars, but the prices are on the eyebrow-raising end of the spectrum. So whether you’re sampling one-off seasonals like the lip-smacking Hoppy Lovin’ Christmas (£6.40 for a schooner) or just want a pint of lager (the £6 Rick’s Pils is one of the more complex pilsners you’ll probably taste), things could start to get expensive; unless you’re rickrolling in it, of course.

By: Charlie Allenby


Venue name: Mikkeller Bar
Address: 2-4 Hackney Rd
E2 7NS
Transport: Tube: Old St
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I highly recommend this bar/pub! As my husband and I walked in the Mikkeller running club was just heading out... a pub with a running club is amazing! They have such a variety of beers and beer/wine blends on tap it's hard not to stay for hours on end. The staff are very friendly and allow tasters to make sure you receive the perfect pint for you. I can't speak highly enough of the location, minimalist decor, amazing beer and lovely staff. I wish this was a local to me. 


Went to the opening this summer. It was fantastic! Felt like a neighbourhood pub! It’s a bit small but the choices of beer makes up for the size! Some of it is a bit pricey but worth it! Excellent flavours. I would have loved to taste them all! See you again soon!!


Closing down of George and Dragon a few years back due to rents going endlessly high in Shoreditch was one of the saddest days during my 10 years in the area. The insignificant pub that followed was redundant and never attracted bigger crowd. Mikkeller, on the other hand, looks like it might blow some new life into place again. There’s such a sweet story behind it! A guy in Denmark made a beer and named it after his 80s idol Rick Astley. When the forgotten one hit wonder boy found out, he got in touch and the two decided open a bar togehter. The opening was fantastic. A big nostalgic crowd of kids of the 80s singing the one and only “Never Gonna give You Up” along with Rick who gave two free gigs during the day and served the beer himself. But there’s more than just a celebrity magnet to the bar. The beer (and there’s lots of it!), although painfully pricey in some instances - £12 for 1/3 a pint, ouch! - is excellent. I tried Rick’s IPA and Mikkeller and they’re both worth recommending. I have to revisit and check on the food menu, which was nowhere to be seen on the opening night. One is sure, this this pub is Never Gonna let You Down!

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