Mother Kelly's

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Mother Kelly's, 251 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE

Mother Kelly’s is a New York-inspired bar tucked beneath one of the railway arches on Bethnal Green’s Paradise Row. But there’s a twist. The beers here aren’t just for sitting down and sipping in situ: you can also take them away to savour on your sofa too. And the selection of bottles is staggering – and it’s all judiciously chosen.

The room itself is a bright, corrugated tunnel with chunky wooden decking, plenty of space to sit and stand, and a loud wall of graffiti splashed across one wall. A row of unmarked taps along the metallic back wall offer a head-spinning range of brews to those who prefer to get stuck in on-site, and they all change pretty much every day. So you've got an excuse to keep going back.

By: Alex Plim

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Venue name: Mother Kelly's
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Address: 251 Paradise Row
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E2 9LE
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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Tastemaker

Mother Kelly’s is perhaps one of my newest favourite places for a drink. This independent bottle shop features over 6 fridges of bottle beers and 33 tap. Yes, you read that right – THIRTY THREE. If you cannot find a beer you like here, you need to go home. No. No. Just go home.


Situated in the railway arches near Bethnal Green station – and I must admit I love the use of railway arches for independent businesses, even as hipster as it is, it takes previously unused space and makes it magical – Mother Kelly’s has a cool, chilled and slightly NYC vibe. Which is the atheistic it was going for, actually.


The prices aren’t cheap. Most drinks are 2/3rds for £4-5, but in all fairness these beers tend to be higher in alcohol content. Up in the 7 and 9%. So, you probably shouldn’t be knocking back pints or you will be dunzo.

It’s a great spot to try different beers, especially from new breweries that aren’t available anywhere. Excellent drinking den. 

tastemaker

Paradise Row is one of my favourite summer spots for evening drinking in the sun shine. The old viaduct arches which were previously dross space, has been brought to life by a series of neighbouring bars and restaurants. Mother Kelly's in particular serves a great selection of food and drink which is slightly above average for the area in terms of price. We had a bottle of Cava and a sausage starter which came to about £44 including service. The staff are friendly and the whole place has a great vibe when busy and bustling. Every time I've been during the week generally we have been able to get a table - weekends are sometimes slightly harder. 

tastemaker

What a selection! If it is craft beer you want, Mother Kelly's is the place to go! They have a great selection of craft beers from around the globe. If you get there early there is a good chance to get a table, however if you have a larger group then try to reserve a table. I am really excited to check out the new Vauxhall location! 

Tastemaker

This place is very cool. One of a great strip of bars and restaurants just a few minutes walk from Bethnal Green station, Mother Kelly's has a good selection of beers and a casual but cool vibe. There is only one reason I'm not giving it a 5 star review, and that's because they close their outside area at 10pm, but they don't give any warning of this, so we had just arrived and bought drinks and then had to go and stand inside a crowded room when it was a lovely evening outside. Had we known us, we would have picked a different bar. However, this is my only complaint, because everything else about this place is perfect.

Tastemaker

I was introduce to this bar by fellow tastemaker Rececca Pate (read her review a bit further down) who is an expert in all things beer! It's really cool and interesting with New York Style wall art and a changing selection of beers. I went for cider (wuss) but I'm warming up to the idea of all these cool and unusual beers. The crowd was chilled and laid back. The tube is seconds away. Happy days!

Tastemaker

This is a great drinking spot on Paradise Row. It's got more of a chilled vibe than the other places. The staff are awesome and really know their stuff - I'm not an big beer drinker but they listened to what I like and I ended up trying two types of beer that I really liked! To say that there's an extensive selection is an understatement, and what's great about this place is that you can buy bottles to take home with you! A must visit for anyone into their beer :)

Tastemaker

A place for young-ish beer connoisseurs. The jugs of water on the tables are a nice touch, but the keg-style stools are uncomfortable.


amazing atmosphere and wonderful people combined with a huge selection of draft and bottle beers


So many amazing beers to chose from! And when they have Harley Dog over to cook some burgers...life changing.


Love this place! SO many beers to choose from. Fridges span one side of the bar, containing lots of beverages available to take home too.

Tastemaker

By far one of the most extensive craft beer tap and bottle list in London, this venue is situated conveniently next to the bethnal green station along the now famous for food and drink Paradise Row. It boasts a very casual and brilliant venue for spending an entire afternoon drinking away. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their craft (pun intended) and are always willing to give you recommendations based on your taste profile. For those who really want to get into the whole craft beer scene, this is a must visit, and the library of books that they have for your perusal will also help you on your way to becoming a brewmaster!

tastemaker

There's beer. And then there's Beer. Mother Kelly's knows this. Their staff know this, and they're helping everyone who comes in get to know this. From light lagers to super sour Guezes, the selection in the massive fridges and on tap at the back of this railway arch right by Bethnal Green tube is ridiculous. That location, that selection and those friendly bar staff means the place can get a little busy, but they move the crowds at the bar along quickly - and you can book ahead to save a spot. Even if you hate beer (and your friends love it), you can order a decent G&T or drop of wine! If you ever wanted to get to know a bit more about the ever-growing beer scene, this is an ace place to start.

Tastemaker

Quirky little place tucked in the mews close to Bethnal Green tube. Amazing selection of beers and a few ciders on offer too. The left hand wall is flanked by a ruck of fridges holding a whole host of fancy pants beers. Snacks on offer are also very tasty, beat olives I've tasted and the antipasti platter was a treat. There's a great atmosphere, I took the folks on a Saturday afternoon, with a slight apprehension that we would be surrounded by hipsters, and we didn't feel out of place at all. Great little drinking hole


Mother Kelly's opened my eyes to the sheer expanse of brilliant beers out there. Over twenty taps and multiple fridges to be browsed at leisure offer something for everyone and almost guarantee that you will find something unlike anything you've tried before. The option to take bottles away at a slightly reduced price means the fun doesn't need to stop when you walk out of the door.


Nicely arranged cheese and meat platters provide a base for the many beers you will feel compelled to sample, and there is a sizable outdoor area to soak up the sun in warmer months. I'm lucky to have this as my local, but it's worth the trip for those further afield.

Tastemaker

This is my local! I love the wooden floors and barrels for tables. The menu changes daily. The fridges are stocked with all kinds of crafty IPAs, Ales, Stouts, Pils, Sours, and Ciders. The bar staff are hipstery and knowledgeable. There are taps lining the back wall behind the bar. Cool place. Recommend!


Thi is my favourite place in London to drink craft beers, daily selection of excellent beers on tap or in bottles from allover the world. Everything about Mother Kelly's is right, even from the beer taps as sink taps in the toilet to lovely branded tulip glasses. A must place to visit on a great road

Tastemaker

I freely admit that I am currently enamored with Mother Kelly's. It's location- hidden in the arches down Paradise Row, yet adjacent to Bethnal Green tube station- ensures that people don't just wander in haphazardly, but it is still very easy to catch the last tube home when last calls echo through the bar. It's a fabulous new addition to East London and a perfect concept for beer aficionados; if you're looking to try something novel, this is *the* place to go. The twenty beers on tap are constantly rotating and there's a new selection offered on every visit. The staff will talk you through their recommendations or let you try for yourself if you're not convinced that a milk stout or sour Belgian beer sound to your taste. There's a wall of taps offering beer and ciders, but there are some local gins and other spirits and wine for those less inclined. Adjacent to the tap bar is a wall of fridges, where a wide variety of beers and ciders can either be enjoyed in or taken away.


The décor is industrial and pretty on-trend minimalistic- there are a few small barrels used as tables, but mostly communal style seating and more tables outdoors for the warmer months (or all year around when you're a smoker). It gets pretty hot and boisterous on a Saturday night, but I've always managed to eventually get a seat with some patience. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and are always milling about, clearing away the glasses as they stack up.


If you're feeling experimental, take a group a friends and have a sip of everyone's beer- it's a great conversation point and everyone will find something that they enjoy by the end of the evening. Be warned, though- some of the beers are very strong and most are offered in 2/3 pints (or smaller depending on the potency of the beer). 


The one downside to Mother Kelly's is that it might have an impact on your wallet- it can get a bit pricy depending on your palate and drinking speed!

Tastemaker

Sit in the sun and get a different and interesting beer or cider each time. What’s not to love? Work your way through the fridges and find what you like and then stock up your fridge at home. They do great bar snacks too so you can keep up with selection on offer.


Great trendy bar, with an excellent selection of tap and bottled beers. I will be back!