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Well & Bucket

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Shoreditch
4 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
Well & Bucket (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Well & Bucket (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Well & Bucket (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Well & Bucket (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Well & Bucket (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out
Well & Bucket (Rob Greig / Time Out)
Rob Greig / Time Out

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

When a pub closes, as this one did way back in 1989, the worst thing that can happen to it is to be turned into a Tesco Metro. Next bad, demolition, followed by change of use to chicken shop or bookies. But sometimes, a pub comes back from the dead. Not in a creepy, zombie way, but a joyous, on-the-third-day style. And here is one of these born-again boozers – following wilderness years as a Chinese restaurant and a leather wholesaler, the Well and Bucket is once again brimming over with beer.

A lot of care has been spent restoring the big room to resemble a pub once again. The Victorian tiling was once noted across London for its splendour; it now looks a bit battleworn, but is brilliantly atmospheric. Close your eyes and you can imagine the place packed with porter-drinking, pipe-smoking, H-dropping Cockneys of yesteryear.

Phantom East Enders might be a bit unfamiliar with the huge array of craft beer on offer, which includes about 18 on tap: on our visit there was Evil Twin’s Hipster APA (vividly described by my companion as ‘dad-strong’), to the fruity, prickly, almost Hawaiian-tropical Omnipollo Fatamorgana. There’s even a little cocktail bar downstairs: in short, definitely one for the bucket list.

By: Time Out London editors



Address: 143 Bethnal Green Rd
E2 7DG
Transport: Shoreditch High St Overground
Opening hours: Open noon-midnight Fri, Sat; noon-11pm Sun.
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Users say (14)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

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This is a lovely craft pub on the brink of Brick Lane. Centred around a large bar in the middle of the room, queueing for a drink is much smoother. The decor is quirky and is great for a big crowd. 

The drinks are pretty competitively priced too. If you're on a bad date, don't forget to ask for Angela!


We went here for my partners birthday and had reserved an area for around 20 people. Unfortunately upon arrival our table was nowhere to be found and the bar was full. The staff were great at dealing with this, offering us complimentary drinks and providing a reserved area downstairs in their cocktail bar for later on in the evening. We actually managed to get a table in the bar and enjoyed a full evening of great cocktails and beers. This bar always has a great atmosphere day or night. Its brilliant for food on a rainy day or for pre-drinks prior to going dancing. The only downside is the garden is very small so we do not really spend much time in here in the summer months. 


Great vibes whether its the weekend or mid-week.  Friendly staff - in fact, they went above and beyond when they had run out of avocados but had no other vegetarian salads so ran out to get some!  The sliders (both meat or VEG) were delish and mid-price range, which is fair for the setting and location etc.  Basically we went in for one drink and next minute we're having dinner and 3 bottles of wine in!  If you're in the neighbourhood go in 



Met a friend here to catch-up two nights ago. Even on a Monday night, it's LOUD. Luckily, we found a corner booth which allowed us to somewhat hear each other. I ordered the chickpea and sweet potato slider and the grilled goat cheese and sweet potato salad with harissa. The slider was quite good, crunchy chickpeas and tasty potato mixture. The salad was a nice-sized portion, loaded with sweet potato. The harissa added a nice kick. We didn't get any drinks but it's an extensive menu (but only one cider alas!). I would think this bar would be slammed come Thurs/Fri night.


This is one of the nicest pubs in London (or at least East London) in my opinion. It's quite an upmarket decor and chilled music. They do food as well - amazing sliders! I also spied two people having a Sunday roast next to me and got major food envy - it looked delish. There are plenty of drinks on offer at not too high a price, and downstairs there is a cheek 'hidden' cocktail bar. The only downside at Well & Bucket is the lack of seating. You just have to perch at the bar and watch like a hawk until people at a table look like they're getting ready to leave - and then swoop when the time is right before anyone else can get in there!

It appears to be pleasant on the surface of things.... Until you ask where the toilet is and it goes downhill at a rapid speed. The staff are only able to function when you're barking a drinks order at them. Anything at a personal level and people struggle. I would come back if I wanted to appear as a cool, hipster, haven't been living in East London long but going to hope for the best or was busting for a wee.

En lind strøm af toner fra swing til motown garneret med lige så liflig ale fra Camden og Mikeller - nice night out with Reza and Allan

Bloody love this place. Would only mark down from 5* because like all these places in London, they just don't stop open late enough for my 'party-hard' lifestyle.

Absolutely great pub. Going here again with work friends on Friday and can't wait!

Only marked down form 5* because it gets a bit packed and there's not too much seating...

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