Looking Glass Cocktail Club

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Shoreditch
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Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Shoreditch
Looking Glass Cocktail Club mirrors, Shoreditch

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.


Venue name: Looking Glass Cocktail Club
Address: 49 Hackney Rd
E2 7NX
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-midnight Sun
Transport: Tube: Old St/Shoreditch High St Overground
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Evie B

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".

KateandToni G

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

KateandToni G

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

Ashleigh A
moderatorStaff Writer

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.

Louise H

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! 

Christie A

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!