Shoreditch pubs

Have a night to remember or a Sunday roast to savour at one of Shoreditch’s best pubs
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Although Shoreditch may be better known for trendy cocktail bars and clubs, there are also plenty of traditional pubs to discover. Time Out shows you the best places to bend an elbow in the area, from modern craft beer joints to cherished backstreet boozers that are ideal for an old-school knees-up.

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The best pubs in Shoreditch

Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Archers

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Forget this pub’s days of seedy karaoke parties. It’s a pretty smart spot now for a ploughmans and a pint. What they’re pouring is ace and actually still affordable, and there’s a craft bottle selection to match the good stuff on cask.

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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Craft Beer Company

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The Craft Beer Co’s expansion continues apace – this time it’s rocked up in Old Street, taking over The Nelson’s Retreat and painting it bright red to flag to passers-by that it might be worth a visit. Expect the usual premium craft beers paired with pizza by Slice and More.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Crown & Shuttle

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It’s heaving after work at the sister pub to The Water Poet, and that’s in no small part due to The Crown and Shuttle’s ample beer garden, which also serves burgers and chips from a van with a hatch. Don’t miss events in a cheeky replica of a ’90s pub up on the first floor, a venue known affectionately as Filthy Fanny’s.

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Bars and pubs

Draft House Old Street

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One of the Draft House fleet, this pub-meets-bar excels at the group’s modus operandi: keeping beer lovers well-watered. Crack into craft beers from around the world in third measures or visit for bottomless beer brunch.

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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Fox

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The Fox’s large central bar acts as something of a magnet for the area’s workers as soon as the clock strikes five. It also serves classic grub to pub purists, including gammon, egg and chips. The first floor restaurant also has a terrace that’s worth knowing about.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

The Golden Heart

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It may be hard to believe that this simple-looking pub, which used to serve market and brewery workers from 6am was also once the toast of the art world. Spot pieces Tracey Emin gifted to the pub and learn to love the often-brusque service at the bar from landlady Sandra Esquilant and team.

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Bars and pubs, Breweries

Howl at the Moon

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Get stuck into a craft beer, ale and cider selection to rival any other in Hoxton. Tipples made by London brewers – from Tottenham’s Redemption to Hackney’s Pressure Drop – are in great supply, and toasties are the perfect greasy companions to all that beer.

Music, Music venues

The Old Blue Last

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Bang in the middle of party land, The Old Blue is a great place to soak up Shoreditch’s wild-child reputation. Catch first-class live acts on the pub’s first floor (whose roof once fell through, the gig action was so hot). This place is owned by Vice, so expect a pretty hip crowd.

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Old Fountain

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If you’re looking for a more authentic pub atmosphere with your craft beer, visit the Old Fountain. It’s a family-owned boozer that has been given Camra’s stamp of approval. That’s thanks to eight ales and nine craft keg options. Hopheads, just feast your eyes on the pub’s beer board.

Bars and pubs, Pubs

Pride of Spitalfields

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Unfussy British ales, a rustic red-patterned carpet and a loyal pub cat – this is a ‘proper pub’ in the Shoreditch vicinity. Here you’ll find a happy mix of older residents and the area’s young fashionistas enjoying an ironic, old-school pint.

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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Princess of Shoreditch

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This poshed-up gastropub just off Great Eastern Street has a fancy-pants dining room upstairs. It’s a bit more relaxed on ground level, although undoubtedly one of the area’s more upmarket options thanks to artfully distressed wooden floorboards and sophisticated candlelight.

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Clubs

Queen of Hoxton

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Party on over at Queen of Hoxton, which has been throwing bashes across its many levels (rooftop included) since 2001. Has it lost its edge? Nah! Not with film screenings, live gigs, house DJs and even wigwams on the roof in winter.

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Red Lion

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Sure, it doesn’t look like much is going on when you enter this bog-standard pub just off Hoxton Square. But wind your way up the stairs to a large roof terrace kitted with many a picnic bench and you’ll probably find a very decent spot to sit and sup.

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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Singer Tavern

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Popular craft-beer pub Singer Tavern sits on the edge of the City, so watch hip craft-beer bods rub shoulders with suited slickers. The building was once the HQ for Singer sewing machines, and this is honoured with Victorian decor. Loud tunes and a cocktail bar in the basement bring the Tavern up to date.

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The Ten Bells

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You may get a few Ripper tour groups stopping by, but the pub – with its peeling wallpaper, chipped tiling and waxy candles – is playing into their hands, let’s face it. The Ten Bells may have tales of hauntings, but upstairs it hosts thoroughly modern pop-up bars.

Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Water Poet

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The Water Poet is spread across several rooms, but the garden at the rear gets the most footfall – a sprawling space with plenty of seating, including a canny covered area. Enjoy the atmosphere indoors on match days or during the pub’s annual Eurovision Song Contest bonanza.

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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

Well & Bucket

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In 2015, the Well and Bucket returned to pub glory (it had briefly been turned into a Chinese restaurant). It’s a gorgeous-looking boozer, with an impressive array of ales on offer. Just as tantalising is the pub grub, with a menu of oysters for Victorian East End dining. Sliders are available for the less adventurous.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Wenlock Arms

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The Wenlock was so loved by locals, they stepped in to save it from development in 2015. Now you’ll find amazing ales served alongside Carlsberg, and banging cheese toasties that punters order with abandon. Hole up by the fireplace for some of London’s best boozing.

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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Owl & Pussycat

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Redchurch Street’s The Owl & Pussycat got a gastropub makeover in recent times that chimed with changes in the area. But don’t worry, it’s still popular with the after-work crowd, who stand on the pavement with pints rather than slumped on chesterfields indoors. The first floor hosts live music and themed quizzes.

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