1. Callooh Callay Bar
65 Rivington street, EC2A 3AY London
Proud winners of the Tales of the cocktail ‘World’s Best Menu’ award 2012. Stumble through the rabbit hole into Callooh Callay, have a drink in our front bar with windows that overlook the cobbled streets of Shoreditch, have a peak through the wardrobe at the back or ask about the Jubjub Members Bar. All is not what it seems. Callooh Callay are famed for three things – Our drinks, our bar, and our service.
2. The Hoxton Pony
104-108 Curtain Road, EC2A 3AH London
Our owner Gerry Calabrese has put together an impressive award winning bar team. The idea being to deliver some of the best drinks in the capital for accessible price range. The team have used organic, British produce throughout the 30 strong, original cocktail menu – which is Cajun inspired. Flavour profile is given prominence, with every one of the 300+ spirits hand selected.
3. Barrio East
141-143 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE London
Barrio East in Shoreditch is a neighbourhood bar serving up cocktails, cantina and a club atmosphere with a global view. Inspired by Latino flavours and cultures, come here for a feel-good party night and prepare to be taken around the world with delicious and fresh cocktails as well as a drinks list that is sourced from every corner of the globe. The music is always cutting edge and eclectic, with an anything goes policy and a fun-time house party type vibe attracting all kinds of revellers.
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4. Happiness Forgets
In the basement, 8-9 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU London
Happiness Forgets is a dangerously addictive place to drink your cocktails. So chic, so comfortable, you can end up in the subterranean style pit for hours on end. Cocktails are made with a delicate touch and a mixologists pedantry for getting it right. Beautifully dingy and they serve some of the best drinks Hoxton has to offer.
129 City Road, EC1V 1JB, London
Hidden between two cafes on City Road, the Nightjar is a hidden slice of old-school glamour on the fringes of Shoreditch. Come and join us for the very best of cocktails – from pre-prohibition to modern signatures – for live music from the golden age of jazz, and for attentive, friendly table service. Open 7 days a week, Weds-Sat reservations highly recommended.
6. Beach Blanket Babylon
19-23 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, E1 6LA, London
Beach Blanket Babylon Shoreditch houses a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar, roof terrace, contemporary art gallery and private members lounge. The extensive cocktail list has been created by internationally renowned Allan Gage and boasts both classic favourites and signature cocktails. The restaurant features a range of dishes prepared using seasonal British produce such as fillet of sea bass, rack of lamb and Eton mess.
7. The Brickhouse
152C Brick Lane, City of London, Greater London E1 6RU
The Brickhouse is the place for those who fancy a change from tradition and the Superhero Burlesque Show is sure to lift any Scrooge’s mood. Set in London’s Brick Lane, The Brickhouse captures the atmosphere of a 1930’s speakeasy bar whilst bringing it back to modern day with their contemporary style. Whilst watching the “fire breathing, angle grinding, magic, burlesque and boylesque,” you can enjoy their food menu that they have tweaked with a sprinkle of Modern European cuisine
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8. Lounge Bohemia
1e Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ, London
What lies beyond an innocuous-looking door is a tiny drinking den gussied up to look like a Bratislava bar circa From Russia with Love. To gain entry, call ahead to secure ‘an appointment’ (casual walk-ins are not encouraged); then ditch that Next suit & backpack, respect the owner’s diktats & you’ll discover some well-crafted & realistically priced drinks of distinction. Bohemia is one for serious cocktail fans & design purists – the Jägerbomb brigade simply won’t get it.
9. Whistling Shop
63 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU, London
Now open in Shoreditch, the biggest thing to hit London’s drinking scene, is the last great thing in London’s drinking history. Fluid Movement’s second bar after the groundbreaking ‘Purl’ in Marylebone. Combining the charm of Victorian squalor with the elegance of grand Gin Palaces. The Worship Street Whistling Shop is set to redefine cocktails in the capital.
1 Whitby Street, E1 6JU, London
Loungelover is all about the cocktails. A great example of this is the bar’s namesake, the Loungelover a drink that comprises of an unusual mix of fig liqueur, sweet vanilla and lemon oil finished with Loungelover champagne A surprisingly delicate cocktail with a sweetness that doesn’t overpower the dry champagne. If you really like it sweet then opt for a Strawberry Lolly made up of Sagatiba Pura caçhaca mixed with strawberries, coconut, vanilla and cream.
11. The Shoreditch
145 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
The Shoreditch is a classy club where just about anything goes! We have mouthwatering food, refreshing drinks and spunky staff. There’s a massive lounge area upstairs that on Monday-Saturday features our very funky (and good-looking) resident DJ’s playing a disco-funk-pop sound as well as great live acts sporadically scheduled in. Downstairs in our club area we book the best DJ’s and bands.
157 Commercial Street, E1 6BJ, London
Guardian commented cocktail in Hawksmoor as“A cocktail list to die for.” In our ongoing attemps to create London’s best cocktail bars, we’ve scoured our library of long out of print cocktail books to resurrect some great long-lost classics. We’ve also added some of our own, invented by our award-winning bartenders. All are made with the finest ingredients available.
55-61 Tabernacle Street, EC2A 4AA London
This is a joint that takes its cocktails very seriously and the list is sure to please connoisseurs and casual enthusiasts alike. There are around 25 in total, with martinis, sours, shorts and Champagne concoctions all well represented. Each drink is accompanied by snappy descriptions and many are inspired by some of the earliest cocktail recipes, such as The Fish House Punch which apparently dates back to 1732.
14. Off Broadway
63-65 Broadway Market, E8 4PH, London
Off Broadway has been serving the finest cocktails and American Beer since 2009. We also feature L.A. Seuno Mexican street food. here’s a fabulous collection of specialist spirits and other ingredients – the house signature blends Rittenhouse Rye with fresh lime, falerum and ginger beer. Traditional and contemporary blends are present and correct, with a few unusual ones involving coffee liqueur.
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