From Bank to Moorgate to Shoreditch and beyond, we’ve compiled a list of the eight best bars to check out now in East London
Words Paola Peralta
Explore the city with the best bars in East London today.
This award-winning cocktail bar is beloved by critics and locals alike. With its cool atmosphere, tasty bar snacks and delicious drink selection, Callooh Callay has become a true city staple. Perfect for a night out with friends or a spontaneous walk-in, stop by, snag a table and enjoy one of their signature drinks for a truly authentic London experience.
Equipped with both a rooftop terrace and an indoor lounge bar, this Eastside hotspot works for any occasion. During the week, Golden Bee’s rooftop is a great place to unwind and relax for post-work drinks by the fire pit while enjoying a beautiful view of the city. On weekends, the venue is transformed into a bustling nightclub perfect for dancing the night away. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Golden Bee has it all.
4 SISTERS TOWNHOUSE
This hidden London gem has mastered the art of balancing classic and contemporary signature cocktails, using only the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. With two fantastic locations to choose from, the 4 Sisters is the place to go for an escape from the world outside the door. Pick from a large selection of specialised house-infused spirits, syrups, barrel-aged and pre-bottled cocktails and take a journey back to simpler times.
This underground cocktail bar is both a figure of the past and the present. Formally owned by a wine and whiskey merchant, business has since moved to the basement where the cocktails are good, but the service is better. Choose from their diverse menu of cocktails, including their very own shrub cocktails – made with sweetened vinegar-based syrup infused with fresh fruits, spices & herbs which they then blend with spirits. For a little variety, the menu also includes a number of craft beers, coffee and teas.
THE HOXTON SEVEN
Situated within the Hoxton triangle on Great Eastern Street, The Hoxton Seven is a vibrant bar complete with great music, fun drink specials, and tasty food. The bright decor, attentive staff and cosy, laid-back setting make it the ultimate spot for post-work drinks or a weekend hang-out with friends.
Bring Latin America to Shoreditch this weekend with Barrio, famous for its sights, sounds, flavours and fun. Described as a colourful clash of Tropicalia, snack on fresh street food, enjoy good music and sip on tropical punch cocktails until late. Whether it be inside the bar or outside on their patio, Barrio makes for the best place for a casual get together with friends.
This oasis-themed bar is for wanderers and homebodies. The space is a combination of warmth, mystery and magic where visitors get to swap out the concrete jungle for a real one for the evening. The most interesting part of this enthralling find is its menu. Instead of the typical selection, drinks are divided into continents and cultures. Take a trip around the globe from the comfort of your own booth.
From breakfast to late night drinks, and everything in between, this bar is the perfect backdrop for all food and cocktail needs. Right in the heart of the city, The Anthologist serves as the perfect meet-up spot at any time of the day. Sample new wines and vintages from around the globe, all-day dining fare and a range of innovative cocktail recipes that’ll be sure to impress.