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The Best Bars in Shoreditch

31st January 2017

Do you like cocktails? If so, then Shoreditch has many watering holes and intimate lounges that are just waiting to be discovered.

Looking Glass Cocktail Club

Are you bored of your local cocktail spot and looking to find somewhere new and exciting? East London’s Looking Glass Cocktail Club fits the bill exactly; emanating eccentric charm and charisma, this Alice in Wonderland-style cocktail bar is known by regulars as Shoreditch’s hidden gem. The Standard has exclaimed: ‘A welcomed oasis on desert-like Hackney road…If you like experimenting and pudding-esque drinks it might be your bag.’ So, what are you waiting for?

Happiness Forgets

Enjoying the slogan ‘High-end cocktails, low rent basement,’ this trendy bar does exactly what it says on the tin. Radiating a cosy ambience and unique character, punters will be guaranteed a true Shoreditch experience. Contrary to the name, you will never forget a night spent at Happiness Forgets thanks to the specialised mixologists and hip crowd.

Old Street Records

Spanning across two floors, this quirky bar offers live music, signature cocktails and even sells new release vinyl records. In addition to Old Street Records’ contagious atmosphere, some people go as far as to say that they serve the best pizza in the city! So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and enjoy some catchy tunes and a top-notch Happy Hour.

Callooh Callay

This cool Shoreditch cocktail spot is popular amongst bar crawlers because of the one-of-a-kind twist that keeps liquor-lovers coming back for more. Consisting of three different chambers, you can enter the mysterious wardrobe and find yourself in the secret Back Lounge, very ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ indeed. Enjoy an array of tasty nibbles and eclectic cocktails, and remember not to get lost in the wardrobe!

White Lyan

Labelled by Design my Night as ‘a game-changer for the Hoxton area’, this stylish venue is renowned for its inventive cocktail menu, where all drinks contain no ice or fruit. It may sound odd, but each drink has been carefully constructed before your arrival, so you will not have to wait hours on end to get served! With a new cocktail list on offer every few months, White Lyan is without a doubt one to add to your Shoreditch bucket list. See here for the best pubs in Shoreditch.