Shoreditch and Hoxton remain two of London's most popular suburbs for drinking, dancing and dining. The home of lounge bars, cocktails bars, live music bars, good old fashioned pubs and DJ dance music bars, east London's Shoredtich and Hoxton have some of the best bars in London on offer.
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"Finally, some common sense, and what comfort! The place will never be overcrowded, which means no jostling or squashing. For once you won't have to exchange bodily fluids to get a drink. And wow! A bar where everyone gets to sit down? If you thought it not possible, I tell you it is." Kind words from our bar critic who visited this new basement cocktail bar on Hoxton Square recently. Most definitely a Shoreditch cocktail bar for grown ups.
The Hoxton Pony
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: British
The Hoxton Pony boasts some of the best cocktails in the whole of London, let alone Shoreditch. The food is 'propa east end grub' which includes 'bangers and mash', 'fish n chips' and 'slow roasted pork belly'. The decor is fresh bold and extravagent, with post box red tables, black leather chairs and two impressive bars. The whole venue is ridiculously intoxicating (a bit like the cocktails) but if you just want to dance and have a fabulous time, then The Hoxton Pony is for you!
The Book Club
Shoreditch / Bar / Cuisine: Modern International
A relative new kid on the Shoreditch block that fuses together elements of cafe culture, high brow intellectualism, ravey davey dancing, and killer cocktails for a one-stop shop for bar, club, restaurant hedonists. If you like art, if you like music, if you like fashion and beautiful faces, then why aren't you there right now?! Shoredtich just got a little bit better.
Shoreditch / Bar / Cuisine: English
Again, the words 'speak easy' and 'Prohibition Era' come into play and again, it's an underground cocktail bar. This cocktail bar is even more hidden than all other cocktail bars on this list with nothing more than a small plaque to give any indication you've arrived. Bygone era cocktails - using house-created liqueurs, bitters & botanicals - coupled by the rattling high octane rhythms of live jazz, swing, tap & blues.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: English
In the 1920's, the good folk of Shoreditch shopped here for toasters, hoovers and the lastest brand of gramaphone. Now Darts, Billiards, pie and mash and a vast selection of fine ales & draught beers fill the 400 capacity pub. Downstairs the showrooms hosts an array of nightly entertainment.
Shoreditch / Restaurant / Cuisine: International
Far Rockaway on Curtain Road aims to channel New York's urban culture to the Shoreditch triangle. The full throttle design scheme includes original works by neon artist Andy Doig and street artists Xenz, Above, Cranio, Cept and Guy Denning; a DJ booth fashioned out of boomboxes, and a comic book library with over 4000 DC and Marvel issues for you to peruse. As one might expect, there is also a plenitude of American favourites to enjoy, including frozen margaritas, coke glazed baby-back ribs, and pizza by the slice.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
A relaxed spot to play a few games of table football while munching on some homely chorizo sandwiches by day and a lively venue to tackle an extensive continental beer and cocktails menu by night, Bar Kick (pictured above) manages to score highly at both ends of the pitch. With an ample number of widescreen TVs and atmospheric flags hanging from the walls, it is Shoreditch's prime location to watch live football, but be warned - arrive very early to catch any glimpse of the remaining World Cup matches.
Upstairs at Nancy's
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Upstairs at Nancy's; a London courtyard and a room with a view, which offers sanctuary far from the madding crowd. Located atop one of a revived public house in Shoreditch, here London's brewers, distillers, vintners and cocktail barrellers provide the only street drinking worth doing this winter. Nancy's is at once a welcome retreat for the weary, a den for the devilish, and a corner of lamplit London above a neon world below. Expect to find Borough Wines, Kamm & Sons, Butler's, Boodles, Sipsmith, The Botanist, Five Points, Partizan & The Kernal among many other excellent choices on our drinks list.
Shoreditch / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
In a space formerly occupied by a meat-packing factory is Loungelover Bar, which can only be found if you hunt it down. But find it and you'll be rewarded with a Ready Brek glow of smugness (that the patrons of this place all seem to have) for your efforts.
Shutterbug Creperie & Cocktail Speakeasy
Shoreditch / Bar / Cuisine: Cafe
Shutterbug's hip location, heart-warmingly comfortable surroundings and intriguing list of cocktails, coffees and artisan beers should be enough of a draw for curious Hoxtonites. But the owners have truly excelled themselves by appending a fully-functional crepe counter to the main bar, with highlights including a delicious little red velvet number with mascarpone and strawberries, and a savoury variant with pulled pork and pickles.
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