bars in shoreditch



On London’s East End, the case for Shoreditch’s nightlife reign is as strong as ever. Home of the YBA (Young British Artists) movement and London’s first playhouse, Shoreditch remains a creative centre. The nightlife here attracts hipsters of all ages and stripes. With an abundance of bard, competition is all the steeper. But so is the burden of choice. We’re here to help.

Start off with the obligatory cocktail at Below the Smoke, a low-key cocktail joint tucked under Nordic restaurant Rök Smokehouse. An exciting mix between chem-lab and Nordic cabin, the clean atmosphere provides the perfect place to get your night going. Ask for something traditional, like their in-house spiced rye whiskey, or try a smooth vermouth or sherry.

Once fortified by a dry cocktail, head to Hoxton Grill, inside Soho House’s Hoxton Hotel, for a drink and a show. Socialising is key at this trendy bar. Make some memories in the photo booth and invite your new friends to your next stop. We recommend the veritable Shoreditch institution NOLA. Get there before midnight to make sure you get through the door. This New Orleans–themed cocktail spot pours all the classics, including the topical Hurricane and Sazerac (go with the latter). Then the night is yours; don’t be afraid to get swept up in crazy night out that is Shoreditch!