Bars in East London
|| Drinking in the East
End may conjure images of cockney wide boys swilling
ale and “givin’ it all that” but take
off the tinted glasses and you’ll find some great
places to drink and be merry!
Once the social ugly duckling the East End is being
transformed into a hip, and swanky swan that keeps people
The Light [map] on Shoreditch High Street is typical
of the bars you’ll find on the east side. Formerly
an electric light station, the brick and steel interior
accentuate the trendy-feel of the surroundings. In a similar
vain 1802 in Canary Wharf offers the usual cocktails with
a loft-styled backdrop.
One of the areas newer additions is the South African
themed Zulus [map] in Leytonstone. With its wood interior and a volleyball
court where the beer garden should be, this place attracts
a relaxed weekday crowd.
Complete with uber cool décor, 93 Feet East
[map] on Brick Lane is the
all-in-one venue for those who like to combine a night
of chatty drinks with some funky moves at the end of the
Glamour girls should head for Loungelover [map] where you’ll find a fashionable curiosity-shop styled
interior with champagne cocktails served in suitably chic
glassware. The numerous awards and plush surrounding means
it’s certainly somewhere to impress the girls.
If the pomp and circumstance of the cocktail scene
doesn’t appeal east London has several bars which
encapsulate the other extreme.
The George & Dragon [map] on Hackney Road is one
such example with its traditional wood interior and cocktails
served in half-pint mugs. Expect to see a ringlet-haired
tranny behind the bar and taste one of the best bloody
marys in London.
For a place where the beer is bountiful head to The
Dove [map]. This warm and welcoming
pub has over 101 Belgian bottled beers on offer to tantalise
your taste buds including fruity flavoured versions of
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