Welcome to Shoreditch, the London neighbourhood that truly has it all. This vibrant East London spot is known for its thriving street art scene, trendy fashion boutiques, and some of the best cocktail bars in London. From underground drinking dens to stylish rooftop bars, Shoreditch has something for everyone to sip.
Whether you’re a London local looking for your new favourite spot or a visitor looking to explore the best of Shoreditch’s snazzy cocktail scene, we’ve rounded up some of the best cocktail bars in Shoreditch to help plan your next night on the town.
Nightjar has become a London institution when it comes to innovative cocktails, and with its dimly lit corners, makes the perfect cocktail bar for a date night in Shoreditch.
The very best place to soak up the city’s cocktail scene, the menu honours three distinct historical eras of 20th century cocktail-making – pre-prohibition, prohibition and post-war. Alongside the impressive cocktail menu, it also serves up an extensive spirit list, including vintage spirits and a nightly schedule of the very best vintage jazz, blues, ragtime, funk and swing that London has to offer.
Where: 129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB
The Cocktail Trading Company
This bar has long been a firm Shoreditch favourite. With a super-interesting drinks list and the low-lit luxurious decor of an old Victorian parlour, you can easily see why The Cocktail Trading Company is so popular among those who love to do their cocktail sipping in Shoreditch. Theatrical cocktails include ‘Flawless’ made with dark rum, amaro, hazelnut and pear; and the ‘Bank Job’, a blend of apple and hibiscus gin, watermelon, basil and bubbles that’s presented in an actual safe.
Everything’s £11, on or off the menu, so it’s a great excuse to try some of their incredibly presented signatures.
With a roof terrace, intimate cellar bar, in-house cinema, bottle shop, kitchen, cocktail masterclasses, and a roster of live music events, TT Liquor offers the ultimate destination in Shoreditch for a cocktail-filled evening, housed in a former Victorian police station.
It’s one of Shoreditch’s coolest hangouts and has really set the bar high as one of Shoreditch’s best drinking destinations.
Where: 17B Kingsland Rd, London E2 8AA
Hidden on the ground floor of The Mondrian Shoreditch, Christina’s is an all-day hub for expertly crafted cocktails, natural wines, customised coffee blends and hearty snacks. Light and airy, with high ceilings and comfy seating, it’s a spacious hideaway in an otherwise cramped Shoreditch, and the perfect spot to while away an afternoon of work before tucking into the cocktail list come 5pm.
The menu is centered around sustainability and quality, so you can expect a list of sustainable spirits, local artisans and small batch producers to feature. If you try one thing make it the Banana Espresso Martini – made with Discarded banana rum, Climpson & Sons Midnight Oil Coffee Liqueur, and cold brew.
Discount Suit Company
Look for clothing at the Discount Suit Company and you’ll be suitably disappointed. It won’t last long though, because with cheap cocktails, exposed brickwork, and beamed ceilings, you’ll have found yourself your new favourite underground bar in Shoreditch.
As a nod to the former tailor shop which it transformed from, look under the vintage ‘Discount Suit Company’ sign for the light marking its discreet entrance, descend the steep dark stairs, and enter via the black curtain for a night of speakeasy sipping.
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Dedicated to providing a full sensory experience, Tom Dixon-designed bar Silverleaf is inspired by naturalism and its elements, while the forward-thinking cocktail menu is rooted around flavour and colour with a minimal presentation.
Each cocktail champions two or three core ingredients and the team uses progressive processes to create in-house ingredients and enhance flavour profiles. On the menu, the drinks are represented through unique geometric colour profiles, where each ingredient has its own colour. From placing in The World’s 50 Best Best Bars, to ranking number 38 in Top 50 Cocktail Bars 2022, Silverleaf’s been open just a year and has already positioned itself as one of the best cocktail bars in the city.
A forward-thinking cocktail menu rooted around flavour and colour.
Hidden beneath One Hundred Shoreditch, Seed Library is a stripped back speakeasy offering a wealth of delicious and carefully concocted cocktails. It’s the latest establishment from cocktail maestro, Mr Lyan, so you know you’re in for a real treat.
The drinks focus on a ‘lo-fi, analogue’ way of cocktail making inspired by the origins of classic cocktails and alternative flavour sources. Expect a new take on your favourite classic drinks, including a delicious C.R.E.A.M Margarita made with Patrón Silver, blood orange, English manuka tea, Estate Dairy cream and Champagne.
Where: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
Rake’s Cafe Bar
Housed right between Shoreditch and the City of London, Liverpool Street’s Rake’s Café Bar makes the perfect start to a night out in the city. Escape the hustle and bustle and pop in to try their eight unique signature cocktails, based on the eight paintings by English artist William Hogarth, that are as delicious as they are intriguing: The Heir, The Levee, The Orgy, The Arrest, The Marriage, The Gaming House, The Prison and The Mad House.
Set across three distinct rooms, our favourite spot is the hidden The Parlour at the back, with berry red walls and plush furnishings.
Where: 40 Liverpool St, London EC2M 7QN
London Shuffle Club
If you’re searching for a unique spot to celebrate those big birthdays, work wins and everything in between, look no further than London Shuffle Club in the heart of Shoreditch. This is the OG home of shuffling, and the only UK venue to have both lane shuffle and table shuffle under one roof.
Use a ‘tang’ (stick) to push ‘biscuits’ (discs, not custard creams) along the narrow lane to the scoring triangle at the other end. Make sure to stay out of the ‘kitchen’ though – that’ll get you a deduction of 10 points.
Fast-paced, fun, and guaranteed to bring out your competitive streak – it’s a good job there’s a delicious range of cocktails on hand for when all that shuffling has you thirsty.
Where: 4 Ebor St, London E1 6AW
The Rooftop at One Hundred Shoreditch
One Hundred Shoreditch is easily one of London’s prettiest rooftop cocktail bars, if not the pinkest. The pastel pink, playful spot take inspiration from Palm Springs, with terrazzo, succulents and cacti creating an unmistakable Californian aesthetic.
A great option in Shoreditch for letting your hair down over a post-work drink, expect margaritas, classic martinis, rosé wine and Champagne, as well as retro Californian cuisine.
Where: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ
The Book Club
Not the typical book club you would expect, The Book Club is a late night club in Shoreditch that sees local DJs spin hip hop, R&B. Nineties and noughties all night long. Its excellent cocktails give it an edge that’s hard to resist, with Thursday night G&T Social Club offering up double G&Ts for just a fiver.
Where: 100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH
Drink in spectacular views of the City and East London from the stylish surroundings of Boundary’s heated Rooftop orangery, bar, grill & outdoor terrace.
Come rain or shine, this pretty little Shoreditch balcony is equipped with everything you need to escape the city below – from a Mediterranean-inspired menu and rosé sipping amongst the orange trees in summer, to cheese fondue and melting raclette as the rooftop transforms into a cosy alpine garden come winter.
Where: 2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
For those who prefer a refined whisky, Black Rock is the place for you. Boasting a collections of over 350 whiskies, and stocked with dozens of interesting and rare bottles, sip the night away to a menu of specialty smoked cocktails.
There’s also a Blending Bar on-site, where you can take part in an extensive tasting of various styles of whisky, and select the ingredients to blend your own unique bottle of Scotch Whisky.
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One of the coolest bars in Shoreditch, Callooh Callay fronts some seriously intriguing cocktails, not to mention delicious plates from the kitchen and outstanding service from the friendly bar team.
They’ve been named in Drinks International’s list of the World’s 50 Best Bars multiple times, and it really shows.
Where: 65 Rivington St, London EC2A 3QQ
Callooh Callay fronts some seriously intriguing cocktails.
Tonight Josephine is without a doubt the sassiest cocktail bar in London. The quirky name comes from Napoleon’s first wife, one of history’s most famous lovers Joséphine de Beauharnais, and this can totally be felt inside as the atmosphere is a total vibe.
Most certainly not the place for a quiet drink, instead, it should be at the top of your list if you’re into a glammed up night on the dancefloor or a drag queen brunch. Think disco balls, neon pink and lashings of glitter.
The sassiest cocktail bar in London.
Hidden below Richard Corrigan’s Daffodil Mulligan on Old Street, you can find an Irish Bar fresh out of Dublin. Gibney’s London – sister to Gibney’s of Malahide – serves up the best Guinness this side of the Irish Sea, as well as cocktails aplenty and delicious bar bites from the Daffy’s kitchen upstairs.
With live music throughout the week, all the sports on the screens and a perfectly rowdy atmosphere, this is the ideal place to get the party started.
Where: 70 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ
Looking for somewhere to enjoy an aperitivo Italian-style?
Stop by Eataly and choose between one of their four bars – from elevated cocktails with a view at Terra, wine and pizza at Pizza e Pasta, or a catch up with pals at Terraza Eataly, their terrace restaurant complete with a bright orange Aperol van. Aperol Spritz anyone?
Enjoy an aperitivo Italian-style.