Restaurants & Nightlife


East London's best cocktail bars

Words by Quintessentially

31 August 2015


The next installment of London's Best Bars 2015 heads out east.

As part of our ongoing series of London's Best Bars 2015 we bring you the best places to grab a cocktail in East London...

Callooh Callay
65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, Callooh Callay delivers an awesome range of signature cocktails described as "a little bit weird and unconventional, but at the same time elegant and beautiful". Opened in 2008 and quickly followed by a number of rave reviews, Callooh Callay's menu was voted 'Best Cocktail Menu In The World' by the coveted Tales of the Cocktail Awards. Those who enjoy different-to-your-average cocktail should look no further.

69 Colebrooke Row
69 Colebrooke Row, London, N1 8AA

69 Colebrooke Row is an award winning cocktail bar in Islington that combines a 1950's Italian café style with a film noir feel. The cocktail menu features unique ingredients specially developed by Drink Factory - the research and development laboratory located near to Broadway Market. Top picks on the menu include the "Lipstick Rose" with rose and raspberry vodka topped with champagne, and the classic "Bloody Mary" made with horseradish infused vodka and pepper distillate.

Happiness Forget
8-9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tucked away in a basement in Hoxton Square, Happiness Forgets brings high-end cocktails to a quirky yet cosy environment in the city and has been described as "anything but unforgettable". Happiness Forgets has become a regular haunt for London's cocktail enthusiasts delivering a mixture of classic drinks and unique creations while standing by their signature tag line "Great Cocktails, No Wallies".

The Hawksmoor Spitalfields
157A Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ

Located downstairs at The Hawksmoor Spitalfields lies this stylish basement bar offering a unique twists on classics cocktails. The surroundings are very stylish indeed - expect a polished brass wall made from 1920's Art Deco lift doors, Victorian brickwork and dark wood tables constructed from old chemistry lab tops. The most famous cocktails include the 'Nuclear Banana Daquiry' - the ultimate combination of dessert and beverage. The Hawksmoor Spitalfields delivers an extensive menu ranging from After-Dinner Digestifs to "party starter" Disco Drinks.

Original Sin
129 Stoke Newington High St, N16 0PH

As the sister bar to Happiness Forgets, Original Sin brings some of the best evening tipples to the Stoke Newington scene. With a unique interior showcasing old railway carriage-esque booths, funky 70's style lighting and a pool table, guests can enjoy classic favourites as well as more unusual spirits like Mezcal and Kamm & Sons. Original Sin reaches the perfect medium between style and comfort and proves to be one of the city's best evening haunts to drop in and hang out.

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