Hackney has a wide variety of bars serving an exciting array of cocktails

Bars

WHEN it comes to summing up the bars in Hackney, individuality is everything. Blending both shabby and chic, the drinking culture is cool and eclectic, whilst still remaining laid-back and welcoming.

Despite its inner city location, Hackney has a range of bars with great outdoor areas or roof top terraces. A new breed of speakeasy cocktail joints will transport you to New York, or visitors can stumble upon a pop-up drinking den in unexpected locations that have ranged from a pie and mash shop to public toilets.

There are clusters of great bars in the Shoreditch, Dalston and Stoke Newington areas, joined up by Kingsland Road, with some hidden gems scattered off the beaten track across the borough. All well within reach of a club or after party.

There are also many LGBT-friendly bars in Hackney, most of which cater for a mixed, poly-sexual crowd. Anything goes bar-wise - so be prepared to be open-mined and have fun.

333 Mother

THIS long established, three floor venue in Shoreditch, underwent a bit of a revamp in 2012. 333/Mother was one of the original Hoxton scene-making venues, offering a wide range of music from deep house to indie-rave, reggae to rock, into the early hours, seven days a week.

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Alibi

BAR and micro-club in Dalston with a diverse array of DJ as well as karaoke nights, record fairs and film nights. This late opening, small basement venue is free, so it gets rammed quickly.

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Barden's café

THIS former nightclub reopened as a street level bar and cafe in 2010, offering fresh food, drinks and the odd DJ set. It is far more sedate than The Nest, which keeps the clubbing vibe alive in the basement below, so more suited for a fairly quiet drink and meeting place.

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Book Club

OFFERING enough food and drink to last punters from early breakfast to last orders at the bar, The Book Club is a popular spot in the East End social scene. The venue fuses lively, creative events and late night eating, drinking and partying with food for thought in the form of workshops, talks and cultural showcases.

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Café Oto

TAKING its name from the Japanese word for ‘sound’ and ‘noise’, Dalston’s Café Oto welcomes some of the world’s most avant-garde, creative and adventurous performers. It was also named the coolest venue in the UK by Italian Vogue.

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Cargo

CARGO is one of Shoreditch's most well-established and popular venues. It is home to the club sounds of house, techno and dubstep.

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Comedy Café

LAUGHS come thick and fast at Rivington Street haunt The Comedy Cafe Theatre. The long running comedy venue in Shoreditch occupies an intimate loft space with a bar and restaurant downstairs hosting live music five nights a week.

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Courtyard Theatre

THE former Hoxton Library was given a new lease of artistic life when it became home to fringe production company Courtyard Theatre in 2007. In the heart of Hoxton’s thriving artistic scene and fittingly close to Curtain Road, site of the first purpose-built playhouses in England – the 1576 ‘Theatre’ and 1577 ‘Curtain’ – this heritage-listed building now houses two theatre spaces, a rehearsal room, and bar.

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Dalston Jazz Bar

THE original retro jazz bar in Dalston opened 15 years ago and now provides an exciting fusion of jazz and contemporary music. It holds jamming sessions on Wednesdays, comedy on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays with DJs to 5am.

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Dalston Roof Park

A ROOFTOP oasis in the middle of bustling Dalston with great views of the capital. Nestled amongst Victorian buildings and facing city skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop garden offers a chance to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently.

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Dalston Superstore

SEXY, sleazy, retro and all things trashy – Dalston Superstore is one of the key new breed of micro-clubs in the borough. In the basement of this former high street shop, DJs thrash out electronica, house, classic and new disco, with a smattering of old school R&B nights.

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Dream Bags & Jaguar Shoes

SIP a cocktail, order a stone-baked pizza, and check out an exhibition all under one roof. Dream Bags and Jaguar Shoes is a bar, cafe and gallery space in the middle of Shoreditch.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

THIS popular late night Dalston haunt is a snooker hall and entertainment venue combined, hosting club nights, live gigs and events run by independent promoters.

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Electric Cinema Shoreditch

WITH comfy sofas, sumptuous cocktails and wine list, gourmet treats and tartan blankets, this boutique 45-seat cinema in Redchurch Street, is one of Hackney’s best kept secrets. Tucked away in the basement of the old Aubin and Wills’ flagship Shoreditch store, the cinema shows a mix of blockbusters and off-beat international films on its single screen.

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Fox Reformed

OPENED in 1981, The Fox Reformed is a long-established wine bar offering bistro fare and a warm and cosy atmosphere. Board games are available and children welcome at this Stoke Newington watering hole.

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Grow

Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, Grow has been transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative space. Hidden in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business.

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Hackney Attic

THE top floor of Hackney Picturehouse has carved out its own identity as a bar and live music venue. It hosts DJs and bands from every genre/corner of the globe; one of London’s most difficult film quizzes; short films; comedy; spoken-word; open-mic & much more.

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Hackney House

HACKNEY House is a 4,500 sq ft space in Curtain Road, Shoreditch. Set over three floors the venue provides versatile and flexible event spaces; a relaxed and friendly café; first floor bar with roof terrace; gallery space; and meeting rooms.

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Hackney Picturehouse

HACKNEY Picturehouse is the borough’s newest cinema, opening in 2011 with digital and satellite technology for a 3D experience and live screenings, plus three bars, a live music venue, street level café opening on to Mare Street, workspaces and events. Its five screens - one of which is the largest in the independent Picturehouse group’s stable - and reclining seats creates a state of the art cinema-going experience.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

VAMPIRE Weekend, Rita Ora, Example, Marina & The Diamonds, Janelle Monae, Paloma Faith, The Aliens, Fleet Foxes, Noah & The Whale – just a small selection of the artists that have played at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen when up-and-coming acts. Roughly divided into three rooms, the performance space, which used to be a cinema, presents rising stars, secret gigs by internationally known names, and has hosted seminal club nights like BoomBox.

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Il Cudega

II Cudega is a deli, wine bar and restaurant located in one of three newly developed railway arches just off Westgate Street, near London Fields. It is run by Italian-born Giovanni Brighi, a Hackney resident of 20 years, and his Milanese business partner, Luca Gaggioli.

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Jackdaw

JACKDAW is an independent family-run jazz cafe in Clapton offering food, drink and live music every night. It has a quirky speakeasy(ish) vibe downstairs, where the live gigs take place, with banquettes to kick back on later in the evening.

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Joyeux Bordel

JOYEUX Bordel is an intimate, subterranean cocktail bar located behind an inconspicuous door on Curtain Road in Shoreditch. It is the latest venue from the Experimental Group, which has built a reputation for running iconic drinking dens in Paris, New York and Ibiza, as well as London.

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La Cabina

LA Cabina promises to bring top quality tapas 'straight from Seville' to this late night Shoreditch venue. It serves food until 5am at the weekend, washed down with cocktails from a list expertly created by a former head barman at Bouji.

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London Fields Brewery

THIS cafe and bar is tucked away in arches under the railway line that separates London Fields from Mare Street, and is a hot spot for interesting emerging independent traders. It sells its own craft beers and food from Jimmy Garcia's Southwest Supper Club.

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Looking Glass Cocktail Club

Step inside the 'looking glass' at the top of Hackney Road and experience hand-crafted seasonal, affordable cocktails designed by the in-house team. The names of the drinks are all influenced by Lewis Carroll, as is the magical yet industrial interior.

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Lumiere

LUMIERE in Chatsworth Road is a cocktail and juice bar upstairs with a secret basement cavern ideal for event hire. Dance the night away downstairs, or use the space to host a film club, live music happening or private party.

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Nightjar

HIDDEN between two cafes on City Road, Nightjar is inspired by the secret drinking dens of the 1920s Prohibition era. The Shoreditch bar has a menu that travels through time from pre-prohibition drinks all the way to modern cocktails for a discerning crowd.

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Off Broadway

THE encyclopaedic knowledge of its staff makes Off Broadway one of the best cocktail bars in East London. From tailored old fashioneds to a concoction created on the spot, Off Broadway provides a wondrous array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic flavours.

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Oslo

NEW to Hackney Central in January 2014, Oslo has set up shop in the impressive former railway building right next to the station. It offers food, drink, live music and club nights in the evenings and promises to be 'both a daytime hub to meet and eat, and a night time destination for socialising, eating and taking in the best of new music'.

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Oval Space

OVAL Space describes itself as 'an evolving multi-use arts and events organisation'. As well as hosting myriad club nights, live music gigs and after parties, it holds regular cinema events.

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Paper Dress Vintage

VINTAGE boutique in the heart of Shoreditch selling clothes, shoes and accessories from the 20th century. Opened in 2007, it has firmly established itself on the vintage trail and was voted best womenswear shop by the Vintage Guide to London in 2013.

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Passing Clouds

IT could be easy to miss the entrance of Passing Clouds, save for its eager congregation sprawling out on to Richmond Road and the A10 in Dalston. Down this cobbled backstreet hides one of the most truly eclectic nights in the borough with a bill as diverse as Afrobeat, reggae, psychedelic tropical, Balkan traditional songs, spoken word, jazz and hip-hop, at times, all on the same night.

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Platform cafe bar & terrace

WITHIN a warren of studios, on the second floor of Netil House, off Broadway Market, Platform is East London’s slightly secret cafe-bar. With huge windows and a terrace overlooking the railway tracks, the terrace provides an iconic panorama across the capital.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

THIS Kingsland Road venue prides itself as a club run by musicians for musicians. By day it’s a café and rehearsal studio; at night a music venue mainly for local bands.

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Queen of Hoxton

CLUB and art venue Queen of Hoxton runs a tight programme of live music events and dance nights, accompanied by a rolling series of art installations, photographic exhibitions and screenings. The ground floor has a blend of window etchings, ivy and benches and there's a games room with table football, pinball and a 1960s Brighton pier gaming feature.

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Restaurant at 90

THIS spacious canal side bar and restaurant is situated within the 90 Main Yard building in Hackney Wick. It serves fusion tapas food, breakfast, coffee, cocktails, Saturday brunch and Sunday roast.

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Rich Mix

Rich Mix is an independent arts venue, presenting film, live music, theatre, dance, spoken word, exhibitions, food and drinks. Housed in a former leather factory, Rich Mix has three digital screens showing main releases alongside independent, art house, and world cinema as well as thought-provoking documentaries.

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Rolling Stock

THIS bar, gallery and venue for hire is conveniently located just off Kingsland Road, with an eclectic line-up of events ranging from burlesque to film festivals to disco nights. The venue for caters for exhibitions, product launches, corporate events and small parties - or just drop in for drinks and food.

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Ruby

A CAFE and bar that offers homemade food including cooked breakfasts, steak sandwiches, salads and hot meals for eat in and take away.

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Ruby's Bar

UNDERNEATH the cinema sign at 76 Stoke Newington Road, Ruby’s is an intimate drinking den serving expertly mixed cocktails in a unique setting. According to the management, a rotating cocktail menu complements the character of the bar.

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Servant Jazz Quarters

SERVANT Jazz Quarters is a quirky Art Deco style bar and music venue in the heart of Dalston. The upstairs bar serves a menu of cocktails, artisan ales and a range of beers and ciders, while the the basement provides an intimate performance space.

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Tonkotsu East

JAPANESE restaurant and bar Tonkotsu, which was at the forefront of London's ramen revolution, set up a second outpost near Haggerston station in autumn 2013. The Observer Food Monthly Award winners specialise in tsukemen (ramen), Japanese beers, and sake cocktails.

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Tramshed

THE latest venture from top chef Mark Hix is situated in a former electricity generating station for trams and features an imposing Damien Hirst installation slap bang in the middle of the restaurant. The menu is simplicity itself, a choice of three sharing starters, followed by main courses of either a whole free-range chicken for two, or 'mighty-marbled' sirloin steak.

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Trip Kitchen

Trip Kitchen & Bar is one of a new wave of restaurant and bars to set up shop under the railway arches near Haggerston station in late 2013. Selin Kiazim, the former Head Chef at Peter Gordon’s Kopapa restaurant has created an interesting modern Turkish menu, inspired by her Turkish Cypriot heritage and taking inspiration from around the globe with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours and ingredients.

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Victory Mansion

A COLLECTIVE of bartenders and chefs joined together to open this Stoke Newington local in 2015. It offers a creative selection of cocktails and food in a laid back, neighbourhood bar setting.

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Vortex Downstairs

VORTEX Downstairs is the café, bar and restaurant of the Vortex Jazz Club. It offers a contemporary version of the traditional European brasserie, while its association with Vortex ensures eclectic music is played throughout the day.

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Zigfrid

ONE of the original breakout Hoxton venues, Zigfrid was an artists' studio transformed by Goldsmith graduate and furniture designer Paul Daly into a buzzy late night bar in 2003. As a DJ and live music venue, it pioneered that defining shabby Shoreditch chic, so often copied since, and quickly became a haven for early waves of Hackney hipsters.

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