Brew Dog Shoreditch
If you’re a craft beer fan in London then you’ll have had at least one of Brew Dog’s many tipples. They’re credited with helping kick-start the revolution in the capital away from the big breweries and they’ve been an inspiration for plenty of the newer breed. All this means that their flagship Shoreditch bar has a huge. huge selection. They run the range from stouts to lagers but you shouldn’t really visit a Brew Dog place without trying one of their trademark IPAs. The pizzas are good and the Japanese street food spicy so you’ll be full enough to soak up some of those stronger Brew Dog classics.
Where: 51-55 Bethnal Green Rd, UK
Travel: Shoreditch High Street train
Crate Brewery and Pizzeria
Tucked behind the Olympic Park is a tangle of streets where old factories and warehouses have been converted into some of the city’s coolest venues. And we include Crate in that. It’s not flash but with their own micro-brewery bubbling away on site, and tables outside overlooking the water this is one of our favourite places to while away a summer’s afternoon.
Where: 7, The White Building, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN
Travel: Hackney Wick train
Many’s the parent who’s stepped out of the V&A Museum of Childhood, wonderful though it is, and thought ‘God I could do with a beer after that.” Well luckily enough just around the corner, tucked away in a row of railway arches, is a craft beer gem. Mother Kelly’s is a big, booming space, usually packed out with Bethnal Green’s finest on their way out for an evening’s clubbing. Best of all they do a great selection of take-out varieties so you can keep the party going when you get back to your hotel. Where: 251 Paradise Row, E2 9LE Travel: Bethnal Green tube Well & Bucket
When people talk about a proper East End boozer, the Well & Bucket is what they’re picturing. Shadowy Victorian ambiance from the gleaming brass rails upstairs to the candlelit basement beneath, a fantastic selection of local ales and lagers and an oyster bar that’s straight out of the nineteenth century. It’s been nicely updated though and the modern artworks are a nice counterpoint to the historic vibe. Unsurprisingly it’s rammed in the evenings especially the tiny beer garden which is our favourite spot. Where: 143 Bethnal Green Rd, E2 7DG Travel: Shoreditch High Street train
We almost included The Gun in our fave rooftop bars feature because although it’s small, it’s a great place for an autumn evening. Maybe it’s the unpretentious nature of the place – laid-back decor and great comfort food including one of London’s top five toasties according to Buzzfeed (!) – but there’s the feel of a ‘local’ about The Gun. The craft beer selection takes in some curiosities we hadn’t seen elsewhere in London and a knowledgeable set of staff are great for suggesting new ales to try. Where: 235 Well St, E9 6RG Travel: Homerton train
After this much tasty beer and good food you will need a super comfortable bed in a great East London location at Qbic.