Visit Bethnal Green and you’ll find a bustling and lively part of East London with a rich history. The diverse population and buzzing atmosphere in this part of the city means there are plenty of cool places to hang out locally, including a variety of enticing bars. If you live or regularly visit here and are looking for your new neighbourhood go-to, we’ll help you find somewhere. This is our guide to the best bars in Bethnal Green.
Guide to the best bars in Bethnal Green
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The best bars in Bethnal Green
- Coupette – A world leader in Bethnal Green
- Satan's Whiskers – Cool and distinctive cocktail bar
- The Sun Tavern – Unique Irish bar
- Cave Cuvée – Modern local wine bar
- Bottlejob – Showcasing craft beer
- Chiringuito – Beach bar vibes
- Mother Kelly's – Cosy local taproom
- The Last Tuesday Society – Bar with alternative style
- Montys Bar – Energetic cocktail bar
- The Natural Philosopher – Lush botanical setting
- Renegade Wine Bar – Proud to be London wines
- Casa Blue – Moody cocktail bar
- Sager + Wilde – Rustic space for drinks and food
- The Redchurch Bar – Intimate party spot
The best bars in Bethnal Green
A world leader in Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green is home to one of the world's leading bars, Coupette. This place has a London character but with plenty of stylish French touches. The venue is on-trend, delivering simple and stylish drinks that look and feel refined; original mixes with diverse inspirations. Live music and special events regularly take place.
Cool and distinctive cocktail bar
Satan's Whiskers has a reputation as one of the leading bars in London. This is a cool reinvention of the cocktail bar with a hip hop playlist, eclectic decor, taxidermy, and flavour-packed, smart drinks. This place is sharp and effortlessly cool, creating popularity that extends well beyond the local area.
Unique Irish bar
Based in a pub dating back to 1851, The Sun Tavern is now a cool and lively whiskey and cocktail bar. It has the largest collection of Irish whiskeys in London as well as poitín – Irish moonshine. Beer and cocktails are also available at this comfortable and modern establishment.
Modern local wine bar
At Cave Cuvée you'll find a modern bottle shop and bar in a subterranean setting. It's a comfortable local spot for wine, with a focus on natural and organic varieties. You can buy a bottle to take home or sign up to a wine subscription service. Craft beers and cocktails are served too.
Showcasing craft beer
Check out Bottlejob if you love craft beer. At this bottle shop and bar you'll find craft beer and spirits from local producers, plus makers from around the world. There's music and a cool atmosphere, making this a top place to try something new or buy a favourite to take home.
Beach bar vibes
Bar and restaurant Chiringuito is a bustling space in Bethnal Green. This inclusive venue has a sophisticated roof terrace and is a top spot locally for enjoying drinks or Latin American-influenced cuisine. It's an informal destination inspired by beach bars in Europe, serving cocktails, tapas, and a broad range of other drinks.
Cosy local taproom
Visit the petite Mother Kelly's Tap Room in Bethnal Green for London-brewed craft beer. Set in a railway arch, there are 23 taps to explore, plus bottles and cans from international brewers. Bar snacks are served here but you can also grab a more substantial meal from a nearby streetfood vendor.
Bar with alternative style
Dark and gothic bar The Last Tuesday Society is full of curiosities. This cocktail and absinthe destination is decorated with taxidermy and other curios, forming part of The Victor Wynd Museum. Try a mixed drink or absinthe served in various ways. Unusual events and discussions also take place here regularly.
Energetic cocktail bar
Montys Bar in Brick Lane has a unique look and an energetic atmosphere. The bar serves up cocktails and beer and there's loads going on, from comedy nights and music to art exhibitions. The space is brimming with colour and personality – if you want somewhere cool to drink that feels like a well-kept secret, this is a good place to try.
Lush botanical setting
Explore a lush cocktail bar that takes inspiration from nature at The Natural Philosopher. Enter this quaint bar through an ordinary-looking shop and discover a place filled with botanicals. The cocktail list is just the same, using herbal infusions and foraged ingredients to create exciting seasonal drinks that change weekly.
Proud to be London wines
Renegade Wine Bar comes from a London-based urban winery, set in a railway arch and full of quirks and character. It's laid-back and dogs are welcome. The winery produces 12-14 varieties each year and you can try them all, plus selected bottles from other urban wineries. It's a fresh approach to wine.
Moody cocktail bar
Low-lit and moody, Casa Blue is a cool place to hang out in Bethnal Green. Enjoy the eclectic decor and laid-back atmosphere in this chilled bar with copper ceilings. There are low sofas to relax on as you sample the varied choice of cocktails, with options to suit everyone.
Rustic space for drinks and food
Sager + Wilde is perhaps best known for its Haggerston wine bar but your can also visit the restaurant in Bethnal Green just for a drink. This chic rustic space has indoor and outdoor seating, with wine and cocktails on the bar menu. The restaurant serves contemporary British dishes.
Intimate party spot
Head to The Redchurch Bar for cocktails in a cosy and friendly environment. Decked out with antique furniture and comfy booths, DJs play until late to keep the atmosphere going. Plenty of drinks are available including creative cocktails, wine, and beer. It's good for a quick drink as much as a big party.