East London may be better known for its dirty warehouse raves or underground dive clubs than for cocktail culture, but in fact some of the city’s most innovative and impressive cocktail bars are located right here, often with that added edge of the east. Pretty much any type of cocktail bar you’re looking is tucked away somewhere in this part of town from the high-end creativity at Viajante in Bethnal Green to the underground gloriously ramshackle Ruby.
More and more hot bartenders are turning to the east to open up shop, as the city’s playground for experimentation, such as super barmen Ryan Chetiyawardana and Iain Griffiths’ White Lyan, offering solely pre-batched drinks with no perishables and no prep needed. The new-fangled concept is certainly causing a stir in the cocktail world.
The serious art of drinking has never been in a better state in this city than right now. The World’s Best Bars 2013 list just crowned London the cocktail capital of the world, dominating four of the top ten spots. The east’s Nightjar and Happiness Forgets both scooped a well-deserved place.
While bar culture changes fast in this city, there are plenty of ways to keep up from following the city’s leading independent bar guide BarChick to the many cocktail events that take place across the city. This list represents a cross-section of the best, but there are of course many more that could have been included.