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Your guide to the best bars

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers a vibrant mix of bars that cater to diverse tastes. Whether you're looking for the best cocktails, craft beer, or a rooftop bar experience, these venues provide unique settings and memorable nights out.

Hackney Bridge

Three people are served drinks at the bar at Hackney Bridge

Hackney Bridge

Perfect for a casual hangout | ££

Hackney Bridge is a bustling spot perfect for those who enjoy variety and vibrancy. This space houses a dynamic bar and multiple eateries, offering a diverse range of food and drinks. Whether you’re craving craft beer, low-alcohol options, or simply a laid-back atmosphere, Hackney Bridge delivers with its lively setting and communal vibes! Conveniently located a short walk from Hackney Wick station, this iconic east London spot is a fantastic way to catch up with friends beside the canal.

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Sophistication and romance | £££

Located in The Gantry London hotel, Coupe offers an elegant bar experience in east London. Known for its expertly crafted cocktails and glorious range of wines, you won’t want to miss out on their refreshing sparkling teas, kombucha, seltzers, spritzers and more. With a stunning interior and intimate terrace, Coupe is the go-to place for those looking to enjoy high-quality drinks in a sophisticated environment.

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Mother Kelly’s

Mother Kelly's in East Village

Mother Kelly’s

Friendly and fun | ££

For craft beer enthusiasts, Mother Kelly’s in East Village, Stratford is a must-visit. Known for its extensive selection of craft beers, it features 20 beer lines and four large fridges stocked with a global variety of brews. The taproom also offers a cosy indoor space and a relaxed outdoor seating area, making it a great spot to unwind with friends. The friendly atmosphere, combined with the impressive drinks lineup, is why Mother Kelly’s is known as one of the best bars in east London for both casual evenings and serious beer tasting sessions.

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Riverside East

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Riverside East

Vibrant and relaxing | ££

Riverside East one of the new best bars in east London. Situated along the water, this recently opened venue offers stunning views and a serene ambiance. It's an ideal spot for leisurely drinks by the canal, situated conveniently beside the iconic ArcelorMittal Orbit. With a vision of sustainability at the heart of their menu, this bar boasts an exciting range of local craft beers from Gipsy Hill, Mammoth Tap, and Signature Brewery. In addition to these selections, the bar also offers low-alcohol options from Small Beer brewery. This variety ensures that Riverside East caters to both traditional enthusiasts and those looking for lower-alcohol options without compromising on taste.

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Drinks with a view | £££

For a luxurious experience, head to Allegra on the 7th floor of Manhattan Loft Gardens. Perched just beside The Stratford hotel, this rooftop bar combines a stunning setting with a curated menu of drinks and bites. Allegra is renowned for its innovative cocktails and breath-taking views of the Park and city skyline, making it one of the best bars in Stratford and east London for a special occasion.

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Bread Street Kitchen

Gordon Ramsey Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

Prestige offerings | £££

Bread Street Kitchen in Stratford is an excellent bar due to its stylish architecture and relaxed atmosphere. The venue offers an extensive and diverse drinks menu, featuring well-crafted cocktails, wines, beers, and spirits. Easily accessible by public transport, this brand-new bar provides a high-quality experience backed by the reputation of Gordon Ramsay's restaurant group. With skilled bartenders and the option of outdoor seating on either their terrace or rooftop, guests can enjoy their drinks in comfort. Additionally, a variety of food options are available to complement the beverages, as well as a roster of live music entertainment to keep the party going until late!

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