THE KINGS ARMS

The Kings Arms, 11A Buckfast Street, London E2 6EY, United Kingdom
Bethnal Green

What may look like an old school boozer perfect for the Krays, is actually a craft beer haven away from the hustle and bustle of Bethnal Green Road. Check the board for a list of sort-after beers but it’s the collection of cellar-aged beers we’ve got our eyes on! Our mate Oli from Kill The Cat marks this out as his favourite pub in the East End, so go grab a cheeky ‘alf if you’re nearby.

 

 

THE ARBITRAGER

27a Throgmorton St, London EC2N 2AN, United Kingdom
Bank Liverpool St

The Arbitrager

The Arbitrager may be hard to say (especially after a few cheeky pints) but it’s not hard to see why people come here, as you’ll only be served London’s finest here! That means London beers from London breweries, London distilled spirits, even London made charcuterie and cold bar snacks. It’s enough to make you want to shout out in 300 style: THIS IS LONDON!!

 

THE RAKE

The Rake, Winchester Walk, London, United Kingdom
London Bridge

the rake

We love coming down here to see all the brewers’ signatures on the walls, and with the regular tap takeovers, we look forward to seeing more. http://www.letmetellyouaboutbeer.co.uk/Melissa Cole is a big fan of The Rake, which is owned by the owners of Utobeer, who she calls “two of my favourite people in the world”. If you hang around long enough you’re bound to rub shoulders with most of the brewing industry, which is pretty much royalty to us craft beer lovers right? In which case, ALL HAIL THE RAKE!

HOWLING HOPS

9a Queen's Yard, London, United Kingdom
Hackney Wick

howling hops

Home of the UK’s first ever dedicated tank bar, beer doesn’t get much fresher than at Howling Hops! They brew the beer on site in the very photogenic tanks, situated in a European-style beer hall, perfect for getting the crew together and getting the beers in.

MOTHER KELLY’S

Mother Kelly’s, Paradise Row, London, United Kingdom
Bethnal Green

Like us, Dan Lowe of Fourpure is a big fan of Mother Kelly’s. “This great bar and bottle shop always has the very latest one-off and seasonal beer releases on their taps, and their fridges are bursting with amazing beer from around the globe.” Let’s not forget the cracking outdoor space, perfect for ‘craft beer and chill’ in the sun.

CAPS AND TAPS

130 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 9QB, United Kingdom
Kentish Town

“Caps and Taps is one of the coolest bottle shops in London” is what Sharona from Left Hand Brewing told us after we said we were adding them to our list. She loves popping in for those beers that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else – and it’s safe to say we’ve travelled down to make sure we get them too!

We love popping down for their events, which normally includes trying a number of rare beers, which saves taking out a second mortgage to buy them all. Let’s face it, we only need a sip of each to check them into Untappd anyway, right?

KILL THE CAT

Kill the Cat, Brick Lane, London, United Kingdom
Aldgate East

kill the cat

This isn’t a taxidermist or a satanic group looking for cat sacrifices, the name clearly relates to curiosity…remember? Curiosity KILLED THE CAT (penny drop!) Whether you are new to craft beer or a straight up craft beer legend, Kill The Cat caters for all, with their shelves in order of how curious and adventurous you are feeling. This is very much a hidden gem down Brick Lane, with a chilled atmosphere that will have you cracking open a beer and chatting for hours with the staff about which Cloudwater DIPA was your favourite!

EUSTON TAP / EAST LODGE

Euston Tap, Euston Road, London, United Kingdom
Euston

euston tap

A pilgrimage for any craft beer lover has to be Euston Tap. With the newly launched East Lodge across the road taking over what used to be Cider Tap (Take a hike cider!) means there’s an even bigger selection of beers to choose from. It’s pretty tight for space, so feel free to take your pint outside, perfect for when the sun is shining!

Don’t have time for a beer? No worries! They have over 150 bottle beers to choose from that you can takeawat…perfect for that much-needed train beer!

 

BIDDLE BROS

Biddle Bros, Lower Clapton Road, London, United Kingdom
Hackney Central

Jaeger Wise, Head Brewer at Wildcard Brewery, is a big fan of Biddle Bros. What was once a builders merchants, is now a bar come venue. You could be relaxing by the bar making conversation with strangers, or you could be one of the many people squashed inside listening to live music.

Other sites keep bringing up the fact that they serve Boddingtons here – like that’s the reason to go! As Jaegar says “having a pint of excellent beer, normally from breweries in East London, is just part of this bars core.”

Did we mention there used to be a parrot in here too?

BALHAM VINTAGE ALE HOUSE

3 Ramsden Road, London SW12 8QX, United Kingdom
Balham

Goose Island have brought a piece of Chicago to London in the form of a bar & restaurant. Whilst you may be thinking, isn’t Goose Island a bit – you know – mainstream? Well here’s a little secret, we don’t come here for the beers you can get off any old supermarket shelf, oh no!

We’re here to meet Halia, Lolita, Juliet, Gillian, Sofie & Matilda; who collectively make up the Belgian farmhouse collection, which besides Bourbon County, are some of the best beers Goose Island have to offer. So go meet the girls asap! Tell them LOTI sent ya!

 

THE TAPROOM SE8

Deptford Market Yard, London SE8 4BX
Deptford

South East London brewery Hop Stuff is expanding with a second taproom, which’ll be opening in Deptford’s Market Yard in late 2017. Like their flagship bar The Taproom SE18, the SE8 outpost will serve up their signature brews, including the Renegade IPA and Four Hour Session.

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