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The Best Bars Near Liverpool Street

2nd March 2021 · by Jon Stapley
Best bars near Liverpool Street
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If you’re looking for the best bars near Liverpool Street and the surrounding area, you’re in luck! We’ve got them all right here.

Liverpool Street is one of the hubs of the City of London, with workers and revellers alike travelling in and out from near and far. Accordingly, an abundance of watering holes have sprung up to help these people unwind, with everything from cheap boozers to sparkling cocktail bars. Whatever your pleasure, there will be something for you near Liverpool Street. 

We’ve pulled all different types of bars together for our list of the best bars near Liverpool Street. All of these establishments are a short walk from the station, so you’ll easily be able to stroll in and stumble out – just in time for the last train! Nestled on the edge of Shoreditch, with its amazing cocktails bars [link], jazz bars [link] and rooftop bars [link], the establishments near Liverpool Street need to do something special to stand out – and we reckon these are the ones that have managed it.

We know times are hard for the hospitality industry at the moment – with the COVID-19 crisis ongoing and everyone up and down the country being extra careful, London venues have had to temporarily shut their doors to comply with Government restrictions. Many are offering takeaway or delivery drinks services, or priority booking for when it’s safe to reopen, so keep checking back to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun – even in lockdown.

So, without further ado, let’s count off the best bars near Liverpool Street!

The A-Z of the best bars near Liverpool Street

The Arbitrager

A proper City bar, the Arbitrager doesn’t even bother opening on weekends, but is perfect for a mid-week drink. Stocking a range of craft beers and tempting spirits, as well as charcuterie snacks, this bar sources all its stock from London suppliers. Housed in an old draper’s hall, this long, narrow bar has bags of characters and atmosphere.

Best bars near Liverpool Street: The Arbitrager
The bar is always well stocked.

Head here for: Cosy post-work drinks for that 6PM pick-me-up,

27A Throgmorton Street | 020 7374 6887 | thearbitrager.co.uk

By Appointment Only

The name isn’t just a cute joke – this subterranean cocktail bar does not accept walk-ins. Consider yourself warned! It’s well worth booking, though. Nestled beneath the Victorian Bath House, this bar serves up a tantalising range of cocktails made with spirits that are flavour-infused in-house. The décor is charming and worldly, with stained glass meeting Arabic tiling.

bars in liverpool street
A chance to step away from the bustle of the City.

Head here for: A secluded evening of premium cocktails – by appointment only!

7-8 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3TJ | 020 3797 0729 | victorianbathhouse.co.uk/bar

Dirty Dick’s

This one’s easy to find. Just look for the group of teenagers or tourists taking a selfie in front of the sign and giggling. Dirty Dick’s has been entertaining passers-by for centuries, and is one of the best proper old-fashioned boozers around Liverpool Street. The team love beer and lots of it; with cask, craft and draught beer available, you’ll definitely find something to try.

Best bars near Liverpool Street: Dirty Dick's
Nothing beats a good old-fashioned pint.

Head here for: Getting the pints in, or go upstairs for high-quality pub grub.

202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR | 020 7283 5888 | dirtydicks.co.uk

Dirty Martini Bishopsgate

One of several Dirty Martini bars dotted around London, the Bishopsgate branch is just opposite Liverpool Street Station. Famous for its all-afternoon happy hours, this bar puts a big emphasis on fantastic cocktails. As well as the eponymous dirty martini, there are also some fun twists on the theme. So it’s worth taking advantage of the half-price martini offers to try something different.

Head here for: Cocktails done right in an atmospheric party setting – open ‘til late!

158 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4LN | 020 7632 2086 | dirtymartini.uk.com/bars/bishopsgate

Discount Suit Company

It helps to know where you’re going when finding this underground bar. Clue: it’s in the back of a repurposed tailor’s. But once you make it, you’ll find a proper speakeasy atmosphere and all the cocktails you can drink. The soundtrack of Northern Soul and vintage rock and roll helps cement the good-time feel. This means that once you’ve done the work of finding the place, all you need to do is kick back and have an amazing night.

Head here for: Classic cocktails with a twist,  and a good place to impress a date.

29 Wentworth Street, E1 7TB | 020 7247 8755 | discountsuitcompany.co.uk

Iris at the Gherkin

Once the province of the uber-wealthy elite, the Iris bar at the top of the Gherkin is now open to all. That is, as long as you make a booking first! Marvel at the spectacular view from one of London’s iconic buildings. Plus, you can book a place for an aperitivo evening and try some truly special tipples. You’d be hard-pressed to find many of them anywhere else!

Best bars near Liverpool Street: Iris at the Gherkin
Iris puts on some sumptuous spreads!

Head here for: An extravagant treat.

30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP | 0330 107 0816 | searcysatthegherkin.co.uk/iris-bar/

The Lord Aberconway

A pub beloved by many Londoners, this charming boozer has earned its stripes, being in business since the 19th Century. The team serve up a mouth-watering selection of beers and ales, as well as a classic British pub menu. The Lord Aberconway is the ideal spot to pass a convivial evening of good food and drink

Head here for: Food and drink in the heart of the City, with its sights and attractions at your fingertips.

72 Old Broad Street, EC2M 1QT | 020 7929 1743 | nicholsonspubs.co.uk/restaurants/london/thelordaberconwayliverpoolstreetlondon

Mac & Wild

Imbued with the spirits of the Scottish Highlands, this bar stocks hundreds of varieties of whisky. What’s more, there’s even a virtual shooting range! Be transported to the glens and the thickets for a guilt-free simulated deer shoot. If you like, you can also book a space in the large dining room. Here you can sample some of the Scottish-themed food, with haggis and venison galore.

Head here for: Big fun with a big group, or cosier chats over some rare whisky.

9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN | 020 7637 0510 | macandwild.com/pages/city

Patch East

Famous for its happy hours, Patch East is one of the most reliable spots in London for a good time. Spend hours enjoying half off bottles of wine and 2-4-1 cocktails. And if that gets you in the party mood (which it probably will), the venue stays open late into the night.

Head here for: Blowing off steam in serious style.

80-84 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 3DH | 020 7621 0850 | patch-bar.co.uk/east

WM Barker and Co

One of the City’s least-kept secrets! This underground bar beneath Dirty Dicks is still one of the coolest places to take friends for drinks. The cocktails on offer are all made with the bar’s own “shrubs” – sweetened, vinegar-based syrups infused with fresh fruits, spices and herbs. The staff will be more than happy to recommend you some based on your tastes.

Best bars near Liverpool Street
Beneath the bustle of Dirty Dick’s is a cocktail haven.

Head here for: Unique cocktails in a boho underground setting.

202 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NR | 020 7283 5888 | wmbarkerandco.uk

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