Where to Drink

Tim Badham

EAST London has long been a hotspot for edgy nightlife openings, and its growth doesn’t look likely to abate any time soon. The standout opening of June so far has been Casa Negra, located on Shoreditch’s Great Eastern Street. Sister restaurant to Soho’s moody Bodega Negra, which has been luring droves of London’s glitterati behind its sex shop façade, Casa Negra is well placed to produce the same buzz. The upstairs bar area has a dark and debauched vibe and the bartenders are terrific at filling tumblers with intense tequila-based cocktails.

The Hoxton White Horse is a craft beer bar and whisky snug perched along Hoxton Street. It boasts a unique selection of beers on tap and a subterranean basement bar primed for louche behaviour with a good selection of rum and John Barleycorn.

Nola is perched above the Bedroom Bar on Rivington Street and channels the free-wheeling spirit of New Orleans. Guests can sample a taste of Southern Hospitality in the form of Sazeracs, French 75s and Gin Fizzes. With live jazz most nights and a first-floor location, Nola will be a prime spot for summer evening beverages.

Coppa, launched by the minds at Lardo near London Fields, is breaking all of the rules with its new rooftop hangout. With vistas of the park and Overground trains occasionally roaring by, it has a Brooklyn feel, a selection of Italian-inspired cocktails and quirky, quaint cabins that can be booked out for dinner dates.

Nearby on Broadway Market, the team behind Queen of Hoxton has opened Stories, which will serve during the daytime as a hub for creatives and freelancers to work before things get loose with New York style cocktails in the evenings.

Tim Badham is the founder of Innerplace, London’s personal lifestyle concierge service. innerplace.co.uk @innerplaceLDN