There is something to suit everyone in Clapton: cosy fireplaces, large beer gardens, great food and carefully selected drinks. See our list showing some of the best bars and pubs in Clapton:
181 Clarence Rd London E5 8EE
Closed Mondays. Open until midnight Tues-Sat and until 10:30 Sunday.
What it is: Wine bar and Deli specialising in meat and cheese from around the world. Recently won ‘Best eat in E5′ in the Time Out Love London awards.
They say: ‘Verden is the most ‘grown up’ of Clapton’s new bars.. Inspired by the wine bars of Copenhagen’ North East Eats
What it is: Bar and restaurant serving French cuisine, classic cocktails, continental beers, and organic wines. Decor inspired by turn of the century Paris.
The Crooked Billet
84 Upper Clapton Rd, E5 9JP
16:00-23:00 Mon-Thurs, 12:00-0:00 Fri-Sat, 12:00-23:00 Sun
What it is: Renovated pub with excellent beer garden (including outdoor ping pong), large range of beers and traditional British-style pub-food.
They say: “the Billet has room for every generation of E5” Timeout
The Windsor Castle
135 Lower Clapton Road E5 8EQ
Open until 00:30 most nights
What it is: Victorian pub recently re-opened, from the team behind Birthdays in Dalston and Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. Their garden and food menu will be ready soon. The range of beers includes Meantime London Pale Ale, London Lager and Yakima Red, Blue Moon and Brooklyn.
The Star by Hackney Downs
35 Queensdown Road, Clapton E5 8NN, 020 7458 4217
Mon-Thu 17:00-23:30, Fri 17:00-1:30, Sat 12:00-1:30, Sun 12:00-23:30
What it is: Formally The Three Sisters this vintage pub takes on the character of what was before, maintaining the original central bar, large courtyard and function rooms (available to hire). Food focused, the stoned baked pizza oven of Mario’s Pizza (from The Star of Bethnal Green one of their two other pubs) will be prominent on the menu with ‘cockney specials’ such as the ‘Two and Eight’ or ‘Butchers Hook’. Local ale brands are on offer as well as an assortment of gins and rums. The large outdoor terrace is soon to have the addition of a cocktail bar and take-away pizza service. Also karaoke room, weekend DJs.
231 Lower Clapton Road E5 8EG
Mon-Thu 16:00-23:00, Fri 16:00-00:00, Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-23:00
What it is: Real ale and craft beers. Home-made food including Sunday roasts. Rickety furniture, ragged walls, open fire.
They say: “…so far the only pub in this part of ‘up-and-coming’ Clapton that has spruced itself up in preparation for the influx of up-and-comers…locals have already taken the Hart to heart” Timeout
88 Lower Clapton Road E5 0QR
Open until 23:00 each night
What it is: long-standing local favourite. Regular live music
They say: “most people, chiefly locals who appreciate the bar’s location on a scruffy stretch between Hackney and Clapton, are only here for the beer” Timeout
The Princess of Wales
146 Lea Bridge Road E5 9RB, 020 8533 3463
Mon-Thu 12:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-00:00, Sun 12:00-22:30
What it is: Geronimo pub overlooking the River Lea.
Staples: Award-winning Burger & Triple-dipped Chips £9.95, Estrella £4.45, Youngs Bitter £3.65, Cod & Chips £9.95
They say: “The Princess of Wales is a sensitively revamped pub that combines the best qualities of a modern gastropub with those of an old Victorian boozer under one roof” Here is the City
Anchor and Hope
15 High Hill Ferry E5 9HG 020 8806 1730
Mon-Thu 13:00-23:00, Fri-Sat 12:00-23:00, Sun 12:00-22:30
What it is: traditional Fullers’ pub on the banks of the River Lea
They say: “Revel in this heritage at the Anchor and Hope. A stroll along the towpath will give you much to see and a perfect pub to have a pint.” View London
Last edited: 03-Dec 2012
57 Elderfield Road E5 0LF, 020 8986 1591
Mon-Wed 16:00-23:00, Thurs-Fri 16:00-00:00, Sat 13:00-00:00, Sun 13:00-23:00
What it is: a pretty standard boozer, not trying to keep up with any trend, but because it gets its formula exactly right, it’s always buzzing.
They say: “…The Elderfield demonstrates that drinks-led pubs can thrive…regularly listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide” View London
88 Chatsworth Road E5 0SL
What it is: Juice bar by day, cocktail lounge by night
They say: “As with all the best things in life, this is a place which must be experienced to be fully understood, but in the name of appetite whetting, there’s underfloor lighting, flickering chandeliers, mildly disturbing artwork and a forest of plants” Scout London
41B Pool Club
41b Chatsworth Road E5 0LH, 020 8986 3607
13:00-12 midnight daily
What it is: Pool bar below a supermarket, formally called Eastern European Social & Snooker Club. Shows football and other sports. Cheap alcohol. Pumping RnB music.
Last edited: 12 March 2013
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