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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The 10 best beer gardens in Shoreditch

Summer is the perfect time for a lot of things. Outdoor brunches, obnoxiously large sunnies, long walks on the street (or beach, if you can swing it) and all-day drinks.

Where better for a quick pint or two than at a beer garden? Your local pub’s younger, more fun cousin has been picking up speed all over London, and it’s obvious why - beer-thirsty pub-goers want pints outdoors.

Shoreditch is littered with them so take your pick of the greenest, buzziest and booziest beer gardens in the East End. It’s equal parts aesthetic and good quality booze, but you’re 100% guaranteed a good time.

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1. A Shoreditch beer garden that’s the best of both worlds: The Owl & Pussycat

Shoreditch, London

"The owl and the pussy cat went to the sea… took some honey and plenty of money wrapped up in a five-pound note” - famous poet Edward Lear must have had the power to see the future. Years later, a fantastic beer garden opened up in the city of Shoreditch where people could go and enjoy food and drinks for as low as £5.

A pub for all seasons, The Owl & Pussycat offers you the best of both worlds - a beautiful beer garden for the warm summer evenings and a cosy room upstairs for the cold winter nights.

The Owl & Pussycat has one of the most famous beer gardens in Shoreditch and boasts an amazing stock of traditional cask ales, premium spirits, classic wines and fresh lagers.

Fancy a pint under the moonlight? The Owl & Pussycat is the place to be.

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2. A top NYC-style beer garden in Shoreditch: Brick Lane Tap Room

Shoreditch, London

The best place to enjoy beers and burgers the American way would be at Brick Lane Taproom in Shoreditch, which is popular for its NYC style beer garden. A fairly new entrant in the world of Shoreditch beer gardens, Brick Lane Taproom features a Brooklyn-inspired food menu including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken strips, and halloumi fries, all within £5-10.

Keeping the essence of NYC alive, the craft beers at Brick Lane Taproom are supplied by different breweries such as London Fields and Brooklyn Brewery. The best part about this beer garden is that the beer list provided by the pub is constantly changing. The team at Brick Lane Taproom hand selects various types of beers locally sourced from independent breweries.

So, why not enjoy a slice of NYC in the heart of the Truman Brewery at Brick Lane Taproom?

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3. A Shoreditch beer garden that won’t break the bank: Gigi's Hoxton

Shoreditch, London

Do you enjoy live music and a round of beer with your friends? Gigi’s Hoxton is the place to be.

Located in the Shoreditch Cultural Quarter, Gigi’s Hoxton offers 3 beers for just £10. While the heated beer garden on top is the best place to sit for that next round, the basement is dedicated to music events featuring world-famous DJs and exciting live music.

If you prefer a more warm and cosy feel, the ground floor of Gigi’s Hoxton is your best bet. Home to the weekly happy hour at the iconic bar, the menu has over 18 different types of gin, 10 varieties of whisky and an extensive wine and cocktail menu. You can satisfy your hunger pangs with the affordable food menu consisting of jerk chicken to Gigi’s special juicy beef burgers.

Beers, beats, beef burgers - pop into Gigi’s Hoxton, Shoreditch to experience it all.

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4. The biggest beer garden in Shoreditch: Strongroom

Shoreditch, London

The largest beer garden in all of Shoreditch, Strongroom is a beautiful blend of culture, fun, beer and good food. Designed by the famous designer Jamie Reid, Strongroom is one of the very first night venues in the area.

Strongroom flaunts a huge ivy-covered courtyard which has been serving drinks since 1997, to the then thirsty people working at the onsite recording studios. Book a table at this local cultural hub and have a wide range of delicious food options to choose from, starting with the all-time classic beef patty burger to lip-smacking sides of potato fries and nachos, Strongroom is a place where you can satisfy your hunger for music and good food at the same time.

If listening to musicians strum amazing music in a cosy beer garden while you sip on a glass of chilled beer is your vibe, make sure to check out Strongroom.

London shuffle club
London shuffle club

5. A Shoreditch beer garden for pints and playing: London Shuffle Club

Shoreditch, London

Looking for a place to bring out your competitive streak or celebrate a special occasion? Look no further as the London Shuffle Club offers you the opportunity to experience both.

With an amazing rooftop beer garden and a cosy underground basement, experience the best of both worlds at London Shuffle Club. A quirky experience bar, you can get chilled beer at this club for as low as £6. In view of the recent Ukraine crisis, the club is also offering the authentic Varvar beer that is brewed in the city of Kyiv.

Whether it's raining or the sun is shining bright, the rooftop beer garden is well equipped to welcome and serve you. The London Shuffle Club is the only UK venue to offer both versions of shuffleboard under one roof.

Shuffle your way into this popular beer garden in Shoreditch and have the time of your life.

The Big Chill beer garden
The Big Chill beer garden

6. The perfect Shoreditch beer garden to just…chill: Big Chill

Shoreditch, London

The Big Chill Bar in Shoreditch is known to be one of the prettiest beer gardens in East London.

Initially, the Big Chill started off as an outdoor boutique festival that drew crowds from all across the country. The festival was the perfect cocktail of good people, good food and good music. People enjoyed the party so much that a decade later, the party permanently moved indoors and the Big Chill Bar was born - lucky for you!

When it comes to food, there is something for everyone. The bar offers you healthy yet delicious salad bowls, a wide range of mouth-watering burgers, chicken strips and fries.

With beer options starting from as low as £7.50, the Big Chill Bar offers a cosy spot for you to either chill with your friends or sit in peace with your laptop. This chilled beer garden definitely does its name justice.

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7. A Shoreditch beer garden that brings the heat: Barrio Shoreditch

Shoreditch, London

Barrio are known for their Latin-inspired bars scattered across the city, and their Shoreditch branch is no different. Bringing Latin flavour to Shoreditch, with a yellow, pink and blue colour scheme everywhere you turn, it’s anything but drab!

Step outside and enter a tropical paradise, complete with flowers, potted plants and a large parrot mural that watches over you while you drink. Heaven, right?

With a venue this aesthetically pleasing, it’s no wonder it’s available for private hire. Whether you’re in the mood for a masterclass, summer party or product launch, Barrio Shoreditch is ready when you are (and can cater for up to 360 guests).

What are you waiting for? Vamos!

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8. A Shoreditch beer garden just for beer lovers: The Crown and Shuttle

Shoreditch, London

The best things in life don’t always come in shiny packages. Just ask The Crown and Shuttle.

The award-winning craft beer pub is a local favourite for many reasons - the main being that its exposed brick, colour-blocked benches, cheeky signs and potted plants are the perfect mix of modern and traditional. It’s like your local pub got a Shoreditch makeover, minus the expensive drinks.

Take your pick from pale ales, largers, IPAs or ciders, then if the weather’s lovely, grab a bench outside in their garden. It’s arguably the best bit, and since The Crown and Shuttle don’t close till late, there’s no rush.

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9. The best Shoreditch beer garden for amazing views (and vibes): Queen of Hoxton

Shoreditch, London

A venue fit for mates, dates and special occasions, Queen of Hoxton is a popular bar, club and rooftop located in the heart of Shoreditch.

If you’re looking for a place to relax, head over to the rooftop beer garden. Be prepared to be welcomed by the pink delicate cherry blossoms adorning every part of the rooftop. Sip on a wide range of cool beer starting from £6.30 under the city’s prettiest pink petals (pretty normal, right?).

If the rooftop is a bit too peaceful for you, you can move down to the Queen’s (twisted) alter ego in the basement- two dark rooms with neon lights, laser, smoke and funky music, and dance the night away.

If you are on the lookout for buzzy yet peaceful ambience, Queen of Hoxton is always ready to welcome you.

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10. A fuss-free Shoreditch beer garden: Red Lion Hoxton

Shoreditch, London

A list on Shoreditch beer gardens wouldn’t be complete without Red Lion. The Hoxton haunt is favoured for its beer selection, semi-discreet location, and general good vibes. Everyone is here for the same reason – a great pint with even better company.

While there’s a pool table and a choice of games at hand in the games room, the real magic is the rooftop. Make your way upstairs and park yourself on any of the benches.

Soak up the sun, beer in hand and pizza on the way. Could it get any better than this? In a sea of trendy beer spots, Hoxton’s not-so-secret spot is a refreshing change - that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

More of the best beer gardens in Shoreditch

Who doesn't love a beer garden? Imagine the scene: the sun is shining, the denizens of Shoreditch are out in full force, beers in each hand, sunglasses on, vibes: immaculate. The beer gardens of Shoreditch are some of the best in the city, and you can book many of them out for your own private event. Take a look at some of the best Shoreditch pub gardens below.

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How to hire a beer garden in Shoreditch

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect beer garden. Getting the venue-finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Shoreditch.

Step 1: Determine your budget Before you start looking for a beer garden, it's important to determine your budget. This will help you narrow down your options and prevent you from overspending. Some beer gardens in Shoreditch are more expensive than others, so make sure you know how much you're willing to spend.

Step 2: Consider the size of your group The size of your group will play a significant role in choosing the right beer garden. Some beer gardens are better suited for small groups, while others can accommodate larger parties. Make sure you know how many people will be attending your event before you start looking for a beer garden.

Step 3: Look for a beer garden with a good selection of beers One of the main reasons for visiting a beer garden is to enjoy a variety of beers. Look for a beer garden in Shoreditch that has a good selection of beers, from local craft beers to popular favourites. This will give you and your guests the opportunity to try different beers and discover new favourites.

Step 4: Consider the ambience The ambience of a beer garden is also important. Look for a beer garden in Shoreditch that has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, with comfortable seating and good lighting. The right ambience will create a memorable and enjoyable experience for you and your guests.

Step 5: Check the availability of exclusive hire If you're hosting a private event, you may want to consider hiring an entire beer garden. Private hire offers more privacy and can be a great option for birthday parties, corporate events, or other special occasions.

Step 6: Check the weather policy When hiring a beer garden in Shoreditch, it's important to check the weather policy. Most beer gardens are open-air spaces, so if the weather is poor, you may need to cancel or reschedule your event. Make sure you know the beer garden's policy in advance, so you can plan accordingly.

Frequently asked questions

For beer gardens in Shoreditch, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Queen of Hoxton – This popular Shoreditch beer garden is a must-visit.

London Shuffle Club – Fancy a game of shuffleboard? Look no further than the London Shuffle Club.

Strongroom – For drinks at Shoreditch's largest beer garden, head to Strongroom.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a beer garden. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a Shoreditch beer garden. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best beer gardens in Shoreditch and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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