After Work Staff Drinks: 10 Best Bars in East London

A long day at the office calls for a glass of something refreshing. East London has been pushing the boundaries of creativity and quirkiness in this area for some time. 

After work staff drinks are a great way to bond with the team and cement client relationships. When drinks are flowing, however, it’s easy to lose track of business entertainment expenses.

Using a prepaid business card like Soldo allows your employees to pay for their own business entertainment expenses, whilst you can track and control their spending from the central web console.

Soldo can also improve the accuracy and efficiency of expense reporting as staff no longer need to worry about filling out time-consuming paperwork or having to keep hold of paper receipts. 

With that in mind, take a look at our top 10 best bars in East London for after work staff drinks…

The Gibson, Old Street

This tiny former pub has now been transformed into one of London’s hottest spots. The Gibson has even been named one of the 50 best bars in the world! Flamboyant and experimental cocktails are served in outlandish vessels, such as wooden ape heads or an upturned lightbulb. 

There’s nowhere quite like The Gibson, so it should number one on your list of places to take colleagues in East London. Just remember to keep a record of your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good cocktail!

Happiness Forgets, Hoxton Square, Shoreditch

Located at the base of a discreet stairwell, Happiness Forgets is the ideal bar for those wanting to relax with colleagues after a hard day. In the background, jazz fusion, soul and R&B provide the finishing touches, whilst the drinks menu offers original cocktails and speciality spirits.

Callooh Callay, Shoreditch

Callooh Callay is a quirky bar amidst the buzz of Shoreditch. This bar has won a number of awards and is run by some of London’s highest calibre bartenders. With a street-art themed cocktail menu and secret rooms hidden behind the wardrobe, prepare to party after work at this lively venue.

The Cocktail Trading Company, Brick Lane, Bethnal Green Road

Having moved from Soho to the East End, The Cocktail Trading Company is a prime drinking den which specialises in its own trademark cocktails such as Rum Forrest Rum and APairOTeef. The bar has an array of an impressive team of bar staff who will shake up whatever cocktails your colleagues desire. 

Jin Bo Law, 14th Floor, Dorsett City Hotel

Cocktail with a view? At Jin Bo Law in Aldgate, you will find spectacular views across the City from its rooftop terrace bar – perfect for wowing your work mates. The interior is contemporary and Asian-inspired, with a snazzy marble floor. Sample delights from the cocktail menu such as Butterfly Punch, Dragon Air and a Fizz from a Rose. 

Sager + Wilde, Bethnal Green

Sager + Wilde is a railway arch venue with a twist. An extensive wine list will certainly impress wine lovers, along with an equally impressive choice of cocktails. Sager + Wilde is very much about dining and the dishes on offer, which change daily, so if you’re looking for dinner or even lunch in East London, this is the place to take the team. 

NOLA, Roman Road, Bethnal Green

A dark venue, strewn with mardi gras beads and nicknakcs, NOLA pays homage to the American city of New Orleans. Fried oysters and gumbo are the Louisiana staples and live music is often played, so bring colleagues here who are up for a dance. 

Nightjar, Shoreditch

Providing the perfect antidote to the crowded West End, Nightjar provides a glorious 1920s-styled destination for clients who are discerning drinkers. 

A professional and personal service, great cocktails and a calendar of varied live jazz and swing make this bar unique in the vast array of venues in Shoreditch. It is seating only in the Nightjar so booking is advisable.

Oriole Bar, Smithfield Market

Another hidden gem to be found beneath Smithfield Market is the sister bar to Nightjar. Oriole is another speakeasy-styled bar with an award-winning drinks menu. An impressive array of bar food is also available in small Nikkei-inspired sharing platters.

The hottest musicians from London’s jazz, swing and world scene play at the Oriole’s impressive nightly events. On Mondays, the bar offers drinks tasting masterclasses so you can become a connoisseur in the making with your colleagues! 

Found, Ravey Street

Down a small stairway behind a velvet curtain on 5 Ravey Street, you will find a quaint and old fashioned cocktail bar. Aptly named, Found, boasts one of the best bar teams in London and offers a menu of just twelve cocktails which are all mixed and presented to perfection. 

Found is ideal for after work staff drinks and one of the best places to take clients in London if you’re wanting to impress. With a choice of four rooms, a cosy corner in Found is certain to provide a relaxing finish to a hectic day.

From the above selection of bars in East London, you are bound to find the perfect place to take staff for an enjoyable evening of drinking and socialising, just don’t forget your prepaid company card!

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