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  • Vibe Bar was great when it opened, I had my 25th their nearly five years ago and it was fresh and alternative adn had a great, um, vibe. Now it is just a typicl white middle class meat market with bland furniture (what happened to the great stuff they used to have). 93 Feet East is ok if someone good is playing there. And even if you are not a fan of traditional pubs, the traditional ones around Shoreditch High Street (e.g. 10 Bells) are great. Oh, and avoid that pub that won pub of the year, on a little side street just off the Spitalfields end of Bethnal Green Road. Yeah, it looks great inside but 8 a drink is just plain ridiculous anywhere.
  • The Pride of Spitalifields is a great pub. Very friendly, with real regulars. Whoever complained about it shpuld stick to queuing outside the Vile Bar.
  • The Golden Hart in Commercial St is brilliant. Completely unmodernised by a Brewery markieting nerd. Young male clientelle. Good beer. An actual pub. Not an "outlet" The Commercial Tavern in Commercial Street has now gone gay and is rather homely in a a comfortable sort of way. Nice beer, nice peepol, plenty of space. Nice after you've been for a shag in "Chariots" and want ot wind down.
  • The Pride of Spitalfields has got to be naffest pub in the area. Piss awful beer, food that doesnt go much beyond chicken in the basket if they can be bothered to serve any at all, Essex decor AND nowhere to sit. How do places like this keep going?
  • avoid the vibe bar, packed out with "meejah darlings", it's lost it's original edge - living on past glory... ten bells on commercial road [next to hawksmoors' church] - this is where jack the ripper picked up most of his victims.
  • The Golden Hart on Commerical St is wonderfully un modernised and has a good non suit crowd. Decent beer and really friendly staff (unless you have a city/banker's attitude problem, in which case you wont go again)
  • Hospital Tavern - this pub was once a nice place until some git repainted it and called it an "urban bar", thereby turning it into a pile of wank populated by dunce medics and overworked doctors who can't be arsed to walk any further! Also there's the Good Samaritan behind the East London Hospital where doctors, and NURSES(!), go to wash away their Casualty-like stress... quite nice.
  • Carpenters Arms, Cheshire Street E2 - has a market license from 8:00am on Sundays to cater for Brick Lane market.
  • Home is in Leonard St., not Luke St.
  • Home in Luke Street is cool - sometimes a bit suity on Fridays - but normally a great mix. Great bar food, with the fattest chips you have ever seen, and a little sit-down restaurant with British food.
  • The Bricklayers Arms is a classic example of a place surviving on a past reputation. If you are in there one friday night, have a look around at how uncomfortably busy the place is and then have a look at how run down it is, and if you pass this off as down at heel bohemia then get out on the street and drink cider
  • The Vibe Bar in Brick Lane: complete with Internet access.
  • Barley Mow (Rivington St)- Locals, artists, friendly Bricklayers Arms (Charlotte Rd0 - Spot Jarvis sliumming it over the table football. Popular, but a dive. Charley Wright's - Pitfield St. . . . stays open very late. Can get - um - interesting. Electricity Showrooms - bit young for old frats like us . . . Reliance - Good pint of Hoegarten Home - Hip basement but a bit suited in the evenings Canteloupe. So popular , you need a pass to get in on Fridays. And we all thought it would flop when it opened in (CIRCA) 95 - Too many suits now but OK at lunchtimes. Browns. Full of sad pissed gits. Someone shot the bouncer outside the front door last year, which says it all really. Spiral Staircase. Gay karoike clunb at end of Rivington Street.

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Last updated: 2008-11-11

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