5 Traditional Pubs to visit in Hackney

Boozer, pub or rub-a-dub you don’t have to venture far from Kip to find a decent Hackey watering hole. Those of you visiting from outside the UK, it’s obviously very important that you tick the “go to a proper London pub” box on your to-do list and what better place to do it than in Hackney? If it’s a decent beer you’re after, some proper pub-grub or a big screen to watch the game on, you’ll find a pub close to Kip that has it covered.


The Dolphin

Crowd at the Dolphin Bar

The Dolphin is most famous for its vibrant and ongoing karaoke nights. Situated on Mare Street, The Dolphin is beautifully Victorian inside and out. Renowned for enticing ‘arty alternative’ types and East London stereotypes the pub hosts an interesting mix of people and ultimately interesting nights, always.

The selection of drinks are few, but they are cheap, and although the pub could be considered a bit of a ‘rough diamond’ it does sport a large dance floor and dependably tolerant opening hours, which makes up for any lack of regeneration.


Read more about The Dolphin here


Where: 163-165 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH

The Cat and Mutton

Outside view of The Cat and Mutton

Taking up residence at the helm of Broadway Market this is both local boozer and creative cocktail bar in one. Grab yourself a pint of ale or tuck into a Sunday roast downstairs then venture up the spiral staircase to savour a ‘Cats Catch’ and panoramic views of the market below. Open till 1am Friday & Saturday, no need to cut your night short at the usual kick-out time. Its vicinity to London Fields and general welcoming vibe makes this a popular choice in Summer – start early to bag yourself one of the outside tables!




Where: 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

The Dove

Barman pulling a pint behind the bar with the Dove logo super imposed on the front

Over 20 years on Broadway Market, this mainstay tavern is the perfect post-market pitstop. The old-fashioned oak and emphasis on craft beer make this a haven for Belgian beer lovers (they even do group Belgian beer tasting events), and the food is pretty impressive too.  Aiming to elevate ‘vegetarian’ from its status as the poor cousin, The Dove prides itself on its ‘meatless’ dishes which make up half the menu.  ‘Meat-Free Monday’ and ‘Thai Tuesday’ offer some tempting treats at pretty darn reasonable prices!




Where: 24/28 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ

The Cock Tavern

Close up of 4 beer pumos

Part of the cask ale revolution in London, The Cock Tavern in Hackney is a London pub for real beer appreciators. The pub itself sits directly above its own brewery that produces unique and exciting beers throughout the year, which has attracted a dedicated following. The building has undergone several revolutions itself and returns to its original glory as The Cock Tavern pub, original being the operative word. As you walk through the doors you’ll feel like you’ve time travelled with the rock ‘n’ roll music filling up the dusty air thick with the essence of freshly brewed hops.


Read more about The Cock Tavern here


where:  315 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Pub on the Park

Punters sitting outside in the beer garden

Situated on the very edge of London Fields this pub has spectacular views across the park, Summer or Winter. Emphasis on the food is British, serving decent portions of the usual pub grub and then some. There’s always something going on at this pub, from comedy to DJs, and if you’re a sports fan you can rejoice – they have 7 screens to watch the big games on!




Where: 19 Martello St, London E8 3PE


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