Apples & Pears

26 Osborn Street, Shadwell, London

As they say, Apples and Pears is ‘East London’s hidden cocktail bar’...

Address:26 Osborn Street
E1 6TD
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Bars
Nearest Station:Aldgate East
Opening Hours:Mon: closed
Tues - Thurs: 17:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat: 17:00 - 01:00
Sun: closed
Dress Code:Smart/casual

Email:Send an email

Facilities & Info:
  • Smoking area
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Booking advisable
  • Large screen television
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
  • Outdoor space
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About: We are a neighbourhood cocktail bar in east London, serving up well crafted cocktails whilst introducing colourful flavours and ingredients. We are located just minutes from Aldgate East tube station with close proximity to Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Spitalfields.

We have aimed to create a cocktail bar where you can escape from the hustle, where you can meet new people and enjoy well crafted drinks in a social environment. We pride ourselves on our social and friendly atmosphere, our varied music styles and a team that makes excellent cocktails.

Our music programme is eclectic and lively, spinning records from funk and old school hip hop to disco, motown and soul - both at the weekends and during the week. We also have live acoustic sessions and other live music. Plus we offer retro cocktail specials for £6 from 5pm to 8pm daily.

"As they say, Apples and Pears is ‘East London’s hidden cocktail bar’..."

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Their website says that they are ‘East London’s hidden cocktail bar’ and having never heard of the place before heading here, it would have to be some of the most accurate web blurb we’ve read. Tucked away at the Aldgate end of Brick Lane, Apples and Pears is hidden behind a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ doorway.

The bar is narrow and cramped at one end with seating always at a premium. However, when the music is as good as it was on this occasion – and the quality of the music here is one of the bar’s ‘things’ - then that doesn’t become a problem. Motown, funk, soul and 90’s hip-hop tunes form one long mix tape that lasts all night long. One minute it’s KRS-ONE, the next it’s Shanks and Bigfoot. How does this work? Who knows…

Given that the music rules and therefore the dancing follows, it is almost perplexing that this is a fine cocktail bar too. A trip to the bar isn’t quick but what you get at the end of it is well worth the wait. The West Indian Summer – a mix of lime infused gin and Bergamot liqueur – is great, and an off menu Old Fashioned is even brought to the table, such is the time and care taken over muddling.

Come summer, dancers will be relieved to find the small beer garden out back – it gets hot inside! Others will just be pleased to find a little bit of space away from the bad breaking, bopping, bogling and any other dance beginning with B that seems to rule the Apples and Pears dance floor. For once, the blurb on a website is right, this place is ‘East London’s hidden cocktail bar’ and it is such a good time, let’s hope it stays that way.

T.A.O reviewed Apples & Pears on Fri 24 Jan 2014

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