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Best Pubs in Brick Lane vicinity

Best pubs Brick Lane you ask? We are fully aware that nobody goes to Brick Lane anymore unless you’re a coked-up Essex stag do-er, a Spanish tourist with a hand-me-down copy of a 2002 London guide, getting a beigel or a bit of a crackhead, but it’s in our interest to keep people popping by this way. Hey, we do fun stuff most Thursdays and there’s no need to jump straight back on the hipster highway straight after… We HAVE to go to places round here as, well, we work here, and obviously the novelty of cereal cafés, claustrophobia-inducing shops in shipping containers wore off after about 3 seconds, so we’ve gotten used to searching long and hard to find good stuff. Here’s a food thing we did a while back (amended version of this is coming soon with a few new finds) and now, we’re going to talk to you about our favourite ‘hidden’ pubs. You’ve probably been to them all anyway. After a walk in search of beer the other day which sounded like a Time Out writer from Surrey’s wet-dream (a start in the Ace Hotel, followed by (what they’d probably describe as ‘a meander’) Redchurch Street, we thought we’d share the last remaining few decent spots we go to in the area. The Kings Arms A newcomer, but a good one. Pretty secluded – it’s sandwiched between a nice row of houses and in the shadow of a big tower block. I walk past this e’rrday and I remember when they were decorating it, thinking ‘that’s a silly place for a pub’ but it’s ace. The beer is a little on the dear side (up to £10 a pint), but always of excellent quality (but the cheapest is ok) A scotch egg can set you back £6 which is crazy but instead of crisps then have these fried-bean things which are fucking amazing. They also play the best music of any pub around and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a very nice porter on my own with Sleep’s Jerusalem playing really fucking loudly. The Carpenters Lovely, lovely pub run by nice people. Pete Fowler’s got artwork in here. Pete Fowler’s usually in here actually… Everyone always goes here after Beach openings, it’s nice, intimate, and it always has nice things like nice flowers and it does this really nice beer called Kostritzer which tastes a little bit like blood. The food’s very nice too. Apparently one of the best Sunday Roasts in London. Pride of Spitalfields Really little pub that feels a little bit like a working men’s club or something inside. It’s a very affordable place (given the location) and you can get an ale for around £3.20. There’s a dishevelled cat who lives in here who’s either dead and unable to decompose or can sleep through a nuclear holocaust. I’ve seen pints spilt on the poor sod and it doesn’t phase him. They do a pub El Clasico (Ham, Egg and Chips) for around £3 during the day but the real draw is on a friday night when the guy in the kitchen rolls out FREE (Yes, free) roast potatoes and leaves them on the bar. In the Summer we recommend standing outside and doing round of both beer and Samosas from Ambala. Indo Weird little pub on the usually no-go zone of Whitechapel High Street which always makes me think of the sort of place you’d find some wiry old poet or something in. Don’t go here too often, but if you find yourself looking (and try not to look for long) for a post Tayyabs pint this is the place to go. It’s also second port of call on our perfect Shoreditch pub crawl below — A really, really fricking good night out would go thus: Curry, early at Needoo or Tayyabs (both BYOB) followed by pints in each, in this order, of Indo, the Pride, The Carps (maybe swinging by Beach if a Thursday and we have an opening) then a few in the Kings Arms…