40/52 – Apples and Pears
If you’re looking for East London cool, classic cocktails and a relaxed after-work drinks vibe, Apples and Pears has skilled barmen, an impressive and tempting cocktail menu, and enough exposed brickwork to satisfy its über cool Shoreditch postcode. I discovered Apples and Pears when my flatmate Tom got a job there in our first year of University – I had just moved to London and we’d had a lot of nights out exploring Shoreditch so I was so excited to know the bartender in a bar that turned out to be one of my favourite ever.
It’s not a huge place, so you feel welcome to pull up a stool and sit at the bar, or else sit around a table with some friends. Downstairs, the basement becomes a dance floor later in the evening, and there’s another bar down there so you can carry on sampling the menu until you can convince yourself that you’re a good dancer.
If you’re not sure what to drink (and everything on the menu looks good so you might have a tough time choosing) the ‘black and stormier’ is delicious, probably my favourite drink on the whole menu (and it has jam in it so really what’s not to like?) The signature ‘apples and pears’ is always a favourite (and a safe choice if you didn’t like the jam vibe), and the bartenders are usually happy to recommend something if you know what spirit or what kinds of flavours you’d like.
protip: the ‘mr tom’s nuts’ is basically a peanut butter milkshake, and it comes with a little square of peanut brittle which is about the best thing ever. I love how easy it is to grab a drink and hang out at Apples and Pears – I’ve only ever had good nights there and I just love the atmosphere – they’ve created just the right mix of chilled out decor, friendly bar staff and a killer dj who can make nights out like New Year’s Eve feel like a pretty big deal.
The bar normally closes about 2am, but there’s plenty of nightlife nearby that won’t stop until the early hours. And if you’re up anyway, why not head over to The Breakfast Club in nearby Spitalfields? I hope you get to check out this awesome bar next time you’re in the area – it’s a quick walk from Liverpool St Station, or Aldgate East tube, and the Osborn street location is just a few doors along from the start of Brick Lane so it would make a great stop after a day of exploring Shoreditch.
If you’re ever in there, ask for Tom and tell him Georgi sent you – he probably won’t give you a free drink or anything but I’d love for him to know that some people do read my blog 😉