In East London, cool wine bars are as common as off-licenses. The Laughing Heart is beloved by local creative and meedja types not only for its natural wines, eccentric food (everything from Vietnamese-style steamed mussels to wild mushroom tagliatelle), and friendly rottweiler Hugo, but also for excellent vibes, especially on such a dead stretch of Hackney Road. It’s open until 3am on some nights, and they’ll do you cocktails in the basement if you ask nicely. It’s a good spot if you’re local to the neighbourhood and want an extended hang, or somewhere to drink and grab a snack in the wee hours.
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Footnote is a spacious coffee spot on Wilton Way in Hackney that makes a great option for catching up with friends.
Chick ‘N’ Sours
The Haggerston branch of Chick ‘n’ Sours is the original, and still the best. Come here for cocktails and disco wings, and leave happy.
Campania And Jones
Campania is an Italian restaurant off Columbia Road ideal for a romantic dinner, that’s equally lovely during the day.
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Albertine is a cute but busy little wine bar in White City. It’s the perfect place to decompress after an accidental trip to Westfield.
Provisions is a casual wine and cheese shop on Holloway Road where you can stand around with friends date, drinking great wine and nibbling bread.
Newcomer Wines is an excellent wine shop and surprisingly spacious bar in Dalston, with a kind of secret back patio.
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Morito Hackney Road
The Spanish small plates, the wine and the mood lighting makes you want to be cool enough to hang out at Morito, Hackney Road, all the time.
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