Star of Bethnal Green

359 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 6LG

This cavernous bar is one of the most welcoming places for either a daytime pint or a night out in Bethnal Green, with an emphasis on cheerful good times rather than posing. With bashed-up sofas, swirly murals and scruffy wooden tables, it’s more cosy than chic. Bar meals are served throughout the day, and there’s an exuberant programme of events, from pub quizzes and karaoke to DJ sets of drum ’n’ bass and Balearic beats, as well as the odd night of live music. Sundays are for relaxed roast lunches and a read of the paper. Great pizza is served upstairs.

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