The Well and Bucket is a trendy, beer-focused Bethnal Green Road boozer, which blends all the trademarks of a traditional pub with classic East End edginess.
You’ll find delicious blondes, bitters and pale ales on draught, supplied by local brewers and beyond – this pub is a proud part of the real ale renaissance. Just as vital at this laid-back, hipster hangout is the food menu, which holds oysters – a retro classic – as a top option. It’s the oxtail chilli cheese fries (yeah, you heard us) that’ll keep you coming back, though.
There is an island bar at its centre, which is oh-so appropriate given that the drinks steal the show. Ceramic tiles and vintage mirrors offer an old-fashioned gin palace aesthetic, and a decked beer garden to the rear is popular stomping ground for flirtatious – and disheveled – east Londoners.
Best Bars tip: Secreted away below this trendy pub is 5CC, one in the chain of chic, speakeasy cocktail bars.
— Laura Richards, @Lala_Richards