From neatly trimmed numbers to caveman stylings, London is awash in all things beard. So even though Movember is all about the ‘stache, here’s our round up of the best bars to check out some chins. *And they’re all great boozers too.*
1. Modern Love
An outstanding array of facial hair (both behind the bar and not), but you’re going to come here for the divey vibes, bang-on tunes, straightforward drinks and late-night partying.
The staff here sport some seriously impressive facial hair, and you’re bound to see a few hairy punters too. Eats are meaty, drinks are sexy. All in all — beard or no beard — you’ll love this joint.
Say hello to bearded champion Ally behind the stick, where you’ll find him whipping out boozy numbers like the fresh and rummy Young Cuban or the sumptuous scotch-filled Dewars Or Don’t.
A trendy, beer-focused Bethnal Green Road boozer, which blends all the trademarks of a traditional pub with classic East End edginess. What does this all mean? Beards. A lot of ’em.
Need we say more?
6. The Grafton
Roaring fires, a rooftop terrace and insanely good pub grub. This Kentish Town haunt covers all bases (and beards).
This east London pub houses hundreds of Shoreditch revellers every weekend — naturally, they’re often a bearded bunch. This good-natured gargantuan haunt has something for everyone: pool tables, a beer garden, a screening room and sexy Sunday roasts.
8. The Dove
A trip to the wonderfully hip (yet ever-so-charming) Broadway Market isn’t complete without ducking into this maze-like pub. Whether you’re into pilsners, guezes or trappists, you’ll be spoilt for choice by a tome-like drinks list.
This Irish whiskey-loving den on Bethnal Green Road is introducing you to Ireland’s version of moonshine: poitín … and well, it’s bloody brilliant. Don’t have a beard? Don’t worry. A few drinks here should sprout some hairs on that chin.
10. Duck & Waffle
Because of that beard (and bang awesome drinks). Ever tried a Blue Cheese and Chocolate Martini? No? Well you should.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips