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Top 11 night out locations in Waltham Forest

Published: 2 December 2021
Filed under: Choose Local

Whether it’s a punchy mocktail, a glass of malbec or an IPA, no one does drinks better than Waltham Forest. We’ve asked you which are your favourite night out places in Waltham Forest and these are the ones that made the cut. Please drink responsibly 


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1. The Bell, Walthamstow

The Bell credit gotothelocal on Instagram

Starting off the list with this traditional Victorian pub standing proudly at Bell Corner in Walthamstow. The Bell is one of the local favourites serving up a wide range of ales, craft lagers and wines alongside a yummy seasonal menu. In the summer, a secluded garden will make you feel like you’re not even in the city, but once the cold hits, the most-wanted seat in the place is, obviously, the cosy fireplace couch, a real treat for the winter months. Image credit @gotothelocal instagram

2. Blackhorse Beer Mile, Blackhorse Lane

Truman's Beer Mile

Okay we feel like we’re cheating a little here because this is five locations for the price of one, but the Beer Mile in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow is perfect for any beer connoisseur.  You read that right, a whole mile of breweries in the up-and-coming Blackhorse Lane area. The Blackhorse Lane Beer district is made up of some of East London's most exciting drinking locations. Starting from Signature Brew, moving on to the spacious Truman’s Social Club, then take a short walk to Exale's micro-brewery, Wild Card Brewery taproom and finish at Pillar’s Untraditional Pub. It’s the perfect way to spend a weekend enjoying a drink. Image credit Blackhorse Beer Mile

3. The Coach and Horses, Leyton

Coach & Horses

The Coach and Horses is a friendly neighbourhood pub in the heart of Leyton. Locals love it because of the great food, local beers and the wide selection of activities going on. From live music to pub quizzes, as well as a set of escape rooms for the more daring, there’s something for everyone at The Coach and Horses. Image credit @Leyton.Love on Instagram

4. The Heathcote & Star, Leytonstone

The Heathcote & Star

The Heathcote & Star has recently been restored and looks as gorgeous as ever. It has a large beer garden, an insta-worthy Pink Party Room, a big function room and a fun game room, featuring a dreamy ceiling with a beautiful stars and constellations artwork. It’s the perfect place for a drink after work or a fun date under the “stars”. Image credit Heathcote & Star

5. The Nags Head, Walthamstow

The Nag's Head

The Nags Head is a welcoming and quirky pub in Walthamstow Village is well-known for its pink outside, the great beer garden at the resident cats. It’s definitely a local favourite with lovely service, a cosy atmosphere, and relaxed vibes. A great place to catch up with friends over a drink or two, plus it’s pet-friendly so your four-legged friends are also welcome to join you. Image credit The Nags Head

6. The Northcote, Leyton

The Northcote 

The Northcote technically falls within the Leytonstone borders, but the Leyton locals have claimed it as theirs. This well-loved community pub has an East-end soul with a modern twist to its food and drinks menu. The secret garden and plenty of room make it perfect for events and the friendly staff will make you want to go back over and over again. Image credit The Northcote

7. Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, Walthamstow

God's own junkyard

The Ravenswood Industrial Estate is located just off Wood Street and is the perfect hangout spot. It is home to the amazing God’s Own Junkyard, the impressive collection of neon work by neon artist Chris Bracey. The area, which includes two breweries (Pillars and Wild Card), Trap Taproom for the cider enthusiasts and the well-loved Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace, has been steadily growing to become a staple for nights out and weekend drinks. Image credit God's Own Junkyard

8. The Red Lion, Leytonstone

The Red Lion

The Red Lion is truly perfect for every occasion. This unique pub has been operating since 1670 and has the biggest beer garden in Leytonstone. The locals love it for the atmosphere, and say the Red Lion holds a special place in their hearts for the many shows and music performances they got to experience in the upstairs antique Ballroom. Image credit The Red Lion

9. Rusty Bike, Chingford

The Rusty Bike

The Rusty Bike, right outside Chingford Station, is a modern and stylish pub that promises “beer and Thai food”. The tasty combo of delicious Thai food with a wide selection of beers, wines and spirits, served up in elegant industrial-style interiors, is what makes the Rusty Bike a local “gem”. Image credit Rusty Bike

10. Solvay Society, Leytonstone

The Solvay Society

Solvay Society is a tiny taproom under the railway arches in Leytonstone serving Belgian beer with a twist. Its owner has been brewing what he calls a “truly inauthentic Belgian beer” since 2014 and the Solvay Society Taproom is where locals go to get a taste of this modern brew inspired by the European classic. Image credit Solvay Society

11. Vino Tap by Vinoramica, Highams Park

Vinoramica vino tap

Last but not least, Vino Tap in Highams Park is a definite favourite not only for the locals but for residents all across the borough. Vino Tap serves a variety of wines by the glass, along with craft beers, soft drinks, cheese plates and bar snacks. They even have a “Vino Machine” for wine tastings called Enomatic, and if you particularly fancy wine and want to bring it home, their wine shop, Vinoramica is right across the street and sells a variety of wine bottles from all over the world. What more could you want? Image credit @vinoramica on Instagram