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The Commercial Tavern

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Spitalfields and Banglatown, London
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8.4/10
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  • Hugh R.
    "Upstairs is downstairs' classy older brother"(5 Tips)
    Ellie S.
    "Quirky bar on two floors and multiple rooms."(4 Tips)
    Simon S.
    "Popular Shoreditch pub"(3 Tips)
    Alastair H.
    "Wonderfully eclectic style and friendly staff"(3 Tips)
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  • Slynky C.
    Slynky CatJune 17
    Try the Orange Blossom Spritz - Crowded Hive Orange Blossom Honey Mead with lemonade. Gorgeous, perfect for a hot summer's day. Great place, great vibe, lovely staff & cute pug. Highly recommended.
  • Carlie S.
    Carlie SirokoMarch 25, 2016
    Great atmosphere and decor, pool table, good beer selection, lots of space and big windows upstairs let lots of light in and the owner had a super cute friendly dog that wanders around :D
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleyDecember 5, 2013
    Can't believe I've been hanging around Shoreditch for YEARS and I haven't stumbled in here until now! Funky decor + candles + fireplaces make for a lovely atmosphere. Lots of seating upstairs too.
  • Alejandro L.
    Alejandro LopezSeptember 4, 2014
    Great for afterwork drinks. Small terrace for summer, be quick! Good alternative upstairs by the windows
  • David B.
    David BakerApril 21, 2013
    Amazing atmosphere, nice cider and very trendy clientele. Also, nice wallpaper in the toilets
  • Londonist
    LondonistMarch 6, 2011
    If the dim light downstairs is offputting, head to the first floor for the same wacky decor with added sunlight.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BApril 29
    Upstairs can be a bit quieter. Look at the post to the right of the downstairs bar for a pictorial surprise.
  • Pieter d.
    Pieter de MeerSeptember 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    This is an amazing pub. The decoration is incredible. Don't forget to check the upstairs!
  • Alastair H.
    Alastair HiltonDecember 16, 2015
    The inside looks nothing like you'd expect from the outside. Wonderfully eclectic style and friendly staff
  • dtmco
    dtmcoOctober 7, 2016
    Great vibes and interior. It can get very busy in the week after work hours.
  • Ellie S.
    Ellie SMarch 3, 2015
    Quirky bar on two floors and multiple rooms. Good east London crowd without it being hipstery
  • Uslan
    UslanMay 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    It's open again! The downstairs has much more light now, more in keeping with the look of the upstairs bar than before.
  • Simon B.
    Simon BeckermanJanuary 5, 2013
    Lovely pub. Nice decor. Go upstairs for a glass of wine or a cocktail.
  • Justine A.
    Justine ArrecheDecember 3, 2014
    Really interesting and eclectic interior with out of place smooth jazz background music.
  • Conall M.
    Conall MahonApril 9, 2011
    F.U.N.K.Y. Bar! Alternative decor. 1st floor table is beat in summer months was they open the windows wide to let in the sunshine
  • Alexandra O.
    Alexandra OleyApril 1, 2014
    Beautiful, Devine decor and Dulux Dog, so friendly! Very Cute!
  • Giorgi M.
    Giorgi MerebashviliSeptember 29, 2016
    The vibe and atmosphere of this place is supeerb i think this pab is cultural heritage of east londonn
  • Müge Y.
    Müge YücelApril 22, 2015
    Nice old exotic pics on the second floor... check'em out!
  • Edna
    EdnaAugust 19, 2015
    Quirky decorations and vibe, though £8 for an Aperol Spritz seems a bit excessive
  • Harpa
    HarpaOctober 15, 2011
    Just got a free beer for lighting all the candles downstairs! Great to see staff with a sence of humor
  • Simon S.
    Simon SaintOctober 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Popular Shoreditch pub, busy early on Fridays, but clears out somewhat around 7...
  • Ian Z.
    Ian Zachary-WhittinghamJanuary 16, 2015
    If you never been barred from a bar, This is the place to visit, -)
  • Joe N.
    Joe NixonApril 10, 2012
    You can buy cocktails, bottles and wine at the upstairs bar
  • Phil C.
    Phil ClampNovember 16, 2014
    I love the decor in this place. Check out the chandeliers!
  • Sherrie B.
    Sherrie BaleJanuary 14, 2016
    puzzle piece wall, pin up girl wallpaper, dogs, sparkles and a a baby head. beautiful pub.
  • Katy Z.
    Katy ZackFebruary 3
    Super quirky and charming two floor pub.
  • Stuart C.
    Stuart CruickshankJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Loud music, hipster barstaff. What ever you do, watch your bags; this place is well known for thievery!
  • Georgia L.
    Georgia LissitchkovaNovember 3, 2014
    Splendid Interior. Love the music selection
  • Jeanna
    JeannaMay 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lovely pub. Beautiful. Staff is awesome!!
  • B
    BDecember 26, 2016
    Good selection of bottled beer
  • Gemma Kirk d.
    Gemma Kirk die young, stay pretty.October 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Avoid on a Weekend if you want to hear yourself think, fab for an after work drink though with pretty music and decor.
  • Jason B.
    Jason BallJune 26, 2011
    Grab a pitcher of Pimms and a window seat upstairs. Fantastic.
  • Vanessa K.
    Vanessa KhalilAugust 3, 2013
    Loved the music and the interior design.
  • Ben N.
    Ben NuclearNovember 23, 2014
    Quirky, edgy. Hipster barstaff. If you're into ales go elsewhere. I've had a couple of badly kept beers there, don't know why, but the staff know.
  • John W.
    John WhenmohnDecember 15, 2012
    Good beers. Good barmaids. Good decor.
  • Daria M.
    Daria MingaraevaFebruary 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Looks like Versailles, tastes even better. Extraordinary place.
  • miss_cinnamon
    Eclectic and hipster, friendly and cute.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MilaszkiewiczMay 18, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Pizzas at an awesome price!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GonzalezSeptember 10, 2014
    Very original place. Interesting decoration.
  • Assembly S.
    Assembly StudiosJune 3, 2011
    Worth having a pint just to check out the fabulour decor!
  • Noam E.
    Noam EMAugust 10, 2013
    Certainly the coolest bar I've ever been to!
  • Hung L.
    Hung LeeFebruary 4, 2014
    Too busy / and male / and too close to the CIty to make this list, but may be a go-er if you have a brave partner who is not perturbed by all of the above. Dim lights hides bad face, so there's that
  • @annaobrien
    @annaobrienMarch 17, 2011
    This has a great atmosphere. Creepy with a touch of kitsch.
  • Jeremy M.
    Jeremy Mercer-DeadmanMay 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Very hipster'y but upstairs is pretty good Read more
  • Travis S.
    Travis StewartJuly 1, 2014
    Upstairs is romantic xx
  • Jon T.
    Jon ThomsonNovember 17, 2011
    It's dark. Maybe the place for an aperitif before taxi over to'dans Le noir' in clerkenwell for dinner
  • Ben B.
    Ben BrazierMarch 27, 2011
    Try not to fall over the step near the side door and break your ankle
  • Ceara P.
    Ceara PixieJuly 3, 2016
    The inside is surprisingly jazzy
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew RushOctober 27, 2015
    Great atmosphere
  • Irina K.
    Irina Kikina2 weeks ago
    Love pizza 😻
  • Hugh R.
    Hugh RawlinsonOctober 16, 2011
    Upstairs is downstairs' classy older brother
  • Dan W.
    Dan WestFebruary 18, 2013
    Don't take card payments under £10. Annoying but nothing they will do about it
  • George H.
    George HopkinsonApril 15, 2011
    A better way to put it... The staff hate u almost as much as they hate their jobs.
  • Paul M.
    Paul McGuinnessOctober 30, 2011
    Bring a torch.
  • Tracey H.
    Tracey HeongNovember 2, 2011
    Amazing decor.
  • Allan S.
    Allan SheriffMarch 9, 2016
    Brooding eclectic piss ups
  • George H.
    George HopkinsonApril 15, 2011
    Try the golden heart instead.STAFF ARE A BUNCH OF RUDE, PATRONIZING ARSEHOLES -WORKING FOR A PAY CHEQUE AND DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU.
  • Leanne B.
    Leanne BellmanFebruary 4, 2010
    The wine and the beer are pretty bad stick to the spirits
  • Ed H.
    Ed HockeyJune 10, 2010
    Meantime is tres bon!
  • Michael R.
    Michael RundleMarch 3, 2010
    The brand of pepperoni crisps they serve is tasty.
  • Stuart H.
    Stuart HoneyApril 13, 2010
    great place - love Maria
  • Terry C.
    Terry CarneyApril 22, 2011
    Drink Helles
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SteinApril 23, 2010
    Lovely ladies.
  • John C.
    John CrozierApril 7, 2010
    Becks over kronenbourg
  • Vic M.
    Vic McGinApril 24, 2016
    Fucking atrocious. A jaded media man's vision of Shoreditch. Avoid.
  • Pablo S.
    Pablo SuárezAugust 22, 2014
    Buen sitio para tomarse una pinta o un cocktail. Genial decoración, sólo por la decoración merece la pena conocerlo, sobre todo las lámparas del primer piso. Buena música.
  • Kristina J.
    Kristina JovovichSeptember 10, 2014
    La bière est vraaaaiment bonne ici, la décoration est plutôt soignée et le personnel vraiment attentionné. Je conseille !
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HApril 11, 2015
    Absolut geiler Laden, ein begehbares Kunstwerk.
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