Tucked up a side alley off Hackney Road, this sprawling boozer is the place to be if you like your beers local and your burgers dirty. Get a Lucky Chip, grab a brew (the Shoreditch Blonde is BarChick’s choice but beers from the Redchurch, Truman, London Fields and Meantime brewery all feature), and settle in for a night of acoustic sets, DJs or comics and scout the hot, trendies and try hards. What’s on depends on the night you visit, so check the Twitter feed @SebrightArms before you go.
Spending a night sampling their beers means sustenance is in order, which in this joint comes in the form of Lucky Chip, these burger chaps churn out some of the best burgers in London. Go for the Kevin Bacon, nice, and don’t miss the specials, they tend to bring back some old favourites at times, add a side of fries with chilli cheese, unzip your skinny jeans and hang loose. Arrive early if you want a table and get friendly with the bar staff, you’ll need one on your side when the place gets rammed, which is most nights.