Party Earth Review Little more separates Mason & Taylor from the hustle and bustle of East London than its floor-to-ceiling windows, but inside awaits a bar dedicated to craft beer and a vibe that’s as relaxed as the taps are frothy. Vintage... ... read full review
51-55 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
London Overground: Shoreditch High Street
020 7749 9670
M–Th 5pm–midnight, F 5pm–2am, Sa noon–2am, Su noon–midnight
Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London –
Little more separates Mason & Taylor from the hustle and bustle of East London than its floor-to-ceiling windows, but inside awaits a bar dedicated to craft beer and a vibe that’s as relaxed as the taps are frothy.
Vintage lampshades and exposed bulbs hang low over the warehouse space, the better for ale enthusiasts to peruse the intricacies of the ever-changing beer menu.
The ground floor bar is the central feature and is stocked with locally sourced micros, rare bottled ales, and unique ciders in ceramic flagons. The shelves stacked with an array of serving vessels are only outshone by the variety of hops on offer, namely the twelve drafts that complement the forty bottled beers, many sourced locally and others coming from as far afield as Australia.
Early evenings draw a mixed crowd, from late-30s professionals reading the paper and MacBook-toting students aiding their studies with some bottomless coffee to couples enjoying tapas-style dishes like slow braised lamb shoulder at the small square tables.
The scene livens up on Fridays and Saturdays as dressed-down clubbers make their way to the surprisingly large downstairs bar, a sparsely decorated space full of soft brown leather couches and featuring DJs spinning a mix of retro indie for the hyper but clearly drink-discerning crowd.
With its attention to detail and cozy ambiance, Mason & Taylor is like an unpretentious wine bar with a twist – the twist being a whole lot of great beer.
Beer connoisseurs, groups of arty professionals, cool couples, tourists straying off the beaten track, and hip club types who want a chiller environment and better beer than they’d find at a club, 20s to late 40s.
Live folk/gypsy/jazz and other minstrel-style music on Saturdays 1–4pm. Indie, funk and hip-hop DJs 9–2am on Fridays and Saturdays in the basement bar.
Menu of traditional seasonal English fare served in small and large plates, including steak and kidney pie, cured venison, and confit duck leg. Brunch menu on Saturdays and traditional roast on Sundays.
Brunch menu £3–£9, sides and shareable plates £5–£16, entrées £11–£15. Beer and cider £3–£12, wine £4–£9/glass or £15–£35/bottle.
Casual to creative cool: vintage granddad cardigans, trendy dress-down denim, trainers, full length dresses, kitschy jumpers.
Fridays and Saturdays for the unveiling of the downstairs bar where the buoyed-up crowd lets loose to indie and cult classic mixes, or any midweek early evening to relax with some tapas and several sips from the taps.
LoungeLover (No. 1 Whitby Street) attracts a more affluent crowd but pays Mason-caliber attention to its cocktail menu.