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  • “Lots of couples and groups of girls...It was beautifully sunny and all the light flooded in upstairs.” in 9 reviews

  • “The decor is what makes it - old fashioned wallpaper and funny collections of plates, light shades, chandeliers etc.” in 6 reviews

  • “There are beautiful tiles lining the walls, collections of flowered tea-cups and kettles, themed wallpaper, and other random yet fun items around.” in 5 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    17/8/2014

    Really cool place, interesting things to look at. Nice selection of beers. Went late on evening one week and it was still fairly busy. They have an upstairs area too.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/9/2014
    1 check-in

    The Commercial Tavern had reached nearly mythical proportions to my friend. Nearly 2 years ago she met me in Shoreditch raving about a huge 2 story bar with wide windows and an outdoor section that she passed on her way. Despite living in the area I couldn't think of anything close to what she described... Until last night when we walked past Commercial Tavern and she went crazy.

    With decor looking a bit like a Victoria Boudoir gone Crazy Mad Hatter it's one of the more unique places to grab a drink! We arrived late on a Wednesday and snagged one of the tables next to the windows upstairs, mood lighting and all, surrounded by couples!

    I've seen the crowds spilling out onto the streets on a weekend when the sun's out, will definitely be adding the Tavern to my list of locals.

  • 4.0 star rating
    26/7/2014
    1 check-in

    It's like seeing someone you like on the train every morning for 4 years and never saying hello, but I finally got a message in my inbox saying 'want to go to Commercial Tavern?'

    Actually, yes I do.

    It's en route for anywhere I'd go around Shoreditch really and yet it's always been a familiar stranger to me. So I've finally gone in and it's a good one! Nice space upstairs, bit unexpected in a relaxing and sweet way. They've got Stoli Raspberry which is my tipple of choice in the summer and doubles are reasonable so hey-ho, I'm a fan.

    Check it out if you're in for something not too ridiculous but still unique around Spitalfields.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/6/2013
    1 check-in

    I'm a little confused, I could swear I reviewed this place... am I reviewing in my sleep now?

    Wevs, I LOVED IT. Sure, it was a sunny day and we were in exuberant spirits but I was still delighted to see how wonderfully it's decorated inside. I imagine this is what the inside of my head looks like, all colourful tiles, chandeliers and crazy wallpaper. They have the coolest cider too, with sexy pin up ladies on the bottle. Really I am just a  frivolous child who likes kitschy fun decor. But I did order a grown up drink too, the Honey Bee and it was lovely.

    I'd definitely come back in the evening to see how the vibe changes.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/3/2014

    Great vibe in here! Fun, quirky decor throughout! Tends to get quite busy but try to snag a spot on the benches outside (in the sun) or upstairs at one of the mismatched tables.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/3/2011
    5 check-ins

    I wish the Commercial Tavern was open longer at the weekends!

    It's quite a conundrum you're faced with. Either you ignore your instincts in wanting to stay in the Commercial for a little while longer (and why wouldn't you) to head off to your next location early to avoid the queues, or you stay until it closes and then stand outside in the cold at the next bar. And you know that as soon as a queue forms in Shoreditch/Hoxton that the door staff will immediately turn into egotistical twats.

    So it's a real dilemma for me. Because I really like the Commercial Tavern. I'm a fan of their beer on tap. I like the staff. I like the ridiculous décor. I like the location. All this means I usually end up staying way longer than I should and then have to deal with the aforementioned twatty door police elsewhere!

    Can't you just stay open all night?! Damn you Commercial Tavern!

    (Love you really).

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/1/2010

    This place is really damn cool. Between the kitschy granny wallpaper, deer antlers, antique mirrors on the ceiling and quite the collection of chandeliers - I was ready to go to third base with The Commercial Tavern the minute I walked in.

    They have a £10 minimum for paying with a credit/debit card, which is OK, as they let you buy multiple rounds at once, and then give you a note on your receipt to take to the bar when you're ready for your next drinks.

    As I visited here on a bustling Saturday night with the queue at the bar being about 4 people deep, I was thrilled to be served quickly, and by a very friendly staff. Amazing that a busy venue actually had enough staff members working the bar! What a concept!

    There are 2 reasons The Commercial Tavern gets only 3 stars.

    1) There was only 1 stall in the ladies toilet that had toilet paper. Luckily, drunk women are happy to hand toilet paper under the door. (HYGENIC!)

    2) Despite numerous people taking photos all night, when the lights came on at 11pm, a member of staff went and told my husband to stop taking photos of our friends, as they're afraid people will "copy their decor". Oh PLEASE. As if they're the only place that has old lady wallpaper or deer antlers.

    Overall, this place is a really fun venue for drinks with friends if you're planning on getting a bit drunk. There's just a few niggly things that make it less than perfect. (Also, I'm picky.)

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/11/2008

    The Commercial Tavern is a rare Shoreditch find: an aesthetically pleasing pub that actually serves cocktails. And this place isn't just well-presented, its interior is downright nuts in a fabulously eccentric kind of way.

    I've been to the Commercial Tavern for parties - not such a good idea as it gets so busy that temporary paralysis is most definitely assured - and for the occasional quiet drink and it never disappoints.

    The cocktail menu is great for what is ostensibly an upmarket and ever so idiosyncratic pub, with the apple martinis being particularly good. Hands down one of the best pubs in this neck of the woods. If you haven't been to The Commercial Tavern yet, go.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/5/2009

    Kitsch, cute, and warm.

    First time I came was on a first date -- upon entering, I knew the guy was going to be a cool dude. It's got a very interesting ambience, with a lot of antique/vintage/animal decor lining the walls, chandeliers, and oh, a cuckoo clock. The area upstairs is really nice, there's a big dining area which you can rent out, or just chill when it's not being rented out.

    Mixed drinks are fairly priced, bout £6 or so. Selection of beer and ciders are also good. You get a fairly mixed crowd. I work just around Liverpool station, and I hate going to City bars full of bankers and other professionals, so this spot is cool since it's got its share of regular folks going for a drink after work, shoreditch locals, and random people meandering from/to brick lane.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/11/2009

    The Commercial Tavern is a fun, quirky place to come and enjoy a drink and a catch up with friends. I first went because I couldn't resist the bohemian looking parasols at the tables outside with little gold disks and tassels hanging from them.

    Inside is just as fun, with pillars pasted with ephemera, twinkly chandeliers and elaborate imitation Rococo mirrors hanging by the bar. It's very eccentric, and it puts you in a mood that's as fun and whimsical as their interior. The charming atmosphere is a little oasis from all the shopping a girl just has to do in this area.

    I've had a few interesting chats with the owner whose traveling tales and exuberant outlook on life can never fail to give us a smile. It's small and cosy and great for a bit of a frolic before heading out for a dance to carry on the good mood that you will inevitably be in after you visit.

    Just a note, they don't serve food it's only drinking time in here:)

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/8/2009

    OMG this place is adorable! I love love love the decor.  I can't really explain how its cute, you just have to check out all the details of the place...buttons on the wall, cool light fixtures..etc.

    Its much better for a chill lets hang out and talk time than woo lets get rowdy.  Also its kind of small, so not good for a big group.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/9/2010

    There were two things I noticed walking in on a Friday night:
    1) Eye candy interior, with floral tiled bar counter.
    2) Eye candy. Its not a pub full of bald fat suits.

    Hard to give a thorough review on just having a pint but the selection seemed good and the service friendly (once you get it).

    Will definitely keep it in mind for next time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    27/6/2011

    Words I would use to describe the commercial tavern:

    pretty
    girly
    vintage
    relaxed
    date venue

    It looks like a regular pub from the outside. But inside its a pleasure todrink in. We visited in the afternoon on a weekend, an it was busy but not rammed. Lots of couples and groups of girls...It was beautifully sunny and all the light flooded in upstairs. Cocktails were not amazing and the list not extensive, the beers and wines seemed fine. I didn't check the prices, but I don't think it was extortionate. Would defiitley go back, I'd imagine it gets super busy at night though.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/8/2012

    4.5 stars, rounding up to 5.

    Commercial tavern is a great boozer, dark downstairs, bright upstairs with amazing windows, light fixtures, and ambiance.

    The place does, to some extent, defy description; I want to say it's the Paradise (of Kensal Green) of East London, but much smaller and an earlier crowd. The place has style -- it's perhaps a bit feminine and ever so slightly kitschy-other-century, but it works.

    Also, it's across the street from Hawksmoor, so quality late night food is nearby.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/10/2010
    1 check-in

    Alice in Wonderland was totally achieved here with a very natural feel.  Yup the whole fake kartel furniture/ horsey wall papers/ floral wall papers/ metellic chandeliers/ glass chandeliers/ mirror thing totally worked.

    I'd say the music was a bit too loud for my liking as the layout of the place was designed more as a sitting and chatting bar rather than a dancy, dancy bar.

    Drinks weren't cheap but this was a hell of a charming and lovely pub.  I wished it was my local.

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/4/2011
    1 check-in

    The Commercial Tavern is a bit odd in a good way. From the outside you might think this place is a traditional boozer, then you notice the umbrellas outside that jingle in the breeze and the shuttered windows on the ground floor.

    Inside, even on a sunny day, it's fairly dark, the shutters remain closed even when the sun is not shining brightly, the landlady doesn't like them open so watch out if you even try. Upstairs, however, is a different affair and is lovely on a sunny day. It's no wonder there were only a few people sitting down stairs whilst upstairs was packed on the Easter bank holiday.

    The decor is all a bit odd. I've seen all this stuff before in other places: retro fittings, clusters of lampshades, 80s cartoon wallpaper, but can't help feeling that other places have done the whole thing a lot better.

    Still, there's a nice atmosphere in there and if it wasn't for the fact that we were slightly told off for opening the shutters to let in some daylight I would have given it an extra star.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/4/2012

    One of my favourite pubs in London, most suited to the early evening drinks.
    The decor never stops fascinating me here. I love the mish mash of the bar area, complete with walls of polaroids and The Face Magazine covers as wallpaper, aswell as the beautiful tiled bar. Downstairs is always very dark, which I quite like.

    Upstairs is airy and bright and my favourite part. Sitting there when the light is right on a sunny Sunday afternoon, well I don't think there is anywhere I would rather be. The staff are fun and friendly and the crowd always seems easy going.

    The only downside is they close on Mondays and I always seem to forget this!

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/12/2008

    The Commercial Tavern definitely gets my vote. It really is a fabulous place and I love it. Indeed, it is occupied mostly by the trendy Shoreditch/Hoxton skinny jeans wearing clan but the atmosphere is great.

    Ideally situated between the nightlife of Shoreditch's funky Curtain Road and the happening Brick Lane, this place is a great little haunt and the perfect escape away from all the usual mainstream places that were cool a couple of years ago. This is the new found place where all the cool kids go.

    It also has a fantastic cocktail menu meaning that if supping ale all evening isn't your thing, you will be just fine sipping a cosmo whilst shooting some pool.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/11/2008
    First to Review

    The most charming feature of this pub is its decorative playfulness.  It is a mixture of art-deco and kitsch, perhaps reminiscent of the Rococo era. There are beautiful tiles lining the walls, collections of flowered tea-cups and kettles, themed wallpaper, and other random yet fun items around.  The upstairs holds a separate bar and a massive chandelier on top of a large dining table.  It shows that any old pub can be freshened up with a bit of creativity.  

    There is no long beer pump bar here which is perhaps a good thing since it doesn't seem to attract the after-work drinkers as much.  They do serve some other more obscure beers and a standard collection of spirits.  I also believe they make cocktails, although I have still not had one.  In the summer they add some wooden picnic tables for a bit of outdoor seating.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/12/2008

    The best thing about this refurbished old Shoreditch pub is the decor in the interior. It's a beautifully laid out artful affair, with just the right amount of tables surrounding a central curved bar. Lots of space to move and breathe without that restrictive, crowded feeling one can get in a typical old boozer, which this once was.

    The upstairs is even better. Sit by one of the window tables and gaze out across Commercial Road and down to Spitalfields. Its best on a long and warm summer evening, with a cocktail in hand and some friends in tow. A laid-back and thankfully un-self-concious addition to this part of town.

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/12/2008

    I've found myself here a lot lately, and I can't really say why. It's not unpleasant - the decor is actually quite fantastic - but something about it feels a bit too put together, a bit too from a movie. I can just imagine the production designer's orders: you know, something sleek, urban, trendy, eclectic.

    I don't suppose it's Commercial Tavern's fault, and I know I'm just being fussy. It's a perfectly good watering hole, a step up from a standard pub and thus appropriate for a date, if that's your sort of thing. Thankfully the people who frequent it are not sent from Central Casting and are rather a more interesting cross-section of Brick Lane hipsters, Shoreditch tourists, and people who just happened to feel like a drink near Liverpool Station.

  • 2.0 star rating
    8/3/2011

    Something about this place was really depressing. It smelled like a swimming pool, and was sort of moist. It's not like a ton of sweaty people were in there either. Actually, there was available seating all over it. The interior was sort of weird... it looked nice, but it almost looked like the walls were made of cardboard. The downstairs is depressingly dark and the upstairs was more like a tea room. Maybe it's because I went when the light was still out (around 3 in the afternoon).

    Drinks were alright, but even for the middle of the day, the music was about as loud as you'd imagine it would be at night. Meh.

    • Qype User Sian…
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    5.0 star rating
    28/4/2008

    Oh dear! I'm so shocked by the last review that I felt compelled to write my own! I love this pub. It looks like something in Alice in Wonderland. It's like a little cave of childishness and that's fun. The wallpaper has aeroplanes on it.

    It has a perfect little seating area outside and in summer there's a great vibe about the place. You'll find yourself chatting to some really nice and pretty cool people.

    I've only ever been here for the early part of the evening and I'm inclined to agree that it might not be as fun if it's too packed.

    But I do love it here. It's my favourite pub in Shoreditch and I'm happy whenever I come here. The staff can be a bit grumpy, but I get so excited by the decor and pretty things in here that I'm usually paying too much attention to that to notice.

    • Qype User inspir…
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    5.0 star rating
    10/12/2008

    What a lovely place for an old friend's reunion, he'd been travelling across Europe freelance writing and selected this prime Shoreditch spot as the meeting place to convene, share anecdotes about Moldovan cuisine and examine bizarre 500 billion notes in foreign currencies. I was rather amused when I had to order a Black Sheep and Rosey Nosey from the bar, otherwise known as a complex, rich tasting beer with plenty of roast malt character and generous hop flavour.

    One of my favourite places to have a tipple, play some pool and dump heavy bags after window shopping at the nearby All Saints.

    • Qype User leasim…
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    5.0 star rating
    3/10/2008

    Hoorah for this gorgeous tavern of loveliness. So what if it's full of Hoxditch types with their ironic sunglasses and 'just-pooped-in-my-skinny-jeans' look - trendoids are people too y'know.

    Nestled between the nightlife of Shoreditch's slightly predictable Curtain Road and the delicous but probably filthy garlicness of Brick Lane, this place is a great little haunt.

    I like drinking buckets of ale here and sucking at pool. Wayhay.

    • Qype User rashbr…
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    3.0 star rating
    20/4/2008

    Shoreditch has many bars and pubs and a penchant for night time interiors which seem to work throughout the day as well. Commercial Tavern is a case in point and has an imposing Victorian facade close to the Shoreditch traffic lights in Commercial Street. The outsdie has traces of purple and lilac and as one walks in its -er - dark.

    Of course, thats the point, with candles, chandeliers and swirly lighting paraphernalia creating a shadowy Edie Sedgwick meets Sweeney Todd atmosphere. Helena would feel most at home. There's some real ales on the board too; Speckledy Hen was my choice of beverage, served in a 'southerners' pint mug with a handle. Less common nowadays in the era of designer lagers from the bottle.

    Despite the outside's aspect, the interior can feel a little cramped, but I suppose thats part of the image. People are here as a staging post before moving on to another venue for the next part of the evening.

    There's more room to settle upstairs, but I guess you have to decide whether to stick or twist.

    In our case, we were heading for Brick Lane and stumbled from night-time back into early evening light.

    • Qype User Doirea…
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    4.0 star rating
    20/6/2008

    I really like this place. From the outside, it just looks like your garden variety trendy-ish after work pub. Well, in a sense it is.
    But it's just a little cooler really. I think it's mainly the decor.
    It's just fantastic. They've got all this sort of strange wallpaper - like what you'd find in kid's bedrooms in the 1980's and lots of kitsch ornaments on the walls made out of household objects. Just a bit different really. It tends to get crowded on Thurs, Fri and Sat evenings, but there's a couple of floors to filter out the crowd. Cosy corners to sit.
    Although, to get to the bog, you have to brave passing the somewhat danegrous happenings of the pool table. They serve beer too.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/9/2010

    Stunning yet quirky interior decoration, eccentric music selections, stylish owners that hang out at the end of the bar and filthy cheap booze make this bar simply marvelous. I don't really need to say much more... just go there and enjoy.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/1/2013

    Great atmosphere is pretty easy to come by in London, and the Commercial upon first inspection seems to do it right. The downstairs is nice and the upstairs is kind of beautiful. Friendly staff  and seemingly nice patrons also work in its advantage. Good tunes that skipped and hiccuped every once in awhile lent a nice organic playlist feel.

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/8/2009

    I love this bar, the the decor, nice staff, good prices, real chilled place. I like chilling here on a Sunday. Or meeting up with friends in the upstairs bar on a sat night, love the little rooms its a bit like being at a really cool house party. Oh and the boys loo has the same wallpaper I had when I was a kid. It's worth going just for that.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/9/2009

    this place has a good look. i swing by for a drink and end up having several. the next thing you know the kooky owner lady joins in at your table and shortly after kicks you out because the pub closes at something stupid like 11pm.
    i tend to bring out of towners here mainly because of the decor.
    the seating upstairs by the windows is ideal for summer nights. check out the hypnotizing lighting fixture above the dining table. its craaaaayyyzaayyyyy.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2/6/2013

    Stopped here for a few beers, Saturday evening. The decor is funky; I love the lamp shade chandelier.  A decent selection of draft and bottles is available. However, I'm not a fan of semi-cold beer. The place was full of fashionable, young Hoxton locals sipping beer listening to old rock. I had a great time just people-watching.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/9/2011

    What a find! Wandered in after exploring Shoreditch and Brick Lane. Interior was amazing...old mirrors on the ceiling, puzzle pieces above the fireplace, the framed crushed bmx bike. Great place to take in the decor and enjoy a pint.

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/8/2010

    very, very cool.

    super great decor. awesome atmosphere. nice crowd. good service.

    two drinking thumbs up.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/3/2011 Updated review

    One of my absolute favorite bar/pubs. Decorations are unbeatable and keep you entertained for hours. Staff is always friendly, drink selection is great (Old Rosy's cider on tap!), and siting outside in the summer is the best! Only complaints are that the music can be really loud and drinks are a slightly pricey.

    4.0 star rating
    21/3/2011 Previous review
    One of my absolute favorite bar/pubs.  Decorations are unbeatable and keep you entertained for… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    24/1/2013
    1 check-in

    Spent the greatest Sunday afternoon here. Maria is awesome.

    • Qype User izagui…
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    4.0 star rating
    19/1/2008

    commercial tavern is a fairly big pub in two floors in commercial street, close the old street side of it.
    the decor is daring and shocking with whites all over the place. behind the bar, pints and cocktails are all yours in this sound place. there is some magic in this bar, but when is so packed that puts you off. a good option is fight for a table and leave the time go by. the only problem is that they don't do pints upstairs.
    commercial tavern is a good option for a swift one when hanging around spitafields or planning to go old street at night. it gets busy on saturdays and spoil the feeling, so try to turn up in another occasion

    • Qype User fuerte…
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    4.0 star rating
    4/5/2010

    I really love the weird fairy tale/ Marie Antionette/ romantical decor in here, it's super pretty. I could sit and look at the walls and light fittings all day.

    Apart from that this perpetually busy pub is lovely to have a good catch up with friends in. People usually congregate on the pavement outside so the upstairs is usually pretty empty to settle down in.

    Last but least pretty much every time I've been here they've been playing Disney tunes, which unless i was hallucinating each time, is a win.

    • Qype User Hampst…
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    4.0 star rating
    9/3/2012

    Great pub in the heart of the Shoreditch area. The tunes in here are great  you might here something new and indie or you might here something really off the wall. The decor here is great as well  a bit of quirkiness in design. The staff here are very attentive and quick. Great place for meeting up with a few friends but can be a bit too much when a large group walks in. Not full of city types, more the artsy, fun type. They have a few tables outside for the few sunny days we get.

    • Qype User JujWal…
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    4.0 star rating
    27/2/2008

    This is a really funky little place. The decor is what makes it - old fashioned wallpaper and funny collections of plates, light shades, chandeliers etc. There are two levels, with lots of cosy corners to huddle up in, plus a few tables outside for a warm evening. Great location as well, right near Brick Lane. Well worth a look.

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