Bad Sports 22

184 Hackney Road , London, E2 7QL

  • Bad Sports bars drink London restaurant
  • Bad Sports bars drink London restaurant
  • Bad Sports bars drink London restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Bad Sports

Bad Sports closed permanently on 16 July 2018

Andy Bird is the saviour of threatened pubs – The Chesham Arms and The Dartmouth Arms, among others – and this taqueria and bar (run with three industry pals) is his latest gamble. The late-night basement venue has been reconfigured as a neighbourhood sports bar, as frequented by redneck jocks in Nebraska or Wisconsin circa Nixon and Watergate. Punters studiously ignore the razzmatazz of the unfathomable US sporting action relayed to the dive’s big screen. Instead, they wrestle with hardcore liquid contenders such as Mad Sweeney (Calvados, Irish whiskey and caffeine-laden German fizzy-pop, Club-Mate), Hammerstein (Malibu, Tequila and Coke) and Coatbridge Negroni, which adds a swig of irony by swapping vermouth for Buckfast tonic wine. As an alternative, knock back draught Bud and Bud Light (the devil’s dishwater as far as the craft beer brigade is concerned) or sink shots of Silverback and Unnecessary Roughness (a dubious headbanger that we politely refused). 


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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Shoreditch Tube Station 879m

Cambridge Heath Station 886m


Address: 184 Hackney Road , London E2 7QL

Area: Bethnal Green Shoreditch

Opening times

Tues-Fri 6pm-11pm (Thurs- 12M Fri -2am) Sat-Sun 12N-2am (Sun -11pm)

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