Golden Bee information

Golden Bee is a popular cocktail bar and roof terrace ideally situated nearby Old Street tube station. During the week, Golden Bee is a relaxing lounge bar and a perfect venue to wind down and enjoy some post-work drinks with colleagues and friends before at weekends the venue transforms into a club with a fantastic atmosphere.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

17:00 - 23:00


17:00 - 00:00


17:00 - 00:00


17:00 - 02:00


17:00 - 03:00


17:00 - 03:00



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Golden Bee reviews

By Anna G.

Always loved the Golden Bee, lovely cocktails, friendly staff, gorgeous bar and awesome roof terrace - always very busy! Have never failed to have a great time, my friends loved it too. Well worth a trip, one of my absolute faves in Shoreditch xx

By Anna G.

Great bar, good atmosphere and lovely cocktails, was really looked after by Poppy and Raphael! have come down here a few times with friends now and have always enjoyed it, can't wait to try the rooftop in summer! :)

By Deleteduser D.

Good bar with nice drink, however the doorman are the problem at this bar. Over aggressive and violent, very unprofessional. You have to be very careful not to get beaten up if you are a male at this place by the bouncers. They all seem to act like a gang and are young guys who seem like they go looking for a fight or to hit you. They take the role of a 'bouncer' as a role to beat up people! Not sure how these bouncers get away with it. However drinks and bar are good, just unprofessionally run.

By Michelle T.

Fab rooftop

Fantastic roof top area! Great for group bookings. We came here as an office event. Helpful cheerful service :-)

By Gary B.

Arrived at this very busy venue on friday night and the doormen and girl hostess were lovely. We all went onto the roof terrace and it was buzzing. Great cocktails and reasonably priced. The roof closes at 11 then you go down to the bar which has a covered terrace for you to smoke. Great venue and would recommend getting early as it gets very busy. Staff and manager really friendly so make sure you book a table early to avoid disappointment. Definitely returning especially in the summer.

By Adam S.

Booked for a birthday - confirmed guestlist with the bar with a confirmation email. arrived early to ensure everything went smoothly. group of girls. told by bouncers we are not on guestlist. showed him confirmation email. told he was unaware of it and would not be letting us in. any further explanation refused. contacted bar following monday to lodge complaint. no response. avoid.

By James M.

The Golden Bee is an absolute hidden gem. I had my birthday here and everyone of my guests loved it. The door staff were professional and efficient. The bar was busy but not overcrowded and i didn't need to wait long to be served by bubbly bar staff. The roof terrace was amazing and it felt like a winter wonderland, kept warm with a fire pit and heaters and is the best hangout i have been to in london for a while. Music was fantastic and housey and the whole vibe was amazing, highly highly recommended!!

By J A.

I have been to Golden Bee quite a few times and always have a great time. The rooftop is one of the best I've been to in London. The drinks are great and the staff are always friendly, you never have to wait very long for a drink unlike in many other London clubs. I disagree with the comments below regarding the doormen, I have only witnessed them doing their job which is to get drunk idiots out of the nightclub. Golden Bee is a great venue for a really fun night out in London!

By Robert D.

last night as always great in the golden bee, I go to there at least once a month for the roof top bar when its open and always take my friend when they come to London to visit, great atmosphere, great cocktails, great staff, and for the door supervisors always friendly and helpful so I think people that say they are thugs and throw you out for no reason, there was a reason and you do not know how to behave in an upmarket environment. recommend to anyone looking for a nice bar

By Lou B.

I totally agree its has the worst bouncers i have seen in a long time beef cakes who will man-handle you and quite frankly will beat you up if you give them half a chance. The bar staff are equally as rude its a shame as the venue is quite nice inside all they need to do is change the staff and it will be a winner!

By C.

Good bar. BUT, and it's a big but, the door staff are agressive and violently threw people out for no reason. Read other reviews and they have a habit of doing it.

By Josh W.

Really liked the Golden Bee, from the door way it feels like you are entering a broom cupboard but once you have ascended the stairs you see where the real bar is. The long bar and various seating areas make for a really communal feel, the trendy and current fashionistas really congregate here from the various other clientele in attendance. The drink selection was varied, though the haribo cocktail was amazing to look at, its sugary taste was a little to much after a few sips. Can’t wait to try out the outdoor roof terrace over the summer!

By Dan W.

This place is wicked. Cocktails are up there with the best i've had an they've got some really inventive ones on the menu. The 'hot chocolate' cocktail is great and i hear they are adding a banoffee cocktail to the menu soon as well. It was raining when i went but i had a quick look at the roof terrace and it looked amazing, so will have to check it out if we ever get a summer! Highly recommend Golden Bee, great club.

By Yvonne O.

Works do at Golden Bee on Sat nite. What a nite. Loved the interior and very different to the usual shoreditch grungy bars. Cocktails were amazing and the staff really friendly and efficient. We even sat on the roof terrace for a while with the glowing fire pit on. We all sat around it having cocktails. Great nite and you forget your in the centre of London on the roof terrace. Have already booked roof terrace for my birthday next month!

By Yvonne O.

Went here for my brother's 40th Birthday on Fri night. Great music and really buzzing. Loved the cocktail list and apple crumble was my favourite of the nite. Quick service at the bar which goes down well when you're in a crowd. Old Street tube across the road for easy transport. Would recommend.

By Angry L.

Awful place - had THE worst night of my life there. Would never go there and would not recommend it! The lady owner is borderline racist and kicked me and my friends out for no reason at all!!

By Allie S.

A really nice new bar to old street. Gorgeous decadent interior, stunning roof terrace and good DJ vibes. However they have a stupid policy whereby after 9pm they won't serve you anymore lager 'because it takes too long to pour'. Rather a manipulative strategy to make you spend more money on cocktails (which take much longer to make), wine or bottled beer. Despite the fact you dont want to drink these. Haven't heard of such a stupid policy before and it's not appreciated.

By Laura R.

This crowd-pleaser of a bar has garnered enough attention in its opening weeks to already have a following of regular rooftop revellers.

The Venue
Planting itself firmly on Singer Street, this new bar to the Old Street area only gives away its presence by a buzzy little bee on a sign above the door, and by noise carrying down from the rooftop, several stories up. As you enter, a glamorous tone is set that isn’t often seen in these parts, with a winding staircase, metallic chequerboard wall and gold chain chandelier. Once up to the first floor, a darkened room is filled with mirrored walls, partitions and furnishings with a black, gold and purple colour coding, making for one glitzy venue. Out to one side is a patio area, ideal for smokers, but the more adventurous will continue to climb two outdoor spiral staircases up to the roof. On the roof terrace is a wooden bar and plenty of cushioned, lounge seating. Greenery is lit up by fairy lights by night, making this a subtle and simple terrace enjoyed for its positioning overlooking Shoreditch.

The Atmosphere
Golden Bee certainly places itself apart from the Shoreditch set of edgy bars teeming with hipsters. This venue doesn’t even try to enter into the competition, instead offering a haven for the masses at the weekend and an after-work drinks spot for those hoping to escape the judging eye of the discerning fashion followers this area attracts. On warm days the roof terrace is a popular spot and can get very lively as the evening goes on, with plenty of boisterous flirting to be had – if that’s your thing! Bar staff may be too busy showing off their mixing skills to realise you’re waiting, but once they have finished showboating they are perfectly pleasant. Inside, the atmosphere is just as buzzing (excuse the pun), with funky house and R&B music spun on the decks and cocktail mixologists shaking up a storm.

The Drink
Perhaps indicative of the type of person the Golden Bee attracts, the Made in Old Street cocktail (£8) seems to shift very well. This acquired taste is made with Haribo infused vodka, mango juice, apple juice and blue curacao and is topped with Haribo sweets. A more sophisticated choice may be the Apple Crumble (£8) instead, a spiced rum cocktail mixed with apple, lime and cinnamon syrup. This warming drink is out of the ordinary but less of an assault on your tastebuds. Flavoured Mojitos (£8) and Martinis (£6) are all mixed with fresh ingredients and a good deal of care. And the honey and passion fruit Margarita (£6) is deliciously sweet and refreshing in the summer months. For the more special occasions, some showy champagnes are behind the bar, such as Dom Perignion (£199.99) and Krug (£350), but some prosecco selections are more affordable at between £24 and £27 a bottle. The drinks list is capped off with the regular spirits, lagers and ciders.

The Last Word
Golden Bee could perhaps be a bit of a mainstream taste. But maybe that's no bad thing in an area saturated by hipster hangouts. In fact, Golden Bee may just be the perfect antidote for the after-work crowd, its roof terrace the definitive honey trap.

By Ellen W.

Went there last Saturday for a birthday and had a fantastic night. Most beautiful bar topped off with the best rooftop in London. DJ played funky music and us girls danced all night! Drinks are great, staff very friendly though a bit of a wait at the bar due to how busy it was. Will def be back, great addition to Shoreditch

By Ellen H.

Really cool bar. Great vibe and nice post-work crowd. London has been in need of another decent rooftop bar or a while now and this is something quite unique. Will definitely go there again in the near future!

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