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Time Out says: Brewed up by the people behind the Discount Suit Company, the newly made-over Sun Tavern focuses on nearly 40 brands of Irish spirits: whiskey and the (formerly illegal) home-distilled potion called poitín. Whiskeys include the poignantly named Writers Tears, and the selection of poitín – some scarily strong – is the UK’s largest. read more
Secret London says: Guinness may be the obvious choice for a St Patrick’s Day drink, but The Sun Tavern will serve you something a tad stronger. Poitín (pronounced poteen) has been illegally brewed in Ireland for centuries, and was only fully legalised in 1997. read more
We Heart says: In the old days, The Sun Tavern used to be a popular hangout with Bethnal Green’s boxing crowd, including a certain notorious pair of villainous twins. The area, and the clientele, has changed a bit since then, but The Sun is hoping to regain a place at the heart of the community after a takeover by The Umbrella Project. read more
Just Opened London says: Formerly The Sun Inn from the mid 1800s until just this month, The Sun Tavern can (proudly?) declare itself a former boozer of East London hell raisers the Kray Twins. Comforting? Well, the refurbishment has taken the small roadside joint upmarket, although its east end spirit is still locked in the exposed bricks, littered with 19th Century references. read more

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