London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
Barrio North provides welcome respite from the Essex Road, though truth be told it’s just as bustling on the inside, especially on weekends. As the name implies, there’s a strong Latin American influence in the décor with its colourful tiles. The most striking thing about the bar is the customised 1970s caravan sitting slap bang in the middle of the room for guests to sit in. Cocktails are exotic and original. We like the Girl from Ipanema, a kind of caipirinha spiked with fragrant vanilla. Food feels like a bit of an afterthought standard salsa and nachos and little else. Not that the crowd of Islingtonites, mainly young professionals unwinding after work, seem to care that much. The atmosphere’s lively, the Latin American music’s cool and the drinks flow freely.
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