London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
This Shoreditch bar, not far from Old Street stations, uses its location on the fringes if the City to its advantage. It’s simultaneously smart and laid back, somewhat haphazard in design, giving it a degree more character than many similar places. Blue curtains hang in the windows and there are giant collages on the walls, dangling bicycles, the odd pot plant and other quirky touches including a ping pong table.
The main bar area boasts a striking counter which spans the whole venue. There are the obligatory exposed ducts and vents but also a massive blackboard announcing the day’s specials. Cocktails are very well priced for this neck of the woods, with the signature Blueberry Mojito making a good starting point. The Floral Bouquet, a mix of lychee and rose liqueurs topped with prosecco, is a bit too perfumed for our tastes but the Sweet Tennessee, a blend of bourbon, black raspberry liqueur, fresh raspberries and cranberry juice is potent yet refreshing.
The wine list is so-so but they stock a great range of beers. Superior bar snacks and small plates are on offer in the evening – chicken wings, home-made nachos and the like – and larger dishes at lunch time. It attracts a mix of City suits and east London types and caters well to both.