Have been here now 3 times and much about the place is wrong.
The acoustics are a problem; the venue is quite large with a high ceiling, so even the sound of small groups chatting is amplified exponentially. This combined with wooden bar stools scraping along wooden floor anytime someone moves leads to an irritating level of noise.
Prices are outrageous. Average house cocktails are £11.50 (the pick of bunch being ‘A Walk in Shoreditch’ – a rum-based, tiki-style cooler) and Champagne cocktails are £13.50. Although there is an early evening happy hour, none are that decadent or mind-blowing to justify the price – no premium spirits are used and most overuse fruit, thereby masking the taste of the liquor.
Bartenders claim to know classics, yet a conversation that began with me asking for a Southside ended up with me being recommended a rum Old Fashioned having gone via a Fizz – while the (very polite) bartender didn’t want to admit to not knowing the drink, he seemed more interested in making me a drink he liked rather than something along the lines of what I wanted.
The bar food is just as ridiculously overpriced; £5 for chips, £6 for Baba Ghanoush, £11 for crab trifle.
However, the £10 roast (and dry!) chicken, avocado and aioli sandwich – which I had to eat with cutlery, as it was made with bread that was falling apart, resulting in just a heap of ingredients on my plate – was most indicative of the steep mark-up (not even a little bit of salad or a couple of crisps on the side, as one would get in a pub for a lower price).
A couple of cocktails during happy hour maybe, but nothing for which to go out of one’s way.