Part of the stylish Hoxton Hotel, Hoxton Grill Bar is a cosy spot for nightcaps or a great meeting place for those looking to get the party started come the weekend.
The Hoxton Grill Bar is on the ground floor of the Hoxton Hotel, and being a part of the Soho House group sets an early precedent for style and class with an on-trend twist. As a result, there’s exposed ceiling ducts, brickwork walls and wooden floorboards. It’s east London in appearance, but with an upmarket edge thanks to minimal but plush-looking decorative elements in the form of leather Chesterfield sofas big enough to accommodate several people and shag pile rugs on the floor. Wide windows allow views in from the street, guaranteeing spontaneous custom, and it’s a lovely sight in the winter watching groups settle in on comfy armchairs around the grand, open fireplaces at either end of the room. Come summer, a snug indoor area leads out to an enclosed terrace garden, with vines climbing up the middle and wrought iron chairs around the edges. Back indoors, DJ decks are sheltered behind a wooden stand next to a bar that is decorated in red leather and backed by a significant stock of liquor, made all the more glitzy by a mirrored wall behind and pendant lights overhead.
Luckily, the Hoxton Grill Bar easily shirks any hint of hotel atmosphere, with its modern spin on things. DJs play on Fridays and Saturdays and the large windows lure in people from off the street as well as keeping in customers who are staying at the hotel. It earns its Hoxton stripes thanks to a young, fashion-conscious crowd who have a bit more cash to splash than those in shabbier Shoreditch bars. It’s stylish, but never stuffy, and the music is hopelessly of the moment, with modern disco beats playing as part of Friday night DJ sets until 1am. Bar staff are speedy, efficient and very happy to make drink suggestions or chat at the bar when service is slower.
A couple of continental lagers are on draught, but really, it’s the wine and cocktails that do the best trade here. Wines by the bottle span all kinds of grapes from worldwide vineyards and some of the quirkier drops include a Pinot Gris from Washington, USA (£35). Meanwhile, flashy hotel guests can order a bottle of Dom Perignon for £198. Cocktails cost £9 and although the menu is based on the classics, it’s worthwhile keeping an eye out for a few of the originals on the menu. The Gigolo is a fresh, summery tipple taking influence from Italy thanks to Aperol and Limoncello, mixed with Havana rum and a lemon juice finish. It’s as zesty and as sprightly as it sounds, with a dry, slightly sour finish. Fans of sweet cocktails will want to try the Key West Cooler, a bright Midori-based drink complete with coconut, cranberry, orange and peach. If none of that’s to your taste though, the Hoxton Grill Bar maintains that on-trend edge with a couple of American craft lagers by the bottle – Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn beers (both £4).
The Last Word
If you haven’t already been lured in off the street to the Hoxton Grill Bar by those appealing views from through its windows, venture into one of the most fashionable hotel bars in the capital for a subdued drink in the week or a lively start to your weekend. Either way, it’ll be a stylish affair.