A busy DJ bar embracing cutting edge music and East End cool.
Queen of Hoxton’s black, mural-covered exterior is set among towering office blocks and period terraces on a quiet part of Curtain Road, just away from the hustle and bustle of Old Street. Inside, the decor is sparse, with huge concrete pillars, simple furniture and a long black bar where the drinks are displayed on the wall like films at a vintage cinema. On the ground floor you can find football tables, retro pinball and spaces to sit down and chat, but once the sun goes down people are really only here to drink and dance. If you venture down the stairs through the graffiti-covered hallway, you’ll find yourself in The Queen of Hoxton’s grungy basement, where music is louder and you can writhe and rave the night away.
The Shoreditch night spot attracts a mix of native east Londoners, trendy types and tourists all looking to soak up its cutting edge music and party atmosphere. That’s not to say Queen of Hoxton just deals with mixers and music; the venue boasts theatre, art installations and even a Ukulele Hootenanny, too. Some of the staff have fallen into the trap of thinking that trendy and friendly don’t mix - but the bar is lively and loud, so they can be forgiven.
Think cutting edge indie and you’re already halfway there, with gig and club nights seeing the likes of Lianne La Havas and Miles Kane performing in the Queen of Hoxton basement. Weekend club nights include This Feeling, an indie disco that has had the seal of approval from Noel Gallagher, no less. Tunes are channeled through a Funktion One sound system, so you’re guaranteed top quality audio.
Innovative cocktails at £7.50 a go are the order of the day at Queen of Hoxton. Careful though: the Burning Sensation really does burn! If you’re feeling less adventurous, there are also lagers on tap, a reasonably priced wine list and an extensive range of spirits and mixers to get your evening started.
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A bustling DJ bar with a focus on art and eclectic music.