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Viva is a Mexican-themed bar in Dalston. Along with a range of cocktails including margheritas, you can find traditional south American dishes such as taquitos and moqueca.

Ranked #1596 of 2091 pubs & bars in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
MON

17:00 - 23:00

TUE

17:00 - 23:00

WED

17:00 - 23:00

THU

17:00 - 23:00

FRI

17:00 - 23:30

SAT

11:00 - 23:30

SUN

15:00 - 23:00

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By Bhavini P.

This place delivers great food with the best cocktails. To boot the price is very reasonable. its informal , which lends to a great buzzy atmosphere. Worth every penny. Do book in advance or you will have wait for a while...not a bad thing if they have enough space at the bar for a cocktail while you wait. Enjoy.


By Kelly H.

Let’s face it, traditionally Mexican-themed bars were full of bad ay caramba stereotypes and dodgy tequila. Now things are looking up. Alongside the hipster-magnet Le Bodega Negra in Soho, Viva has popped up further east in Dalston.

The Venue
Viva used to be a florist, not that you would ever guess by looking at this diminutive but effortlessly funky bar. All of the traditional ‘cool’ touches are evident: bare brick walls, second-hand furniture, funky ‘bits and bobs’ and ornaments everywhere you look. The lighting is dim with lots of low-hanging lamps over the bar and the wooden panelling gleams as only the walls of a new bar do, but still it manages to be trendily laid-back where it so easily could have veered into the realm of the cliché. Thankfully, any temptation to showcase the Mexican theme in the decor has been resisted.

The Atmosphere
You can expect Viva to be filled with an array of funky haircuts, cool tattoos, and clothing that has been customised in one way or another. The staff are clearly destined for greater things – at least they seem to think so – although they avoid the overt rudeness displayed by some of the staff at other Dalston haunts. Some of them even make an effort to smile. Wild.

The Food
There’s a good choice of Mexican classics on the menu, from an unusual moqueca (basically, a casserole) with plantain and prawns through to the more recognisable tacos. Although the grub seems to take a back seat to the drinks (at least it does as Saturday night gets underway) the clearly fresh ingredients and plates piled high show it’s more than just an afterthought.

The Drink
This is where Viva really shines. Cocktails are incredibly well priced at just £5-£6 and they show the kind of inventiveness usually reserved for well respected cocktail bars. The classics make an appearance but come with a twist. For example, a Caramel Manhattan (£5) offers a strange but not unpleasant sweet aftertaste that complements the bourbon particularly well. Alternatively, the less well-know Bloody Maria (£5), which substitutes vodka with tequila, is a perfect blend of sweet tomato juice and potent spices that may just blow your head off with each sip. If you prefer to keep it simple then they do offer decent examples of the classics as they were meant to be served. An incredibly well-priced Gibson (£5) is actually pretty decent – well mixed and packing a nice punch of alcohol – and offers real value for money.

The Last Word
Viva successfully brings a Mexican flavour to Dalston and, of course, does it with an effortless sense of cool. Worth seeking out if you’re in the area.

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