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Electricity Showrooms N1

Electricity Showrooms, N1

London’s Best Beer, and Bars updates
Central London: Shoreditch and Hoxton

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39A Hoxton Square N1 6NN
T 020 7739 3939 w f electricityshowrooms tw electricityshow
Open 1200-2400 (0100 Fri-Sat). Children welcome until 1900.
Cask beer 2 (changing often London guests), Other beer 11 keg, 12 bottles, Also A few cocktails and wines, specialist spirits, tea and coffee.
Food Shortish enhanced pub grub and small plates menu, Outdoor Standing room on street, Wifi. Disabled toilet.
Fri-Sat DJs, ocasional live music and theatre, functions, bar biOnelliards, pub games.

This big bar commanding the entrance to Hoxton Square from Old Street is already a piece of London’s social drinking history. It was built in the early 20th century, indeed as an electricity showroom, but as its surroundings transformed from one of the remaining old working class districts of central London into a playground of New British Artists, fashionistas and .com entrepreneurs in the 1990s, it became one of the new residents’ favourite haunts.

Relaunched a few years back, it’s now a less forbidding and more relaxed place, more pub-like though still popular with a youthful, trendy crowd and busy at weekends. The ironically kitsch decor, including a big gaudy neon peacock that lures customers downstairs to a lightbox dancefloor, is well done enough not to be tiresome and there are some secluded, comfortable spots to hide away.

Owner Barworks has been quick to recognise the increasing demand for interesting beer among a new audience of young Londoners and has strengthened its offer to match. The enthusiastic beer buyers at the Showrooms support local brewers – East London, London Fields and Redemption are often on handpump while a range of Camden Town and London Fields keg beers is also offered, alongside Thornbridge Jaipur and imports like Brooklyn and Paulaner.

Thornbridge supplies bottles too, alongside BrewDog, Dark Star, Icelandic brewer Einstöck, Flying Dog and Mexican craft brewer Red Pig. Food is essentially pub grub – burgers, fish and chips, veggie options like spinach, ricotta and aubergine rolls. One of Hoxton’s brighter sparks.

National Rail Underground Old Street Overground Hoxton Cycling LCN+ 9 10, link to 0

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