Barrio Shoreditch

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Barrio Shoreditch

This Shoreditch High Street spot is the east London outpost of the Barrio chain - a group with three bars specialising in cocktails, DJ sets, live music and food of a Mexican inflection. 

There's a Latin slant to much of the music, with special events, DJ nights and live sets welcoming all things samba, a few Cuban beats, homages to Mexico and nights given over to the tango. They get the odd (relatively) big-name DJ in, too. 

Cocktails prove big sellers - especially during the popular happy hours. Expect tequila, rum and cachaca to play lead roles in Brazilian ladys, pinata palomas, hand grenade highballs and the Barrio zombie - a sharing cocktail served in a porcelain lucha libre mask. Bites to eat include tacos, quesadillas, empanadas and nachos.

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Barrio Shoreditch says
Our flagship cocktail bar, cantina and club is a bomba of a venue in Shoreditch, featuring colourful quirky interiors, delicioso cocktails, live entertainment and DJs 'til dawn. Expect unique hideways and hangouts in every corner; whether you're looking for a party, date night, celebratory booking or after work drinks, Barrio Shoreditch has the spot for you! Barrio Shoreditch is spread across four distinct areas: The Timber Yard, Uptown, Downtown (with it's La Boca Boom Boom club room) and our Tropical Back Yard.
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Venue name: Barrio Shoreditch
Contact:
Address: 141-143 Shoreditch High Street
London
E1 6JE
Opening hours: Open 4pm-midnight Mon; 4pm-1am Tues, Wed; 4pm-2am Thurs, Fri; 3pm-2am Sat; 3pm-midnight Sun. Food served till 10pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Shoreditch High Street Overground
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Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

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Nicole
tastemaker

Initially I was on my way to another bar when I walked past this trendy looking bar in the middle of Shoreditch High Street. I’m so glad that my friends and I decided to go in. The happy hour lasts until 8pm and are served very efficiently. The cocktails themselves were colourful and exciting and tasted amazing! I absolutely loved the interior of this bar, it’s very colourful and funky, and even has a hippie caravan you can sit in. As it was a sunny evening, we sat outside in the bars ‘enchanted garden’ which was very nice and a little more relaxed compared to inside. Although we didn’t eat at the restaurant, the food looked and smelt amazing, I will definitely be going back for dinner!

Carlos S

I have visited Barrio Central and Barrio East recently. Both bars had a fun, vibrant atmosphere enjoyed by a trendy crowd. The speakers pumped-out plenty of cool tunes. The food was perfect for sharing, and quite good. Tapas style. The staff were attentive and we had a fun night with plenty of dancing. Having used their Customer Services recently, the owners clearly care about their customers.

Sarah J
tastemaker

Barrio East is one of my favourite places to visit as soon as the sun starts peeking out in London - as it's got a great little outdoor backyard space for soaking up the last rays of sunshine before sunset, and then a vibrant nearly-always packed bar inside which turns into a lively dancefloor depending on which night you go. The food is always great, with fish tacos and calamari as my firm favourites. The service can be a little slow on the busier nights, so we always tend to book tables. But even when you book tables - we find the waiters can either be really pushy for you to order and settle your tabs or slightly forget about you. I've been on salsa or tango nights - and the dancing, music and atmosphere is amazing. Will be going again as soon as it warms up some more!!

Livvi AT
Tastemaker

Barrio East is a perfect blend between a fun cocktail bar and a lively club, and at the weekends is a colourful, vivacious venue which guarantees a cracking night out.


I have been many times on a variety of nights. The music is always great, but a far cry for the relentless charty and tarty that are boringly churned out at other clubs. Expect a mash up of Motown, old school RnB and rock n roll which is a welcome change and perfect to dance to. The cocktail list is gloriously extensive, with some creative inventions, but all are made with love and care that they are super tasty.


The decor is vibrant and funky, and there is a cool Caravan space you can reserve for special night out or birthday, (literally a caravan within a club- crazy I know) which includes attentive table service and prime access to the dancefloor. Drinks are pricey but entry is free before 9.30pm on weekends so get in early and hunker down for a belter.


Top Tip: the shared beer tubs are worth the initial investment and mean you avoid bar queues later on. 

Lise M
Tastemaker

Last night, I went to Barrio East for a friend's leaving party. I was the one in charge of the booking and decided to pick this bar as it was a fun and colourful place to spend a great time with my friends. I had a booth booked for 6 people but the staff gave it to other people by mistake. They did their best to fix the issue and found us a place. As they were confused, they offered us the first rounds of cocktails...which was nice of them to kick off the party! The atmosphere was great and the music was loud enough to be able both chat and dance. The cocktails were quite classic but tasty. The type of music is quite commercial with well-known classic and current hit songs. Overall, it was a fun experience and we will definitely go back. 

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Naomi
Tastemaker

This place is absolutely stunningly beautiful! Its interior is gorgeous, especially with the lights on after dark. The atmosphere is every bit as colourful as its decorations, with lots of separate seating booths making this an ideal place to go if you want a proper uninterrupted catch up with friends. However, located on a street where almost every other building is a bar, it's a good area to visit if you fancy a few changes of pace during the night!

Kristjan B

Amazing interior, delicious cocktails and great music. Everything you expect from a night out in Shoreditch.

George Y
Tastemaker

Situated as it is along a road with a plethora of drinking options, Barrio East does its best to stand out with chaotic and colourful furniture and fittings. I like the zaniness and the fun vibe this creates (hiring the caravan out for a small group is always a nice touch).


They fall down slightly on the cocktails which, while not outrageously expensive, have never been that lovingly prepared when I've visited. The dancefloor area here is quite small but this is a good place for an afterwork celebration / somewhere to start the night on a birthday. Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.

Manningalive
Tastemaker

I want to get the Latin flair from this South American chain but sadly all I get is an overpriced and pretentious London bar.  The bar staff air towards arrogant and ostentatious in my opinion and weren't the most helpful.  The decor is colourful, there's an outside area, and a reasonable happy hour but for me nothing in this bar is going to transport me to Copacabana. 

Tarra

This place is very cosy and offers good Cocktails at reasonable prices. It has different areas which all have a different look and is lively on Weekends. Later in the evening they also set up a Dancefloor where you can dance and have a good time. The only downside to it is that the Dj just played each song until the end without mixing and he didn't really bother to see what the crowd wants to hear.. Other than that the place is fun and they even offer a free cloakroom with very nice staff.

Saladsas

This review is targeted solely at this branch of Barrio. I have been here twice, and both time I have been extremely disgusted at the level of service. The staff are very arrogant, rude and they do not stick by their management policy. If coming for a night out, be prepared to wait over 45 minutes in the cold, and if you have a poor male:female ratio - be prepared to then be turned away. The food is distinctly average to poor, cocktails are passable. I would only go during happy hour. If you're in the area, there are much better places to go to for a drink. This place is totally overrated, and until the staff have an attitude makeover, I will not be returning.