Zigfrid von Underbelly

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Venue says: "We have revamped our wine list: all our whites, reds and ros├ęs are now available by the glass - come and find your new favourite!"
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There's certainly plenty of pedigree to this quirky Hoxton haunt - it's the former studio of Goldsmith graduates and YBAs, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas, plus the owner's apparently a bit of a face on the art and music scenes. And then there's the roster of top-notch artists and bands who have played in the separate gig venue downstairs, 'The Underbelly'.

Upstairs, it's more of a diner, DJ bar and cocktail joint, with Paul Daly's design bringing together mismatched furniture, rocking horses, bicycles and surf boards hanging from up on high. There's a jukebox providing the tunes when the DJs take a break from the ones and twos, and with a capacity of 520 - plus space out on the terrace for a further 100 - there's plenty of room for those packing their dancing feet. 

It's also home to Hoxton Square Craft Beer, so the booze is a bit of a strong point, with house brews such as London Plane Ale served alongside pints pulled from fresh tanks of Budweiser Budvar and Brooklyn Lager. The food menu ranges from classic British dishes such as bangers and mash, fish and chips and shepherd's pie to those with US influence - think burgers, BBQ ribs, nachos and pancakes for breakfast. Pizzas also prove pretty popular.  

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Zigfrid von Underbelly says
Zigfrid von Underbelly occupies the north-west corner of Hoxton Square and was built on a site of St Peter's Church, a church bombed in WWII. For well over a decade it has been an independent and locally owned 'art rock von roll' food house and drinking spot that can be enjoyed for cosy lounging or on a big night out. Zigfrid upstairs is a jukebox and DJ space with a restaurant area; Underbelly downstairs is a host to live gigs and basement clubbing. The two floors share an outside terrace for al fresco fun and smirting.

Our food menus are put together with options for meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike, hoping to create an all-inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy together. The beer list features our own ale by Hoxton Square Craft Beer Co., fresh-tanked beer by Budweiser Budvar and other players from Hackney and beyond. Our wines are selected so that each of them has a story to tell and the cocktail list is made up of affordable favourites throughout the years as well as special treats of our own concoctions or twists on classics.

We don't charge entry to Zigfrid, and weekend DJ nights in Underbelly have no door damage either. To see which gigs in Underbelly have a cover charge to support the live music scene - and which don't - check the events calendar on our website.

The interior and atmosphere is our pride and joy, designed and looked after by our founder and guru, Paul Daly, who remains a Hoxton legend. Please come and enjoy our home-from-home with us!
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Venue name: Zigfrid von Underbelly
Address: 11 Hoxton Square
N1 6NU
Transport: Tube: Old St

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Sophie L

I really like Zigfrid - I think it has an authenticity that is lacking in other venues in the area. The proof is in its longevity and the quirky yet unpretentious vibe keeps attracting people back to it. It is a venue that continues to support new and independent music and I've seen loads of great bands here in the Underbelly. Music and art is a theme that runs throughout the venue and it is unapologetic in its out-there decor, which is truly expressive and a bit insane - in a good way.

I have eaten here a few times and can recommend the Big Ziggy burger. Most of the menu is completely homemade and really reasonably priced, taking into consideration its competitors in the area. Although the beers are good, I would really recommend the cocktails, which are made by a young, passionate bar team who definitely know their stuff. I was talked into having a Negroni (not on the menu) and have never looked back.

Great music, great staff, great place.