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Venue says: "Amigo hour specials. Happy hour 'til 8pm on Sun-Thu and 'til 7pm on Fri/Sat. £5 cocktails, £3 selected beers & £5 off selected wine bottles"
Old Street

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 East 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 East has the spot for you!

Barrio East's neighbourhood is inclusive of anyone with a similar mindset rather than geographic locality. A love of music in all its worldly genres, combined with an appetite for food and drink sourced from all corners and served how they should be - you're in Barrio's 'hood!

Barrio East is spread across four distinct areas: The Timber Yard, Uptown, Downtown (with it's La Boca Boom Boom club room) and our tropical Terraza.
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Venue name: Barrio East
Address: 141-143 Shoreditch High Street
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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2.5 / 5

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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.


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.