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.
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.