This bar-restaurant attracts a friendly mix of creatives, tourists and City boys. It comprises a small square of terrace and a large sunken bar area, where action buzzes around the long bar counter. The back room is usually fenced off for shows by indie hopefuls.
As well as attractive draught beer choices – Red Stripe, Sleemans, Kirin Ichiban and Erdinger – the venue offers more than a dozen by the bottle, among them beers from Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams and Goose Island. Some 15 standard cocktails – plus an Avenue of Buffalo Trace bourbon, Calvados and passion-fruit syrup – are priced around £7.
Hoxton burgers and big, big brunches (until 5pm) are the main attractions on the food menu.
Te bar and diner now touts itself as something of a gig venue with complete listings featuring album launches and gigs proper. The venue website proudly lists the bands that have stopped off - The Hives, Vampire Weekend, Maximo Park - and the place is therefore packed to bursting at weekends with a cheerful mix of local trendy young things and weekend tourists.
The cavernous space can feel soulless at times but not so's you'd notice once the party is in full flow in the windowless back room.