Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
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Time Out says
Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
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.
What's on at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Huge, fuzzy alt rock that's bound to slap a big fat grin across your face, sounding a bit like Nirvana but from west Yorkshire.
Hard rock, Psych and garage rock
- Critics' choice
London-based psych rockers Bo Ningen are a ferocious live act who draw on the Japanese freak-out legacy of Flower Travellin' Band and play hard, psychedelic rock with febrile energy. They'll be making huge amounts of of noise and contorting themselves...
Alternative rock, Shoegaze
- Critics' choice
Brilliantly breathy female-fronted shoegaze band from Brighton, packing some great melodies buried in their towering, atmospheric guitars.
Rock 'n' roll
You wouldn't necessarily think that Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks and Jefferson Airplane's moody psych-rock would be a great combination, but east London trio Saint Agnes make a very convincing case.
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