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Venue says: "Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar is all about Deep South cooking and Southern hospitality, with signature dishes and creative cocktails."
Covent Garden
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This kitchen and cocktail bar - previously Navajo Joe - sits in the heart of Covent Garden in an enormous converted warehouse. The bar sweeps down the length of the double-height building and boasts one of the largest collections of tequilas, mezcals and rums in London. There's a follow up now too, in Kentish Town. 

The food menu promises classic Southern cooking. Expect, then, dishes such as cajun shrimp with a black bean stew, jalapeno poppers, chilli made with slow-braised beef brisket, mac 'n' cheese and blackened catfish fillet with collard greens. Wings, burgers and Big Apple hot dogs also feature. 

The bar downstairs, Cocktail Baby, offers house tunes alongside French martinis, mojitos, amaretto sours and cocktails with a Southern slant, like the smokey joe - Jim Beams Devil's Cut bourbon with tobacco liquor and barrel bitters. 

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Joe's Southern Kitchen says
Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar is about all Deep South cooking and Southern hospitality. Set in a converted warehouse, the restaurant is spread across two floors with our bar, Cocktail Baby, in the basement. On the ground floor we serve a wide selection of cocktails, American and international beers, wines and spirits, all accompanied by a Southern flavour music soundtrack.

Expect our signature new recipes, such as sweet tea brined fried chicken with lemon salt and tabasco honey, 'beer can' chicken (a tasty roast bird served on a meat trolley and carved before your eyes), soft shell crab, mac 'n' cheese, beef short rib and cornbread worthy of your Louisiana momma. Haven't got one? No fear. With treats such as this Joe's is the only momma you need.

Cocktail Baby below Joe's Southern Kitchen & Bar is an intimate space serving great drinks to great people. The music is a journey through disco, soulful house and deep house. From the likes of Larry Levan, Joey Negro and Françoise K, expect a musical evening of concept and soul. Drinks to please with £5 classic cocktails to ease you in gently, great for gatherings of friends of up to 30 people in an area or 50 people exclusively.

Happy hour drinks available at all times. A little secret: our watermelon martinis are divine.
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Venue name: Joe's Southern Kitchen
Address: 34 King Street
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
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This is quite possibly the best fried chicken I have ever had in my life … ever! The chicken is tender and flavourful, not dry at all and the accompanying sides and brilliant too, best mac & cheese and the whipped potatoes with chicken gravy is delicious. Also the BBQ pulled pork butter beans and slow braised beef brisket chilli cup are really good too. Also, if you order between 12pm-1pm on a Friday afternoon, the fried chicken is half price! Good lining if you’re planning a heavy night out :)

Amy G
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Great cocktails (especially at £4 during happy hour!) The fried chicken and chicken wings both amazing. Definitely worth a visit if you're in need of some comfort food.

Jhon Carter
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Chicken Under a Brick with Caesar Salad, is one of the unique and amazing dish.

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Tried Joes for the first time Friday early evening of last week and I absolutely loved it. Great tasting food and reasonably priced taking into consideration where it's located. Great atmosphere, busy but no rammed. Can't wait to go again which will probably be next week.

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Great selection of cocktails and drinks, great food and good service!

Staff Writer

If you’ve still got the Americana food bug this place is worth trying. The fried chicken is really great (half price on Friday lunchtimes too) and the sides selection is great (don’t know what chicken salt is but I can tell you its delicious on fries!).

The burger looked very expensive (£12), that’s a bit off putting but I’m told it’s a monster and worth the dollars.

They also let you order locally through Deliveroo so worth the 

Paul C
Staff Writer

Wonderful, delicious fried chicken! When i visited Joe's, There was a special mashup of Joe's and Rib Man sauces - I had the fried chicken with Rib Man hot sauce. A winning combination of spice and flavour... i'm just sad that collaboration is no longer in place!


Cool vibe, and great service. The downstairs space seems a lot better than the upstairs space (where we were), so I imagine it's possible to enjoy it even more. 

Thamena  M
Staff Writer

It was the first time I went to Joe's and it won't be the last. The food interior was unique and so was the food. The Mac & Cheese is by far the best I have ever had! Staff were very attentive, and the cocktail making class was great fun! definitely recommend going. 


Delicious Mac n' Cheese, chicken and great for a team night out! The cocktail making trolley was a crowd pleaser and the staff were all super friendly! Recommend for that winter warmer comfort food!

Staff Writer

If you're looking for somewhere central to enjoy some amazing Southern American food, this is definitely the place to go!

Everything on the menu is amazing, possibly the best mac & cheese I've had outside of the US and all the chicken and pulled pork was tender and perfectly seasoned.

There are 89 different kinds of tequila (for the daring) and a great selection of bourbons and other spirits which means you can chill by the bar if the mood takes you.

A new favourite in Covent Garden, will be going back again and again

Lucy H

Thank you to all of the team at Joe's for such a great evening, not only was the food great but we absolutely loved our cocktail making session hosted by Gabriele at the table. I am now a complete convert to Espresso Martini's x

Luisa G

Very good chicken. I had the boneless bites with the buffalo sauce, and it was delicious. The mac and cheese here is also top class. So good!