The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

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Venue says: "The best vintage rock 'n' roll sounds in London, every Friday night until 2am."
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This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues. 

Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul. 

An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Burgers, chilli, lobster, gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature. 

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The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch says
Serving up hearty Texan BBQ and blues music, The Blues Kitchen brings a touch of Southern soul to east London. Vintage music posters imported from Nashville, a '50s airstream caravan, light fixtures made from gramophones and luxury leather style booths - not to mention the knowledge that music icons including Mud Morganfield, The Jim Jones Revue, Norman Jay and Andrew Weatherall have played here - make The Blues Kitchen feel like it's been here forever. Highlights of the menu include 16 hour slow smoked beef ribs, fresh Canadian lobster and the best buffalo wings in town.
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Venue name: The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
Address: 134-146 Curtain Road
Opening hours: Mon - Wed 12pm - 12am, Thurs 12pm - 1am, Fri 12pm - 2am, Sat 10am - 3am, Sun 10am - 10pm
Transport: Tube: Old Street

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  • Funk, soul and disco Saturday October 10 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015
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  • Funk, soul and disco Sunday October 11 2015 - Sunday October 25 2015 Free
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  • Folk, country and blues Monday October 12 2015 - Friday November 13 2015
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  • Folk, country and blues Monday October 19 2015 - Tuesday October 20 2015 Free
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Average User Rating

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Tara P

I've only had one experience at the Blues Kitchen, but I'm keen to return - particularly for one of their swing dance evenings. 

It's a friendly and relaxed place for a weekend brunch. You can while away some time in one of the booths and order American classics. I ordered the pancakes (not unusual for me) and was very satisfied with them.

The food was good and the service fine, and it seems to attract less of a queue than the trendier restaurants (e.g. Breakfast Club) whilst in my view delivering a better experience. 

Luisa G

Great food, American style. The only issue is when there's only two of you, you're often put on high stools, which isn't ideal for a short person! Your legs just dangle!  The food is great, and there's a wide choice of spirits ehind the bar. They've also decorated really well. It gets very busy, so I prefer to go during the week, but there's a great atmosphere even at the weekend

Charly Lester
moderatorStaff Writer

Great venue - you feel like you're either in Cuba or in the deep South.  The menu is brilliant - SO many different options and the atmosphere is great - really chilled and unstuffy.  The food tasted great, and the live music adds to the ambience.  Definitely one to try in Shoreditch. 

Sheriff J

 Absolutely DISGUSTING!!!

Firstly the drink was overpriced, you are basically drinking ice and not a cocktail. The meal was so warm I could not believe it. The Mac and Cheese was a joke I think. We arrived a bit early but 1 hr later the woman is calling me asking where am I. I went to the toilet and saw 3 girls walking out of the mens toilet with a male waiter only God knows what orgy he was doing on his lunch break. I ordered the oreo donut dessert and honestly i felt like i was eating moi moi and bread. The live band was a joke, I am 100% sure she was an ex crap singer from sister act 2. I did not understand how unprofessional the waiters are. They literally hugged everyone in the place as if they were homeboys. I then saw the service charge (8.99) ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH. What service did they give for such a charge. I have had better service in a PFC shop.

Honestly guys do NOT come here. Waste of money


Great atmosphere with live music and really good cocktails! Looking forward to visiting again, particularly for the gospel choir sundays! 

Jimmy T

Not too impressed - the food was ok but a bit overpriced. The decor is contrived. Meanwhile the hipster staff, rather than being friendly and welcoming, were a bit too nonchalant and arrogant/arsehole-ish.