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.
|Venue name:||Barrio Shoreditch||Contact:|
141-143 Shoreditch High Street
|Opening hours:||Open 4pm-midnight Mon; 4pm-1am Tues, Wed; 4pm-2am Thurs, Fri; 3pm-2am Sat; 3pm-midnight Sun. Food served till 10pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Shoreditch High Street Overground|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
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- 4 star:5
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- 2 star:2
- 1 star:0
I have visited Barrio Central and Barrio East recently. Both bars had a fun, vibrant atmosphere enjoyed by a trendy crowd. The speakers pumped-out plenty of cool tunes. The food was perfect for sharing, and quite good. Tapas style. The staff were attentive and we had a fun night with plenty of dancing. Having used their Customer Services recently, the owners clearly care about their customers.
Amazing interior, delicious cocktails and great music. Everything you expect from a night out in Shoreditch.
Situated as it is along a road with a plethora of drinking options, Barrio East does its best to stand out with chaotic and colourful furniture and fittings. I like the zaniness and the fun vibe this creates (hiring the caravan out for a small group is always a nice touch).
They fall down slightly on the cocktails which, while not outrageously expensive, have never been that lovingly prepared when I've visited. The dancefloor area here is quite small but this is a good place for an afterwork celebration / somewhere to start the night on a birthday. Don't expect too much and you won't be disappointed.
This place is very cosy and offers good Cocktails at reasonable prices. It has different areas which all have a different look and is lively on Weekends. Later in the evening they also set up a Dancefloor where you can dance and have a good time. The only downside to it is that the Dj just played each song until the end without mixing and he didn't really bother to see what the crowd wants to hear.. Other than that the place is fun and they even offer a free cloakroom with very nice staff.
This review is targeted solely at this branch of Barrio. I have been here twice, and both time I have been extremely disgusted at the level of service. The staff are very arrogant, rude and they do not stick by their management policy. If coming for a night out, be prepared to wait over 45 minutes in the cold, and if you have a poor male:female ratio - be prepared to then be turned away. The food is distinctly average to poor, cocktails are passable. I would only go during happy hour. If you're in the area, there are much better places to go to for a drink. This place is totally overrated, and until the staff have an attitude makeover, I will not be returning.