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Barrio Shoreditch

Bars and pubs Shoreditch
3 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)
Barrio Shoreditch

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
Address: 141-143 Shoreditch High Street
E1 6JE
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

3.4 / 5

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Barrio East has a great little outdoor backyard space for soaking up the last rays of sunshine in the summer!

And a great dancefloor inside for after sunset!

The food is always on point! The fish tacos are my fav! 

Fantastic service and atmosphere here! 


We went quite early so it wasn't very busy but it was a nice chilled place to go, there were also foosball tables outside which my friends and I made the most of. My main disappointment with this place is that I ordered a non-alcoholic beverage but it had a distinct alcoholic taste to it which was slightly concerning. Other than that, it was a nice bar with a nice decor and good for a chilled place to get some drinks with friends. 


If it wasn't for the company, there wouldn't have been much to enjoy about Barrio Shoreditch.

Actually, I take that back, the toilets were pretty cool too.

But jokes aside, even the generous amigo hour with cheap beers and cocktails couldn't fix the issues with this place. Despite being a Wednesday night, we struggled to get service at any point and when we did, it was pretty bad and mood-killing. Our server barely listened to our orders so of course got us the most random drinks as opposed to what we asked for; we had to reorder our drinks several times because they just ignored most of it. Cocktails are not made with fresh ingredients - mostly just syrup - and the caipirinha is so sweet it feels more like drinking straight squash.

When it came to food, yesterday's stale nachos with plastic cheese sauce sets you back £7.50 (£10 if you want beef on that...), and tacos for £5 are so tiny that they'd barely pass as starters. One of us got the wrong dish so had to send it back (of course they tried to charge us for it later) and then had to wait 30 minutes before she got her originally ordered food because our server, once again, forgot to put the order in.

It's a shame because the design is really cool.


This Barrio branch fulfils its purpose as a people pleaser - it's a good choice when you can't think of anywhere else to go, want some cocktails and a bit of a dance, or if you're looking for somewhere to pre drink before going clubbing. The cocktails are nice and pretty standard price, though it's best to go during happy hour! Overall, it's not exactly a must-visit bar but it still makes for a good evening!


Barrio East (or Barrio Shoreditch as it's now called) is a stylish bar cum club with a South American twang. With Brazilian flags on the wall, samba tracks on the speakers and a sharing cocktail served in a piñata, the atmosphere is fun and lighthearted. The Jammy Cocktail, complete with Dodger, is delicious and at approximately £8 each the cocktails are affordable if not the cheapest. The free cloakroom is a nice touch, and the dance floor filled up early. In all it's a good spot for a drink and a party in the area, but try to get in before 9 to avoid paying the extortionate £10 entrance fee!


Initially I was on my way to another bar when I walked past this trendy looking bar in the middle of Shoreditch High Street. I’m so glad that my friends and I decided to go in. The happy hour lasts until 8pm and are served very efficiently. The cocktails themselves were colourful and exciting and tasted amazing! I absolutely loved the interior of this bar, it’s very colourful and funky, and even has a hippie caravan you can sit in. As it was a sunny evening, we sat outside in the bars ‘enchanted garden’ which was very nice and a little more relaxed compared to inside. Although we didn’t eat at the restaurant, the food looked and smelt amazing, I will definitely be going back for dinner!

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.


Barrio East is one of my favourite places to visit as soon as the sun starts peeking out in London - as it's got a great little outdoor backyard space for soaking up the last rays of sunshine before sunset, and then a vibrant nearly-always packed bar inside which turns into a lively dancefloor depending on which night you go. The food is always great, with fish tacos and calamari as my firm favourites. The service can be a little slow on the busier nights, so we always tend to book tables. But even when you book tables - we find the waiters can either be really pushy for you to order and settle your tabs or slightly forget about you. I've been on salsa or tango nights - and the dancing, music and atmosphere is amazing. Will be going again as soon as it warms up some more!!


Barrio East is a perfect blend between a fun cocktail bar and a lively club, and at the weekends is a colourful, vivacious venue which guarantees a cracking night out.

I have been many times on a variety of nights. The music is always great, but a far cry for the relentless charty and tarty that are boringly churned out at other clubs. Expect a mash up of Motown, old school RnB and rock n roll which is a welcome change and perfect to dance to. The cocktail list is gloriously extensive, with some creative inventions, but all are made with love and care that they are super tasty.

The decor is vibrant and funky, and there is a cool Caravan space you can reserve for special night out or birthday, (literally a caravan within a club- crazy I know) which includes attentive table service and prime access to the dancefloor. Drinks are pricey but entry is free before 9.30pm on weekends so get in early and hunker down for a belter.

Top Tip: the shared beer tubs are worth the initial investment and mean you avoid bar queues later on. 


Last night, I went to Barrio East for a friend's leaving party. I was the one in charge of the booking and decided to pick this bar as it was a fun and colourful place to spend a great time with my friends. I had a booth booked for 6 people but the staff gave it to other people by mistake. They did their best to fix the issue and found us a place. As they were confused, they offered us the first rounds of cocktails...which was nice of them to kick off the party! The atmosphere was great and the music was loud enough to be able both chat and dance. The cocktails were quite classic but tasty. The type of music is quite commercial with well-known classic and current hit songs. Overall, it was a fun experience and we will definitely go back. 



This place is absolutely stunningly beautiful! Its interior is gorgeous, especially with the lights on after dark. The atmosphere is every bit as colourful as its decorations, with lots of separate seating booths making this an ideal place to go if you want a proper uninterrupted catch up with friends. However, located on a street where almost every other building is a bar, it's a good area to visit if you fancy a few changes of pace during the night!

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.


I want to get the Latin flair from this South American chain but sadly all I get is an overpriced and pretentious London bar.  The bar staff air towards arrogant and ostentatious in my opinion and weren't the most helpful.  The decor is colourful, there's an outside area, and a reasonable happy hour but for me nothing in this bar is going to transport me to Copacabana. 

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.

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