Drink, Shop & Do

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Venue says Drop in for a coffee by day, stay for drinks and party vibes by night, then return for a chilled bottomless brunch at the weekends!

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This café, open daytimes through evenings, is decked out in a girly nostalgia chic with retro furniture that’s for sale. It is a popular venue for private parties, hen do's and the like.

The café menu’s simple, and limited: sandwiches, tarts, salads, cheese and charcuterie boards. Much effort is made with the pastries, which are displayed on the counter. The selection of teas is excellent, presented in pretty teacups.

In the evenings alcoholic drinks (some with punning names) come into their own: the 'Corrrr… what a pear' consists of spiced rum, lime and apple juice muddled with fresh pear.

There are many events held here, mostly crafts- and dance-oriented. Some are unusual to say the least, such as ‘play with clay Scream’: the opportunity to recreate Munch's famous painting in ceramic. 

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Venue name: Drink, Shop & Do
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Address: 9
Caledonian Road
London
N1 9DX
Transport: Rail/Tube: King's Cross St Pancras
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Leah
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Tastemaker

Who doesn't like designing mugs and creating piñatas while sipping a cocktail?? Crazy people that's who. Drink Shop & Do has managed to merge the three best things I can think of into a single location, and it's aces.


Their timetable is jam packed with fun things to do: adult colouring in, dance classes, beer pong, crown making, quiz nights. Things you didn't even know you wanted to do until you read about them! Bottomless bloody marys, bagels and board games is net on my list...


The cocktails are tasty and reasonably priced, and they also have a great selection of teas for those not on the sauce. The staff were happy to help with anything we needed and dolled out compliments on our not so expert mug decorating - so they are definitely in my good books!


I think perhaps the appeal of Drink Shop & Do leans towards to hen parties and girls nights, so I'm not sure a bunch of guys would feel very macho inside giggling with all the girls crafting away. That being said, branch out a little guys, let your hair down - it's fun!

Katy H
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I brought a gaggle of ladies here for a friend's hen do last weekend, and it was so very lovely. The venue itself is great, and the service was wonderful. Right from organising the event with Grace, who was patient, helpful and very understanding, especially in the face of the inevitable changes to the final numbers- to the staff on the day, who were really lovely and made you feel that nothing was too much trouble. I would also like to say a huge thank you to the lady who did our 'do' (corsages) considering one of our number was hideously late due to a nightmare on the tubes, and another of our number (me) is frankly, a liability with a needle and thread, she was totally unflappable, welcoming and patient and not only got everything done in the time, but we all ended up with lovely corsages(yes, even me) Cocktails, cakes and sandwiches were delicious, and I would definitely come back with friends and recommend it to others.

EvieMöller
tastemaker

Tucked down Caledonian Road near Kings Cross is this amazing bar-come cafe-come activity extravaganza! Drink Shop Do is a one stop shop for fun, laughs and quirky evenings. An eccentric array of workshops ranging from card making, pinatas and even tea-biscuit decorating. I also recommend their bottomless brunches as the bubbles or bloody mary's are flowing and bagels are unlimited! A 2 hour sitting of creative bagel toppings that are suitable for a variety of dietary requirements left me nearly needing to be rolled out down the stairs. I didn't want to leave as Drink Shop Do is full of friendly staff and delicious food and drinks. Whenever in doubt of where to find a place to drink, dance and create a random craft head to Drink Shop Do for a laugh! 

Jboyle14
tastemaker

Imagine being the type of person who doesn't enjoy a bar that has multiple, different creative things to do on pretty much every day? If you can't, then this is the place for you. When you're able to make things from Toast (House of Toast) or build a lego robot or make a penguin pinata and drink at the same time, you're on to a winner. Great place!

Jenny V

Fantastic brunch - so reasonable and staff generous with topping up drinks and taking bagel orders. Beaut inside and perfect for a celebration or just a weekend treat!

Rachel H

This place is amazing. so many creative activities to do. Excellent customer service. A must to visit when in the area.

Tony F

SO MUCH FUN HERE!!! Amazing drinks, great staff, always wonderful vibes :) x

nicole O

Amazing venue. Totally different to anything else you'll find. Awesome atmosphere and great people!

gurjot t

Quirky and full of character. Always offering a huge night, plus have loads of fun, laid back events.

Wing Tai L

Came by for some cakes and tea but it was very busy and I can see that thay specilaise in hen parties and themed dinners with games. The desserts were nice.

Butterfly

A really fun place. We did a friend's birthday party and there were games, we wore papier mache masks, lots of tea and cakes, music and fun.

Raymond B

Bagels, cake and tea. The wife comes here all the time and their bagels are very good, fresh and I imagine baked right there.

Tara P
Tastemaker

We went to Drink Shop and Do for our Christmas Party and were so excited. Unfortunately, we left disappointed.

The cracker making activity was approx £13 and felt so cheap and nasty - there was very little interaction with any staff and the materials were very basic and poor. The food - on quite an expensive buffet menu, was fine but there were very few options for the vegetarians in the group (despite fair warning) and the lack of dessert felt unfair for the price. The cocktails were yummy but again very expensive.

The worst part was the dinginess of the downstairs seating area. Upstairs looked nicer and well-lit, but unfortunately we were sat downstairs, which was dark and not conducive to conversation or craft - surprising given the USP of the place. Request to sit upstairs if you can.

In all, I wouldn't rush back, but perhaps I'll try it again someday in the hopes that we were just unlucky.

ceri

I did the Drink, Shop, Do bottomless Brunch on Sunday 10th July and i knew it was going to be amazing as i love Drink, Shop Do for a night out, however we all loved the bagels and prosecco so much i am definitely re-booking to go back again in a couple of weeks. The food was great- good choice of board games (even tho we were too busy chatting to play them). We left the 2 hours quite tipsy and full of girly gossip (a great Sunday afternoon i would say :))

Lucy W

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Kings Cross is Drink, Shop & Do a coffee shop with a punch! Perfect for catching up with friends over coffee, cake or a cocktail (or two!). Go on grab a board game have a good chuckle! A must visit for me.

Bethan R

I booked a hen do here last weekend and would highly recommend! The staff are really helpful and friendly, and were very understanding about the inevitable last minute changes. We also had a palava with the bill which they made so easy to sort out afterwards! The decorations are lovely, the music is great, the 'do' was really fun and the food/drinks are delicious. The bride had an amazing time so very happy - thank you! :)

Erin H

I booked afternoon tea and the hen do package; the table was visually stunning, the afternoon tea and drinks arrived promptly and were delicious, and the service was excellent. Can’t recommend highly enough! :)

Emma F

I have organised two hen parties here now and each time DSD has been great! The staff are fantastic and really understanding when it comes to changes over the course of the booking as both numbers and requirements evolve. They have been incredibly helpful and pleasant to deal with whenever I have phoned, and on the day everything went very smoothly.


The afternoon tea is well presented and the sandwiches, scones and cakes were delicious! They also offer a great range of different teas which smell divine!


Everyone at the hen party loved the venue and had a great time over the course of the afternoon. The vintage hair & makeup was fantastic and set us up brilliantly for the evening.

Lucille R

My colleagues and I held a get together meeting here - we had a lovely welcome from the staff, our food was delicious, the music playlist we all loved... the gift shop has a wonderful array of gifts.


We would most definitely visit again! Such a quirky and fun concept.


Lu

Chrissie B

Write a review... Had my birthday celebrations here on Saturday night. To be honest, wasn't quite sure how it would be for a night out. Had been previously for tea, cake and boardgames which was brilliant. Had been another time for early evening cocktails which again were great. Even been for a light dinner which was top notch. But never a night out. We were greeted at my reserved table with a bottle of champagne, party poppers and a confetti canon. Delicious cocktail menu, and the bar staff were incredibly obliging to all the Dry January-ers by making them off menu virgin cocktails on request. The atmosphere was wonderful - felt very different to other times I have been making Drink Shop Do a really versatile venue - it changes according to the time of day/day of the week. All of my fears about having to find somewhere livelier or larger to move on to were unwarranted. The downstairs opened at after a few hours, revealing a dance floor, club DJ and extra bar and seating. 


Really the perfect venue. Can't recommend highly enough. 

Ioanna La
Tastemaker

I've been a couple of times to this lovely place and I must say I neither shopped or "do", so I am definitely going back again! But I did drink, and I loved the DSD Planter's Punch which was a good choice for two people. The other time I tried two of the cakes, red velvet and a white chocolate raspberry one. They were so yummy! There is an A4 with all that is happening within the month (so great stuff happening there!) so make sure you get one ;) 

jeaniekarl
Tastemaker

This quirky small café/shop where you can, as the name suggests, drink, shop and do. Running several events throughout the year expect a variety of activities ranging from Thriller dance lessons to Screen printing and card making classes to Lionel Richie Tea biscuit decorating to name a few. If you ever are lost for ideas of things to do during the week you must give this place a visit. The dining room has a retro cafeteria vibe with mismatched vintage crockery just adding to the charm of the place and offers a simple array of snacks and drinks. There is also the opportunity to order afternoon tea and there is even a private function room that regularly hosts events throughout the week. What makes it even better is that there is bar downstairs and a shop filled with wonderful gift ideas and treats that make you really spoilt for choice. Also there are lots of board games on hand and oh there is even a glittery selfie wall in the ladies toilets if that is your thing at all.

Tilly T

I haven't visited DSD for a couple of years, but on a recent visit I impressed by how much they've spruced up the place. The fun factor's gone up a few notches, and refreshment-wise, I could have scoffed at least three more mini lemon meringue pies if I wasn't happy sipping all the cups (at least four) of their rooibios bakewell tea. It's a great hangout with the girls and I'll definitely go back the next time I'm in the Kings Cross area - it'd be wrong not to. 

Susan M

Myself and 30 colleagues booked in for the pumpkin carving evening and had an absolute blast. The evening was really well organised and the lovely staff had no problem managing such a large group. For a tenner a head including a spooky welcoming drink, this was phenomenal value for money.


We're already planning our next outing here in January!

TamsinJo
Tastemaker

Ive been to DSD a couple of times now, both times it's been packed out, which I think says it all. Last time I and my associate were sat downstairs on our own, chowing through a meat sharing platter which was ok, nothing amazing. I went to 'speakeasy' last night, one of their regular events. There is a broad range of stuff to get involved with, from making your own play-dough ghetto blasters to dance lessons. Some of these nights are free - so it's worth having a read through their event calendar. It's right by Kings Cross and it's quirky, cool interior is impressive. The cocktails are quite pricey - standard really for this locale but, as my banging head tells me, they were good and plentiful. Staff - top marks, the barman persuaded me from ordering 'the worst one on their list.' I cant help but smile, who else would do that/care what I ordered? It wasnt even for me, but I am easily led, so went with his recommendation - amazing and one I would never have picked in a billion drunken years. Anyway - speakeasy is a creative writing night, complete with authors reading aloud from their work, which sadly, I dont think was that great - such is the roll of the dice. The evening was enjoyable, different, and it's worth checking out.

Robyn S

Just celebrated my 27th birthday with Drink Shop Do and it was a wonderful night. I'd booked a table downstairs by the dance floor and wasn't disappointed with my spot. All the staff at DSD we kind and courteous. Wednesday was helpful and there to offer a friendly smile. Plus brownie points for the door staff, J in particular for rescuing my birthday balloon!! Overall a great night and a definite recommendation to anyone wishing to celebrate a bday!

Athanasia K

The best party ever! This place is ideal to organise your party (on the downstairs bar area) during the week. Everything was perfect!

Ringo S

I went to this place a few years ago, a friend suggested it after seeing positive reviews online (he didn't read them, just looked at the average). Before I go on I should say that I'm a mid 30's hetrosexual male; this point is very relevant to the following review.


After walking in it took a minute or so for the true horror of "DSD" to actually sink in and by then the first drink had been ordered - it had little home-made paper stars, adorned with glitter and chintzy hand drawn horses, etc hanging from the ceiling, grown women making bracelets from brightly colored, cheap plastic beads, men in patterned meggings sitting huddled in corners around school desks crocheting WWII fighter planes onto cloth whilst sipping from tiny flower-patterned teacups. A cross between a primary school activity area and a rehab center for people beginning their recovering from a serious emotional trauma is my best attempt at describing the atmosphere. I think by the time I'd managed to rinse my beer down, my testosterone count was down about 50%.


Clearly people like me aren't the target demographic of this place and perhaps the above review is a little unfair, but I think other should be warned lest they make the same mistake as I.


3 stars however as for the most part, people who this bar is aimed at seem to love it and also to offset some of the above.

Claire B

DSD is one of my favourite places in London. I recently organised a surprise baby shower there for a friend and it was a wonderful evening. The staff were really friendly and helpful, the service was brilliant and the food was delicious. We all had a fantastic time and will definitely be back.

Francine

I organised our office Christmas party at Drink Shop Do/Dance, and we had a really fantastic time there. DSD staff were very accommodating and helpful, both in advance of and at the event; the room was decorated beautifully, the food was really nice and the DJ/music in the evening was perfectly judged. Our party activity was making reindeer pinatas which was excellent fun. If you want something a bit different, fun and stylish I can't recommend this place enough!

Gemma

I organised my birthday night out at Drink Shop Dance which is the bar below Drink Shop Do, and I can honestly say it was one of the best nights out we have had in ages! The venue (both floors) is fantastic, perfectly kitsch and unique, with a fantastic cocktail menu, great atmosphere and an amazing playlist! The booking process was very straightforward and Grace was very friendly and accommodating, as were the staff on the night. There is a really fun vibe about this place and it offers a different experience from your average night out in a typical London bar. I am a bit reluctant to write this review as we feel like we've stumbled across a secret little haven, but it's too good not to share!

Ros

Was left very disappointed yesterday, many of my friends have told me about Drink, Shop & Do and I thought it sounded ace - finally had a reason to visit and the service was terrible. Too busy being cool - which is such an old London cliche! My cake (Orange & Almond Drizzle) was frankly a bit pants, very syrupy but in a tasteless way but my friends was worse. She had the carrot & walnut cake which had no real evidence of carrot, was a pound more expensive than any other cake and was burnt. I felt embarrassed taking an out of towner there - next time I'll get her to travel and introduce her The Hackney Pearl.

Gen73

Best kept secret in London. Outrageously kitsch and retro and executed beautifully with a healthy sprinkling of class. The table settings are stunning, the staff go out of their way to assist, and all reasonably priced. I would recommend this venue for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late nights, for corporate, friends or family. There is something here for everyone. Perfect for parties! And they have the best events calendar I've ever seen...:)

Sandra

Had my 30th Birthday Party here on a Saturday night. Have to say I had a fantastic night. Booked the use of the dome room at the rear of the top bar and used this room all night. Can also speak for my guests that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves too. Only downside had been the bar tab as we wanted to increase the tab (which included the £50 deposit). Although understandable having one receipt to take to the bar everytime someone wanted a drink was a bit unfeasible with a large group. If you are going to offer a tab system then maybe it needs to be more thought out or you just return the deposit at the end of the night. All in all, venue was unpretentious, relaxed and space/music to dance too. Thank you very much for making my bday party awesome.

Kate

This is the second time I have been to this venue for a party. Both times we have had use of the Dome Room on the top floor at the back of the venue. It's absolutely beautiful. We held a charity birthday party there for 25 guests and the lighting really adds to the atmosphere to create a lovely evening tea party feel. I would highly recommend this as a place to grab cocktails or have a wee dance downstairs. Definitely get in touch if you want to hire a room. The deposit simply counts against your bar tab so its a win win situation to hire such a fab venue. Highly recommended

KP

We love DSD. Fantastic cocktails and food. If you haven't been yet you are seriously missing out!

Sarah

Fantastic place for a hen do - really good craft activity making fascinators and wonderful afternoon tea. Staff could not have been more friendly!

kieron

Had an amazing night there last night making lego robots! The building is pretty awesome with some great decor - which apparetly changes all the time! Drinks were really reasonably priced and staff were super friendly (not the stuck-up too cool kind.) The club underneaths pretty cool too!

Elise

If it weren't for my friends I would have had a terrible time there last night. So many upsetting things happened; a terrible Saturday deposit policy whereby you don't get it back; it's put as part of your bar tab. This created an uncomfortable and awkward situation where I had to go around asking people I don't know very well for money. The extension of one of the tables gave out, breaking a glass full of wine (they did replace it), and the clay they bought for our workshop was the wrong kind. The worst part for me,though, was when they refused to sell me any more drinks, even though I was not acting in any way anti-socially, I could walk and talk perfectly well and I knew what was going on. It was the way they treated me that was so insulting. It was just a NO, they didn't bother to speak to me like I was a proper human being. I was very upset. They also have a policy whereby if you step past the threshold of the little landing outside you are not allowed back in. What's so hard about giving people a stamp? One of my friends went out looking for a cab another one of our friends had ordered; she was barred from going back in to tell her what was going on. This happened in the first place because the bouncer at the door refused to let the cab driver go in and get our friend. I will not be returning any time soon, if ever.

Timothy

This is in an interesting building but the waiting staff are more interested in looking cool than taking orders or bringing food. The acoustics are horrendous so the cacophony ends up giving you a headache and shouting to be heard. The food is expensive and not good - I suspect it isn't prepared on site.

Juan

The service is disorganised, slow and rude. Cakes were stale (not surprising, as they'd been left out on the counter with flies buzzing around them) and the place is a total rip-off. The place is littered with junk shop tat with ludicrous price tags.

jilli

I love the food; healthy salads and quiches and giant sized scotch eggs. All of the cakes are really yummy; almond & chocolate cake is amazing as are the custard tarts not flabby but oozing fresh custard and sticky puff pastry, lemon drizzle citrus and not too sweet, and so many more to try... mmm!

Cookie

We had a great night - such a kitsch place, but it is just very unfortunate that there is such an inhospitable owner. Would have got five stars if she had been more pleasant and accommodating.

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