Nuala Bar

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A wood-clad Celtic bar beneath Nuala restaurant.

Irish pubs have cropped up the world over, but the country’s famed party spirit and warm-hearted welcome seems to be infiltrating London in other ways. Take Nuala, a Celtic restaurant just off the Silicon Roundabout from an ex-Chiltern Firehouse chef. He’s hired a host of talent from across the London hospitality scene to help raise the roof in the basement bar. Don’t expect rowdy hell-raising and four-leaf-clover decor: you’ll see winks to Irish tradition in old Guinness artwork, a wood-panelled room with red leather bar stools and flashes of green tiling – and The Pogues on the sound system. It calls to mind New York’s leading bar The Dead Rabbit: modern and polished but undeniably Irish.

The drinks line-up pulls no punches. Well, except for the kind you want: punch served in sharing jugs. Order by the glass and you get what seems a diminutive measure to suit a leprechaun, but it’s practical, since Punch No 3 contains sherry, cognac and two types of rum. A list of five cocktails holds native flavours in store, from parsnip to peat. I sipped away at The Manhattan Serve, cocktail perfection blending single malt whiskey, sherry and armagnac with honey and squash-seed oil for a nutty, smooth and sweet finish. The whiskey list is an astounding long read, while purists can also drink pints of Guinness poured with loving precision.

A strong-looking, flame-haired fury is on the bar’s logo, although I was served by a female bartender who was actually quite charming and totally talented at mixing drinks. Should you want to let your hair down like that lady on the logo, live music with an Irish lean is promised every night of the week, and an acoustic folk guitarist was just setting up as we were leaving. So go on: grab a booth, get in the punch and pints, and craic on with the good times.

By: Laura Richards

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Venue name: Nuala Bar
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Address: 70-74 City Road
London
EC1Y 2BJ
Transport: Tube: Old St
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tastemaker

I came across this absolute gem at the first pop-up London Irish Culture Club (a night set up by the London Irish Centre to bring creatives together every month for a sing song, trad session or even just a chat) 


When I first walked into the restaurant upstairs I was greeted by the smell of an open fire which automatically reminded me of home (Ireland) the place looked busy for a Tuesday night which was a good sign. I made my way downstairs to the bar to be pleasantly surprised by the old but yet fresh interior, picture of Phil Lynott and Shane Macgowan surrounded me on the walls. A seriously great surprise was the fact they sell Tayto crisps, traditional Irish crips that are very hard to find here in London, and had a great collection of Irish whiskies, but the cherry on top of it all? The Guinness. Nicest I've had in London, I usually don't like it here but will definitely be back for another pint.


Looking forward to going back. Sláinte!

tastemaker

Brand new to Shoreditch comes this little Irish gem of a bar with a sophisticated restaurant upstairs and a super cute and cosy bar in the basement. Dimly lit with candles and soft background music, this place has a real relaxing vibe, perfect for a chilled drink after work. The dark wooden décor in the bar creates an old rustic feel and almost felt like taking a step back in time. We arrived around 5pm and managed to get a table without a problem, however as we were leaving around 8pm, it was starting to get a lot busier, so maybe best to book if you’re planning on leaving it until later. Being half Irish, I can honestly say this place serves the best tasting pint of Guinness outside or Ireland! 

tastemaker

This new kid on the block has certainly got it right. From the ever grown list of bars and clubs in Shoreditch, Nuala will fit right in. Attending the launch party last week I entered the vibrant and buzzing bar, with canapés and free drinks flowing. 

The staff certainly knew how to catch guests attention with the free alcohol (launch night only sorry!) and great chat. Downstairs sported a basement bar with live music and cellar of Whisky's on display. Being Irish of course there is Guinness on every tap, tayto's to eat but along with this a great list of cocktails. 


If you are up for a place that has a brilliant vibe with great drinks this is your place.

tastemaker

I can’t say I felt as though I was stepping away from the eccentric Shoreditch scene and into the welcoming arms of an Irish pub but this themed bar – complete with Taylor crisps which I was informed are an Irish hit – is certainly fun and friendly and not as precious as it’s neighbours and they serve decent food too.


I attended the launch last night and was pleasantly surprised to find the place rammed – the free booze certainly did the trick – but money savings aside, the drinks they served were delicious. For whisky lovers, I’d recommend punch number 1.


The upstairs eating/drinking area feels much more gastropub with large windows flooding the floor with light and big sharing booths instead of regular tables, a total contrast to what lies below.


With another bar downstairs, the underground floor is much more intimate with hideaway corners, quirky décor and closed off booths. This place too is where the magic/music happens.


I certainly know where I’ll be heading on St Paddy’s day!