Time Out says
A Shoreditch/City pub with an extensive craft beer list.
Bar staff with see-through legs. It’s not a totally unreasonable request, especially when the most interesting beer at this City Road pub isn’t on the taps. Instead, it’s down in the fridges – which are impossible to get a good look at without intimating an ankle fetish.
Thankfully, not only are the 100-odd beers available on a neat list, but staff actually know what they’re selling. I ordered a Zodiak IPA from Swedish brewer Omnipollo and it appeared without issue. No praise due there, you might think – but it does come in a bottle with no text on the front.
Despite the well-curated menu, pints of Sierra Nevada and Camden Hells were the order of choice when I visited. It’s to be expected, really; this is a pub that sits at the border of Shoreditch and the City, after all. If you want to pore over a third-pint of Danish imperial stout you can, but the set-up caters just as well to those looking to smash a couple of quick pints and some meaty ballast (the cheese and bacon burger – well priced at £12 – is great) before jumping on a train back to the ’burbs.
It’s a lovely place to sit awhile, though. Victoriana may not be as thrilling an aesthetic as it once was, but given the building was once the HQ of Singer sewing machines, it at least feels authentic. The volume of the music isn’t conducive to gentle conversation, but there’s a separate cocktail bar downstairs for anyone seeking a little more intimacy. Even so, the beer list is still the reason to pop in – there are bottles here you won’t find anywhere else in the city. And if that’s not worth coming across as a perv for, I don’t know what is.
1 City Road
|Transport:||Tube: Liverpool St|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Fri 10am-1am; Sat 10am-midnight; Sun midnight-11pm.|
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We had our wedding reception here last week (8 September 2018). This place is a hidden gem and we feel so happy that we found it! Great value, beautiful setting, cool vibe, AMAZING food, wine & cocktails and hands down some of the most enthusiastic, fun and professional staff / service ever. Our guests are still raving about everything!
FOOD was beautiful and great value. Our friends are real foodies with high standards and they were ALL raving about the food (saying it was the "best wedding food they've ever had" and actually just amazing in its own right). They also accommodated many different dietary requirements. Hats off to Craig the head chef and his team. We enjoyed every bite.
STAFF were brilliant throughout, accommodating various requests in the run-up to the wedding. They set the venue up so beautifully for the day and were incredibly kind and professional with our guests. These guys are great at what they do and genuinely care about providing a high standard of service. They're also fun! This added to the warm vibe we had on the day.
DECOR - The venue itself is stunning. Go see for yourself, it looks even better than in the photos (but it also photographs beautifully!)
DRINKS - Cocktails were expertly mixed and added a sense of fun to the occasion. They went down a treat with our guests. The bar staff were awesome.
VALUE FOR MONEY - Last but not least: we felt that everything was great value. Some of the wedding venues we looked at, both in and outside London, felt like a rip-off. With the Singer Tavern, we felt we had honest pricing that meant we could give our guests a great time without breaking the bank and most importantly, without feeling like we were paying "wedding prices" for things.