The Drunken Monkey

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Shoreditch
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Dim Sum, cocktails and clubbing are on offer at Shoreditch's Drunken Monkey, all within a quirky 'kung Fu kitsch' setting. Dim Sum is served all day and there's an a la carte menu in the evening. There's happy hour (or two) every night, and on Sunday it's all day.

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Venue name: The Drunken Monkey
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Address: 222 Shoreditch High Street
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E1 6PJ
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street
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Emily M
tastemaker

As a proper West London girl, I was reluctant to trek to Shoreditch on a Saturday night although I'm glad I did. As you walk into the Drunken Monkey, it gives off those East London vibes with a mixed crowd, loud music and a crowded bar. It was a change from the Ralph Lauren clad Chelsea crowd I'm used to. Our table was in a cramped corner but big enough for all the food that was to be showered on us as we ordered a bit of everything from the well priced menu. We got a bit confused when ordering from the menu as the noodles were not much more expensive than the dim sum so we assumed they would be a similar size. They were HUGE! We had the prawn Singapore noodles and they were delish. I'd also recommend the salt & pepper squid and the prawn & chive dumplings. We ended up paying around 14 each which is truly amazing considering how much we ate. Make sure you book before you go as we saw a lot of disappointed people who couldn't get a table.

Jenni H
tastemaker

Drunken Monkey is a Shoreditch staple for me. 

The interior is dark, with a relaxed, quirky vibe - great for chilling on a sunday or drinking with friends on a friday night. 

The food and are cocktails really make DM worth a visit. The dim sum is well priced - I'd recommend trying some of the other small dishes as well, the chicken potstickers, gyoza and chilli fried salt squid are probably my favourites. The noodles and rice are plentiful - you got a fully loaded plate for your money! I'd recommend the special drunken rice or singapoore noodles with chicken. The set menus are really were the value is at though. The lunch menu is only 14.50 and you get so much food! If you're looking for a weekend lunch venue for a group, try DM, but make sure to book ahead. 


Try it out during happy hour as well - I'd recommend the Drunken Pear.

East London Girl
tastemaker

The Drunken Monkey is a great venue for drinks and dinner with a vibrant atmosphere and good quality, reasonably priced authentic food. Lovely interior decoration with glowing red lanterns, showing off the Asian feel.


The food ranges from dim sum and noodles to ribs, squid and more. Prices range from around £4-8 a dish. I recommend the singapore noodles and the roast duck and rice. Great for sharing and enjoying as a group!


If you want to stay on a bit later, DJs play music with a mix of funk, soul and house.


Great happy hours - 4 beers for £10 and cocktails for £5 Monday to Friday 5-7pm, Saturday 12-8pm and Sunday all day

Alex H
Tastemaker

My friend and I wanted dim sum the morning after a night out.

And the drunken monkey did not fail us.

I liked the complement prawn crackers to start and on a Sunday there is a bonus of all day happy hour.
We thought the bbq pork buns were amazing. The chicken gyoza were nice but I've had better. The mains were huge! And super tasty.
Next time I want to try the pecking duck.
The waitress was very helpful aswell.
Really recommeded and well priced

Sarah (kukkiiandkoppee)
Tastemaker

We came for drinks just to enjoy the happy hour before moving on. It was fairly busy and bar staff were quite slow to mix our drinks. During happy hour selected cocktails are a fiver. Some of the cocktails are well made, like the Singapore Sling, and worth it at this price. Others, like the Drunken Pear, needed a rethink. The atmosphere was buzzing until the end of happy hour when all that were standing had the same plan as us and left to move on somewhere else. 

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

I would come to this place only for the name but in reality this restaurant is pretty good.

The decoration is awesome and the good delicious.

Perfect place to get stuffed and drunk as a monkey

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

Went there yesterday for the first in 2 years and was slightly disappointed with service. I had booked a table in advance and when we came, they said the there was a mix up and a wait of 20 minutes. We waited at the bar unable to get the attention of the bartender. Once we were at the table it took the waitress another 15 minutes to come and get our order. Food arrived way before drinks and then they kept bringing extra food for us asking if we had ordered. All of this may have been a lack of training of the staff. Otherwise, I've had good experiences previously and the food is always tasty. Happy hour is all day on Sundays is always a plus!


Amy M
Tastemaker

Drunken Monkey is my go to place for Dim Sum in East London. They have a great menu with an array of dishes to choose from that can be shared. Or if you are like me... and over order then end up in massive food como and have to roll home. My faves are the chicken lettuce parcel, salt and pepper squid, chicken gyoza and Singapore noodles. The atmosphere is fun and friendly. Perfect to catch up with friends or for date night. My Tip: book ahead it is hard to get a table if you just walk in (its that popular). 

Tara P
Tastemaker

The Drunken Monkey is a yummy, laid-back dim sum experience in Soho. Other reviewers have commented on the loud music, but I have never noticed this when dining earlier in the day. 


The quality of the food is fine and there’s a good variety of options on offer - I have had no complaints so far. The cocktails are also very tasty.  


Their Sunday all-day happy hour offer means that food and drink is very good value.

Ros A
Tastemaker

I've always liked the drunken monkey - a place I used to frequent when I was working in the area. It's a great spot to meet people before heading into Shoreditch as it's right in between Shoreditch station and Liverpool St. It's normally loud and busy, and faily unpretentious. They do dim sum and it's largely respected in London as a good spot for it. I've had a few good meals here - it's not expensive, it's fast and it's decent quality. It's very loud - but you can always grab a table in the back where it's quieter.

Mike N

Music was very loud. They served us drinks at 11:57 and then wanted to throw us out at 12:00. When we asked for time to finish our drinks their bouncers physically assaulted us.