The strange nameless hinterland between Fitzrovia and Camden has never offered too much in the way of drinking destinations. But the bar previously known as Positively 4th Street has, like Kerouac and Cassady on the road, taken a wild swing south from New York down to New Orleans and reopened as a Deep South-style cocktail den.
It’s owned by the Shaker chain of bar schools, well-regarded academies for bartenders aiming to perfect their crafts. The bar has a comprehensive array of spirits used in a range of drinks that would be a lot easier to ask for if the names weren’t so daft, such as ‘It’s Not Terry’s It’s Tin Tin’s’. The cocktails, however, have a balance of own-made syrups and infusions, herbs and spices, with minimal show-off mixology.
Staff we sought out for guidance were very knowledgeable, as you might expect.
Food ranges from the recognisably Southern (gumbo, jambalaya, hush puppies) to the more generically American – mini sliders, ‘soul fried chicken bites’, chocolate brownies.
On our visit there were no spare seats, and the revellers by the bar made it hard to enjoy the refinement offered by the cocktail list. But it’s a handsome space, with a piano in the corner and an eye-catching bar complete with glass-doored cabinets and a library of classic cocktail-making books.
The downstairs is given over to a changing succession of spirit companies to ‘showcase’ their brands, which for us meant trying to relax inside a wraparound Belvedere vodka ad.
|Venue name:||Shaker & Company||Contact:|
119 Hampstead Road
|Opening hours:||Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Wed; 5pm-1am Thur-Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Euston tube/rail|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:11
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:3
I found this place to be quite average. Went there with my partner recently and the staff were rude, music too loud (and crap!) and cocktails overpriced. Definitely better places for a night out in London
I love this place, the barmen are knowledgeable, the cocktails great and the atmosphere is cosy and 'New Orleans'. If you want a great place to go with a group this is it.....the night we were there they had some live music.....bliss
They are so desperate, begging people online to write good reviews for them. Boycott them at all costs. https://twitter.com/Shaker_Company/status/339838997738184705
I am not sold on this venue. The cocktails are not brilliant. The usually taste weak and watered down to me and when I have asked about different whiskeys or other spirits they staff have seemed fairly clueless. They do not seem to adhere to equal opportunities here and seem to believe only men can mix drinks as when they do rarely employ a female she is only allowed to wash glasses and serve food. The venue has been badly designed. The actual bar is huge and imposing and takes up more than half of the venue. The seating is too low down and uncomfortable, other than that the only other seating available are bar stools. The toilets are at the back of the bar and due to the limited space given to customers you have to push past everyone just to get there.
Consistently delivers a flawlessly executed night out, impecable standards and an un-pretentious yet classy atmosphere, time out must have dropped two stars....
Agree with the other comments from people who have been the bar. Really can't understand how the reviewer on this site "only" gave it 3 stars. As someone who prides themselves on getting out and about around the London bar scene, for me this has 5 stars written all over it. Went in the weekend just gone for the first time and will certainly be going back very soon. Had a great evening with colleagues which was helped in no small part by the vast array of magnificently made cocktails on offer. Started off on the classical type cocktails, and these were made with such refinement and professionalism that they put many up market venues to shame. Moved on to some of the more unusual cocktails on the menu and these were quite simply awesome. The signature s&co was fantastic. The bar staff were extremely friendly and knowledgable and watching them prepare the drinks was almost like watching an artist create a masterpiece! The bar itself is an ideal mix of sophistication and relaxation. Would certainly strongly recommend this to anyone wanting to sample a true and exciting cocktail bar, anyone wanting to try a refreshing new venue or simply anyone wanting a good night out. Go. Trust me you will enjoy !
Yet again Time Out miss the mark with their review. 3 stars? Did they even visit the place or review it blindly? I always go by user reviews nowadays on Time Out, because their staff reviewers seem increasingly out of touch.
This bar is amazing... great staff and really cool ambiance... 3stars??? who rates this??? lovely place...
This place is down the road from me and I plan on becoming a regular; cocktails are fantastic, staff are helpful and professional, bathrooms are clean and the space is great. Haven't tried the food but I'll be honest, it doesn't look great (deep-fried everything). Neverthless, I've recommended it to many of my close friends and will continue to visit. Well done guys!
I believe you should go and vist shaker & company yourself. I believe 3 stars is a poor review myself. It's a great venue I've never visited a place where they send so much time and effort on menu development and customer service. Brilliant venue 5 stars
Shaker is simply the best bar to open in London for years. The combination of relaxed informality and genuine guest service and expertise isfantastic and refreshing. Staff who know how to tend bar professionally, rather than be a "mixologist" are hard to find in this country, and this place has it. If I could give it more stars, I would. Thanks Shaker
I went here on a wednesday night and thought it was great. It was pretty quiet and not too far from the station for me to moan about after a day at work. cocktails were great and staff were friendly. Only problem I had was the lack of food on that night. Was a shame as it would be 5 stars otherwise. hopefully next time i go and can sample the food :)
Other reviews are for Positively Fourth St... Great little bar with great cocktails and service. The names might be slightly different but that's probably because the drinks are slightly different too! If you want some love and care put into your drinks then this is a spot for you.
Have been here a few times... most recently on their Thursday Blues Night. The cocktails are fantastic, and if you don't see something you like (unlikely) the bartenders will make you something even more fantastic. Yes its small but that just adds to the mood created by the cosy decor. If you had to twist my arm into a not-so-positive I'd say the bar food is average. Though, not average enough to keep me away from Shaker! -p