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A bar so good it gives you wood: Brewer's Bar opens on Shacklewell Lane

Danielle Goldstein

Dalston is overrun by so many watering holes that anyone opening another there has got to do something really special to turn heads. That's why we're looking in the direction of Brewer's Bar, which officially throws open its doors tomorrow from 6pm. As well as picking up a pint, you can also take home the odd chair too. Well, not the exact chair you're perched on, but you can order your own at the bar alongside your drink. The idea behind Brewer's comes from 30-year-old restorer and carpenter Cal Smith, aka The Furniture Butcher, who quit a job in TV to restore the old JR Brewer butchers at 77 Shacklewell Lane and turn it into a bar-cum-workshop.

While the place may be new, it effuses old charm with the original butchers sign that was uncovered alongside marble counters and ironwork. Everything in the venue has been lovingly restored, crafted or discovered by Smith, who will be using the bar as a way to showcase his work while also creating a cosy atmosphere. Bermondsey's Partizan Brewery will be supplying the craft beer, while nearby wine importers Aleksic & Mortimer provide the vino. Food will also be locally sourced and available in snack-size portions.

Find out more about Brewer's Bar.

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