This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues.
Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul.
An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Chilli,gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature.
With various live music and club nights on all week, there's always something to do at The Blues Kitchen!
|Venue name:||The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch||Contact:|
134-146 Curtain Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed noon-midnight; Thurs noon-1am; Fri noon-2.30am; Sat 10am - 3am, Sun 11am - 10.30pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Old Street|
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Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:54
- 4 star:26
- 3 star:3
- 2 star:4
- 1 star:2
I've been to Blues Kitchen a few times now and it never seems to disappoint, always a warm and welcoming feel to the night and have a wicked experience each time, it's a great venue with a vibrant atmosphere. The service is always outstanding and it's so easy to book through the reservations team. Food is unreal especially the Oreo Donuts they have for dessert, I simply can't get enough of them. I would without a doubt recommend this venue for people of all ages / friends and family, whether it's for a boogie and a few cocktails or just to eat. Definitely one of the best venues in London I have ever been too.
Amazing venue and wicked vibe once the live music started! Super friendly staff, was able to get served pretty quick considering how busy it was. A very original and eclectic cocktail menu that we will definitely be returning back for!
Went here over the weekend for Brunch and it was one of the best meals I have EVER had. The avocado on toast is incredible, perfect atmosphere, so relaxed and the staff were really attentive. I would 100% recommend, this is going to become my regular Saturday post hangover haunt. Also, the Bloody Mary's are MAGIC, miracle cure heaven. I came in feeling like death warmed up and left a new woman! :)
Blues Kitchen Shoreditch is ABSOLUTE FIREEEE. What a great venue!!!! So much fun, so much bourbon! YAAAASSSSSS.
Unbelievable place but even better about staff welcoming.
I had the opportunity to have few drinks and a meal in this venue, everything was great until I heard the music and i have been served from an awesome guy called Alessandro who made that night unforgettable.
Music,Venue, Drinks and Staff 5 star.
Thank you so much
Couldn't have had a better evening being looked after by such killer staff. Alessandro in particular,.. Provided genuine hospitality and was really personable. Will 100% be back, hopefully when Alessandro is working.
I came here again last weekend with some friends and as anticipated had another great night. I find myself continuously coming back to this venue and it's not just because of the amazing food. The staff are very attentive, friendly and are always going out of their way to meet your needs. The atmosphere and vibes are spot on with live music every night, like no other venue in East London. Me and my friends enjoyed lots of different cocktails, with the bourbon espresso martini being a notable favourite, alongside a range of BBQ meats. It was all delicious! After our meal we got to dance off our meals all night to some great music. Highly recommend this place.
What a great Night...Love Blues Kitchen.
Came with a group of friends on Saturday night for few drinks and stayed till the end of the night.
The vibes of the venue were from the other world.
Fantastic Service from the Bar staff unfortunately didn't get the name of the bartender that served us.
If you are looking for Great Music and great service.
YOU MUST CHECK THE BLUES KITCHEN.
I came here with my wife as recommendation from a work colleague. We both love live music but to also have food and drinks. I find that most places don't know how to do all 3 and was somewhat apprehensive. I was wrong! We went on a Tuesday and the band was a jazzy swing band, really good. And the bbq was delicious but I have to say, the beef rib I got was almost terrifyingly big! All the cocktails were reasonably priced so I had a few!
What a cool venue! Will be back again.
C. M. Hughes
I just love coming here everytime I'm in the area, when I haven't got plans for a night out, when I do have plans, for a special occasion, a catch up, a chilled dinner or a great crazy dinner. This is because it is just the perfect place for any type of night and it's all dowqn to the staff, the food and the music.
You don't get American bbq done this well that easily!!! and the starters are just the perfect size and taste to keep your stomach from rumbling while you wait for your mains.
The service is spot on, super friendly yet attentive and I always feel spoilt!
If you are reading this, stop reading and book a table now!!
Went there for the first time last weekend. Such a great atmosphere and the staff is really attentive and friendly. Had the beef ribs and they were just fabulous! Really recommend the Oreo donuts and the pear old fashioned. Will definitely go back!
The beautiful BBQ meats, with a particular shoutout to short beef rib, are standout here. Alongside great cocktails (notably Espresso Martini Bourbon and Negronis) to complement the meal with. I'd also highly recommend the squid as an appetiser - and the wings are probably the best I've had.
Decor and venue is stunning and the vibe has both a friendly warmth as well as a party buzz.
Amazing venue to come for dinner and drinks, dangerously easy to stay afterwards because there is live music on every single evening. All the BBQ meat we tried was excellent, I had a beef rib and my partner tried the burnt ends with pork ribs. We started with crab donuts (amazing, who knew!?)
The cocktails are great as well, all under £10 and get to your table within 10 minutes without fail. Seeing as we live locally we're in here all the time for brunch or dinner or sometimes just to see the show.
Can't recommend enough!
I went to The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch for the first time last night and loved it. I had the gumbo which was excellent, really smokey and flavoursome. My Dad is a chef from the US so I have eaten a great deal of Southern US-style food and was really impressed with my meal. We also had great cocktails, they serve the classics as well as some more unusual ones. The Alabama Mess for dessert was amazing, but huge! Definitely one for sharing. All the portions were very generous, we left completely stuffed after sharing a starter and dessert with a main each and some sides.
The service was really excellent. Our waitress was friendly and funny and was able to make recommendations on the best food and specific whiskeys to try. The food was served quickly but the atmosphere made us feel we were welcome to stay all night. Even though it is a busy bar, the noise levels were great - music was good but not too loud so you could have a nice conversation over dinner.
I would highly recommend The Blues Kitchen, I am definitely going back to try the rest of the menu!
Unbelievably good. Great atmosphere, relaxed and inviting interior. I'm a west Londoner and Blues Kitchen has got me thinking about my commitment to the West. I went for food but the selection of drinks also took my fancy as it's there are so many quality drinks available; some of the pale ales in the place are particularly enjoyable.
As for food, I thought that I'd be eating another British attempt of American food. My expectations were soon dismantled as it arrived. Presented in an earthy and non-pretentious way, it looked good but tasted even better. There was no part of the serving that wasn't truly enjoyable, even the sides were like mains.
The staff are friendly, relaxed and simply good at their jobs. They really contributed to the night by building the atmosphere. They clearly love working there.
Bascally, The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch is awesome and you should all go!
The whole place has an amazing friendly vibe, filled with a classic feel and great music, most of it performed live.
Then the food is delicious, it's a meat eaters dream but I'm I'm a veggie and was still catered for with great grub!
Service was fast and always attentive, definitely recommend.
Went here a few weeks ago with friends, so fun! Amazing food and amazing atmosphere, blues kitchen is a great little chain and the shoreditch branch is definitely my favourite.
Excellent meat selection and a massive drinks selection! Will definitely be returning. 5*
We travelled on a Monday, and were met with live music, and a lively joint. We started the evening with some fantastic cocktails, then moved onto the hard stuff.
Jake, lager. Jonny, lager. Me, lager sometimes cider, so different drinks for different... needs.
Between the lot of us we tried a fair amount of the food on offer, and let me tell you now, i had a grin on my hickory smoked bbq sauce caked face as i sucked down wings, hoovered up juicy plump prawns and crunched my way through a lobster that was quite frankly, a shell of his old self when i was finished with him.
The lovely staff were warm and attentive, and made me and the posse want to stay the whole night. But alas, all good things must end. As i left the premises and was consumed by the unusually warm December air i looked back on the evening; it had had it all, laughs, legends, lager, lobster. It made me realise the importance of enjoying a nice evening with pals, and smoked bbq meats, because before you know it you might just be sat on the 78 bus wondering if you can make it home in time to watch The Hunt and still get 7 hours sleep.
Cannot recommend highly enough, i will be returning.
Went for dinner here with friends and was welcomed with really friendly service and great food. As a veggie I'm used to meagre helpings, but here the chefs were as generous with the food as the bartenders were with the rum. Will be coming back again.
If you're reading this, you're most likely up in arms about where to go for dinner or drinks with your pals. Maybe you want something that's not too expensive, not too boring, suits the veggie, or perhaps most importantly, somewhere that comes beyond correct in the kitchen. You had a look at a few places on your taste card app, and after pissing of your mates with the insufferable '241 t&c' chat, you find yourself desperately flicking through pdf menu downloads, slowly loosing the plot. But look where you are now. If you're reading this, you need never read another review again. Last Tuesday, The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch was rammed with all kinds of booze and expert bartenders, the most tender of meats, accommodating and happy staff, and all round good vibes. If you eat and drink regularly and you haven't been here yet, you're eating and drinking wrong.
For a little hungry caterpillar as myself - boy was I in for a treat! Tasty cocktails, delicious BBQ, buzzing atmosphere; this place really does have all you need for a good time. I had a really good green dip followed by some big bits of barbecued beef, perfectly cooked and super duper delicious. THANKS BLUES KITCHEN!!!
First time I've eaten at one of the Blues Kitchen venues and won't be the last. Great service, delicious food, accompanied by whole spectrum of drinks. Visited yesterday evening with a couple of friends and the general consensus was that everything was excellent. It's also priced really well for the type of venue it is and is standout against the host of other venues that opt to offer you a similar service but come up short. Will certainly be visiting again!
found out this place was open for brunch from a friend last week who was telling me about the chicken and waffles here, cant believe i didn't know sooner. i got the tall stack of buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup and bacon - delish - authentic american style light fluffy 5 STAR BRUNCH!!!
Definitely one of the nicest places I've been to in London, it has the whole package; my extravagant and delicious burger of the month was well complemented by one of the best and most impressive looking 'Zombie' cocktails I have ever tried. The variety of starters which we shared between us was amazing and I came across a few things I had never heard of but will never forget. The service was prompt and friendly and the atmosphere was exactly what I had hoped for a night with friends. I can't wait to come back again soon, and will this time stay later as I felt the place was only just getting started when I left at 9!
Some friends and I went to dinner at The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch last night and had an amazing meal. I’m not one to review usually but I was seriously impressed by the quality and size of the meals, and you can mix and match different meats, which is ideal for the indecisive. The venue has a very groovy atmosphere going and the staff are friendly and helpful without being over the top. We had a couple of cocktails and beers with two courses and found that everything was very reasonably priced – especially for the amount we ate and drank (you will not be hungry after). It's a perfect place to go with a group of friends - the starters are easy to share and there's something for everybody. I will definitely be back soon!
great atmosphere and music - the food did not disappoint either, the burger was very tasty but the slaw was what i was in it for. would recommend for anyone who wants their fill of soul food and music!
Went last night- immediately wanted to write this review. I had probably the best meal of my life. Music: great. Atmosphere: great. Food: great (and organic) 5/5
Firstly the drink was overpriced, you are basically drinking ice and not a cocktail. The meal was so warm I could not believe it. The Mac and Cheese was a joke I think. We arrived a bit early but 1 hr later the woman is calling me asking where am I. I went to the toilet and saw 3 girls walking out of the mens toilet with a male waiter only God knows what orgy he was doing on his lunch break. I ordered the oreo donut dessert and honestly i felt like i was eating moi moi and bread. The live band was a joke, I am 100% sure she was an ex crap singer from sister act 2. I did not understand how unprofessional the waiters are. They literally hugged everyone in the place as if they were homeboys. I then saw the service charge (8.99) ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH. What service did they give for such a charge. I have had better service in a PFC shop.
Honestly guys do NOT come here. Waste of money
Great atmosphere with live music and really good cocktails! Looking forward to visiting again, particularly for the gospel choir sundays!