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The appropriation of an icon is pretty blatant at this popular east London lounge bar-cum-club, with name and inspiration coming from king of cool, Steve McQueen. They're admirably quick to admit it too, so expect an homage, with plenty of pictures of the man on set peppering the walls.

Many head down for the regular funky house nights that take place in the club downstairs, with nights usually kicked off with drinks in the more chilled-out bar – expect a long list of cocktails as well as high-end spirits served at the table. Beers include Sagres, Kronenbourg, Moretti and Sol.

There's a restaurant too, with a menu taking influence from across the globe. Expect, then, ceviche, lime and chilli squid and burrata with tomato, gherkins, micro watercress and anchovy oil alongside USDA steaks, fish and chips and duck breast served with truffle mash, sautéed spinach and salsify.  


Venue name: McQueen
Address: 55-61 Tabernacle Street
Transport: Tube: Old Street
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Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:4
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:1
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A casual Thursday night cocktails at Mcqueen's turned into quite the eventful night out. With happy hour offering £6.50 cocktails until 8pm it was expected that we would end up tipsy. What was not expected was the burlesque act who performed at various points throughout the night. She was really good and the crowd both men and women loved her. There didn't seem to be much advertisement for the show however a few people seemed to have turned up to watch the performance, whist most (I think) had come for work drinks/dates/friend drinks etc. I would definitely go back for midweek drinks and casual catch ups with friends as the venue can cater for both small and large groups. All in all a surprising and enjoyable evening.  


We dropped into McQueen for the TimeOut three courses and a carafe of wine deal as I was very keen for a solid steak and chips; unfortunately, I don’t think this place quite makes the cut.

What we had: 

  • Gravlax, bread and butter, pickles and sweet mustard sauce
  • Cheese grits, grilled peppers and meatballs
  • Grilled Salmon escalope and sauce verge
  • 350g Ribeye Steak with Triple cooked chips and bearnaise sauce
  • Chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream
  • Jude’s Ice Cream selection with Maraschino cherries

The entree’s were okay. I found the meatballs over salted and the gravlax fine, but uninspiring. My fellow diner liked the salmon; however I would prefer mine underdone and still pink in the centre. The ribeye was well seasoned and fairly succulent; however the triple cooked chips was dry and didn’t seem freshly fried, as they were lukewarm and seemed a little stale. The béarnaise sauce was very very rich - a lot of butter and very thick - I wouldn’t choose this again. Both of the desserts were fairly average - at least the brownie came out hot. Overall, I think it’s an adequate place for work drinks and nibbles; however, I wouldn’t be in a rush to come back given the prices on the normal menu.

Tip:  they have a club, a lounge bar and an outdoor area and thus would be good for farewells events and the like, or casual get togethers.

Good For: work drinks, casual drinks, small/ large groups, a night out


Having only been here during the day I've found McQueen quite a confusing place. Their menu is a little fancier than most places around but with stereotypical staples, ie. poached eggs and sunday roasts. but what was most memorable was the confusing booking system and the weird staff. 

Firstly, if you're here for brunch, they will walk you to your table in the back room, a dark and somewhat over the top room. Who wants to eat brunch in the dark? Then they forget to offer to take your coat, so the facade of high class vibes stops there. Their leather tables make it seem as though they are trying to be Shoreditch's own version of Gaucho. 

To book the table I had to fill out a signed form, scan it, and send it back to them, and then leave my card details. I understand that this procedure can be necessary for a table at a bar/nightclub but it really shouldn't be this hard to book for brunch or a sunday roast. 

Hopefully after a teething period they'll use the space in a more logical way and figure out how they want their customer service to be run. 


Went to McQueen for a Saturday brunch. Half the tables were filled by ladies doing champagne style brunches. My table on the other hand was downing our large burgers and english breakfasts. The food was tasty and came in very sizeable portions. This place was definitely great value. Service was top notch and definitely worth highlighting. I really like the decor and how they made it a tribute restaurant. I have heard great things about their dinner menu so will definitely be interested in coming back for more great food and service!

So recently attended McQueen for a night out, DJ Luck and Mc Neat were playing and the whole night was good from start to finish! Good crowd and considering how busy it was they were really quick at the bar!

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Lucky enough to have experienced the Outdoor area while it was open and also attended a Jack Daniels Tasting event recently. Never had a bad time in McQueen, they always seem to have something interesting and exciting going on there, which I guess is fair testament to the team


I have been to McQueen’s many times in the past, however on this occasion we got to sit outside on their brand new terrace, located just across the road from the main bar. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, being right next to a building site, however I was very impressed! The bar was busy and had a very chilled yet fun atmosphere – perfect for after work drinks on a Friday! We were drinking their espresso martinis, which are by far the best I have tasted! The staff were very friendly and happy to go through the cocktail menu with us. I will definitely be going back on a sunny evening for some more martinis!


Such a nice bar/restaurant!

Visited McQueen in Shoreditch having initially few drinks in the outdoor area opposite of the main restaurant, and then went inside for dinner. Had a 3 course dinner - everything was just perfect. Delicious dishes, no ordinary tastes, excellent presentation and one of the best service. The wine served also was brilliant. The most impressive is the decoration both in bar's and restaurant's hall. McQueen's black/white photos, leather comfortable sofas and relaxed atmosphere.

I would go for 5/5 stars but it is a bit overpriced for Shoreditch area.


4 of us came here for dinner. We met in the bar first. The room is good, it feels light, bright and spacious. The music is a bit irritating, surely "café del mar" chill-out is past its sell-by date now, but at least it is not loud enough to disturb the conversation. The sofas are nice and the chairs comfortable.

The restaurant is designed in much the same manner as the bar - with big brown distressed leather banquettes and smaller chairs opposite. We ate from the set menu, the starters were good - the smoked salmon was with a grapefruit salad, which suited it well. The mains were steak; lovely with nice jus and great chips, lamb: nicely cooked with mashed potato and green veg, cod which was also reportedly very good and a risotto that we didn't try. Between us we tried the house red, white and rose - all were perfectly drinkable.

The service was very good. I liked all the old Steve McQueen posters around the place. I'd recommend it as somewhere to meet friends especially in the daytime when all the windows make the place so bright and airy.


Dishes worth visiting for: the Tuna Ceviche is excellent. Chunky bits of well marinated tuna with a citrus tang that brings a freshness to your plate. The Lamb rack is also beautifully presented, tender, cooked to the perfect shade of pink and served with a gorgeous jus. I can't speak for the 'club' aspect of this place, but for a great bottle of vino (the house red - a Chilean Shiraz - is top notch) and a catch up with friends over dinner, this is a great East London spot.


This bar is always busy and has a fun atmosphere, though can sometimes be a little pretentious.It’s a big bar and very spacious inside, though does fill up.Drinks and food are reasonable value for money considering the part of town you are in.

I'd eaten here in 2012 and had a great time. But since then the service, quality and clientele has fallen considerably. At the risk of sounding like a snob, the bar/restaurant now seem to be frequented by middle-aged soccer moms and dads that have ventured in from Essex in a bid to recapture their youth at the edge of Shoreditch. The service was the worst! Ordered steaks and received no proper knives. The waiter, a poorly-trained small Italian man seemed more consumed with my date's breasts than the details of our service, even accidentally tacking on an extra £9 at the end, being too distracted by her low-cut blouse. Won't be returning, as too dissapointing to pay such high prices for spotty service, sub-par steaks and a perving waiter.