The Book Club, Shoreditch

  • DATE #119
  • Written by Harriet Chamberlain (Guest Author)
  • 6 years ago
Book Club Shoreditch
Hipster heaven

The Vibe

The Book Club is a drinking den in Shoreditch, not a place for the analysis of literature as the name suggests. Housed over two floors of a former warehouse, the venue has an attractive industrial aesthetic and a relaxed atmosphere (enhanced by low key indie music interrupted occasionally by ironic numbers like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air rap). The club hosts various cultural nights, from DJ sets to arts and crafts, so the tone of the place tends to shift depending on the activities planned. On the whole, the venue looks like a sophisticated student union bar, or the kind of free bar that media offices around Soho and Hoxton offer their employees, complete with pool table. It’s rammed every night with groups of moustached creative types and the occasional financier.

The Order

As hipsters are governed by self-consciousness, expect cocktails called Don’t go to Dalston (£7.50) and Shoreditch Twat (deliberately £7.49), the latter described as ‘a wacky combination of tequila, jaeger, green chartreuse and an egg’. They are all delicious though, with the barmen taking time to craft each one carefully, despite the pressure they must face from the throngs of thirsty bar hounds. The food platters (vegetarian, cured meats etc) are made with good quality ingredients and priced at £12 each.

The Game

The Book Club is perfect for nervy Brits on a first date, particularly those who don’t use the word ‘date’ and are uncomfortable with PDAs. This is because the venue isn’t romantic at all, which will considerably ease the pressure. Call ahead to reserve a table from 6.30pm and arrive before the crowds for a few drinks. There is great potential to draw out the night – so if things are going well, order some food, play some table tennis and keep the delicious drinks coming. Move rooms if you fancy a change of scene. Alternatively, if you’ve been seeing someone for a while, bring them here for one of their unique nights (live music, life drawing classes etc), to shake up the weeknight restaurant routine.

The Faults

It can get extremely busy, especially on weekends. Don’t come here if you dislike queuing or unisex loos.

Sex Factor

2. Any place marketing itself as a ‘youth club’ is unlikely to ooze sex appeal, but the relaxed atmosphere will put anxious daters at ease. There’s plenty of PG rated fun to be had here.

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