Hoxton Square Bar And Kitchen, N1 6NU
- 020 7613 0709
- 2 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU
- 11am-midnight Mon; 11am-1am Tue-Thu; 11am-2am Fri-Sat; 11am-12:30am Sun
A bar on trendy Hoxton Square.
The place is built into a bare concrete basement, just slightly below road level and stretching back to the other side of the block, with a large glass window opening on to the street behind. It's not exactly pretty, but it means lots of space for tables, although it's fairly dark during the day. It fills up in the evenings, and is a popular local venue for live music. Bar service is friendly and given the absence of cash machines in the area, they will give cashback if you pay by card.
There's no real ale on tap, though there are some available in bottles (Sam Smith's, St Peter's organic ale, Bombardier, and a number of lagers). Draught lagers are Kirin (£3.40/pint), Red Stripe and Guinness (£3.30), Stowford Press cider (£3.80) and Paulaner Wheat Beer (£2.50/half). The house red wine isn't particularly great, though.
Food is served 11:30am-11pm Monday to Saturday, and 11:30am-8pm Sunday, although the kitchen has a break between 5-6pm it seems. They do brunch from 11:30am-5pm daily. The menu looks fairly good, with a range of burgers, salads and the like, with mains priced from £8-£12.50.
Live music takes place in a room just off to the side, with its own bar. There's a good range of acts who play, generally touring bands trying to crack the London live scene, so there's often a chance to catch up-and-coming bands playing. The space is large a square, with a raised stage at the front and seating around the edge.