Mason And Taylor, E1 6LA
It closed in late September 2012, and the premises were taken over by BrewDog, who opened BrewDog Shoreditch there in October 2012.
The information below is retained for people who want to know what it used to be like.
This corner site has large floor-to-ceiling windows which let in plenty of light during the day. There are wooden canteen tables set up inside along the windows, as well as some booths near the door, and a few seats outside by the front entrance. A downstairs bar area is opened up on Friday and Saturday evenings (and can be booked), as well as during the occasional beer festival, and obviously gets far less light, though covers plenty of space in an L-shaped room, with large couches in several corners.
Although this is very much a bar, there are three handpulls on the bar, along with occasional extra ales on stillage at the end of the bar. All the ales change regularly, and there are also guest craft and foreign lagers. The bottled beer selection is also extensive, with a regularly-changing menu and guest beers available. On Ewan's September 2011 visit, Magic Rock Dark Arts (a stout) was on handpull, along with a couple of other interesting choices. Another excellent Magic Rock ale (High Wire) was available on a May 2012 visit.
There's a good food menu available as well, which focuses on small plates (each around £5-6), and is good quality. The only bar snacks available are pork scratchings (but these are made in-house and are far superior to the packet variety).
Accessibility: No step to get in (just a small ridge). Stepfree to bar, to all of the ground-floor seating, and to the toilets. One of the (unisex) toilet cubicles is an accessible one with a low sink, a low hand drier, grab bars, and an alarm cord. On our June 2012 visit the music was quite loud, and although they turned it down very slightly when we asked, it was soon loud enough again to impede conversation somewhat.