Review of Exit Bar:
As a native South Londoner, the East End hasn’t been my ‘stomping ground’ much. In my teenage years I used to enjoy going to Petticoat Lane on a Sunday in search of a bargain; it used to be the centre of the ‘Rag Trade’ and designer seconds and copies were always to be found. During my son’s teens he developed a bit of an obsession with Jack the Ripper and we did several of accompanied walks to view the spots where the poor women were found. These walks took us to the edge of Brick Lane, now known equally for the Beigels and the Bangladeshi curry houses. More recently Shoreditch has become home to hipsters and the development of the Truman Brewery and surrounds have made it very cool place to shop, eat and drink. Indeed Fiona and I visited the Swedish Bar/Cafe Fika about a year ago for drinks and a meal.
Friday night saw us heading for a couple of cocktails at Exit Bar. It’s a stylish bar, with friendly bar staff (mixologists these days!), and comfortable seating. We were there early evening and it attracted a mixed crowd age wise. A DJ was due later and I suspect that the vibe would become more party-like as the evening progressed. The staff told us that it was popular with families during the day time.
I started with a Negroni, which was made absolutely perfectly. My partner had a Whisky Sour which he declared very good. We then sampled another cocktail each; I have to say that the names have escaped me; testament enough to how good the first ones were! All the drinks were made expertly and very well.
Next time I’m in the area and looking for somewhere comfortable in both decor and ambience, I’ll definitely be back.