What used to be a lousy leather shop on Bethnal green road is now a one-stop-party-place to booze and schmooze in. The ground floor pub is one of the best spots in the area for pints, oysters and sliders and it does a great cover up to its secret sister cocktail bar in the basement. Keep an eye out for the sleazy, neon, Vegas sign and you’re in the right place - when it’s lit up it means that things are getting real downstairs. If you find yourself in the toilets you’re close but it’s the other door luv.

Cocktail club this place is, exclusive it isn't, though a booking could be best if you’re hitting it on the weekend. The hostesses are babes and will guide you to your seat and water you well, jump on one of the chunky black stools or get your group into one of the arched alcoves. The copper bar is compact, ever so shiny and the low ceilings give the place that cave-like coolness.

Their cocktail list is short and snappy with variations of classics like the Colonial Old Fashioned made with whisky infused with chai spices, then there’s the Right Hand which is a twist on a Negroni. Check out the left hand side of the menu and their ‘vintage’ section of drinks - it talks just like a sommelier would about wine (if you’re into that). With all this drinking it would be rude not to order in the oysters; get them straight up or the pickled ginger, wasabi and soy went down, well slippery really.




Exmouth Arms, 23 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4QB, UK Tel: +44 20 3664 6451


Tuesday 18:00 - 00:00
Wednesday 18:00 - 00:00
Thursday 18:00 - 00:00
Friday 18:00 - 01:00
Saturday 18:00 - 01:00
Sunday closed
Monday closed



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