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Having staked out its territory in Angel and Soho, Barrio has brought its full-on fiesta good times to the cool kids of Shoreditch. Shantytown-chic is writ large across a corrugated-iron ceiling
crawling with plastic vines, while rough-hewn wooden booths and blazing neon signs are shaken and stirred with a hefty shot of bright carnival colour. Cocktails – in jam jars – fuel the fun, with
switched-on young staff knocking out the likes of ‘ron mocha boca’ (an X-rated chocolate milkshake made with rum, marzipan, coffee and cream). You can also lay down a solid foundation for the night
with bite-sized empanadas, pork belly and plantain skewers, and shot glasses of spanking-fresh prawn ceviche. The ‘Downtown’ dance floor rocks to DJ beats, revving it up towards the end of the
week; otherwise chill out in the Studio 54-esque ‘Uptown’ back bar.
I had a great time at Barrio East last week for my birthday and from the sounds of it, so did everyone else. There were a couple of things that made me pause for thought but mostly the evening was a success.Firstly, I'd enquired about booking an area for about 30 people. They didn't have anywhere big enough available (or perhaps big enough period) but I was given some tables in the 'Timber Room' that could seat 12 comfortably. I figured that would be fine - and it was. We just needed somewhere to stash our stuff and where we could sit to eat if anyone ordered food. I wanted people to mingle so didn't really want somewhere...
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Barrio East ... is a bar which has everything!From its multiple bars, hidden in little nooks you have to explore to get a full flavor of the place.There is a great terrace/garden at the back, where you can hide out if you want to get some air...
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We were invited to Barrio East, the new restaurant in the Barrio chain, which has just opened in Shoreditch. We have been for happy hour in the Soho establishment but it never crossed our minds that they would do food in the happy hour rush.Anyway we had an invite for brunch – Barrio East is a Latin American joint that tries to capture the enthusiasm, honesty and colour that is associated with this continent...
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Those creative thinkers have pulled out another stop introducing Shoreditch to the Barrio family as I found out recently having attended the VIP opening for their latest addition – Barrio East.The dying crappy “nothing bar” Avalon had finally been shut down (cue cheers all round, really was a weird place), the underground brothel walls were knocked through and bright sunshine paint and South American fusion music entered in its place to infuse Shoreditch High Street into a way of socialising that Poland and Upper Street have already embraced...
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