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Dim sum, cupcakes, cocktails, ice teas & iconic bottled beers are not the least of the Drunken Monkey’s attractions: fans also like its louche Shanghai Lil interior, eclectic beats fresh off
the decks, happy-hour price deals, poker nights & fun cocktail masterclasses for 10 or more alumnae. Highballs worth high-fiving include the mango mule, oriental ginger sour, & lemongrass
gimlet. Simian features (an El Dorado rum, basil & pineapple Collins) is another on-theme worthy, while cocktail jugs at £16.50 are perfect for monkeying around. Order great steaming buns of
dim sum goodness from £3, along with pot-stickers & plates of rice & noodles. The golden-walled Concubine Room is perfect for discreet private bashes.
From this new breed of cool dim sum places, the stand out performer for me (and all those other Wellingtonians out there) is probably Chow. I have many fond memories from here — long lunches between law school lectures, 2 for 1 Monday dinners with the girls when our eyes were usually bigger than our stomachs, and of course 2 for 1 cocktails where the rosebuds kept flowing. All these memories came flooding back when I sat down at The Drunken Monkey in Shoreditch. While the food was a little less sophisticated than Chow, and probably more closely aligned to their traditional inspirations, the atmosphere was very similar....
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