16 April 2014

Liquor Cabinet

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  • Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 5pm-12M (Fri-Sat -1am)

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After a slight break in service, while Hackney council and owners Mikey Seddon and Thom Docker (late of The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town) sorted out the proper paperwork, this artfully dishevelled bijou boho bar is back in business. Occupying the site vacated by flash-in-the-pan Quiquiriqui (look for the scruffy, tricky-to-spot doorway behind the Golden Grill kebab joint), it entertains hirsute hipsters until midnight (later at weekends). Dive downstairs for good-natured fun in louche, low-lit, shebeen-like surroundings, complete with a tiny, cash-only bar dispensing boy beers from £3, negroni and rum old fashioneds (served in retro fizzy pop bottles), Del Maguey mezcal, Genever and tonic at £4.50, wine du jour and cheese plates to go with a banging soundtrack. ‘This ain’t your daddy’s liquor cabinet’, say the owners – they’re not wrong.

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  1. Published : Saturday, 5th October 2013

    The List :: Nightjar

    After seeing the state of the Team List Leaderboard, my siblings (and significant plus ones) decided it was time to get some more points. Nightjar has been on The List for a long time, and Em has just moved up to Hoxton so I booked us in for some pre-dinner drinks at 18.30. Early evening slots are quite easy to come by, but if you want to have a table later on (when the live jazz gets going) you need to book way in advance - I'm talking a month or two here. Nightjar is tucked away inbetween various unsavoury looking kebab shops and cafés just off the Old Street roundabout. You may have unknowingly walked past it during the day, but it is pretty obvious at night due to the queue and sore thumb doorman (Opium and Ballroom du Beef are also guilty of this hidden bar crime). You instantly forget what neighbourhood you are in once you make it downstairs. We were shown to a cosy table opposite the piano, which would have been ideal if it had been a little later on. The background jazz was already much better than most bars manage. We were brought the now customary jug of bizarre flavoured water (cucumber, apple, Miles Davis' sweat etc etc) with some free popcorn to keep us happy whilst we tried to make the tough first cocktail decision...
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