The kneejerk reaction to the Shoreditch bar formula of art installations, salvaged furniture & candles stuck in bottles is a roll of the eyes – but Dreambagsjaguarshoes deserves better. This two-floor venue created from a couple of old shops knocked together (hence the portmanteau moniker) has been on enough blogs to mean there’s hardly a trendy out-of-towner who hasn’t made a beeline here, but its independent spirit, evolving style & eyebrow-raising art keep the place credible. Bottles of foreign lager (Kirin, Estrella & the like), or a more zeitgeisty Kernel IPA or Dark Star Espresso, are the best bets for quick service by the slow staff, though there are maple mojitos & whisky sours, too, if you can hang on a mo. A soundtrack of rumbling buses & police sirens gives DBJS a cool urban edge.
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