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2 August 2014
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Zigfrid

11 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU

Bars Islington, Barnsbury
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  • Wine: £14.90
  • Champagne: £38.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-1am Sun 12N-11.30pm

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The leftfield creation of four Goldsmiths graduates, Zigfrid von Underbelly has decor to match its tongue-twister of a name: totem poles dotted around; horned skulls on the walls; bikes, surfboards & snowboards careering across the ceiling. As Hoxton Square has lost some of its lustre, so this once-hip hangout has merged into the mainstream. Staff seem to be resting on their laurels, too; they’re not always very helpful. The menu lists burgers, salads, tasting plates & such staples as fish & chips or bangers & mash. There’s a brunch menu at weekends, as well as ‘late-night bowls’ after 11.30pm. The drinks list, though spare, features a few well-chosen cocktails. Most nights there’s music: from surf rock, funk & 1990s hip-hop at Wipeout!, to Mondo Retro’s hip sounds of the 1960s.

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  1. It’s hard to find the right word to do Zigfrid von Underbelly justice. I’m mulling over eclectic, passionate, amusing, and although I hate the word – cool. In a summer where most weekends have been blessedly hot, the large outdoor patio at Zigfrid is the perfect place to lay out in and is big enough to service not just the lucky few. An assorted jumble of furniture is arranged inside Zigfrid including squishy leather chesterfields, painted totem poles, and a few statues sporting the exposed male member. On most nights, Brett Eston Ellis’ American Psycho plays out from large screens on loop, whilst the underground ‘underbelly’ is a gig venue for live bands. For Hoxton’s hipsters this is very much the mothership, the pulsating nirvana. Underneath the surface detailing there is a lot to be impressed with. An expansive cocktail menu offers twists on the classis daiquiris, margaritas, caiprinhas and martinis, as well as a range of deliciously naughty shooters. In the north (Manchester) the shooters I’ve had have been cute and, for the most part, tame. At Zigfrid von Underbelly, these bullets of booze are very much shots. Our order of Jaffa Cake, Slippery Nipple, Pear Drop and B52 are sipped on cautiously...
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