2 Stoke Newington Road , London, N16 7XN

SquareMeal Review of Viva!

A wall painting depicting the Virgin of Guadeloupe blesses this new lo-fi lounge – a lone Latino accent among Dalston’s trad Turkish takeaways with its kitschy, thrown-together favela decor. Fruity cocktails are the USP: all the usual South American suspects (mojito, caipirinha, daiquiri, ‘deluxe’ margarita) put in an appearance, while house fancies include agave sangaree (bourbon, Calvados and agave syrup) and dulce bandera (tequila, butterscotch schnapps, lime and apple juice). Patrón and Don Julio are top tequilas, and there are bottles of Pacifico and Desperado beer in the fridge. Tapas take in tiger prawn and plantain moqueca (a stew), chicken mole, meat quesadillas and taquitos, although the kitchen looks further afield for baked brie or spinach and cashew-stuffed mushrooms – perhaps vegetarianism isn’t big south of El Paso. Upbeat staff rely on their N16 nous, rather than any silver-service training.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Dalston Kingsland Station 520m

Hackney Downs Station 758m


Address: 2 Stoke Newington Road , London N16 7XN

Area: Stoke Newington Stamford Hill

Opening times

Sun-Thurs 6-11pm (Sun -10pm) Fri-Sat 4pm-12M

Nearby Landmarks

Rio Cinema 163m

Hackney Downs 932m


Telephone: 020 7241 1104

Cuisine: Bars

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