The tagline for this Shoreditch bar and music venue is ‘Drink, Dine, Dance’, which is a pretty good summary. Strongroom pulls in the party crowd seven days a week with awesome events, live music, homegrown beers and tasty food pop-ups - and the fact it boasts one of the biggest courtyards in east London simply adds to its appeal. It was National Rosé Day - not that we needed an excuse to crack open a bottle - so we headed east for some sun-soaked sipping…
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen is about an eight minute walk from Shoreditch High Street Overground station, located next to the coffee shop Fix126 on Curtain Road. You’ll see an alleyway signposted 120-124, walk through it and you’ll find yourself in Strongroom’s huge courtyard.
We arrived on a sunny Saturday afternoon and the courtyard was lively, filled with lots of big benches and sun loungers and an outdoor bar decorated in colourful bunting. We’d reserved a bench outside, so took a seat and quickly scanned the wine menu. Moments later, a friendly waitress came over to take our order and tell us a little bit about the venue.
Strongroom opened its doors to the public nearly 20 years ago. It’s a famous recording studio as well as a bar and kitchen, and artists like Nick Cave, Radiohead, The Prodigy and Rufus Wainwright have produced albums here. The place has expanded and the menus have changed quite a lot in the last two decades, but you can see that their passion for music and good times has remained at the very core of their identity.
The venue itself has music written all over it; there’s a club downstairs with a performance stage and vinyl sofas, as well as an upstairs bar for acoustic nights, decked out with copper beer kegs and comfy leather sofas.
After a glass of rosé and a mini tour, we returned to our sun trap and grabbed the waitress to order some food. The kitchen is currently being looked after by Salt & Dry, offering an intercontinental canteen menu of yumminess. After a lot of deliberation, we plumped for hot wings and gravy, chips, radicchio, courgette and blood orange salad and crayfish cooked in beer.
Service was quick and the food arrived wonderfully presented. The aromas of the beer cooking the crayfish flesh within the shell tail were delicious, and the sweet meat was so delicate it melted in the mouth. The salad was a great accompaniment, bursting with bitter flavour, as were the crispy thin chips (ideal for soaking up some of the wine)! The chicken wings were our favourite dish though, drenched in a buttery, sticky gravy sauce; the ultimate messy finger food.
We stayed for a few hours just basking in the sunshine, sipping rosé and enjoying the atmosphere - the perfect way to spend a Saturday.
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