The Hoxton Pony
The scene: Ultra-trendy two-storey bar/club. It’s less pretentious inside than you may think. The DJ plays a mix of surprisingly good tunes and the owners are driven but very down to earth.
Behind the bar: The bar staff are extremely talented and will be able to bespoke a cocktail to suit your tastes. You must try one of the infusion jars – choose from blends of vodkas, whiskies or gins with fruit juices served with tea cups (with saucers attached).
The grub: Try a mixed platter of sweet potato tempura, smoked tomato tartare bruschetta, BBQ chicken and grilled tiger prawns. Delicious.
Bill please: Infusion jugs from £60. Bar food from £3.50.
Verdict: Not cheap, but you’ll definitely have a top night, so it’s well worth the spend.
Curtain Rd, EC2A
Tube: Shoreditch High St