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  • 5.0 star rating
    17/6/2014

    This is the best beer bar in shore ditch, maybe London. Selection of brewdog beers plus mikkeller and 'merican micro brews. They serve Texas BBQ as well. Beer and BBQ happen to be my two favourite things.

    Caution: the plate I brisket is HUGE. Way too much food for one person. But it tastes so good that you will try to eat it all. I thought it tasted better than any of the brisket I had in Austin, except maybe franklins.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/5/2014
    1 check-in ROTD 20/8/2014

    I'm so so so happy I finally convinced my friends to come here with me. I've had BrewDog beers at Yelp events, pubs, and restaurants, and took a short trip to the BrewDog in Camden, so basically knowing that I liked the beers (rare for me, I prefer cider myself), and that there's a 'secret' bar in the basement, I knew I had to go to the Shoreditch bar.

    We came here on a Saturday night and it was surprisingly quiet. Most seats were taken but it wasn't by any means packed which was great, since we had just come from a really packed pub to watch a football match!

    We came specifically to try out Underdog, so we went downstairs and the paintingdoor is not as inconspicuous as most here would have you believe. As long as you know it's there, it's pretty obvious. Actually, most of the times I went up and down the stairs, the 'secret' door was already open! Maybe it stays closed better during weeknights.

    Anyway, we got down to Underdog and were greeted a live band playing really great 50s rock n roll music! The atmosphere was really relaxed and people were obviously having a great time. The decor is super fun with loads of apothecary bottles on shelves and strange little bits and bobs everywhere. I also really appreciated the ridiculous collage that is the stairwell down to the toilets, and in the toilets themselves. So many interesting pictures, I stayed looking at them for ages!

    We had a look at the cocktail menu and were a bit overwhelmed by the strange choices, but they all looked delicious. Still, we asked the super awesome bartender for a recommendation and he made us drinks that were off the menu, which was super cool, and which tasted really good and really strong! Next time I think I'll try out the on-menu cocktails since they all sound so intriguing!

    So yes, live band stayed being awesome, and once they finished a DJ came on to play for the rest of the night. This was not the best part as the music, while still good, was not quite fit for dancing the way we had for the live band. We still danced the night away anyway, and I'm excited about coming back sometime!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/4/2014
    1 check-in

    Where else are you going to be able to drink a 'breakfast' cocktail complete with toast and jam next to a stuffed stoat with wings?

    UnderDog, named because it's under BrewDog, is a quaint little speakeasy bar in the heart of Shoreditch and is packed full of character.

    Their specialty is beer cocktails and if you think you won't like it because you're not a fan of beer, then you're wrong. The menu is FANTASTIC. Each cocktail has its own little quirk ranging from mandarin foam to lovehearts crushed and mixed into the alcohol and for the most part, none of it tastes like beer. At least, not that warm lime-stuck-in-the-top beer you're used to.

    It's probably important to note while we're on the subject that sometimes you just shouldn't eat the cool adornments though. I had some of the toast and jam and it was so salty and stale that it put me right off. And you should also keep an eye on the bartenders when they make your drink, because we ordered one with a dash of Tabasco in it and she ended up pouring the whole bottle in... no exaggeration. It was like fire. They apologised and replaced it though so it's all good.

    The place itself is effortlessly cool. Stuffed animals adorn the walls, every table and chair seems to be different and the walls and lighting give it a distressed feel to it that makes you feel a bit like you've stepped back in time. It's a proper speakeasy.

    But be prepared to wait because the queue for the bar can be upwards of 20 minutes. Half our group disappeared for over half an hour and came back with just three drinks. It's busy and there seems to be no control on how many people are let in.

    There are also not enough seats for the amount of people. Not even close. We ended up standing around two stools in what seemed like an alleyway and were pushed around a lot. Uncomfortable. But then it isn't exactly the type of intimate exclusive place where you'd expect to sit down, so, you know, whatever.

    The downsides to UnderDog are sort of big ones for me considering I spent all night there, but they're easily overlooked if what you're after is somewhere to try interesting drinks in a very cool Shoreditch environment. It does that very well indeed after all.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/9/2014

    I went on a Friday evening around 10pm and the music was played louder and louder. I had to yell to talk to my cousin but the ambience and atmosphere was still nice. Crafty menus and quirky design really took my heart. I had the Tokyo, which is the tastiest imperial stout I've ever had. I also had the Dead Pony Club to nurse for a longer period and it was not bad. This place would have to be my must-visit if I'm ever over the pond again!

  • 3.0 star rating
    27/3/2014
    2 check-ins

    Lovely craft beer and very nice staff. This place can be very crowded during the evening so avoid it at the weekend where it can get too uncomfortable.

    Having said that, Brewdog is one of my favourite drinking places in Shoreditch. If it's not too crowded.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/4/2014

    i am a big fan of brewdog, not only because they are my scottish homeboys,  but because their punk ipa actually got me into craft beer after forever being a wine drinker. GOOD WORK!

    i've been to quite a few of their locations now. shoreditch is good being just at the end of brick lane, and it also has a fun downstairs cocktail bar (which isn't always open). it seems to be forever busy so can be quite difficult to get a seat, and even though they say that they reserve tables for bigger groups, i have found that they are impossible to get hold of via email or phone, so it would be cool if they could sort that out!

    i love that brewdog is dog friendly. my pup loves coming here - brewdog clientele seem to love him a lot a lot, so it's also nice seeing how much he brightens up everyone else's drinking experience too!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/4/2014
    1 check-in

    Based UNDER Brewdogs in Shoreditch, Underdogs is it's cocktail swilling cousin.  The decor is very macabre, victorian with faux damp stained walls, shrunken heads and taxidermy animals.

    The crowd is very hipster, as is the music.

    There's a long wait to get to the bar and then another long wait for the cocktails to be prepared.  But that may be a good thing as they're quite potent.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/1/2014 Updated review

    This speakeasy-styled bar is in the basement of this BrewDog Shoreditch. There's a not-very-hard-to-find hidden entrance to this place, FYI. Underdog actually isn't that bad; it makes for a good spot to take a non-beer geek type. They specialise in beer cocktails but you can also buy the standard lineup of BrewDog beers. It's an interesting place and worth checking out.

    Also, the fact that this place has so many perfect 5-star ratings is ludicrous; people need to get out more. But this is why BrewDog is proving so successful as a company - there are lots of people buying into the manufactured hipness of the brand.

    3.0 star rating
    19/1/2014 Previous review
    As with all BrewDog bars, this one has lots of BrewDog on keg in addition to a decent range of guest… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    31/8/2013

    Just when I thought I couldn't love anything the Brewdog folks do any more than I already do, I finally visited UnderDog and was proved wrong.

    It opens at 6pm (discovered this as we got there at 1750 on a Friday) and entrance is down the stairs in Brewdog Shoreditch. Fairly typical speakeasy set up in that it's completely hidden and there's a door built into the false wall. I was a bit confused myself and the bouncer at the top of stairs has to gesture accordingly when she saw me looking confused. Bit ashamed I couldn't work it out quicker but props to her for being attentive and helpful.

    The space is actually much larger than I expected and extremely cozy. To me it felt 1940s ish America (I have no idea if this is even remotely accurate or based on false preconceptions that exist only in my head). It was just the right level of dimness to give it a warm feeling while being bright enough to easily see everything. Table service too which is a plus.

    Drinks are fairly standard price at 9-10 pounds each. Ordered the Dog Julep myself but also tried the dead cobbler and French morning. The drinks are strong, tasty and just generally really well made!

    Cannot recommend this place enough. It wasn't even that crowded on a Friday evening which is another positive. If you're in the area, do yourself a favour and check it out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/9/2013
    4 check-ins

    I think BrewDog is the evolution of bars in the UK.  The craft beer scene in the UK has been bubbling away for a short while now, but BrewDog is one of the best bars I've seen that captures the passion for craft beer that our american friends across the pond have had for 15+ years now.

    No longer should you have to walk into any UK bar and, without looking, ask for any of their 6 bland and boring draught lagers.  Going to a bar should be exciting experience, where you wait in anticipation to see what new brews they have each and every time you turn up.

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/10/2013 Updated review

    I have yet to have eaten something at BrewDog thats not AMAZING. Their menu is always changing, and last night their texas menu pretty much blew me away. Their beef brisket is better than anything i've eaten in the american south, the pulled pork was soooo tender, and the sausage links delicious. How do they manage to make regional food taste so good is beyond me. All I know is that in spite of the crowd and having to fight for a place to sit, I will still come here just to eat something.

    The drinks here are of course what you should be also here for. The great news is that they not only have their own beer, but they also have a good selection of wine and cider. Something for everyone!

    Last time I was here they didn't have the basement opened up. This time around, with the basement opened, it's definitely not as crowded.

    The service is always incredible every time im here.

    LOVE THIS PLACE!!

    4.0 star rating
    30/10/2012 Previous review
    A place for drinks - not so much dinner, though their small menu does have very yummy food. The… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    30/5/2013
    2 check-ins

    BrewDog? I fucking love you and your craft beer.  I love the way your brew tastes, I love the way they make me feel all tingley inside (pissed) I love the way you look, with your stripped back industrial styley interior, I love your hairy men & sexy ladies talking beer at me, it gives me a mahoosive beer boner, so basically BrewDog, I FUCKING LOVE YOU!

    Go there!

  • 5.0 star rating
    20/6/2013
    1 check-in
    Listed in Centurion 2013.

    No, this is not a review for the accident helpline for those who have been injured at their workplace which is not their fault. ( Thumbs up if you know the advert I'm referring to!) but Brewdog's secret speakeasy bar! No, I'm not going to tell you how to get in, that ruins the concept of secret.

    So, you enter this bar, it's super cosy, dim lit and the shelves are lined like a Victorian wunderkammer, I love it already. But then again, I do love the pretentiousness of it all. We actually ordered two dead cobblers, because it seemed to be a safe option and we didn't feel like hitting the hard stuff today, y'know whiskey cocktails. So the dead cobbler is a fruit mix of grapefruit, raspberry syrup, gin and topped with dead pony lager with fresh grapefruit pieces. And it was BEAUTIFUL. Like I would have never put beer into cocktail but it surprisingly made it easier to drink and much lighter. it didn't feel like I was drinking alcohol, but 2-3 of those, I'd be on the floor (shitfaced) Bonus points for table service and managing to score a free appetiser because the party that was supposed to turn up didn't.* WIN. YGO would be proud of my chinese thrift gene.

    *this is an atypical situation!

    To the creator of the dead cobbler, you sir (or madam) are a GENIUS.

  • 5.0 star rating
    24/4/2014

    Was not expecting to find a great bar like this in London with California brewed IPAS! Was on zero sleep waiting for a friend to fetch after a flight from San francisco. Bartender was very nice and let me use her phone to make a phone call while I used the internet. Ended up having a few drinks here for the next few weeks I was in London thanks guys!

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/3/2013 Updated review
    8 check-ins

    Look at that rating. No really, look at it. At the time of writing this, seven reviews all with five radiantly red stars. This place is top notch, and not just because it's "secret." But let's start with the secret bit, shall we?

    When enjoying a pint up at BrewDog, I noticed people kept coming and going up and down the stairs. Curiosity piqued, I wandered down with friend in tow to find ourselves in a small black room which appeared to be a dead end.

    "Wait a moment," I thought, "this is one of *those* places!!"

    I had never been to one of the renowned secret bars of Shoreditch before UnderDog, and I was very excited to have accidentally found one! I ended up popping in "just to check it out," but stayed for three drinks.

    Speaking of drinks, they were lovely! I had two of the bourbon & pickle juice shots (they had a name, maybe something to do with turtles??) and one of the cocktails which had bourbon as well, but tasted like a delicious espresso drink. I'd highly recommend!

    A strange but notably great highlight was when I stepped out to the loos, and came back in... this smell, of maybe wood and candles and liquor and some other amazing smells, all came together to form this warm feeling inside me. I have rarely been so glad to step into a room, just based on the smell alone. Truly amazing, though difficult to describe.

    The service was great, the atmosphere untouchable. A true speakeasy where the casual dressed and the city boys can all feel comfortable, because it's not about us, it's about enjoying a great drink at the end of the day.

    4.0 star rating
    17/3/2013 Previous review
    There are two things in this world that brought me to yelp: food trucks, and beer. I consider myself… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    28/11/2012
    4 check-ins

    I love this bar.

    I hardcore love this bar.

    If I lived closer to Shroeditch, I would be here all the time. And even then, I'm going out of my way to come here. This bar literally has everything I want from a bar.

    First of all - beer. And not just any beer, but specially made BrewDog beer (they're both a brewery and a bar, with a few spots throughout the UK). And the beer is good. Try something like the (They also have non BrewDog beer if you want it). Get the San Diego Scotch Ale, delicious Raspberry Revolver or a shot of The Tactical Nuclear Penguin, a beer so potent it will destroy you. Or not. Still try it.

    Then the bar is large, which means there is room to sit, stand or a combination or the two at the bar. There's room to move in this place, which is great. Even when it's crowded, it never feels insanely crowded. (Possible weekend nights exception of course.)

    And the staff I've talked to have been top-notch. They know their beers, they're friendly, they are good people all around.

    They also have food, but I haven't had a chance to check it out. Soon though.

    All good things, but what makes this bar a five-star experience? Two more things.

    GAMES! I love bars with board games, even though I rarely play them. But if I ever feel the need, I want to have them, and they've got a full shelf of board games. My god, it's like they read my mind.

    And then, Underdog... I'm not sure I should be telling people about this since I sort of want to keep it a secret, but hell, if you're a Yelper and reading this, then I'm sure I want to hang out with you down there...

    Underdog is the secret speakeasy bar beneath BrewDog. Walk down the stairs and you'll come across a wall with a painting on it. This is actually a hidden door into an amazing underground jazz and voodoo-esq beer cocktail bar. Eventually, I'll review this thing separately to give more details, but for now, just know it exists and is worth checking out.

    Go. Go now. Run. Go. BrewDog. Go.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/11/2012
    1 check-in
    Listed in Shoreditch

    I needed a beer.
    A beer -- in Shoreditch.
    A Raspberry Revolver...?
    A kind and friendly barman.
    A Raspberry Revolver, indeed.
    I'm revolved.

    Oh, what's this...a Dead Cobbler, you say?
    Ok, why not...tomorrow's Thursday.
    With half a grapefruit, Death's Door Gin
    That one beer turned into a little jammin'.

    Hipsters in Shoreditch?
    Surely not in short supply.
    Now you've got BrewDog
    ...as you watch them breeze by.

    There's secrets I can't tell,
    ...but soon the world shall know.
    You can be sure, I'll be back...
    Update to follow.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/11/2012
    ROTD 24/3/2013

    I may be the first to review UnderDog, but I certainly won't be the last. Nestled in the depths of BrewDog's new Shoreditch establishment, UnderDog is arguably East London's best new speakeasy. If you manage to find the secret door, you'll enter a near entirely candle lit room, where the vibe is relaxed, collected, and seems an undeniably positive and refreshing change compared to other cocktail bars in the area.  

    In addition to the cocktail menu, where many of the items actually contain BrewDog's fresh brews, one can also order several of the beers available on tap upstairs. You're also more then welcome to bring a beer down with you, as the list above is slightly more extensive. If you're lucky you might even be given some popcorn.

    At the time of writing, UnderDog has only just opened and as we enjoy the honeymoon period, let's just hope we have a few months before everyone finds out.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/1/2014

    Went to Brew Dog on a Saturday night as I had heard good reviews, little did I know the secret hiding beneath! Managed to find UnderDog accidentally, but was encouraged to move forward into the painting (hidden door) by the staff member sitting at the top of the stairs. This opened out into a whole new surprise! Much more spacious than I ever would have thought and on this particular night there was a great jazz band playing. What I loved most about the UnderDog is that it wasn't completely packed unlike the floor above with all those unsuspecting patrons.

  • 1.0 star rating
    19/4/2014

    I was at BrewDog yesterday after checking out the Oasis expo up the road and the place was pretty full but not heaving.

    Ordered meaty sandwiches and fries for me and 5 friends. 1st meal came after 10 mins, next 2 meals came after another 20mins, another meal came out about 20mins after that.... still leaving one more meal to come over an hour after ordering! Was told it was on the way by a couple of staff, waited, waited some more, accepted a free round of drinks, waited more, still no sandwich and fries!

    I asked for a refund for the meal that never was and they obliged as well as refunding an extra meal for my troubles. The staff were apologetic and I got the idea it was a kitchen issue not an ordering issue.

    Must have been an off day as all the other reviews seem to be pretty good for this this branch of BD.

  • 5.0 star rating
    17/1/2013
    1 check-in

    BrewDog, how I love you so...

    Would I could, I'd while away the days (and nights) here, playing scrabble, chatting to the strapping Scottish barmen, and drinking half-pint after half-pint of delicious chocolate stout and refreshing cherry sour beer (maybe not together).

    The drinks are fairly standard, in terms of price -- you'll find that most are within the £3-6 range. They do things a little differently here, in that they don't automatically serve everything in pint form when it comes from the tap, as they vary the sizes based on the drink's flavor and strength/alcohol content (for example, you wouldn't want to be drinking something as heavy/uniquely flavored as said chocolate stout in full pints). They are also more than happy to let you taste multiple beers until you've found one that you really love! In a way, it's good that they essentially cut you off before you've gone too far, or end up wasting your drink because you can't finish -- you really enjoy each sip of beer to the fullest, as it should be! If beer isn't your thing, they do have cocktails and wine...however, the bar is called BREWdog, people, so you best be drinking their brews.

    I wish I were rich enough to make this my local, seeing as I live literally three minutes away. Until I win the lottery, however, it will remain a sweet treat for every odd weekend, and I'll work my way through the many different brews in due time. The last few times I've been (usually Fridays), I've tried to go to Underdog, but it's been so busy that I haven't yet gotten the chance. Next time, though!

    If there's nothing you love more than a good craft beer, a board game, and a Scotsman, this is the place for you.

    P.S. Bring cash unless you want to buy drinks in rounds, there's a £5 card minimum.

    P.P.S. Keep some of that cash and go get a bagel from across the street when the night's over. You can thank me later.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/8/2013

    During a long stay in London for work, I was eager to find a lowkey bar that wasn't trolling with City types or corporate chit-chat. BrewDog came to my rescue on a few occasions, saving me from having to drink crap on tap or wade through a mess of suits to get to the bar.

    If you're already in Shoreditch, I highly recommend making your way over. If you're not already in Shoreditch, you probably ought to get yourself to Shoreditch. And then make your way to Brewdog. You won't be disappointed.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/3/2014

    Real TEXAN FOOD in London! Great beer, food and atmosphere. You're going to spoil the lot!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/12/2012
    5 check-ins

    Helllloooo speakeasy. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm a huge fan of any place with a secret door. It's effing awesome and I'm so glad my group and I were able to get in during their soft opening.

    I was feeling a bit under the weather so I was only able to try one drink. Never having a beer cocktail before, I was surprised that my Cream Porter Float actually tasted good. Besides the unique beer cocktails, they've got mixologists ready to make any cocktail you ask for. With great drinks and a candlelit ambiance to match, just add good company and you've got yourself an unforgettable drinking experience. Enjoy!

  • 4.0 star rating
    28/11/2012
    1 check-in

    The beer here is incredible. But the seating and food are not.

    I was always a little sceptical of Brewdog ever being disappointed by their Punk IPA a year ago. But trying to keep an open mind and urged on by several other Yelpers, I paid their bar in Shoreditch a visit and am really glad I did.

    The range, quality and price of the beer here is superb and I have to agree with Brewdog's claims to being adventurous in their creations, with ever-stronger beers in ever-smaller serving sizes (so no need to break the bank or your liver - nice!). My favourite is probably the easy drinking Dead Pony Club, but I heartily approve of several of the others too. I also applaud their embrace of beers from other inventive breweries, most notably from perennial favourite of mine, Mikkeller, including their excellent 13% stout aged in Bourbon bottles. Their friendly staff and dimly-lit interior are also worth a shout.

    The downsides of the place are the seating and food. I've been here twice now, and neither time was the group of Yelpers I was with able to sit down together, despite staying for several hours. This holds even in the early part of the week, when bar custom is usually lower than later in the week. The food is also disappointing: Japanese-styled street food that is sub-par and pricey. I hear the food at Brewdog Camden (burgers) is better in both respects.

    Nevertheless, the unique and top quality beer offered by Brewdog Shoreditch makes it an essential stop on any beer tour of London.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/1/2013

    Linked to the Brew Dog brewery, this bar is a must for anyone that loves their beer...

    With a selection of great lagers, stouts and porters there is something for everyone... and if you don't want to have to make a choice... then why not go for a tasting platter of smaller quarter pints!

    They also serve other drinks, so don't be too worried if you're not into beer...

    But the biggest secret... well that's the underground cocktail bar (called the underdog), where you'll find amazing cocktails that include beer and taste absolutely divine...  They have something for everyone. Also check out the quirky, but morbid victorian freakshow themed artwork in this low lighted, laid back cavern.

    Prices are reasonable.

    A really nice, down to earth bar with a good atmosphere... but perhaps better visited in the week, as this can get very busy at weekends and you often have to queue to get in.

  • 5.0 star rating
    14/11/2012
    ROTD 22/12/2012

    Finally, quality beer in Shoreditch! I checked out BrewDog last night with a large group of fellow Yelpers, and I was not disappointed. The staff is extremely knowledgable about beer, and the selection is pretty extensive for what I've seen in London (and fairly affordable). I had a Zeitgeist and then a Raspberry Revolver, which was absolutely delicious. The one downside of BrewDog is that there is limited seating.

    tldr: thumbs up.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/2/2013
    3 check-ins
    Listed in Date night, Cocktailz

    *NB I've subsequently realised I should have put this review under Underdog, the basement speakeasy of BrewDog.

    My workmate is a craft beer fan and recommended BrewDog, which I wasn't too sure about because unfortunately I do not actually like beer. However, it is in the ideal location to sandwich some drinks in between my afternoon bday party at Benets and my late night bday rave at Bethnal Green Workingmen's Club.

    However, BrewDog was not at all just a filler - it was awesome. I walk past it daily and always thought it looked a bit bland/sterile from the outside but inside is much more inviting and what I didn't realise was that there is an awesome downstairs bar with great music, toilets plastered with 50s pinups and a range of delicious cocktails, some of which feature beer. I was a big fan of the Snakebiterita which was tart and highly drinkable, but the Drunken Pony Negroni was also pretty good and came in an excellent cut glass tumblr.

    We got there early on Saturday night and there was loads of space for a group. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough. Staff were nice from the door to the bar, they also have waiter service for drinks and the incredible hot dogs. I often find hotdogs a bit underwhelming but the Massive Pole (Huge Pole? Some kind of Gargantuan Pole, anyway) was delicious.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/4/2013
    6 check-ins

    Because I'm obviously a massive Corporate type, I'd been sent south far from the Frozen North of Mancunia to soak in the tricks of the trade from my alternates in London town... exciting, said no one.

    In need of tasty beverages to put in my face I was most pleased to learn that one of Londons BrewDog bars was a reasonablish walk from the offices I would inhabit for a few days, and so being a fan of the BrewDog range felt it would be a terrible waste of a journey not  to pay homage.

    BrewDog beer is BrewDog beer so I see no point in dwelling upon it spending time commenting upon such things, it's good beer.

    Gotta say I prefer the layout of the Manchester Bar, not sure what it was about the Shoreditch one it just didn't gel with my brain matter, and really unhelpfully I can't tell you why, plenty of seating, or at least there was with it being Mon and Wed night (who said I couldn't go twice). But this is hardly a reason to avoid by any means.

    bit dissapointed on the food front, Manchester Bar offers Burgers/Pizzas/Chicken wings/Cold meat n Cheese board. Shoreditch just did hotdogs.. Shame

    I like the atmosphere of the place dunno if that's cos it was early week but it felt very chilled out which is just what you want after a day at work.

    Definitely would go again just for the beer, would nice if they upped their food menu a bit too

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/4/2013 Updated review
    5 check-ins

    Curiosity will often get you into trouble, but other times can result in some truly excellent finds. Underdog was one of these, as I was intrigued where people kept disappearing to underneath Brewdog Shoreditch and I stumbled upon this hidden bar. The first time, we accidentally crashed the soft open and, instead of being justifiably kicked out, we were welcomed by the owner who then spent some time discussing his vision for the place. Since that was not a typical experience, I thought I should head back for a more subtle try to see how it really was. And it's still bloody amazing.

    The menu has slimmed down a little bit from the soft open - a few drinks were excellent ideas but not commercially viable such as the "Hot Dawg" which required a special machine to warm the drink and could only last 30 minutes before the whole machine's contents had to be tossed. However, it still boasts a pretty good spread and the extra twist that all drinks incorporate one of Brewdog's beers. My personal favourite is the Toussaint's Tipple which is a potent bourbon-based drink garnished with atomised Tactical Nuclear Penguin - Brewdog's 32% ABV whiskey-like beer. Delicious spicy oak taste with that malty Penguin smell makes it a winner in my book.

    For the fruit lovers, the Cobbler is a compilation of citrus notes blended with a light beer (perhaps an IPA?) or if bitter is your thing go for the Dead Pony-groni which mixes your standard Negroni with Dead Pony Club, one of BrewDog's most popular beers in the California Pale Ale style. I'm going of my decidedly hazy memory as there is no website to double check the cocktail menu. In fact, the BrewDog website doesn't mention Underdog at all, meaning it's a good thing you're reading this or you may never have known about it!

    Underdog is definitely a catch up and chill place (or play Cards against Humanity) with the soft lighting, laid back jive bar atmosphere, and plenty of seating. In fact, the lights are so low that most illumination is by candlelight which makes it an excellent date spot although incredibly challenging to read the menu at your table. When seated, there is table service but you may find it quicker to drop by the bar if the thirst is upon you. In fact, it's a good idea to go to the bar and chat to the top notch bartenders. I went to get a round in and my friends had to come drag me away as I was in deep conversation with one French chap (if I guess his name I'm sure to spell it wrong) over various Japanese whiskies we wanted to try.

    Oh, if you want shots you are out of luck. The only shot they serve is a pickleback (a shot of whisky chased by a shot of pickle juice). Highly entertaining to watch people try one for the first time as it's not an easy one for the uninitiated.

    5.0 star rating
    24/12/2012 Previous review
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  • 5.0 star rating
    12/12/2012 Updated review
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    I, like Nida K., am a fan of places with secret doors. But let's face it, there are quite a few secret doors in Shoreditch by now.

    The wondrous effect, however, is not lost on this place, which is in stark contrast to the casual brewery-style pub above.

    This is a really gorgeous and unique space- part speakeasy, part deep American south voodoo-chic (if that's even a thing), part Victorian-ish vintage. And totally, totally cool. The well-presented details in the decour give your eyes plenty to explore and talk about whilst waiting for your beverage.

    Well-crafted beer infused cocktails, sincerely friendly service (the main barman/owner guy was really, really nice. Incredible moustache as well), and the ambiance is a nice mix of lively and intimate. The porter cocktail with cream was special, though I forget it's name.

    In short, definitely check this place out. I'll be back, if for nothing else than to hang out with the voodoo skeleton in the back. I wonder what his name is...

    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2012 Previous review
    Great beer, great atmosphere, really friendly staff.

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  • 4.0 star rating
    14/11/2012
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    I don't like beer that much.  I did.  Growing up.  But then I realized it didn't agree with my internal chemistry, lifestyle, bladder size and emissions.  So I gave it up (mostly).

    Since moving to London, however, I've realized that sometimes you just gotta go with beer.  Especially in a place that makes its own.  And you know what?  I loved their beer.  In particular, the very strong IPA (not its real name).

    After 2-3 of these, I no longer care what I'm drinking or doing.  Which might explain why I woke up in Mexico wrapped in plastic and wearing handcuffs.  Just kidding.  They were leggings.

    Bit really,,, it's a cool joint with a cooler downstairs an the beer on either level is top notch.   Just be sure to wear good leggings.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/7/2013

    A great speak easy hidden under a bar I've never wanted to go to in the first place.
    Cocktails are delicious, and atmosphere is very cosy and charming. The only downside is the music: too loud.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/2/2014

    Great microbrewery -- a lot of creative (and crazy!) beers.  The Camden location is more of a laid back pub vibe and the bartenders spend more time (because they can!) letting you sample all their recommendations before ordering your pint.  Shoreditch is more 'Shoreditchy' so tends to be jam packed.  

    They take reservations for tables up until 6pm but not after.  There's no time limit on your booking so you can stay all night at the same drinking spot if you want (otherwise you're likely to be standing/drinking).  We came here midway through a pub crawl and had a private area in the back of Underdog reserved, almost like a side room.  It was huge and very cool - we were around 20 people and I would say it was too big for us.    There were two separate little couch areas for sitting and a big table.  A very trendy vibe and was separate but you didn't feel away from the Brewdog vibe -- more like a VIP area actually.  And we didn't have to pay anything upfront to reserve -- just called a few weeks in advance so I would definitely recommend this for a group or if you're planning a party.  We ordered loads of different things on the Texan BBQ menu but nothing was amazing.  It just gave me more of an 'eh' feeling.  But in full disclosure I was mid way through a pub crawl (read: I was tanked!), so I'd be interested to give a try again.   If/when the time comes I'll update the post accordingly.

    as a side note Underdog is the bar downstairs of Brewdog.  They're going for a speakeasy vibe.  It's well known and people come and go freely --the door is wide open.

    Overall a great place for drinks with the crew --- a very fun night out.

  • 2.0 star rating
    15/3/2013

    Yes, a nice beer selection.....but did anyone here go to the previous bar that was here: Mason & Taylor? I'm sorry, I think the BrewDog folks are falling far short of the previous tenants, on three particular counts:

    1. The beer! Yes, they've got a nice selection in bottles, but the on tap selection is quite limited. And the bottle selection, when compared to M&T doesn't come close. And there's no description of any of the bottled beers.

    2. The tables. I mean....there used to be tables. Now there are a few high tables with stools, but there are no longer tables for 2 or 4 people to sit out. There's only these longer high-tables, which is not terribly conducive to two people who want to sit in relative peace and enjoy a few beers. It appears that the idea is allow more people to stand. Fine, that's their prerogative -- to have a bar like they want. I guess I preferred it being less of a "bar". If that's your preference, enjoy.

    3. The food. M&T had a proper menu (and proper tables to sit down at to eat). What's left is -- well, some fine bar snacks.

    In short, they kinda turned it into a beer-focused bar to rival the vomit-soaked places throughout Shoreditch, just a touch nicer. Oh joy.

    Sorry, you ruined the place for us.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/1/2013

    This has very quickly become one of my favorite places to go for a chilled night out.

    Most (possibly all) of UnderDog's cocktails contain beer, or a beer reduction of some sort, which makes them quite unlike other cocktails in the area.

    After you've made your way in to BrewDog, go down the stairs and see if you can find the door. That is the first challenge.

    Once you're in, find a table and settle in for some of the friendliest table service in Shoreditch and some pretty tasty popcorn.

    UnderDog is a speakeasy and it is full of quirks, from the odd (quite scary) photos in the toilets, to the jars on hair on shelves, to the various other oddities I'll leave you to discover for yourself.

    Go, go now, and definitely have a Cream Porter Float

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/1/2013

    Relaxed spot in Shoreditch to grab a pint. All of the beers are made in house. The guys & gals behind the counter are friendly and aim to please as they ask questions and let you sample to find exactly what you are looking for.

    BrewDog is a convenient place to pop by before or after dinner and is within easy walking distance of Beigel Bake, a mecca for late night cheap eats on the eastside.

    Also, if you want a slight change of scenery head downstairs for UnderDog.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/2/2014

    This is quite a funky little underground bar, and is a welcome surprise after being in the bustling charmless bar above.  It's low lit and over air-conditioned, my American friend thought it was reminisicent of bars you find in the Southern states of the US.  They sell beer cocktails and have six of the Brewdog beers available on tap.

    The place is OK but it feels very forced, it's trying so hard to appear trendy and rebellious but ends up feeling manufactured and empty of real character.  The waiters were very rushed here, sometimes coming over to ask if we needed any drinks and at other times ignoring us for long periods of time so that we had to go the bar to order.  It's a small place so doesn't really need table service but it's better if a place does it fully or not at all, rather than a strange kind of intermittent service.  Add to this that the staff were noticably agitated and on edge, which is usually a sign of management refusing to hire enough staff and instead overworking the few they have.  It doesn't fit with the relaxed atmosphere the place is aiming for.

    Overall it's an OK place to head to if you're looking to try some Brewdog beers or cocktails, but the popularity of the bar is a bit surprising.  I think it rides on the fashionable image the company has - hitting style over substance really.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/11/2012

    "This Raspberry Revolver tastes like juice and sparkling water..."

    Maybe not the most hardcore of the brews offered, the Raspberry Revolver was only one of many that we tried that night.  BrewDog has an interesting selection to accommodate different tastes, and perhaps against our better judgement, we tried most of it.

    While the Raspberry Revolver was 4.5% alch and light, the Coffee and Chocolate Stout was 9% and not for the weak.  Wheat beer was delicious with a tinge of fruit, and speaking of fruit, would you like watermelon with your fried chicken?  Chicken burger and beef burger were nothing to write home about, but overall the bar is a cool place to knock back several rounds of beer.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/1/2013
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    Fan friggin tastic beer. But you already know that since you're looking at this page, right? You know that BrewDog Shoreditch (BDS) has some of that wonderfully sippable stuff. Once there, don't be shy about asking for a taste or to see one of the bottles in the case behind the counter before making your decision. Good brew deserves deliberation.

    I had the Barrel Aged 77 Lager, Dogma (a scotch ale brewed with Heather honey), as well as tastes of the Tokyo * and a few other things, and a Beaverton brew.

    As for the food, it's a great concept to pair Japanese Izakaya style food with fan friggin tastic BrewDog beer. I tried three of the offerings:
    -katsu skewers, £5
    -the veggie korokke roll at £5
    -JFC for £7

    Katsu usually means something Japanese, breaded with panko. Here, the katsu is really veggie skewers with lotus root, tomato, baby corn, and quail egg. But this was the worst value option of the order. It's really not enough skewers to be worth £5. The dipping sauce is fantastic though.

    Korokke is the Japanese pronunciation of croquette (ko-ro-keh) minus the "t". The korokke roll is a fluffy white bun with sauce and a few vegetable croquettes, soft and veggie/potato on the inside and crunchy crumbs on the outside. Nicely filling.

    JFC is Japanese Fried Chicken, which most people would call kara-age. It comes in bite sized pieces and is served at BDS with watermelon and a lemon wedge. It's a bit pricey but very delicious and an excellent pairing with the Barrel Aged 77 Lager. (This beer also comes in an un-barrel aged version.)

    Cheers, BDS!

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