Absolutely love this place! It hasn't changed - you still get great cocktails, great food and all amongst some creative craftiness!
They still run a selection of great evenings, and the only downside is that usually it's very busy here and it can be hard to find a table.
Loving the mismatched china and retro furniture - although that spider still freaks me out a little too.
Not sure why I rated this 3 stars before. I came back here after a time away and i felt a lovely little pang of homeliness and recalled fondness.
A very much loved, Kings Cross, secret gem.
Had a really good night here on my birthday! Was a tad disappointed to find out the "area" I had reserved was in fact a section of the dancefloor with no seating, which was a bit uncomfortable earlier on in the night, but once the dancing really got started everyone had a great time. It's well aimed at the late 20s crowd, playing a lot of hits from Ye Olde university days. Cocktails were really good too. I ordered a birthday cake which meant I didn't have to put money behind the bar; the cake was massive and delicious and the staff kindly packed up what was leftover to take home. Would definitely recommend Drink, Shop & Dance for a fun night out.
Had afternoon tea and made fascinators here with a group of 20 other bloggers. We had bubbly, tea, sandwiches and scones, it was perfect and there was more than enough for everyone. The workshop was simple enough for us to do without having to concentrate so hard we couldn't talk so we had a good natter. The outcome of the fascinators was awesome and we all made totally different ones thanks to the many supplies available. The setting is as cute as can be and the service was fab.
It's building lego but with wine!
I've never been artistic so when my friends suggested an evening building robots out of lego I was not overly enthusiastic, however on being bribed with food and wine (lots of wine) I agreed to give it a go.
Drink Shop Do is a really sweet little place with quirky tables and design, and everyting you see is for sale, from the table and chairs you are sitting on to the paintings on the wall. The food here was nice but simple with sandwiches and sharing platters. I had potted smoked mackeral on toast and it completely met my expectations, very yummy. They only have a very small selection of wine and it was a bit pricey in my opinion. A large glass of wine will set you back £8 and there is no saving on buying the bottle.
Making the robots was ok. Like I said I'm not very artistic and at times I was a little bored but it was a competition, the best robot winning a round of drinks, and my competive streak did come out. Luckily my friends are very creative so we did not disgrace ourselves. Some of the other creations were fantastic. It's amazing what people can create with lego. We didn't win :(
There are lots of different activities you can do here, and while I personally won't be running back to play with lego, I will go back and try my hand at some of the other events on offer.
This place is definitely worth a visit, if for nothing more than to do something different on a cold winter's evening in London.
I love this place, a very charming treasure trove full to the brim with crafty finds and sweet treats.
It is one of my new favourite places and it just happens to be half way home for me! (a perfect excuse to clamber out of a squashed tube.) The atmosphere is very friendly, a little bit hip maybe, but still relaxed.There is a full food and drinks menu on offer here, but I have to say I have only ever been for drinks and/or food to pick at with friends. I can highly recommend the homemade cakes though ... and the cocktails slip down nicely too!
What makes this place a little bit special is the exciting calendar of events hosted almost every night. My first trip resulted in an attempt to craft a version of Patrick Swayze's head out of clay, a bit less wine and I might have had a fighting chance of winning! Head downstairs and you are greeted with a slightly different vibe, more of an after dark drinking den with an eclectic (and at times slightly questionable) juke box.
This is a great place to drink some lovely concoctions, shop for interesting gifts and do something a little bit different with your evening.
I didn't do or shop but just drank. Cool, kitschy spot that was perfect for a quick afternoon catch up with friends. I had the mulled wine which was very tasty indeed!!
If you happen to be looking for a place to meet the girls and are craving some amazing cake, take a look at Drink, Shop & Do.
Now I have been here on numerous occasions for lunch/tea, and I never leave disappointed. The people that work here are friendly and honest, while the drinks are brilliant.
Now I have seen they have the odd event here which including a dance class teaching you those classic moves like the Hammer Dance, and I must say I am incredibly tempted.
Expect some eclectic and vintage inspired decor, tasty food and lovely company.
A unique retro-cafe decorated with hand made paper craft, origami cranes framing the ceiling skylight and seats flooded with a mellow, cool crowd with tea and coffee served in a collection of antique crockery.
The cakes were somewhat mediocre but their tea was up to par, the shiny star goes to the service from the hipster-looking staff whom delivered a smiley and friendly service that would make mum proud.
A great stop over if you are looking for an East London vibe, nostalgic for a 1930s charm, or just wishing to pass time around King's Cross while waiting for your next Eurostar train to whizz you off to Paris.
If Yelp had a mechanism for a half star, this place would get bumped up to a 4.5. I haven't been to any other place like this in London, and was pretty surprised by how eclectic it was when I came here to meet some friends! The only information I had gotten from my friends was that we were going to be doing some sort of crafty thing... I had no idea what this place even was, and I'm not sure I still do even now!
When you enter, there's a small shop with a variety of cute knick knacks and fun trinkets. As you walk in further, you can either go upstairs, which is the cafe/restaurant, or downstairs, which I believe is a bar or maybe even a club? The night I went, there was a Valentines Day event sometime in January and they provided a box of supplies and stationary for you to make cards for your loved ones! The craft supplies that the place provided themselves were not very good... but it was free so what can you expect? However, my friends are craft queens and brought a crazy load of pink and red papers, glitter, glue, puffy paint, stickers... craft supplies to your heart's content!
According to my friend, this place has a bunch of events happening all the time, almost every night! Some of the events look especially fun and interesting, and I think most of them are geared towards girly stuff like knitting or poetry readings or something. I saw some events I really wanted to partake in! I imagine this is the kind of place where women congregate to discuss feminist movements and cupcake decor.
It was mostly groups of female friends participating at the V-day event, although I did see some (reluctant) boyfriends there. Nonetheless, the space itself is BEAUTIFUL, and what's cool is that everything in the store is on sale, from the tables and chairs to the art on the walls, which features new artists every week. now THAT'S pretty amazing. The cafe is extremely adorable and girly and I will definitely be back. However, I remember my tea being expensive... something like £8... or maybe it was £6, something ridiculous! Also, the service was slow but maybe that was because of the crazy craft night. Anyway, I'll give this a try again just because the concept of the place itself is so awesome!
I want to go here again before I decide whether this place is three stars or four, but I'll err on the nice side until then. My first reaction was to roll my eyes - there are boomboxes hung on the wall. Youth-catering bars: STOP IT WITH THE VINTAGE SCHTICK FOR FIVE SECONDS. But I did really enjoy the music and the beer selection was good.
As it got later, the crowd got hipper and I felt more ready to go home. Still, really enjoyed the music, but it took a while to get a drink and, having come from work, I wasn't dressed to impress that sort of crowd.
Oh, there are cross stitch pictures in the women's restroom, which gains mega points. There's also a staff door that can only be accessed through the ladies' room, meaning men are constantly walking in and out. That part is really strange and might be a problem for conservative types.
What a charming, fun, eccentric place this is.
Bang next door to one of the remaining sex shops in the area, it looks like a small stationary shop. Walk in to be greeted by cards, nicknacks, the odd cushion, cute notepads and the like. It's small but what's in there is smartly designed and cool.
But venture up the stairs and the place suddenly opens out into a huge, nay cavernous tea hall with a big bar laden with home made cakes. Tables are dotted around and none of the chairs match. Sit at a table and someone comes over to serve. Ask for tea and cake and they come back with a bonkers pot filled with tea and delicate bone china cups and saucers - none matching. It's brilliant. You sit there sipping and munching feeling ever so English and quite cool in a quirky sort of way.
The hall is decorated in a higgledy piggledy manner and is all the more charming for it. A battered juke box here, a mad bit of art hanging there, some mobiles dangling from the ceiling. A great place to while away an hour. And the cake is delicious.
This place is a gem and a good example of the changing face of Kings Cross. A bit hip but still down to earth. In fact between this place and Simmons across the road they've got hip all sewn up. I believe the tea hall becomes a club which is open till late. Worth a gander if you're round there late doors. They serve alcohol and breakfasts as well as the cakes.
Take a visit. It's well worth it.
Argh, err, ummm, no.
Drink, Shop & Do - I loved you once, but when I came to experience your late night shenanigans I was not impressed.
Getting served took forever, if you are offering cocktails you may want to consider getting more bar staff.
The music was a bit random, cheese one minute, hip hop the next. Downstairs was no different.
Where was the charm? Where were the sofas? Where was the DO?
Drink, Shop, and Do is an excellent place to while away a rainy day. They have an incredibly diverse selection of teas so make sure to set aside at least 15 minutes to ponder the menu. The tea is more or less bottomless as each tea comes in its own teapot and they are happy to continue to top up the hot water.
There is also a selection of more alcoholic beverages if you should fancy continuing your drinking into the night although I believe they close fairly early around 8 or 9. This is, after all, more a café than a bar.
The entrance hall is a cute little shop with various things you will never need but invariably decide you want from specialty (and hilarious) rulers to fun presents for friends.
One of my favourite aspects is the sheer number of board games and puzzles they have lying around. Don't see something you like? Start opening cupboards to reveal a host of treasures. It's a bit like going to your Nana's house when you are a kid. You get a bit bored and start exploring to see what the place contains. You never know just what will jump out at you when you open a bookcase or drawer.
As the name suggests, you can drink and do a bit of kitschy shopping, but they also have nightly activities from board game nights to arts and crafts and pretty much anything else you can imagine. Overall, a winner in the KX area and a great standby whenever you are board and don't know quite what to do.
This is purely a review based on the food, I'm sure if I was here for one of the events the review would have a couple more stars!
There wasn't a great selection on the food menu. I had a mezze-style plate, which was tasty but had SO much bread. My companion had a sandwich, which was ok but nothing amazing!
The atmosphere is pretty good, but the staff aren't particularly attentive and we had to work hard to get their attention!
Adorable vintage cafe in a surprising area (normally I find king's cross pretty sketch). The venue starts with a little shop area when you enter where you can buy stationary, candy, tea cups, etc. Then you go up half a flight of stairs and it opens up into a lounge area with lots of tables and comfy chairs and a little counter where you can order yummy food and drinks. We ordered finger sandwiches, couscous, a lemon cake, tea and coffee. Everything was delicious! There's a wide range of teas you can browse along the wall, I got a fruity one and it was great.
All the tables have board games, mostly scrabble I think.. or maybe it was just cause we were there on "Scrabble Sunday!" I also saw connect four, monopoly, etc. Though our scrabble board wasn't particularly impressive, it was a wonderfully lazy Sunday I'd repeat in a second.
Also, on your way out, you can buy a fizz wiz for 30p. I'm in love with this place.
This type of place isy idea of heaven - food, drink, vintage loveliness and random fun activities! It was recommended to me by a friend who works nearby & then we also came for her birthday, where she hired out the amazing room with an amazing dome ceiling, lots of funky retro chairs and cool vintage treats that you can buy too. I then, after loving it so much and being on the mailing list for their wonderfully, quirky events brought a group of girls from work here too for the Dot-to-Dot disco night. Yes you did read that right & I know, it IS a funky idea! Basically you are given some felt tip pens, pencils and a dot-to-dot picture to work your magic on and the winner gets a prize. You can't argue with that can you?!
My only problem with the place is that some of the gorgeous cocktails and drinks and scrumptious food (best ever Scotch Eggs by the way!) are slightly overpriced but for London prices not too bad I suppose.
This is situated about a 5 min walk from King's X so very handy for bus, train & tube links.
Drink, Shop & Do - and believe me, you will.
I want to live in Drink, Shop & Do. It is just lovely. My friend and I came here on a Friday afternoon for a cheeky cocktail, and had a rather wonderful time catching up.
The decor is just wonderful. If I could deck my flat out like that, I would. The girls working there had some serious style, and I had severe dress envy!
I will definitely be returning here with more vintage-loving friends in tow.
Drink, Shop and Dance can be found if you wander through to the back of 'Drink, Shop and Do' yelp.co.uk/biz/drink-sho… and head down the stairs. The menu described itself as a 'new late night venue in a former sex shop.'
While upstairs is bright, kooky and cute...down here was moody with black walls and funky art deco furniture. There is a pretty decent selection of spirits...including a huuuge range of gin, and a page of wobble-making cocktails.
We tried two cocktails; one involved marmalade and tasted like candy...but my friend said the other one reminded her of her grandma's mouthwash. Hmmm. To be honest, this place felt like it was trying just a teeny bit too hard to be cool and different... maybe it works better late at night???
I'd like to come back and give this place another try with some of the other cocktails...but so far, I'm not convinced I'd trek all the way to Kings Cross to pay £8 for 'granny's mouthwash.'
I desperately wanted to visit this cute vintage furniture shop/bar and tea rooms for some time and only intended to pop in for a quickie tea and then leave. We ended up staying until closing time and they practically had to chuck us out. I blame the board games - we played Risk, sipped on the wide tea selection, and ate cous cous. The only downside after all the tea was that their toilets were out of order and we had break away from our board game revelry to scuttle through the bitter cold to the closest pub.
Everything in the shop is for sale from the tables and seats that we were sitting on, to the tea-pots we were using - begging the question what would have happened if a buyer for these items did come along? Pretty items for sale, lovely surroundings, tea, mulled wine and cake. Perfect ingredients for a lovely Sunday. I can fast see this becoming a haunt of mine.
I'm a boy so my review is probably based on a different premise from others below.
Good: Lovely and interesting space. Like that it's a shop too, like the two different "bar" floors and the way the vibe changes depending on the day and time. If you're a single man, this place is full of pretty beautifully dressed women. Just saying. Drink selection is wide.
Bad: The space at the back isn't great unless you're in a group, the drinks can be hit and miss and are pretty pricey. If I was having a drink at the Gilbert Scott up the road, I wouldn't mind a £6 bottle of beer (not that I'd have beer there) because it's in a hotel, the rent and the furnishings are expensive etc. I do object to £6 beers on the Cally Road. The cocktails at the Gilbert Scott, GNH Bar and Booking Office are also better.
I'm going to go here a lot, because it's interesting and cute and 3 minutes walk from my front door. But there are niggles.
Pretty cool place for a laid back lazy sunday afternoon.
I came and played scrabble for a couple hours in a comfortable armchair, enjoying the food and the drinks. Probably a perfect fit to fight a medium hangover with coffee and brownies, or the surprisingly good "couscous" as they name it.
I don't let go five stars that easy but after an hour of soft Ella Fitzgerald in the subdued lighting of a table lamp I felt better than home. The overall feeling is "Ella and Louis have a tea party with the March Hare and the Hatter" and the lemon brownie really seems to say "eat me"
I didn't check at all the shopping part of the concept. I understand that you can buy anything that has a tag, the paintings, the chair you're sitting on...not interested. But it totally deserves its 5 stars.
Cuteness everywhere, from the stuff they sell, the decoration and furniture you can admire, to the food and drinks they serve.
I can easily see myself coming here once a week to meet friends for a drink. And maybe a game. The shop offers board games and during this holiday season you can make cards for free with the purchase of a drink. Score. The card I made wasn't as cute as I was hoping but that's okay. Just another reason to come back and try again.
I had a great time at Drink, Shop & Do. Booked in for a garter making/afternoon tea hen party of about 14 people I'm sure they weren't looking forward to us descending upon them but they were super welcoming and all the staff greeted us as we walked through to the back room, disco ball looming large over our heads, and were seated at a gorgeously decorated table; mismatching cups & saucers, milk bottles of flowers, and pots of Yorkshire tea and Earl Grey, ready for us to sit and sup. I think my mum ended up drinking out of a sugar pot, but hey, that's the fun of it!
The garter making itself was great, and the atmosphere of Drink, Shop & Do really suits this sort of activity. The teacher was a bit overwhelmed with the number of people, meaning it took a while for everything to actually get started and for everyone to understand what was going on, and the ribbons & lace were unfortunately only in one box, not great for 14 women who know what they want! I was fortunate enough to be sat at the crafty lady end of the table so I didn't have to be too aware of what the teacher was saying and could be shown by those around me. Once we all got started, the teacher was much more at ease, helping to thread needles and even getting a lamp for one member of the party - it's a dark place, so be aware if you're going to be doing any sort of needlework!
Once we had downed needles, we moved on to afternoon tea. Throughout our activity we were given tea and milk but by the end we were all ready for something a bit stronger, so the bellini's really helped; cava with a splash of peach puree, it added a real special element to the afternoon. Afternoon tea stands were handed out one between two and we all tucked into an array of sandwiches, savoury & sweet scones, and delicate cakes - a heart brownie, lemon drizzle, victoria sponge, and bakewell tart. Everything could probably do with a bit of tighening up i.e. scones were a bit dense, but I think that's to be expected when you're putting out that much food for so many people. Although we considered another bellini it was £7.50! Despite the great decorations and atmosphere, you can't avoid the London prices. We ended up getting two bottles of cava for £24 a pop, which seemed much more reasonable.
The small shop at the entrance was nice for a nosey around afterwards and the area downstairs seemed worth a snoop, with a great flashy erotica sign above the door - something from their days as an adult shop perhaps? I can't comment much on the price due to it being pre-paid, but it was a great experience and lovely to find something different to do in London. Now, if only I was better at crafts....
This place has such promise and the concept is so cool! But I think they are a victim of their own popularily. I booked a big group of ladies for vintage hair and makeup as a hen-party celebration. All-in-all our hen and ladies had a lovely day, but there were some issues.
I have given the feedback below to the as well and they have been super gracious about it and even offered us free cake and cocktails! So I think they are trying, and maybe they just had a bad day....
What we loved:
The space - perfect for the size. Cool decor etc
The girl who did our hair - she was an absolute genius and so lovely!
The food - delicious cakes, cocktails and gluten free option too!
The waitresses - all lovely friendly and helpful
What we weren't so happy with:
-When we arrived - there didn't seem to be anything set up, we didnt' feel looked after and didn't really know what was happening. I had to come up, queue at the bar and ask what the plan was, and ask for the food to be brought out. Even after this it took ages. We just felt that we didn't get made to feel as special as we would have hoped! A dedicated hostess for the table - who was there to take drinks orders, answer questions and help the flow would have been great.
-Being offered drinks when we arrived would have been nice too. To have to queue at the bar to order £30 bubbles doesn't seem right!
-When the food came it was all a bit confused. We thought we'd get that 'high tea' type service - perhaps tea poured rather than just teapots plonked on tables. Also the waitresses put all the food on one table leaving others without food! If you are charging for 'service' you have to provide that service we felt!
-Finally the makeup - our makeup girl was over half an hour late, for a session that already had too many people to be done properly in the time slot allocated. By the end she was really rushing, and one girl didn't even get mascara. She basically only had time to just give everyone the same makeup - rather than ask us what we want like the hair girl did. We all have our off days, and she admitted she had been out all night - which would have been fine with us as long as we had time for everyone.
-At the end we felt a little bit 'kicked out' which would have been fine if we'd had the time for everyone to get their hair & makeup. Perhaps for groups as large as ours you could extend the session or get more hair & makeup people in.
A very cute combination shop, cocktail bar, and tea cafe. Lots of antiques for sale, and a nice selection of menu items and teas to peruse.
Order at the bar upstairs, then have a seat. £2 pots of tea. No free Wifi, but if you can access BTOpenzone or BTFon, you're in luck.
My only qualm is that the teabags(hand filled with loose leaf, it appeared) were left in my pot, and by the time I realized this, the rest of my pot was way over steeped. So heads up to remove your teabags from the pot, or ask for them to just bring the pot of water and bags separate to your table and add them yourself.
Lovely skylight as well, makes the space feel very open and light.
Haven't been for an event night yet, but looking forward to it.
This is a lovely, retro teashop, which also sells crafty bits, gift wrap etc. You wouldn't expect to find such a place in the
Kings x area, so it was a fantastic surprise. Meet there with several other craftspeople on a Sunday afternoon and no one rushed us at all. The decor was so sweet, like sonething you'd find in tea shops of years gone by. Staff was pleasant, the coffee was wonderful. Those who ate seemed to enjoy their food. Recommended if you happen to be in the area. BeadedDelightsByStef on etsy.
The relatively newly-opened Drink Shop and Dance is directly underneath the wonderful Drink Shop and Do, and it does what it says on the tin.
It's much, MUCH darker down here, with decanters filled with candles providing most of the light.
I had a great evening here recently at its Early Doors Disco club night, though it was a tiny bit on the cold side (air con).
They serve food down here too though, and I'd never thought I'd say this as I like low lighting, but perhaps a little too dark to see what you're eating properly!
But despite that very tiny quibble, it's a fantastic place and you're more likely to get a seat down here than upstairs, which is now incredibly popular.
Went without knowing a thing and it was a real surprise and pleasure. I was there in the evening so it was a little peruse of the shop and then mainly absorbing the ambience and cocktails. I believe there is a lot more of the 'do' in the daytime.
They have a great array of craft and craft-inspired design, comfy seats, cheesy music. I know it's been used a lot in other reviews, but cute really is the word.
My only bugbear is that, though the cocktails were top notch and well crafted, they could have done with a bit more of a variety in the selection. I have rarely seen such amazing things done with sherbert, fruits and sour cherry, but if that's not your thing then you were stuck with the mediocre beer selection. Decent bottle beers are surely not hard to find after all.
But it's not like I said this to anyone - my mouth was too full of amazing cakes...
Cosy, adorable and a diamond in the rough on Caledonian Road.
I happened to walk by this place, which has obviously been lovingly decorated in a kitschy vintage style. Absolutely love it and look forward to many cuppas there.
The thing I love about Kings Cross is that everytime I get a chance to wander around in my lunch hour (which isn't often!) I find a little gem tucked away down a side road or posing as a gift shop to eat in. Drink Shop Do is exactly one of these.
From the outside, it looks like a trendy souvenir shop but last week I noticed that in fact that gift shop was only a ruse and in the back there is a beautiful coffee shop. Its decorated in Victorian style and absolutely everything (from the finger sandwiches to the table you eat at) is for sale. I eyed up a £90 red fold-out table for the duration of my meal and was also very tempted by the cute mugs and cutlery that I ended up using!
If you are in the area, I highly recommend you go here. It's got that lovely Mad Hatter's Tea Party feel and would a great place for a girly catch up or to take someone uber-cool you wanted to impress.
Visited Drink, Shop, Do for a parlour game night tonight (think articulate, charades and play doh-based games).
And I bloody loved it.
I ordered a couple of drinks and a slice of carrot cake that rates as one of the best I've ever tried. Moist, generous with the cream cheese icing and packed full of favour.
It's not cheap, £10 for two drinks and a slice of cake, but I'd happily spend an afternoon here with a friend. Particularly as I spotted a big stack of board games for future visits.
A fantastic idea, and one I hope springs up closer to me!
I've only tried 2 of the 3 activities listed in the name of this quirky little shop/bar. I have both drunk and shopped, I've seen people "doing", but I didn't dare join them, they had needles it was Kings Cross, I could have got Hepatitis, ok they were knitting, BUT STILL.
Anyway, this place has potential, on the shopping side it sells pretty (if pricey) things. The space has tons of character, and it has a good mix of unusual pieces. I can experience vintage 'fatigue' but this place stops short of being too saccharine with some more edgy details.
It's dropped stars because the drinking and food was less successful. I've been twice, Friday lunch time the staff seemed completely overwhelmed by quite a small crowd. On a Friday evening a couple of weeks later things were much better but, still smarting from the last visit we only ordered a bottle of wine, and you can't really mess that up can you?
The impression I had was that the people who have set it up had a lovely idea, and some real passion but not much bar experience. It's a charming place, worth a visit definitely but it's a work in progress, so I'll go back when they've got into their stride.
trendy bourgeois bohem setting, a bit of vintage, a drip of candy a collection of rainbowed artifacts.
On the positive side, the drink and the food. Mouth dripping display of ecclectic jars and cake stands. Oreao wagon (smoothie) and various floats teleport you straight to an idea of the 50's US style.
On the down side, last sunday was dead slow....... More than 60min for a tea pot...... The staff looked out of their scope. They were five (more than enough for the capacity) but none were up to the task.
In conclusion, a great setting let down by the staff.
i've walked by this new shop about a half dozen times. It's a bit unassuming, but do walk in and enter a lovely oasis of vintage chic. they have local designers with handcrafted goods and vintage teasets for reasonable prices. they also have furniture for sale. step upstairs in this old vicotrian bathhouse and it's an airy space for eats and crafting bathed in natural lighting. i'll be back to craft and drink.
If you'd like to open your eyes on a cold, winters day and be left with nothing but wonder this is the place that'll make sure you' do not blink . You sure to miss something in this place. No time for blinking.
Fun! Adventorous! Great array of cake. Friendly staff. There's even room for a drinks cabinet which light up the Skull glasses nestled on the shelves.
Highly recommend for a chilled afternoon. Even those with a fascination for planes are sure to be welcome. There's one hanging from the ceiling.
I never would have known this place existed, but for the Yelp Drinks 2012. This could be one of the main problems - it was still half-empty by the time we left to catch the last tube, and everyone knows that the fuller a bar is, the better it gets (that's just basic maths, or possibly physics).
It deserves to be fuller. You get in through the little crafty shop up top and are then faced with two options; the upstairs bar, or a descent into the black basement, following the directions of an utterly incongrous sign which advertises SEX SHOP in foot-high capitalised neon letters. It could not possibly look more out of place, surrounded as it is by sweets in jars and kits for embroidering cushions.
I never even looked into the upstairs bar, although my friend popped in before I arrived and announced that they had games at the back, but the downstairs one looks half-finished. I know this because there were hardly any other people around to provide a hindrance to my view. What they have done is very cool and 1960s; monochrome paintwork, a fantastic vintage sideboard (complete with inbuilt clock), obligatory disco ball, low-slung sofas. But one entire wall has been left blank, but for an old map of Europe which has been clumsily hung up and just looks a bit lost and forlorn in the open expanse. Why go to so much trouble on one side and abandon the other, not least when the bar sells itself on the creative nature of the front shop?
The drinks are great; not cheap, but we were enjoying 50% off, so I couldn't possibly complain. The Homewrecker - as one might expect - packs a powerful punch, infused as it is with so much chilli that you can it hits your nose before you even get it in your mouth. At least you can't help but sip slowly. The staff are brilliant, with the lovely bartender providing us with unasked-for table service, and they have a huge array of spirits and cocktails on offer. I couldn't possibly fault the products or the people. But I do think that they need to make more of an effort to advertise or even make it slightly obvious to passers-by that the bar even exists. I'm all for a bar which is only patronised by people in the know, but this only works when you actually have clients who are indeed in the know. It's a shame, because it's fun and the drinks are great, but the emptiness at 11pm on a Friday night let it down enormously.
Do something interesting to the wasted downstairs wall, reattach the map (maybe get a few more), consider some discreet promotion, and I'll be back for sure.
Drink, Shop, Do, Love. Eat, sit, caffeinate, hydrate, create, lounge, chat, smile. Enjoy!
Completely adorable! We wandered in hoping to buy some shot glasses for our Weekly Wasted Wednesday and were pleasantly surprised by the kitschy mustache mugs and cozy upstairs bar/cafe. The service was great and the cashier very nicely wrapped up our classy vintage rose shot glasses. Definitely will be coming back for more!
I love this place, the concept, the decoration, the cakes If I were to have a shop, this would be exactly the kind of shop I'd like to own. It's a pity that my best friend in Spain is not here, because she'd love it as well, and we could go together to one of the Do's, all of them seem quite a lot of fun.
The only reason I give them 4 stars is just that the waiters/waitresses didn't seem to pay enough attention when I was there. It wasn't very busy and there were 4 or 5 of them there, and despite that, it took ages to order. Then, the waitress that took our order finished her shift and somehow the lemonade I ordered got missed. My boyfriend got his milkshake (it was an amazing shake, by the way) but they didn't even notice that I didn't have anything. It bothered me more than usual because it was really hot, they didn't have air conditioning and I was incredibly thirsty. I had to go to the bar and ask for the lemonade again, and I finally got almost 10 minutes later, saving me from dehydration.
Visited DSD last night (Thursday) for a friends birthday drinks. The venue is really kitsch and quite cute but I personally was more a fan of the huge illuminated sex shop sign on the way down to the toilets!
I didn't try any of the cocktails, but the house red was nice. Service is a little bit slow and disorganised. My friends ordered the sweets in a teacup and had to remind the bar staff at least 3 times before they actually got them! Also, my friend ordered a cocktail that one of the staff didn't know how to make and I was served by a girl who didn't seem to know how much anything was without asking.
The music is eclectic and later in the evening they put candles on the tables for a bit of ambience. It's definitely got a slightly 'trendy' crowd and is more suited to a girlfriends get together. Would boys congregate here? Probably not.
I don't think I'd be rushing back to DSD. For me, it was a little expensive, and the service left a lot to be desired.
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