I went here for a birthday dinner full of greasy, delicious burgers and insanely good fries.
There's no wait if you go midday, and while the strange crimson ambient lighting renders all proper photo attempts fruitless, it's got a good vibe and a great soundtrack.
It doesn't top Honest Burgers, but it's still one of my favs in London.
The food is good, but I would recommend fasting before and after you come here because it's all VERY greasy. But if you're looking for something salty and fatty, this is the place!
We came here on a Saturday around 5:30p and had to queue for about a half hour. The line grew very quickly so I'd recommend coming earlier rather than later. The queuing experience was surprisingly pleasant because they offered us onion rings and fried pickles! (I'd recommend the pickles.)
We ordered the cheeseburger, cheese fries, and wings. Everything was salty and a teeny bit overly soggy. The wings were really good and the portion was quite generous. If I return, I'd skip the cheese fries because they were soft and the cheddar had completely solidified over the fries. As for the burger, I prefer Honest Burger over Meat Liquor's.
It's taken me two bloody years to get my arse here, TWO BLOODY YEARS! Been to MEATmarket & Meatmission but never MEATliquor, that is until now!
Did someone say queues? not anymore, with punters getting their burger kicks from else where in the city MEATliquor wasn't so busy, which meant we got a table with ease, don't get me wrong, it was still busy, but a comfortable busy.
Now if you have read my other reviews you will know I'm a fan of the MEAT empire, I ordered my fav MEAT burger the 'Dead Hippie', it's my ultimate feel good burger, greasy, meaty and that special sauce, get's me every time. The sides were spot on as usual, deep fried pickles being my favorite.
Service was quick and efficient, as to be expected.
So after a couple of years of being talk of the town, MEATliquor still holds it's own in London's burger boom. Still worth a visit.
Great greasy food, not for the health-conscious however. Great hangover cure!
Oh, where do I begin? I'll cut to the chase, Buffalo Chicken Burger... extra Buffalo Sauce and Blue Cheese on the side please... that dish alone is worth five stars to me, and for some reason consistently better here then at their sister restaurant, Meat Mission.
Where they lose a star, and I hate to say this, is that it just seems too cool for school here... I've had every form of customer service, ranging from bad to good, but where the Buffalo Chicken Burger wins here
consistently Meat Mission has consistently better customer service, perhaps helped by it not being as loud or dark there as it is in Meat Liquor.
Another reason for a lost star that both places share is something I find quite odd... I like chilli cheese fries, but prefer the chilli on the side so that I can add it as I see fit... so sue me! This type of request is not
normally an issue at most places, but at both establishments I've been told that I can either have them with or without chilli, but not with the chilli on the side... so I essentially have to pay for chilli that I don't get... this urks me personally as I can't imagine how this would put them out,
dollop it on the side instead of on the top... it's not exactly the most advanced form of science.
But again, that dang Buffalo Chicken Burger... the best I've had this side of the pond while rivalling some of the best I've had stateside. The other dishes I've had here have been good, but I stick with the BCB and Chilli Cheese Fries sans Chilli (I love the mustard versus jalepeno taste they
have even if I'm robbed of the chilli) consistently simply because my heart
sings like Celine Deon and Mariah Carey's love child in their presence.
They also have fried pickles, but more often than not they don't have much of a pickle kick so I shy away from them now... to be fair I see this at a lot of places though, both here and in the US. (Side note: this is why I
LOVE the Panko Fried Olives at The Huxley in Edinburgh... they consistently retain their "bite"... I can't believe I haven't seen more of these little treasures.)
The prices aren't that bad on food here to be honest, but as with many places they'll sting you on the cocktails... while creative, I've worked my way through enough of them to know they weren't my thing at this particular establishment so I stick to the beers personally.
The place itself is a bit dungeon like, very dark and loud... it's a cool vibe, no doubt, but it can be a bit much if you're just hungry. The flipside of that is that if you're a tourist in the are reading this, craving some greasy food at a reasonable price for the area, it may be worth a visit just because it's so random compared to the outside of the
building and area.
Be warned though, despite being off of the main road queues still form at busy times and there's no saving seats... they won't seat you until your whole party is there - they even have a bouncer, complete with stamping apparatus, to keep the order.
While some of the above seems to focus on the negative aspects please be assured that I will return here, no doubt many times... I assume that speaks for itself.
Speaking of, now I'm craving that dang Buffalo Chicken Burger something terrible. ;-)
Two stars. One for the bartending and one for being near a Tube station.
Let's start with the queuing process because it's a multi-step process.
1. Get in the queue which wraps around the building outside. Note all the signage about queue jumping and how they have implemented a hand stamp policy but don't explain how to get a hand stamp. The queue outside of the building is the shortest of the queues you will stand in, so don't get too excited when you actually step foot inside the front door.
2. Once at the front of the outside queue, the doorman will invite you into the entryway of the restaurant. You'll stand between the two sets of doors for anywhere from 5-10 minutes.
3. At some point, the doorman will invite you into the restaurant where (s)he will direct you to a set of chairs next to the front door where you will sit and wait. Be thankful you get to sit down because you've probably already been waiting 20 minutes and you aren't even close to getting a table yet. Rest and maybe take a little cat nap. If you don't feel like napping, I recommend passing the time by allowing yourself to get adjusted the VERY LOUD music and VERY DIM lighting.
4. After a short, noisy wait sitting on the chairs, the doorman will direct you to the bar where you will join the other 30 customers waiting for a table. Getting to the bar will be a challenge because people will stand next to the bar and not move. Getting drinks was actually the best part of our experience. The bartenders do a really good job of visually queuing people and handing out menus when it is their turn. We were able to consume one full cocktail and were about to order a second when the hostess came through the bar area screaming our name. Have I mentioned how loud the music is in this restaurant? It's way, way, way too loud.
Once you link up with the hostess who has yelled your name, you will be brought to your table. I hope for your sake, you are not brought to the table we were seated at because it is the Bermuda Triangle of tables in the restaurant. We waited 40 minutes for a server to come and take our order. During this time, I saw two other tables be seated, eat, and leave. After we ordered, we again waited. It's safe to say that Meat Liquor has the worst service of any restaurant I have been to in London.
In fact, when we were in part 3 of the queue, I made a comment to my husband about how it didn't look like there was table service because we never saw a server during our time waiting on the chairs.
By the time we ordered, it had been 1 hour and 20 minutes from the time we got in the queue outside. Our food arrived an hour later. Again, I watched multiple tables be seated, eat, and leave while we were waiting or our food to arrive.
Now the food. It's not great. It's not even really that good.
Fried pickles - Americans, do not get your hopes up. These are not the fried pickles you get in the States. These are slices of pickles (not spears and not chips) which are then fried in "fish n' chip" batter. They are tasteless. Actually, they do taste like something: fried. The batter is wrong. The style of pickle is wrong. There is no seasoning and they are served with blue cheese instead of ranch (and our server told us they do not have ranch even though it clearly states on the menu that their fried chicken salad has ranch dressing). If you have had the delight of having a great basket of fried pickles in the states, do yourself a favor and don't order them at Meat Liquor.
Coleslaw - the best part of the meal. Order it.
Cheeseburger - greasy with a small bun and no flavor. A huge disappointment.
Fries - skinny fries which were served ice cold and without any salt. Had we been able to find a server, we would have sent them back.
Fried chicken sandwich - my husband has not left the toilet since eating his sandwich yesterday, if that tells you anything.
Meat Liquor is all about the hype and, in my opinion, there is no reason to eat here. The queuing process is ridiculous. The food is average at best. It's super loud and dark in the restaurant (you will not be able to carry on a conversation with your friend seated next to you). And the service is horrible.
This is review of the food not the atmosphere which gets a higher rating. I ordered the cheese burger and onion rings both came warm not hot onion rings were unique very crispy shame they were not hot. Burger was nothing to write home about. Blue cheese dip and hippie sauce not much to say. If you haven't anyplace other to go then ye but not worth the queue and wait.
Thing that I hated is that they added a pound to your bill for some charity they are involved in with out the waitresses even telling you before hand the only indication is on your bill and on a small note at your your table briefly explaining what the charity about. I don't think it's fair to pressure peoples into paying towards a charity they don't know enough about and well putting them on the spot charity is to be given not taken. Atmosphere 4.5/5 -- food 3/5 -- ethics 0/5. I give donation charity to the ones I know about and have done research on not at restaurants with brief explanations and put on the spot tactics.
Food's great and good service. I was recommended the shredded steak which was absolutely perfect. Also with that I had the cheesy chips and slaw, and a root beer.
It's expensive though for what it really is. Lunch for one (yes, sad, I know...) came to £21, with £3 of that being service and donations that they just add on.
Still, a must try if you're into quality burgers!
We were visiting London for work. Yelp had great reviews and they were open late.
Great service and great bartender Charlie.
Truly one of the best burgers I have had (including the US) and fries.
Rock bar meets a great restaurant.
Fun atmosphere and bar....Ill definitely be back when in London.
Meat Liquor is a bit of a mixed bag really. No doubt its an amazing looking restaurant and their cocktails are delicious but their food is a little hit or miss.
I've been there twice, the second time on my own just to try their chicken burger and chilli cheese fries, the first with a couple of friends. I don't think their burgers are incredible, their fries are good but not covered in cheese and/or chilli. Their fried pickles are ridiculously gluttonous but delicious.
All round its a fun place to go with friends to get a bit sauced and have a burger, but it's certainly not the burger mecca that I had heard it was.
And so I came to Meat Liquor, to check what the was was all about...
And I understood : it's all about greasy, fatty foodstuff... and the Queue !!!
I gotta say, after 40 minutes in the queue, I was surprised we needed to wait again when inside... The deco is very peculiar, quite gothic and dark... I enjoyed it !
The beers were quite small for their price (however, matched completely with the relatively low price of the food thereafter...). The food, then, was as I suspected: more fatty than tasty (I wonder who gets some onion rings on the menu, after you've eaten a couple of those calorie bombs while queing outside...), the burgers were well cooked though, and my Philly cheese steak was OK. The sides were great, and we loved the chicked wings, and the cheesy fries.
I'm still wondering though, how we managed to eat it all...
This place is dining out on some superb marketing - the food was good-ish, but simply didn't justify the 60 minute queue. Whilst the decor was colourful and the atmosphere great, I was hoping for more interesting food; it was basically just another gourmet burger place, as I experienced it at least. A well deserved shout out should go to the absinthe Long Island iced tea though; that was a nice touch of originality in an otherwise fairly uninteresting experience.
Loud. Angry. Filled with meat.
Sounds like a few dudes I know.
Those dudes would like Meat Liquor. You might too if you enjoy grungy for the sake of being grungy and some damn tasty food.
Meat Liquor is dark. It's the first thing you notice when you walk in. No matter what time of day, it's dark on purpose. Then, when your eyes adjust, you see the wallpaper, which consists of people with animal heads, topless girls and words like "MEAT" written in blood-like font. This is all topped off by the monstrously loud rock and roll playing over the speakers.
You might think it would be too weird to work, but it actually does. The whole place feel like a spot you're about to get some good roadside-type food. And you are.
Normally there is a queue. Put your name in and go up to the bar. Drink, they'll call you.
The food here is solid, really really fantastic every time I go. I recommend the Dead Hippie Burger or the Green Chilli if you like spice (it comes with chilli butter). Thin well cooked crunchy fries. Delicious fried pickles. Giant onion rings. Nothing healthy, everything tasty.
Also, no plates. All the food you order for the table comes on one giant tray. Eat it off that, it's how a real man eats.
I always have a good time here. Seriously good.
I can't help but fall in love with the raw, gritty feel of Meat Liquor.
I've always been a lover of street art, and am rather fond of the barbarous, blood splattered street art adorning both the walls and ceilings of this establishment.
This is definitely not one for the vegetarians!
Walk through the doors and your hit with a dimly lit interior, with bold black and white murals of half naked, fleshy, human/animal crossbreeds, clumsy scrawled etchings between them, all splattered and sprayed in crimson red. Red strip lights give this a underworld, dark feel.
I know I might be giving a bit too much away by my guilty pleasures, but imagine the starting credits to True Blood, I think this pretty much sums the air and what you might expect here. Something a bit hilly billy (think the hills have eyes and Texas chainsaw massacre), a bit grotesque, macabre and a little wrong.
I love art like this! But then as you might have guessed, I'm a horror film fan!
The burgers really aren't that bad here too! And this is what Meat Liquor is famous for. You can tell where this place is before you get there, you can smell the meaty scent streets away!
Although your arteries are going to hate this place, if your after a good fat burger, and deep fried food hit, this is the place for you.
I don't think this is the best burger you'll ever get - but it's pretty darn good!
Being the larger brother of Meat Market, you'll find a very similar menu here - and both should be awarded for the best name for a burger ever - the interestingly named dead hippie that features a double patty.
Wanting something smaller, I opted for the Green Chili Cheeseburger and pickle fries (or gherkins if your English) and I have to say I was pretty impressed with the spiciness of the burger, usually you're get something meek, whilst this had good kick.
Cocktails are also worth a go, I went for a 'tipping the velvet', and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. Served in a glass tankard, it was well balanced and not too sweet.
I loved how each table was provided with kitchen roll, nothing fancy here!
One recommendation is to try the large middle table (if you can), this, sat in the middle of the dome at the front of the restaurant is a little off-putting (due to the echo), but allows you to hear what other people are saying because of the acoustics.
The reason why I haven't five stared this review is because I have heard that usually there is a big queue, and as we went on a Monday we went straight in, so I'd like to check this out when it's got more of a bustling atmosphere.
It's very much a hate it or love it place (and I love it). I'll always remember by first time here. It was during that night of random heavy snowfall in February 2012 and I foolishly walked from my flat (then near Great Portland Street) thinking the weather didn't seem that bad (I was wrong) and waited outside for an hour in extremely adverse weather conditions. Anyway,..
Loud, noisy, aggressive, weird. I actually find the interior a bit overpowering. There's a certain time (around 8ish maybe) where they turn up the music significantly, and I find it much more enjoyable coming before that time. Anyway, it's very much an experience.
Extensive cocktail menu. Fairly standard pricing (ranges from around 7-10 pounds). I've tried a bunch, they're all pretty well made but no huge standouts. The 'house grog' comes with a 2 per person limit, but I had two once and while undoubtedly strong, didn't think it was particularly so. Likewise, all the drinks while good definitely are fairly average on the alcohol content.
Not the best burger but I find the patties to be a good size, meaty, tender and well-seasoned. Can't ask for much more than that. Many people rave about the dead hippie burger. It features some sort of mayo based sauce which I don't think it anything special. My favs are the mushroom swiss and the normal cheeseburger. The burgers are the perfect size imo. Filling and easy to eat.
The deep fried pickles are an absolute must (if you like pickles). I find the chilli cheese fries too heavy. One thing that always annoyed me was that they initially only had plain fries or the meaty cheese fries but they didn't have on the menu, and explicitly refused to do, just cheese fries. Fortunately, (presumably because enough people asked) they have since added normal cheese fries to their menu (though I have yet to try them)
Yes the lines get ridiculous. After the first time, I've yet to wait more than 30 mins because I try and go off peak. And as much as I love it, I don't think it justifies an hour wait (unless you have yet to try it of course in which case go try it asap regardless of the wait!)
American Fatness near you, right off Oxford. How about that?!
The interior is dark and loud music mostly rock. Cool graffiti on the walls and roof.
I just had the typical cheese burger and fires, the burger was done very well and very juicy and tasty. The fries were a bit of a disappointment. The fries are the kind you can get from MacDonald's thin and powdery inside.
But generally as you can see I gave it for stars because of the friendliness of the host and waitress, the burger flavor, and the atmosphere.
This place is basically where you can come with a bunch of friends 4 or more and just hang out and munch on all the yummy fried stuff.
There were things I liked about Meat Liquor and things I didn't.
The first thing I noticed was how dark it is in there. Not "oh, this is nice low lighting", more "oh, it's so dark in here it's almost depressing". It was 6.30pm when I arrived and it felt like I'd just time travelled to 3am.
When our table was ready, the waiter tried to seat us at the uncomfortable bar stools instead of at one of the free tables. So, we had to call him back and ask to be moved. Why didn't he just give us the more comfortable option to start with?
Meat Liquor is a little up it's own ass. You can tell that from the huge signs all over the place that put you in your place. Telling you that they won't seat you unless your whole party is there and various other rules and regulations. The type of thing that happens when restaurants become too successful for their own good. You quickly realise that "the customer is always right" is not something they're going to subscribe to here. Some of the staff have a "don't give a s**t what you think" air about them.
It's also one of those places that deliberately makes people queue outside to attract attention, despite the fact there's space inside. One of our friends arrived at the end of our meal to have a quick drink with us. But they wouldn't let him in - despite the fact there was loads of space inside. It's nice and friendly that way.
The burgers? Well, they're OK - nothing amazing. One thing I did love though were the frozen beer glasses - that's always a nice touch. Going back? Err, I don't think so.
Apparently we're spoiled here in the states with our burger choices, as everyone raved that these are the best burgers in London. And don't get me wrong, they're really good, but not the best ever.
Its funny because as we were sitting waiting for our food, the bf and I were talking about how we could totally be in Brooklyn. It just has the same feel that many places here in NYC do.
WIth those ramblings aside, the burgers were great and the sides were awesome. The fried pickles were amazing. And the cocktails were really amazing (we had to have multiple while waiting for a table, due to the ridiculous line/stamp policy, but thats another story). The vibe is cool, and made for a great meal on our last night in London.
Slightly odd location and atmosphere, its quite dark so I sometimes struggled with the food. But for what you're paying for, really good food if your just looking for a easy relaxed meal with friends.
Overrated. We went for dinner one night after the boyfriend had been meaning to visit for a long time. I think its safe to say that we were both excited to try this place out as its our kind of place. We left wondering what all the hype was about (I'm still wondering after reading the rave reviews on yelp). It's a good burger, but not the best bacon cheeseburger in London. Don't get me wrong, its very tasty as burgers go but the queue to get our table and food is not worth it for what you get. I was disappointed by the deep fried pickles. One of my favourite foods. Not really a fan of the ones here. The liquor part though is great. We had some sort of grog, it was like an Long Island with absinthe and Mountain Dew. It was dangerously good!
The atmosphere is really cool, its very dark and loud with very interesting graphics and words on the wall as Alex S. described in his review. It reminded me of places in North America. However, the slight disappointment I left with will always overshadow my thoughts of Meat Liquor. I was pretty disappointed with how overrated Meat Liquor actually is. I'm sure I'd give a higher rating if I didn't have to queue for over an hour, it would make it seem more representational of quality of the burger you're actually getting. I won't be rushing back any time soon.
Tip: The photobooth is a pretty fun way to kill time waiting though!
Arrived 7:30PM on a Saturday night - 1 hour wait.
Departure 2.5 hours later, fully stuffed with unhealthiness.
I took a big whiff of myself and I REEKED of hamburger.
Yup, that Meat Liquor got me. Good thing I took the night off drinking or else I would've had a double whammy of stankiness, that is... the wonderful bodily scent of hamburger all over me from my head down to my toes and alcohol breath. Sounds hot, doesn't it?
Sorry if I've officially grossed you out from coming here, but in a way that's good because if I ever decide to go again, hopefully the queue will be shorter and I wouldn't have to wait as long. :)
After waiting outside for an hour, my friend and I finally made it inside. This place was a little too hipster for Marylebone. I definitely felt as if it belonged in Shoreditch but I loved the vibe nonetheless. It was awesome. Loud music. Crazy people. Dirty, greasy unhealthy food. Pure Awesomeness.
So what did I order? Bingo wings aka buffalo wings. Pretty good if I do say so myself. Could've used a little more of a spicy kick though. Mushroom Swiss Burger. Why did I do this to myself? I got through a little more than half before I waved my white flag. 2 meat patties, double cheese... I could barely bite into it and yes, it got all over the place and I was a hot mess. My friend ordered the Buffalo Chicken Burger and I think he enjoyed it as well. We also got 2 root beer floats (brown cows) to wash it all down.
The verdict? If I'm craving a burger, it isn't bad but I wasn't in love with my Mushroom Swiss. The meat was juicy and had good flavor so I think there's potential if I go with a different kind of burger next time. I love the atmosphere so that's another plus for me. My suggestion is to go early or go late. By the time we left the queue was non-existent but that was after 10PM.
You'll smell so good after you eat here that the people you walk by on the street will want to eat you. ;)
Sorry, but I don't get the hype. The burgers are ok, but they won't blow you away. I would prefer to give Meat Liquor 2.5 stars... because it's slightly better than their sister-restaurant Meat Market, but not by much.
As with Meat Market, the burger here was pretty standard. I had the Dead Hippie burger due to rave reviews and the sauce was delicious, but I've had better. The french fries (not chips, as the menu rightly states) were nice and crispy, but the cheese fries just WERE NOT cheese fries, not by any American's standards at least. They were fries with shredded cheese melted on top so that it forms that layer of congealed cheese that is hard to break apart, you know what I mean? Sorry, but that's not cheese fries. We also had the fried pickles and onion rings as sides. I'm not a huge pickles fan, so can't really comment, but the rings were good. Topping it all off, I had a root beer float (called something else on the menu and it was in the desert section but I had it as my drink) and it was delicious.
Lastly, the ambiance is a bit strange. Really cool if you're looking for a dingy,low-key bar to hang out in. But Meat Liquor is a restaurant, not a bar, and I like to see my food when I eat, so I wasn't really digging the low lighting and the crazy decor. Just my preference.
All in all, Meat Liquor's an ok place but not worth the wait in my eyes.
As my birthday was fast approaching, I knew I wanted something fun, crazy, cool. Normally I'm all for nice, clean restaurants with dishes you can't pronounce and waiters serving you in suits, but for my birthday, I wanted something different. I wanted something dirty. I wanted Meatliquor.
We expected lines and were prepared to wait, but time flew. We were in line for 20 minutes but had fun talking to the other people around. Since we were a big group, we got divided into smaller groups since there wasn't a table big enough for 10 people. We didn't really mind though. I absolutely LOVE the atmosphere of Meatliquor. Graffiti walls, blood splatters, grungey music, fishnets and laughter filled the whole place. We were seated right in the middle of the restaurant under the dome that had these crazy animal murals painted on them. It was great.
With nothing but paper towels to help me out, I knew it was about to get real. I had just ordered a cheeseburger because I'm a Plain Jane when it comes to my burgers along with some fries. They were both heavenly, greasy perfection. I knew my arteries would never be the same, but I enjoyed every last morsel of that dirty, grimy, slimy burger, as did everyone else who I was with.
Meatliquor is an experience, one that I will never forget.
This is how burgers should be. As a Man v Food style lover of dining, I love a place with the paper towels, sauces on the table, get up and go process.
The burgers are fun. The meat is good and tasty but not gourmet (and has no pretence to claim to be I think)
The dill pickles are awesome and wings are good (but not great)
The jam jar cocktails are awesome too!
A fun place for a group but obvious no bookings for this pop up style favourite
My fingers reek of onions (in a good way..maybe not to the person next to me on the bus) but that's not gonna stop me from writing my review.
I don't think I need to speak for the food in detail. The chilli fries may not be for everyone, even though I managed to finish off my half (and I'll be running another 10km to shed my guilt). I haven't managed to try too many burger places, but at this rate I prefer Honest Burgers over my Dead Hippie burger. Seems lots of people love it, but the dead hippie sauce was a sad mess of warm greasy mayo. Its also incredibly dark in there, so its hard to see your food. I was too hungry to determine whether my patty was cooked properly or not.. is this why its so dark in here??
Overall, the food is 3.5 stars, but I've lowered the overall experience down to 3 stars for the following reasons:
- it was far too loud to talk to anyone. we had to keep shouting into each others ear
- we sat in the centre, where there was a domed ceiling that echoed everything we said. It even echoed the conversation from diners across from us - and I really didn't need to hear about their sore boobs.
- the portions of slaw are quite generous for £3, so we had an extra (untouched) serving left. I asked the waitress if we could it packed up, but she gave me attitude, "I don't know". I explained it was good, but we ordered too much, she said the chefs are busy but she will ask. She did come back with a bag, promptly dropped it off and said "I did it myself" with a stone cold face and walked away, even though I beamed a smile and said thanks so much. Rude much?
Not sure what was with the icy attitude, maybe it was just our waitress, but service does go a long way with your customers. 3 stars for this one.
Its all about the burgers! I mean there best burgers in here.Meat Liquor fulfilled our
cravings and I can't wait to visit this place again. This is truly the greatest burgers
I had heard of massive queues outside Meat Liquor but I was lucky that I didn't have to stand in one myself until the last time I went there. I was quite pleasantly surprised, whilst standing in the queues, when one of the servers came outside with a plate of onion rings and pickle and offered it to all the people outside.
My all-time favourite at Meat Liquor is their Buffalo chicken burger. It's massive, it's smothered with blue cheese and the chicken is crisp and cooked to perfection. I quite liked the dead hippie burger as well. The chilli cheese fries compliments the burger really well too.
I don't quite understand why the place is too dimly lit, it restricts you from admiring your gorgeous plateful.
Also I had 'No Brainer' and a cocktail with my burger which I didn't enjoy at all. It was pricey and it didn't taste very nice. I wish they had more familiar beer brands as well.
People need to stop moaning about queuing! Just go at a quiet time if you don't want to que! I got here for bang on midday and was the first customer inside! My waiter All, was so friendly! I had the cheeseburger and fries. The fries were literally perfect...so crunchy and salty. Yummmmmmmu. The burger was great too!
It's a long wait for a burger and fries. It does feel like a rock 'n roll nightclub inside, though. They have greasy versions of everything, and you can get a "Philly Cheesesteak" version of everything. The wings aren't bad, the burger are pretty solid, and the drinks are outstanding. Try the apricot jam.
I was nauseous after eating here.
As an American, I love these kinds of places, because they are caricatures of America. For the Brits, it's novelty. For me, it's just plain old American marketing.
I wanted to love you, Meat Liquor. You had so much promise. I heard so many lovely things about you from other yelpers. Why'd you have to go and break my heart?
So everyone knows about the queue. It's out of control. But after several attempts at going to Meat Liquor, I finally had a friend with me who was willing to brave the line in the cold. What they don't tell you, is that once you've waited in said line, making it through the doors, thinking you're about to be rewarded with meaty, cheesy goodness... you have to put your name on a list and wait at the bar. Ugh!
My name was finally called, and the gent leading us to our table stopped at another table on the way and had about a 2 minute conversation. Um... did you forget you were in the middle of leading us somewhere? Perhaps to a table where we could get food after waiting an hour and a half?
Finally seated... where's a waiter? Um... hmm. 5 minutes... 10 minutes... Oh look, that must be ALL THE WAITSTAFF watching/timing some guy doing the triple chili challenge! How helpful! One of the hostesses managed to make eye contact with me and asked if we were ready to order. Sent a waiter over, who I assume was meant to be our waiter the whole night. Didn't even say anything to us as we ordered. Food comes out, friend's burger is incorrect. Oh great. Now we have to find our elusive waiter to tell him the order is wrong. Or, maybe we'll have to wait five minutes, give up, and go hunt down some OTHER waiter to tell him. Look. Long story short, the service is abysmal. Downright abysmal.
As for the burger, I had the Dead Hippie, and well... it was a burger. It was aiiiiiiiight. I really don't have anything to say about it aside from that. It was a burger, and it tasted decent, and hence the two stars. I was SO delighted to see chili cheese fries on the menu. SO DELIGHTED. Hey, Meat Liquor? Chili should not be sweet. Not. Ever.
Meat Liquor? 'Tis exactly what I received.
After a long week, our group was in search of indulgences. I needed a drink. We needed lunch. We needed a lot of things.
Despite the dark interior (and exterior...I suppose, it is London) and 20 minute wait midafternoon on a Friday..the service our large group (10) received was actually quite superb. I spoke with 4-5 folks affiliated with Meat Liquor and all were helpful despite the crowds and pace of the lunch rush.
In particular, our bartender was a gem. Wink, wink. Cute, too. Ahem, sorry. He also made great drinks. The Henrietta Fizz was not overly sweet and just the kick I needed to power through the rest of the afternoon.
After being seated we quickly got our appetizers sorted (thanks Kevin L) and to our table quickly arrived onion rings that appeared to be DONUTS, piles of french fries topped with any/every unhealthy topping imaginable (Philly cheesteak fries? heart attack fries), chicken wings, and the list goes on.
We ordered and I opted for the Dirty Chicken Burger...which is a fried chicken sandwich burger with all the trimmings, which seems to also mean a pound of mayonnaise. They all arrive on a tray, and unfortunately despite the good attempt they did forget one of our burgers...bummer. We obviously had more than enough food to go around so no harm, but still...our gal pal really wanted that bacon cheeseburger!
All in all, it's an American-esque type burger establishment that seems to be quite popular. The food is heavy, greasy...just the way everyone likes it and the service was lovely. We got our fill, and then dragged ourselves through the rest of the day in hopes of stretchy pants and a long couch on which to recover.
It is not health food. Obviously. Beware the wait times, but find yourself in a smallish group at an off time and you'll be fine. Once you do get seated things fly out quickly, so just figure out your order while you wait and grab a cocktail, you'll be in great shape.
Let's just get this out of the way. If there is a better burger in London than the Dead Hippie burger at Meat Liquor, I'm going to be stunned. While I'm not going as far as one of my ex-pat friends who claimed it was better than burgers in Texas (blasphemy and inaccurate to boot), Meat Liquor's burger is surprisingly good. Deliciously juicy, the burger is dripping with a homemade mayo based sauce that intensifies the flavor of the meat. Most people who like this eatery state you should order the Dead Hippie burger. I tend to agree with the masses on this one. It's a legitimately good burger.
As my friend Kevin L. mentioned, the liquor menu here leaves a bit to be desired. They weren't even able to make the drink that I attempted to order off their menu claiming they were "out" of the right ingredients. While normally this wouldn't bother me, Meat Liquor had been open for no more than 2 hours that day. They serve for another 6-8 hours. So either they have an enormous sourcing issue or they are being untruthful. Both conclusions are negative. Having said all that, I ended up ordering a non-alcoholic shake, and it was delicious. So if you get a burger and shake, you'll probably be happy.
I would avoid the chili cheese fries. When I claim that I miss Tex-Mex, people wonder how anyone can screw up beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and guacamole combinations. Some would make the same claim about chili cheese fries. Meat Liquor makes chili cheese fries like people not from Texas makes Tex-Mex. If you still want to order the fries, do so at your own peril. You've been warned.
The atmosphere at Meat Liquor is some odd mixture of bordello and goth. If this was supposed to remind me of the States, it failed.
In the end, all that really matters is that Meat Liquor has satisfying good burgers that have the ability to suppress the craving for dead cow. They sufficiently pass that test so 4 big ole Yelp stars for them.
Hunger, exhaustion and a grey grey London day brought us to this place. A ark of meat awaited and floated us all back to the office in need of a wee lie down and some vegetables... Moo!
After a fairly wait for a table (we were a large group mind) we were settled promptly and assaulted with amazing grub that probably wiped a few years off my life, but made me smile all the same.
Everything in this place is just decadent. The donut sized onion rings, the mountains of fries topped with chili/cheese/both/everything... and that was just the starter. Ok, so this is a burger joint fashioned on the get it meaty, get it durty US style burger joint. It kinda feels like what Mc Donald's would be if it took up herion and started listening to death metal... but in a good way.
Service? Swift. Friendly.
That is all. You may leave now.
5 stars for awesome atmosphere
5 stars for fabulous bartender who vetted our photobooth picture as to whether or not it was worthy of being posted onto the side of the booth with others...
5 stars for philly cheese fries
andddddddd 3 stars for philly cheese steak. Bumski. The meat was thick and chewy, and while I ordered the one with provolone and mushrooms... I tasted none.
Everything else was spot on, and my friends seemed to really enjoyed their sandwiches/burgers. I think I'll have to try a burger next time ;-)
Really really fun experience all together. Yes, we had to wait in line - excuse me, QUEUE - for an hour and a half. Find people you don't mind talking to for long periods of time, shouldn't be too hard.
American food, kinda nailed it. Decent burgers, good wings, GREAT chili cheese fries. And I am a huge sucker for chili cheese fries. They put mustard on theirs which seemed weird to me at first but it totally works. I would probably go back just for the chili cheese fries.
Fun cocktails. I basically had an alcoholic mango smoothie and it was excellent. There are tons of other fun, creative cocktails to choose from.
I could do without the super loud, clubby atmosphere. Weird, gothic interior, dark, with black room photography type lights. INSANELY LOUD. It might have been turning into a club in the middle of our dinner, not really sure. You can't talk to people, so it's a good thing you said everything you wanted to say to your friends in the queue.
Meat Liquor is everything you want a burger joint to be provided that you just want to rock out to a burger, boom out some lyrics, and don't the feel an overwhelming urge to have a serious conversation with the people next to you.
The first permanent MEATfamily location, it boasts a considerable number of seats that are perpetually full. Event at almost 10pm on a Tuesday night, there was a 15 minute wait for a table and the place was jumping. There is a full bar or you can go for beer in 330ml cans (something I thought you'd couldn't get on this side of the pond). The décor is more satanic heavy metal rock than anything else with some truly disturbing murals on the walls and ceilings.
Being the older of the siblings (compared to MeatMarket), ML does have more things on the menu like buffalo wings and deep fried pickles plus a few more burgers to entice you. Kevin L raved about the wings so of course we had to get them. I'll give ML credit - they were good wings. The buffalo sauce was hot and tangy and the blue cheese dip acted as the perfect balance. Oh hot wings, how I've missed you! Pickles aren't my thing but given the speed they disappeared I gather they were pretty tasty too. Other starters included chilli cheese fries and pulled pork covered fries, both of which were awesome although quite filling.
For my burger, I opted for the chilli burger in order to give the MEATfamily a second chance after my appetite-killing experience with the Dead Hippie at MeatMarket. This time I was much happier with a juicy tender patty covered in jalapenos and perhaps the odd green chilli. The bun was a win as usual and stayed soft while absorbing a good amount of juices.
They also do a Chilli Challenge where you have to try to eat a chiliburger, a chilidog, and a big bowls of chilli cheese fries. I've got to say I'm pretty tempted by this although most likely in November once the races are done for the year. The fastest time is 3.45 which is a bit insane although something of a "goal" to aim for.
Overall, an enjoyable meal and a pretty solid burger. It's changed my opinion of the MEATfamily food (although not of the Dead Hippie sauce) however I think I'd opt for takeaway rather than the chaos of the interior. Worth going once for the experience, the 2nd time I'd rather eat in peace and have a chat without risking my voice.
So this place is cool. Not like I think it is cool (which I do), but like, this place knows it is cool, wears cool like a coat and would not be caught dead with uncool staff or uncool music or uncool anything, ever.
And that is why you line up outside for an hour.
The food is like super greasy late-night munchy food, and I do not say that as a bad thing. Deep fried pickles, and cheesey onion fries are an essential side order, and your whole meal is served up on a tray for the whole table, no plates here. If Man Vs Food did a UK version, he would definitely do a bit in Meat & Liquor. So do not be expecting gourmet lean beef patties or anything.
The cocktail offering is amazing, but the names of the cocktails are wildly offensive in an attempt to be edgy. I hated myself for ordering a 'Donkey Punch'.
Visit for the atmosphere, not for the fine dining, but give it a go all the same.
So, this isn't the most tasteful place you'd take your friends. You'd have to take the more tolerant ones. Why? Because the interior is designed to look a bit like a slaughterhouse with blood stained plastic curtains and a wall that screams DEATH! But the food is great, so let's not let PETA hear about this place. M'KAY!
So, verdict? (despite the questionable decor)
Yeah. Big words. But the dead hippy burger, in all the meat drippings was JUST.SO.GOOD. Can't even. Just try it. I don't know what dead hippy sauce is but it is good. The wings were also faultless, it actually came with a tub of sauce, but that wasn't necessary, the marinade on the wings alone was tasty by itself. (IN YOUR FACE COLONEL SANDERS) The chilli cheese fries beat us though, it was just too much. Probably just stick to the normal fries next time. (I did give it a great shot-man vs food style, but it was just too mammoth.) I'm a bit peeved with myself that i didn't beat the food so that's why its only 4 stars.
So it's a bit pricy for a burger, but in comparison to GBK or even Byron, it's actually a little bit cheaper (Byron's are just under tenner, I think!) But SO worth it.
You'll bet I'll be back...
(Went here for lunch so service wasn't so bad)
Does exactly what it says on the tin, er, sign. Meat and Liquor.
Love the notice on their menu that reads 'No Liquor without Meat'. Thankfully as we visited on a Friday lunchtime we only required the meat, although many other people seemed to be celebrating the arrival of the weekend with both...
Having been told how busy it can get I was relieved that when we showed up at 11:45am we only waited a few minutes to be seated. Once inside the service was a little spotty but to be fair they went from being empty to full in five minutes so I suppose that might have been expected.
While we waited for our burgers (we skipped the fries as we were feeling virtuous) the decor of this cool space offered plenty to keep us occupied. We spent many minutes admiring the murals, 'blood' spattered walls and ceilings and multiple slogans carefully graffitied across the place. I'll be honest, there was a small part of me which felt a little old to be here...and I have no doubt that on a Friday night when the music's pumping and the liquor is flowing I would feel extremely out of place. That said the burgers were excellent and it was a fun lunchtime stop so it served us well.
I had the bacon cheeseburger (to compare it with the Burger & Lobster one I'd had earlier in the week) which was decent and very reasonably priced (especially compared to the Burger & Lobster one!). But my boyfriend had the Green Chili Cheeseburger which was excellent. Just enough spice to make your lips tingle but juicy and tasty.
I enjoyed the no plates, kitchen roll instead of napkins and burgers served on a platter thing. They are clearly going low-brow and too cool for cutlery thing which is fitting given the decor.
Next time, and I will definitely be going back, I think I'd like to try the cheese fries and maybe a hot dog, and perhaps if I'm feeling young enough a cocktail!
Pounding pounding techno music... That's what you think when you enter, it's cool and knows it, the queue outside underlying the fact. I'd been waiting to try this place for ages but couldn't deal with the queueing. it's worth the wait in many ways, the portions are big, the food well priced, great cocktails. Just don't go for any conversation, this is all about the food.
I went for the Dead Hippie is essentially a Double Double Cheeseburger and consists of two mustard-fried beef patties, American cheese and a special sauce with a ridge of cut pickles and shredded iceberg lettuce. It's an awesome burger, simple and juicy and after a few bites looks like it has all melded together in some mental burger mash up. The starters and sides are equally good but have no idea what they were called and can't find a menu to tell you...
However you get all this and can chat at its sister burger place hidden at the back of the Jubilee market in Covent Garden, Meat Market. It is a proper burger joint with similar great food and a more chilled atmosphere. Take your pick, burger mental clubbing madness or chilled burger joint to meet friends in.
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