On holiday in London, and this was definitely my favorite bar. After a trek through what seemed like miles of corporate buildings and track homes from London's touristy center, we finally reached the one bar I had decided I had to visit on the trip, and I was ready to complain about something. Really, anything. My feet ached. I was hungry. I was thirsty. I was carded for the first time ever in London. But the moment I stepped into the dimly lot Zigfrid von Underbelly, I forgot about all of that.
The interior has a cool mismatched vintage vibe, and the crowd on a Sunday night was just as diverse. If you're going to order food, find your table and then order at the bar - they'll ask for your table number, so have it in advance. We cashed in on the happy hour specials and tried a couple of their cocktails which were both pretty good. I had the chicken burger, which wasn't bad. It was your standard bar food, but prepared well. What really sold me though was the atmosphere. The bartenders were really friendly and since it was Sunday, they were attentive as well. The armchairs are the comfiest armchairs I've ever sat in, and overall, the bar has an unpretentious, yet cool vibe to it. Definitely the highlight of my trip to London, and I only wish I had a chance to go to one of the shows here.
I's with the Duke, mingers!
Used to be our favourite on Hoxton Square. Unfortunately this place is tarnished by ignorant and aggressive bouncers with their weird door policy.
Bar staff too busy chatting each other than serving customers. Slowest place in Shoreditch. Being a busy place shouldnt be an excuse for them to be rude to customers.
I came for the free wifi. I stayed for the party.
Zigfrid is a fine pub/club and one of my favourite spots to people watch in Hoxton Square. I've come on a few occasions for their very serviceable £5 business special lunch and stayed planted firmly in my seat for hours. The place really does a brisk business as it transitions from lunch crowd to the happy hours crowd to the party crowd to the I-want-to-escape-the-harsh-realities-of-life crowd. And that's a good thing.
I was impressed by the offerings of the sound system and will happily visit again soon.
I spend NYE 2010/11 here, but this isn't my first time spending New Years in this bar! Back in the day, it was either here or the Dragon bar for a free New Years evening. Well... free to get in.
But when I first started coming to this bar, they had just redesigned it to be this sleek modern establishment, upon my return many moons later they have again redesigned this place to be super funky! I love it!
It's got the cool and funky NYC vibe about this bar, so much so, i will return on a normal Friday. And a great large dancy area downstairs!
Finally, a bar that has changed for the better in this area!
Wow, I'm laying into Old Street at the moment. It seems that someone has told Essex this is where they should be hanging out. That and the suits from Liverpool street. It's fascinating to watch their mating ritual. Don't go to a show, come here and watch the strange people who will resort to online dating when the eventually realise that the only thing they'll catch out here is chlamydia.
This is the venue for you if you are on a work do or on a hen night. It's where you go to get drunk and sway to chart music. I say sway as you'll be drunk enough that dancing isn't really possible. You'll pay average prices at the bar and bump into lovely ladies in the toilets who are are a little to happy to just have booze in their systems. The décor is like a walkabout with a bit more money thrown into it. I don't hate it, by all means, I went and kind of enjoyed myself I just wouldn't say it's a must do on the square.
We ended up here on St. Patrick's Day (had visitors in town, had to do something) and while the bands had played way early in the day (they were well and done by the time we arrived at 9 pm) we ended up having a very good night here.
Yes, it's crazy busy, and for most of the night, the line to the bar was four people deep everywhere. The staff probably could've been a bit quicker, but they weren't jerks. The space itself is super cool, like... super cool, it's a nice place, and also like, super cool, it's so over-the-top indie-hipster mania. For instance, they had an older version of Alice in Wonderland playing... with Dutch subtitles... backwards.
Right. But it's quirky, and if you are a hipster (admittedly or not), you'll feel pretty awesome sitting at a corner table looking at the weird collection of junk on the walls. Add in decently priced drinks, a decent draft selection, and good music... it's a good choice if you're in the area (and the area's a good choice if you're looking for a place to head out for the evening).
I tend to agree with Catherine - this bar was super trendy and attracted a really interesting crowd years ago, but now the crowd is really mainstream.
On the plus side, the interior is still really cool and the food is reasonably priced (try the burgers!). However, the service is ALWAYS super slow. I don't know why - seriously, I have been going there for years and they don't seem to have become any more efficient. That said, it seems the staff turnover is pretty high.
Downstairs can be a lot of fun if the right night is on / music is playing.
Ziggys is still one of my fav bars in London, but doesn't have exactly the same "essence" as it did years ago.
Really cool place to enjoy tasty English burger and the atmosphere is very vintage! Yes I'm fan!
Maybe not a bar to get your evening started, but a perfect bar to finish on. In fact, perhaps *the* perfect bar to finish on. It's tough to get any better than Bernadette B's review, (which you should all pause and read now) as anyone who can come up with a description as good as: "... it is as if a hunting lodge as been squeezed into skinny jeans and been given a trendy hair cut" should be revered for utter Yelping prowess, so I'll just say this:
After two Jägerbombs and an up-close and personal encounter with a Moose-head, (which closely resembled "The Gump" from Return To Oz) I found myself in a fun-landish mirrored bathroom putting on bright red lipstick at the encouragement of a half Swedish, half-Japanese girl who apparently was a product-rep for Revlon. None of which strayed from the norm at Zigfrid Von Underbelly.
The music was fantastic, the space was funky and original, the bar staff were agile and efficient, and the energy was absolutely infectious. I'll certainly be back... but only after a few drinks.
On Fridays and Saturdays, this place is a sweaty mess. If you know New York and you just can't get enough of Joshua Tree and BAR XII, then this place is for you. It's not, however, for me.
I give them a second star on the presumption that it might be much nicer on weeknights when less crowded, and because drinks are reasonably priced.
While I was visiting my brother who lives in a flat above this place, I would hear all the yelling and debauchery that went on downstairs at Zigfrid during nighttime. So I stayed away from the place, since I was on vacation and tired from all the day trips and sightseeing. But on a lax day, my fiance and bro decided to have a quick bite on a Sunday evening.
The food was pretty good. One of the rare establishments in London that actually felt as if I were dining in San Francisco. I had a burger, and was not disappointed. The wait staff were helpful and bubbly, and the interior decor was eclectic and well put together. I was told that the owner actually buys a whole bunch of junk overseas and brings it back to put up for display at his restaurants.
Overall, this place serves "A-OK" grade food. As for the nightlife, judging by the craziness at night, I assume it's all the way live and crackin'!
Zigfrid's is probably my favourite bar in Hoxton. Unlike many of its neighbours it hasn't chosen to go for the stark minimalist look and you feel like you can actually relax without your presence messing up the place. I like the mismatched furniture and odd lamps, even though it's still very stylised it seems to have a lot more soul.
Last time I was here my friend and I went to town on their cocktail list and though I can't really vouch for the later ones, our Mojito's and Caiprinha's were very good. On the other hand, the house white was shocking and served in warm glasses. Avoid it if you can!
The music at Zigfrid's is what really seals the deal for this place in my mind. I don't think I've heard the same style twice but whatever has been playing, hip hop, punk, ska or soul, it's always been upbeat and got people up and dancing. Even the coolest of Hoxton kids can't resist tapping their toes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
Recently went here for a private party with open bar. The venue knew there were more than 100+ guests expected but only hired/brought in 2 bartenders. Needless to say it was chaos. The bartenders seemed to be lost and stunned and didn't know how to deal with the crowd.
First off, I blame the manager for not bringing in more staff. When we went upstairs to complain, the manager actually swore at one of our party using the F word.
Needless to say, we'll never go back and I would highly recommend not hiring this venue for future parties.
And did I say the manager on duty was an ass? Abysmal.
First time Ive been to Hoxton Square, and I have to say its pretty cool and trendy area.
I went for to see a Great band called Silverbox at the Underbelly last night it was AWESOME!!!
The stage was a small, with red curtains and a carpet. Its a medium sized place, with DJ on right side of the room, and one round table to put your drinks on. Their a couple of pictures around the wall, quite similar to a Shorditch bar, with that look.
The bar was long, my only critic would be its a Saturday night, and they only had three people behind the bar and the place was packed. I was waiting to be served for about 20mins not good. My shandy was £3:70 which is not too bad.
The outdoor area was great, anything that provides outdoor heating is excellent to me.
The restrooms mirrors and sink basin's were unisex, and pretty big, great for putting the touch up makeup, and nice not be squashed, like you have in some places. Inside the toilets you have a drink stand, which is always helpful, never seen that in a toilet before.
The Underbelly had a great vibe,especially if your seeing a really good band, I don't how it is on a night with no band, but hey that's another review. Overall had a fun time.
Zigfrid is a trendy bar with attitude situated in one of the uber trendy sides of East London, Hoxton. The location is perfect in the heart of vib Shoreditch.They offer regular DJ nights even if sometimes the music is too loud for serious conversation. The Bar offers a variety of cocktails and beers and American diner style food for hungry customers.
The atmosphere of the place is quite fast paced with many people talking, luaghing, getting merry but if that is your sort of thing then you will like ths bar.
Zigfrid Von Underbelly is an east London treasure. As the name suggests, this is not your usual bar, club venue. From the white picket fence on the outside to the money tree on the inside, Zigfrid Von Underbelly is closer to a modern art exhibit than a pub.
The live DJ mixing at this trendy spot will keep your feet moving all night with a healthy mix of house music. Many artists, musicians and followers of fashion congregate here. There is also a stage for live gigs and large couches and Victorian chairs to lounge on. You can come dressed low-key or all dolled up... anything goes!
This is one of those typical Shoreditch bars that used to be really cool and attract the perfect crowd, but has somehow now gone down the drain a little. The interior of the pub is rather pretentiously decorated with old leather couches, edgy lamp shades, coffee tables, armchairs, and lots of candlelit areas.
Unfortunately, the music played by the regular DJs is usually too loud, and makes it hard to have a relaxed social evening with your friends. The prices in here are also unjustifyingly expensive. I usually prefer to come here during an early afternoon and sit on the heated patio area. If hunger takes you over, go for the burgers which are rather tasty.
There is also an interesting club space downstairs known as the 'Underbelly'. It is a good space and could be fun if you are up for a jig after a couple of drinks upstairs, but once again the crowd which often feels like after-work city workers often puts me off this space.
Tucked away in the corner of trendy Hoxton Square is Zigfrid.
Zigfrid is my favourite bar in Hoxton. It manages to pull off cool, cutting edge, homely and rock chic with aplomb. The leather sofas and high backed chairs for some strange reason remind me of the Matrix. It also pulls off a vampire vibe without being to alternative.
Music ranges from alternative to pulsing electro beats with the odd eighties hit thrown in.
The after work crowds cram in early evening then slowly makes way for the more serious party people later on. With Underbelly downstairs where you can rock out till late, Zigfrid can be used as a launch pad for a hedonistic evening.
Bar service can be slow and the gastro style menu could offer more variety.
The outside patio is spacious and will be great when summer comes back around.
For the Hoxton area Zigfrid is a must hit bar
This bar is tucked away in the top corner of Hoxton Square, but it's worth passing the others in the square to get here. There are a few tables outside, which is great if you can nab one on a summer's day. But as with all the places on this square, you have to get here early if the sun is out, so take an early lunch break as lots of people will have the same idea.
It's like the tardis, because inside is much bigger than you'd expect, with bags of seating and more tables at the back. Reserve a seating area if there's a bunch of you meeting the raised mezzanine area is best, with big old leather chairs and sofas and a low coffee table. An eclectic style of furniture, but comfortable.
Unfortunately the food menu isn't very imaginative and doesn't seem to change very often. I wish they'd invest in a decent chef here. They don't seem that bothered about catering for vegetarians either. And even though it's an open kitchen, they won't adapt any of their dishes to make them vegetarian if you ask. It's a shame, as otherwise it's quite a nice bar.
Zigfrid is too loud, too full and slightly smelly. I always have a feeling that my hand will stick to anything I touch - and I'm often right. The bartenders are reasonably pleasant, but are often run off their feet as (have I mentioned this before?) the place get so very full.
Also, one must take into account that as the City encroaches on Hoxton Square, Zigfrid appears to have been the bar hardest hit by the swarm of yuppie locusts in shirts from TM Lewin. Oh, and I don't like the music.
A 5 star bar with 3 star prices.
Good food, good drinks and amazing decor.
Should really be a club because it gets soo busy and have great DJ's and bands.
Kinda Essexy on Saturdays but thats pretty much all over Shoreditch for you.
Attention to detail is huge.
Totally recommend it.
An old favourite on Hoxton Square - but unfortunately this place is tarnished by its unsocial and aggressive bouncers. Maybe they have to contend with a busy place but its still no excuse to be rude and confrontational.
The bar does get busy and this can mean it can get very crowded - great when your in the mood - but the problem with this is the bar service. If you can squeeze into the bar you need to contend with getting served - a situation that shouldn't normally be a probelm under normal circumstances - but I don't believe the Bar men and women know how to effectively judge who should be served next and when it comes to speed of service - probably the slowest place in Shoreditch - not great when your thirsty.
Good vibe - just a shame about the bar service and the worst bouncers in shoreditch.
A good bar in the corner of Hoxton Square, which on weekends can get quite crowded.
The Front of House management has always been polite and no snobbery displayed, which is a real plus these days. It is advisable however to get there early though, to avoid any disappointment in terms of queuing. The decor is quite arty, but has been mentioned by Howson, you do get the feeling the bar doubles up as a strip of fly catcher with things easily getting stuck to it and other things. Not a real problem though as you are too drunk too soon to really take any notice of that.
There are lots of smaller areas with tables that allow for groups to meet up and mingle, so the issue of 'overcrowding' is a small one. The venue, when busy, does promote the making of new friends by making it quite easy to talk to other people - the girls being quite approachable.
There is a club in the lower ground floor as well as live dj sets being laid on in the bar on the ground floor. Good quality music which suits the vibe of the place. Drinks are averagly priced with lagers, wines, spirits but no ales on offer. Shots are available for those who like to crawl home.
On the downside, the male toilets are perhaps a little bit on the small side, considering it tends to get quite crammed and it serves food. An issue with any one of the toilets being out of action may easily cause Glastonbury style queues perhaps.
There is a small decked and covered area outside the front for smokers to mingle and share those over the cigarette conversations.
The staff have always been attentive to my needs and I haven't really been made to wait for too long. Having said that however, it does get busy so you have to be on your guard that no queue-pushers get in before you.
On the occassions that I have been there it has always been a good night out, challenged only with the thought of having to get back down south whilst being slightly trashed with the longish trip home.
i'm a pretty big fan of this spot. here's why.
mainly, the free wifi. considering the tiny flaming hoops surrounded by hungry alligators you have to jump through to get internet set up at your house when you are an american, any place that offers free wifi is automatically pretty awesome. extra points for letting you stay as long as you like and for having lots of power outlets. YES.
the happy surprise? for a bar, their food is actually pretty awesome. i had this 'salad' which was actually a bed-of-mixed-greens-showcase for the fattiest trio of products ever to come out of a kitchen: pork belly, crunchy black pudding, and poached egg. YES PLEASE.
on my other internet sojourns, i had a not amazing but decent goat cheese and grilled veggie tart, and my companion had a fish and chips. it didn't blow my mind, but the 5 pound lunch special pricing did.
can't comment on the bar scene, but if you're a hungry person in search of free internets, zigfrid is your new friend.
I feel as mixed about this place as its contrived and incongruous selection of furniture. I come here frequently for several reasons: I can get free wifi, I can usually find a cozy space all to myself where I can use the free wifi, and the one time I ordered food (the pan seared salmon) it was surprisingly solid. But whoa! Its time to reign in those ponies cuz there's a lot going on in here. A large bar, several projectors, dining space, lounge space and a DJ somewhere in the mix. This place is trying really, really hard to be eclectic and edgy. Its going for a boho patchwork, though it ends up looking like an interior designer clumsily manufactured the sterile funkiness overnight (an upside down rocking horse on the ceiling? really?) Its fine if you're being antisocial, though the decor, along with the clientele, could use a little dirt smeared on them.
A shoreditch classic! Quirky decor, interesting concept, unusual drinks (and okay cocktails) and completely rammed on the weekend. I walked into this place on a Saturday and nearly walked straight out as there wasn't space to breathe. However being with a group it was hard to motivate others to leave We managed to find a space by the bar, and I have to say the music rescued the night. What fantastic tunes! Not the best experience ever, but great times with friends and a very late license made this a good night.
I really didn't spend any time upstairs, but I probably will next the time I'm here. Downstairs is a marvelous small live music venue. The lighting is intimate and the atmosphere is almost sensual. There is a small well lit stage area and a series of bands and vocalists played sets of about an hour long. They were all good except for Emmanuella Grace ( emmanuellagrace.com ), who was oustanding. It wasn't very busy, but then it was a Tuesday and I suppose the £8 cover charge detterred a few people that may have been pleasantly surprised had they coughed up the cash.
I went to an event here the other day which was held in the basement bar at Zigfrid's, so not really able to write a full review. There's a lot to like about this place, but on this occasion Ziggi was greatly let down by the quality of drinks. Trust me, I know the taste of leftover white wine given another lease of life with the help of creme de cassis but I resent being sold kir in place of rose, especially at £5.80 a pop! I didn't make a fuss as it was a business function, but won't be coming here again.
The interior is a cross between old fashioned living room with couches and lamps you would find in an aristocrats library, crossed with modern table and chairs in the eating area. The old worn in armchairs and low carved wood tables are the ultimate cosiness wanted on a Sunday afternoon hangover. You can order yummy chips, burgers and even seafood (if you can stomach them) and sit back relax and read the papers or just stare out the big glass window on the facade of the venue.
Conversely, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are pumping. Always a little queue. Note for the men, pair up with women in the queue subtly as the bouncers can be quite sexist and not let groups of men in. Loud music plays with artistic, slightly alternative video clips or movies playing. Usually packed, so crowds of people standing everywhere - all floor space is covered.
They serve food till 10pm which is delicious - burgers, chips, tapas and even the mixed nuts you can buy at the bar are great!
Downstairs is a club playing a range of music. The air conditioning is always on quite strong - so get dancing! Be aware that there are separate toilets for men and women but shared basins and mirrors.
Definitely a place for a night out or an afternoon chilling. The outdoor area is heated and can be covered in when raining.
mmm, something tells me I still need a better haircut to head into Hoxton. Zigfrid did not change this viewpoint. They were playing some Chromeo, busy dj music played over it. In my opinion Chromeo just doesn't need that help from your friendly neighborhood dj, but ok. I got a soco and lime, (No I don't think its a gay drink.) The bartender didn't know what I was talking about. Not a great sign, but such is the way of a bar loaded with teenagers ready to pull pints. Very cool clientele, I feel like sitting in the back would be optimal, checking out all that's going around you. Fly place. nuf said.
The center of the humming Hoxton Square is most definitely Zigfrid. Zigfrid's is the brain child of Paul Daly, one of the first hipsters to start Hoxton's face lift and a designer of many bars in the area. I love meeting friends here on a weekend night. Always lots of people, pumping music, and free flowing drinks, Zigfrid makes for a most certain big night out. Venture downstairs to Underbelly. Zigrid's club where a DJ spins bass thumping mixes and the crowd bobs to the beat.
A large bar, Zigfid is located in Hoxton square, attracting a mix of professional city types as well as the usual style conscious shoreditch crowd.
Comfy leather sofas, arm chairs, and cool lampshades bring a little home comfort and make for an inviting place to grab a drink and perhaps some food. They serve up basic burgers & sandwiches, the usual pub steaks, as well as seafood and salads.
With regular club nights, Zigfid is almost always packed so it might not be the best place to go for food if you actually want to have a conversation over dinner. If loud, busy and brash is your thing, then give it a try.
Solid spot for a drink. Funky vibe with random stuff throughout the bar. Good list of cocktails. Service is ok. Drink prices are average for Shoreditch. Food is pretty good too.
Went here for a Folk & Dagger night, which at £2 is a really good way to get introduced to a variety of lesser known folksy groups in the area. The venue (downstairs) is fine, especially if you can get a sofa in the back. It looked like there was some decent food available too. Bathroom area is a little awkward with co-ed sinks! But would definitely go back for the music.
A fine establishment, with some super funky decor (giant wooden totem pole anyone?). I've only been upstairs in the bar/restaurant area and both times it was very acceptable. Neither mind-blowing, nor disappointing. Big fan of the cosy leather sofas though...
Great food. The décor is interesting and original as you would expect from uber bar designer Paul Daly. Has the feeling that people have moved on (they have) and what was once the height of cool now feels a bit tired. Did once venture in when they had a David Bowie night which can only serve to recommend it. The downstairs section has the bonus that it is free but low ceilings make it a claustrophobic venue. As Hoxton Square has grown in notoriety and popularity this place has lost its sparkle and the crowd that made it so good.
Service and prices are average for this corner of uber-trendy Hoxton, a little more than you'd probably want to pay but nothing you can't deal with.
The selling point of Zigfrid is the mish-mash of stuff to be found all over the place nailed to the ceiling, hanging from the walls and dotted around in corners and on ledges. Well worth a visit.
Zigs is a great bar on Hoxton Sq. Often filled with those that can't be bothered queuing for the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, this place can get extemely busy on the weekends.
Often filled with a large mix of people, from locals to wannabe fashionistas, DJ's seem to play the right sounds both upstairs and downstairs.
Good variety of drinks and beers.
Never failed to have a good night here
Located on the corner of hyper trendy Hoxton Square, this place is rich with typically trendy history; i won't spoil this for you but urge you all to visit their website, and go to the info section. Perennially busy due to the heated outdoor area at the front of the venue it is especially busy on summer evenings once the sun has set and you're bored of sitting in Hoxton Square! Another highlight is that food is also served here until well into the night, with a full day/evening menu that includes pub grub usual suspects (Burgers, nachos) and, randomly, oysters. A late night menu with mostly sandwiches is also available into the small hours. However prices do start from around £8 for a veggie option rising to £10-£12 for your meaty main, so fairly expensive for a bar but food is of a good quality and you can watch it being made as the kitchen is open. The furniture adds to the ambience, with antique chairs and sofa's scattered around for you to sit and watch the action. Come weekend the club downstairs opens, with a modest entry fee of £3 it attracts a different, younger crowd than the post-work weekday drinkers. Worth a visit for the story of the place if nothing else, you go and pose with the Hoxton trendies!
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