10 May 2013

A Shoreditch Night Out - Rotary Bar & Diner and The Hoxton Pony

Caroline           Mary
I find that I have to be in the mood for a night out in Shoreditch. It can be a little 'edgy' and under-dressed for my liking (more biker boots than Louboutin heels). Sometimes I just don't feel cool enough.

But last night I was in the right state of mind.

I went for shorts, ankle boots and my cute new Zoe Karssen t-shirt (which I LOVE).

Okay, so I said that Shoreditch could be a little too edgy for me but the area is a lot more glossy than it once was and it's partly due to places like Rotary Bar and Diner that are popping up. Slick and shiny.

Rotary is like an American style diner but has more of a homely feel to it.

I got a little excited when I read that the restaurant was working with chef Carl Clarke of Disco Bistro - only my favourite pop-up restaurant and producers of the best chicken wings I've ever had.

But have these wings now been beaten?

These buttermilk fried babies* were AMAZING! We got a portion of both the hot and sticky.

*not literally babies - they're chicken wings

Succulent, exploding with flavour and so moreish! I probably marginally preferred the sticky ones but both were fabulous and not one intact wing remained.

Having just eaten about ten wings, I was by now feeling nicely full up. 

But I had already ordered the Fried Chicken Roll so I soldiered on.

Doesn't she look tasty?

And I can confirm that she was. Perhaps it was a little too similar to the starter what with the slightly spicy chicken sauce (I didn't really think my order through...) but it was a really delicious burger with lovely sweet red onions, tasty cheese and yummy bun sauce.

This was Mary's Rotary Burger - rare breed beef, bacon and cheese.

Unusually, they didn't ask Mary how she likes her burger cooked (medium rare, fact fans) and it was a little too pink for her liking. It seems rather odd to assume everyone wants their burger rare but hey, I don't make the rules.

The service here was a little scatty. The toilets were awful for such a new venue and I don't like places that measure out their wine in a spirit measure! Also, it was a little more expensive than I was expecting. Our meal with two drinks each came to £78 - oof.

If I've not sold it to you for dinner, perhaps just come here for some pre-going out chicken wings - they definitely made the visit worthwhile!

We headed onto the Hoxton Pony.

I first came here on my hen night back in 2010

Oh dear.

The Hoxton Pony serve great cocktails, play good music and attracts quite a cool, fashion-friendly crowd. Professor Green was there with us last night - yes, that cool.

The bar is colourful and arty with lots of gimmicky Natural History museum-style relics scattered around.

I love the comic tables

The bar emphasise their use of seasonal ingredients in their cocktails and the barmen put a lot of love into the cocktail making process. 

I had a black cherry sour which was very nice indeed.

By ten o'clock the place was bustling.

Downstairs - where the dancefloor is - was roped off this evening so we remained upstairs chatting and sipping on our 50% off vodka Redbulls.

Unlike Rotary Diner's appalling attempt, the toilets here are awesome. Bright and colourful. 

Here's me posing in them like a silly person.

A very fun night with Mary was had, as usual.

The next morning I woke up to this adorable sight. 

How cute?

I hope you all had a fabulous week and have a brilliant weekend! 

Rotary Bar & Diner
Bar Service
Waiter Service
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  1. All that chicken looks so frickin' finger lickin' good! I've heard so much great stuff about Disco Bistro so it's really good to see they have excelled themselves elsewhere too :) serious food envy right now x x

    1. Sadly Disco Bistro has closed now, quite sad about that :(

      But definitely try the Rotary wings if you're ever out in the area! Worth a visit alone!


  2. I love these pictures, they make me want to have this exact night out - all the food included. and that puppy?! I want one!



  3. Gosh that food looks amazing and I LOVE your outfit, the tshirt is so cute!
    Glad to have found your blog :)

    The Dress Code | UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thanks Emma! I hope you keep enjoying reading! I will check out your blog now :)

  4. I went to the Rotary last week...my post is still to come! I LOVED the chicken wings but thought the chicken burger with the bun sauce was actually a bit sickly, as you said probably too similar to the wings! Great piccies though! I am gutted I never got to try Disco Bistro though to compare!! xxx

    1. Oooh, I look forward to reading your post! Totally agree re the chicken burger - it was just a bit...too much! Too busy perhaps. It is a shame Disco Bistro closed but I'm going to keep my eye out for all the new Chris Clarke ventures. That man knows how to make a chicken wing.


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