Monkey Business / Hg2 RESTAURANT REVIEW

Bar-come-restaurant The Drunken Monkey is located on one of the main streets of London’s Shoreditch area – a neighbourhood that takes being hip very seriously. Upon arriving, The Drunken Monkey instantly feels like being at the cool kid’s table in the high school cafeteria, but in a good way. Because let’s face it, we all wanted to be there. In keeping with the theme, with a string of Chinese red lanterns and somewhat dusty oversized mirrors lining the walls, the décor is effortlessly grunge at its best. Attractive, young 20-somethings nibble on the restaurant’s extensive choice of dim sum including their famous crispy honey smoked chicken, Vietnamese spring rolls and pork buns, while listening to the sounds of what the restaurant website calls ‘monophunk’ – a mixture of jazz, funk and electro, DJ’d by local celebs Peter Ogston and Stephen Chan. Think Zero7 with more beats. On other nights, the venue hosts events such as Chick Flick Film Club and Four Roses Poker Night. The restaurant also boasts a sizeable cocktail list that sells Monkey Mojitos and Singapore Slings by the jug. But don’t worry about abusing your wallet, for the bar is infamous for its daily happy hour. And as is to be expected of this part of town, the restaurant is a regular hangout for creative locals. All in all, The Drunken Monkey is an excellent place to grab a few cocktails, chill out and just be cool.
By Marilyn MacDonald
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