Barrio Easy – Boy Meets Girl

by Dec 8, 2013

Barrio East Easting area

This is a story of boy meets girl. Not in the romantic sense mind, but one blogger to another.

Everyone knows that when setting up a new venture you should do your market research, so when we started TWOP I got speaking to a few other bloggers to exchange notes. The Ldnr: “A guide to London’s best bars, clubs and restaurants through the eyes of a real Ldnr”, stood out. Over a few friendly tweets and a mutual love of eating and drinking we decided do a review together.

The Barrio bars are normally known for cocktails on a night out, but as we found ourselves at Barrio East one Saturday lunch we prepared for a different experience. Seeing the venue in daylight (and sober!) allows you to appreciate the interiors a little more: bright colourful walls, caravans in the middle of rooms, and sheds for toilets helping the venue fit into the area it takes residence in.

Barrio East Easting area

Barrio East dancefloor

Barrio East toilets

On arrival a very friendly member of staff guided us to a quirky wooden booth where we reflexively ordered some cocktails (it’s a weekend, why not?). My cocktail (Brazilian Lady) was a perfect lunchtime treat as it wasn’t too strong or sweet but the other (A Bloody Mary with Bacon) was a little less to our liking – different strokes for different folks I guess!

Barrio Cocktails

Arrival of the food confirmed we had eyes bigger than our bellies: I had The Breakfast of Champions and he had the Chivito Sandwich (a great one for meat lovers), both of which were very generous portions! The food was ok: great for a quick bite on a lazy day with good company, but nothing to write home about. That’s fine though, we’ll be back a little closer to the witching hour for a great mojito!

Check out the Ldnr’s blog here or follow him on twitter: @theLdnr

> Client Friendly: Not right for talking shop

> Affordability: Budget-happy £

> Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street

> Dress code: Any clothes goes

> Best for: Lazy days

Visit Barrio East here

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About Natalie Jahangiry

Natalie is half Persian with a Geordie accent. Although small in stature, she makes up for it with a big personality! As a Graphic Designer you will often find Natalie gushing about her passion for all things creative and sharing her ideas with everyone and anyone who will listen. If she’s not decorating her house you will find her cooking up recipes from her foodie family or propped up in a cocktail bar in town.