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Mikkeller Bar London, E2

2-4 Hackney Road
E2
E2 7NS
Phone: 02070121100
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Pub SignMan left this review about Mikkeller Bar London

This is a simple single room bar showcasing the many creations from the Danish Mikkeller brewery, seemingly making use of a former pub premises. Perhaps most surprisingly of all, the venue got up and running thanks to a collaborative effort between the brewery and 80’s pop flop, Rick Astley, for whom a number of the beers available here have been named! The angular room has exposed floorboards, neutral painted walls and large lattice windows along two sides which were totally steamed up on a freezing cold January evening, making it impossible to see inside when walking past. Drinking ledges run underneath these windows, offering good people watching when the windows are clear, whilst two rows of chairs and the odd back-to-back park-bench style seats run through the centre of the room, with a final fake-stone drinking ledge on the far wall. The servery is to the rear of the room and has a wooden slat bar counter with a fake stone top and dark tile bar back, where all twenty keg taps are sited. A beer board has been mounted above the bar and it clearly lists the full range of draught beers, giving strengths, styles, prices and volumes, which I found very helpful having heard of none of these brews despite recently touring the brewery’s various Copenhagen venues. A strange decanted full of a dark red liquid stood at the end of the bar and upon enquiring, I was told that this was a Danish cherry wine – it was on offer, so I assume others found it as unappealing a sight as I did! The decor is restrained, limited to a few Mikkeller posters and other such promotional bits, plus some mirrors. Loud music played throughout my visit, mostly 70’s rock standards, but this wasn’t too obtrusive and there was a nice hum of chatter from a pretty large crowd who had braved the weather to check this place out.
The taps offer no less than sixteen Mikkeller beers alongside four guests, so it’s worth taking time to study the beer board before approaching the bar, as Mikkeller make extreme brews that command extreme prices. Sadly, even the sensible strength brews come with Scandinavian price tags, and I had to fork out £6.20 for a pint of Rick’s Brown – an admittedly excellent brown beer that I really should’ve savoured a lot longer at that price. The beer board is a little confusing, as prices shown aren’t always for a pint, but some mental arithmetic shows most sensible strength beers working out at over £6 a pint. Lots of fruit/limbic/sour beers were listed too, so this place is a good bet if that’s your preferred style. The barmaid here was very friendly and whilst I can’t be certain, I got the impression that payment here is by card only.
Funnily enough, I quite liked this place, despite the ridiculous pricing, lack of cask ale and basic layout. I found the atmosphere in here no different to that of a busy pub, with some comfortable seating and extremely tasty beer making it easy to settle down. Of course, the prices make an extended session here virtually impossible, but I can see myself returning here occasionally as a bit of a treat, just to see what exciting beer they have on next.

On 4th March 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Mikkeller Bar London

The former George & Dragon initially looks little different as you approach, apart from a fresh coat of dark grey paint at ground-floor level. However, the interior has been given a complete makeover in minimalist Scandinavian style, with just the counter and a limited amount of light modern seating. As you would expect, it hosts a fine array of 20 craft keg taps on the bar-back divided about 50:50 between the Danish brewery and a range of English guests. I tried a schooner of their Weisse Pineapple (£5.30) which was a curious concoction, but doubtless there were many other more extreme and even more expensive brews available if you looked hard at the board above the bar.

On 28th October 2018 - rating: 7
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custodian 42 left this review about The George & Dragon

Shepherd Neame ales on the bar including Bishop's Finger. One dim room with bar to rear. This place was shut when I visited before so I was pleased it had reopened.

On 1st September 2017 - rating: 4
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Shoreditch High Street, 0.36 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Hoxton, 0.4 miles, 7 min walk (show)
Old Street, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
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  • Hot Food : No last updated 25 October 2018 by Tris C
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  • Micropub : No last updated 25 October 2018 by Tris C
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  • Real Ale : No last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 04 March 2019 by Pub SignMan
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