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Mikkeller Pop Up, Exmouth Market, EC1

37-39 Exmouth Market
EC1
EC1R 4QL
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Pub SignMan left this review about Mikkeller Pop Up

This is a very plain shop converted bar from the ever expanding Mikkeller Brewery, presented as a ‘pop-up’, although I understand it is due to close briefly and then re-open as a brewpub. The promotional blurb around this place loves to mention how this place opened as a collaboration between Mikkeller and 80’s pop star Rick Astley, although beyond the bland styling, it’s hard to pinpoint the contribution of the latter to this enterprise. The pub has a concrete floored single room layout with a basic servery down the right-hand wall and two rows of seating opposite in the form of chairs and low stools. The bar has a simple counter and bar back with large beer boards above full of detailed information about the available draught brews, which are dispensed from a row of keg taps below. More seating appears as the room opens out a little more to the rear, with plenty of small tables served by metal framed chairs, which makes it far easier to bag a seat here than in their Shoreditch bar. Walls have been decorated with some nice framed brewery art prints which look really cool, although they weren’t exactly easy to see when we popped in one evening, thanks to the remarkably muted lighting that was at such a low level that we thought the place was shut as we approached – very low wattage bulbs in low hanging lamps combine with a single candle on each table to make this very modern brewery bar feel like a Dickensian boozer. The plus point is that this helps to mask the plain walls and floor and a ceiling dominated by exposed utilities – facets that no doubt become all too apparent in daylight hours.
The beer boards suggested there were around twenty craft keg beers available, many from Mikkeller, but plenty of guests as well from various microbreweries such as Pressure Drop. As you would expect from Mikkeller, everything is stupidly over-priced, so my two-thirds of Mikkeller Single Hop Citra was a whopping £5.00 – thankfully, it was pretty tasty and the barman was very helpful, talking us through some of the options and offering a few tasters.
It’s the price that, like every other Mikkeller venue I’ve been to, puts me off from returning – I appreciate that I’m trying beer not readily available elsewhere that perhaps uses unusual ingredients, but I can find a Citra-hopped beer pretty much anywhere nowadays for a fraction of the price I paid here, so I just can’t understand the premium applying to everything. It’s good to come for a one-off visit to try something new but only the well-healed or die-hard crafties will want to endure repeat visits.

On 2nd April 2020 - rating: 6
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Farringdon (London), 0.52 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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2nd Apr 2020, 19:11
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
4th Feb 2020, 14:05
Web Link submitted by ROB Camra approved

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