Strongroom Bar & Kitchen

Written by Ferment


Nestled down an unassuming cobbled path, you’d be forgiven for passing by this hidden gem, but we’re glad to be rewarded for our curiosity, as we find ourselves in a huge courtyard covered in beautiful vines. A haven for Shoreditch locals in the know,

Strongroom Bar & Kitchen has been growing a name for itself as somewhere to discover something different when it comes to beer. Intent on standing out, its beer selection is ever changing and packed full of things to discover.

The bar’s inception as a drinking den for Strongroom’s music studio clients, 20 years ago, means that music plays a large part in all it does – the beer menus are musically themed, featuring local and international breweries; they’re even printed to resemble LPs.

Its monthly ‘meet the brewer’ events see the brewers taking over the taps, before taking to the decks for a DJ set. This month (20th July) it’s Wild Beer Co. bringing its brews, as well as their funk and soul vinyl to the party.

Music and beer seem to always end up intertwining, not only in the partnership between Strongroom Studios and Bar; there have also been a number of Strongroom alumni who have since gone on to create names for themselves in the brewing industry, at the likes of Signature Brew, Harviestoun, Five Points, To-Øl & Bullfinch.

In fact, ex-Studio manager Phil Sisson recently had his homebrew, Raindrops on Roses, chosen by Thornbridge to win their Great British Home Brew Challenge. You can find it nestled here among other delights. Upcoming Meet The Brewer and Tap Takeover events to watch out for are New Zealand Beer Collective (Aug), Brew By Numbers (Sept) and make sure you put Oktoberfest in your diary – or Krautrocktoberfest as it’s known here – a celebration of krautrock music and German beer, not to be missed.

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