Stumble through the rabbit hole into Callooh Callay, have a drink in our front bar with windows that overlook the cobbled streets of Shoreditch, or have a peak through the wardrobe at the back all is not what it seems.
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65 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3AY
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I wanted to like this bar but it just didn't do it for me. For starters, the bartender who served me had so much attitude, I felt like chinning him. I asked for a beer and he suggested a specialist Estonian brew . I cringed and asked for something better at which he took insult. His arrogance was unbelievable and suggested I didn't know beer, twat.
Drinks were expensive, the ambiance was good...more
We went here for a birthday celebration after reserving a table and calling to let them know we were going to be late a few times we got in and shown to our private booth no problem.
If sitting down we immediately admired the amazing decor which was some what psychedelic. The waiter came over and was really helpful in helping us choose a cocktail to our liking.
The cocktail selection was...more
Let's be honest.
Everyone likes Callooh Callay because you get to Narnia yourself through a wardrobe to get to the toilets.
And that's okay.more
This place seems deliberately set up to make as many of its customers feel unwelcome as possible. Step one: Can I get in, please? Step two: Can I go through that cupboard door to the back bar, please? Step three: Can I go upstairs to the pokey little bar in the back of the back bar, please?
So turns out I could, but some of the group I was with couldn't (quelle horreure, it was like they...more
So five stars for atmosphere and price of drinks, minus two stars for the attitude of the staff (which indeed, as others have pointed out, is a little snobby.)
We came to Callooh Callay because on their website they said they do old-school board games on Sunday night and cocktails and Connect-4 sounded awesome. I made a reservation and we arrived.
CC has it's normal anyone can walk in and...more