Slim Jim's Liquor Store

112 Upper Street, Islington, London

Slim Jim’s is a good-looking bar with a lively atmosphere

Slim Jim\'s Liquor Store, exterior picture

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Address:112 Upper Street
N1 1QN
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Bars
Nearest Station:Essex Road
Opening Hours:

Mon:16:00 - 02:00
Tue:16:00 - 02:00
Wed:16:00 - 02:00
Thu:16:00 - 03:00
Fri:16:00 - 03:00
Sat:16:00 - 03:00
Sun:18:00 - 02:00

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Not all whisky bars have to replicate Gatsby-esque sequences; there are those that fall on the seedier side of the spectrum. Slim Jim’s Liquor Bar is one of these places. Doing its best to remind you of somewhere you might have seen Kurt Russell wrap a pool cue over some goon’s back, it is without a doubt one of London’s best whisky bars. It focuses on a lot of bourbons and ryes so if you’re a fan of the sweeter side you’re in luck. The music at this Angel outpost is also thoroughly rocker.

Best bars with a jukebox
Slim Jim’s is the kind of bar that you really need to be in the mood for. It has cultivated an image for itself as that of a hard-liquor toting, hard-partying dive bar and that is almost how it feels – if you’ve shotted enough ‘Jack’, as they say. Whatever, the jukebox is a doozy full of rock ‘n’ roll classics.

London's best American bars
If there’s a dive bar in London that can out dive any Lower East Side dive then it’s Slim Jim’s Liquor Store. There is the grimy look of the place; the bras hanging from the ceiling, the classic rock and the way the people booze hard here.

"Slim Jim’s is a good-looking bar with a lively atmosphere"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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Fashioned on an LA Juke joint, Slim Jim’s Liquor Bar is a different world for Londoners apparently. Its exposed brick walls, music posters, dim red lights and ceiling filled with dangling bras are all supposed to represent some kind of entry into a rock and roll time warp as you step off Upper Street and inside. But you know what? It’s a little tacky; the hanging bras alone are enough to make you sigh. Add to this that tiresome door policy where boys aren’t allowed in without girls – even in groups of two at 9pm – and it really does feel like a time warp, only back to a time when Loaded was the men’s magazine du jour.

All that aside, it should be noted that Slim Jim’s is a good-looking bar with a lively atmosphere. The booths, bright red bar stools, low lighting and loud music are each intoxicating elements if you can let yourself go. The focus on American beers and spirits is something out of the ordinary and when the speakers are blaring out doses of garage rock, grunge and industrial rock it feels right to be knocking back pints of Blue Moon with Wild Turkey chasers. Clearly, there are a lot of people who feel the same. The bar is regularly packed out from Thursday onwards and it’s shoulder-to-shoulder standing room only.

If you’ve ever seen the excellent Road House with Kurt Russell then you’ll know what Slim Jim’s Liquor Bar is attempting to replicate; pure dive bar chic. If you can ignore the tackier side of the décor, can enter in a mixed group and like a great free jukebox then you might even love it.

T.A.O reviewed Slim Jim's Liquor Store on Wed 12 Jun 2013

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