"Slim Jim’s is a good-looking bar with a lively atmosphere"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
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