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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Book Club Base Camp


The Book Club, as we have reviewed previously, is a great little bar in Shoreditch, which recently announced its two week pop-up event, Base Camp: an outdoor bar, kitchen and playground where you can meet with friends, have a few drinks and watch the Olympics.

Base Camp, which is located in Leonard Street car park over the road from the Book Club, has a self-contained bar offering Olympics themed cocktails. The two that we tried, the Mojito and the Frozen Margarita, were both delicious, although they were often limited by the fact that they had to refill machines and wait for them to mix for a little while before they could start serving again. It certainly couldn't hurt, given the demand on the night, to have a second machine going for those two drinks. Although, when you have pints (yes, pints) of Mojitos to fall back on, you can't really complain too much.

Food on site is provided by the famously stylish Street Kitchen. On the night we attended, we ate chicken and salmon cooked in the typical Street Kitchen takeaway box style. The chicken was really tasty and cooked perfectly (some of the best chicken we've taken away from anywhere). We also devoured some small slider burgers, although we didn't see them actually on offer. In addition to the Street Kitchen truck there was an ice cream van on site, serving numerous kinds of delicious ice-cream to the willing and slightly tipsy patrons.

For entertainment, there is a big screen to watch the Olympic proceedings while you sip away at your drinks. If you feel inclined to be more active on your night out however, then the Base Camp is fully equipped to meet your needs, with a couple of table tennis tables, a foosball table, and for the truly strong of constitution, a machine that shoots table tennis balls across a table at you for 30 seconds. For the record, we managed to return one whole ball across the table.

We already know that the Book Club is a great venue, and it seems that they have hit on another winning idea, Base Camp, providing somewhere quirky and fun to meet your friends and enjoy the Games with a few tasty cocktails. There are certainly worse car parks to spend an evening!

100-106 Leonard Street, EC2A 4RH

Cocktails: £5+
Food/drink: 5/5
Service: 3/5
Value: 4/5

See full review HERE

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