The (Mc)Queen of Hoxton

Considering that the first time we found ourselves in the super-sleek surrounds of McQueen was to experience the, ahem, delights of a unisex poledancing competition (don't ask), our first impressions of The East End's latest watering hole were somewhat impaired.

Much in the vein of nearby Beach Blanket Babylon, McQueen - set on the junction between Tabernacle St and Clere St - combines the polished glassiness of city-based drinkeries with the edgier crustiness of the cocktail bars and pubs littered around Hoxton.

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That said, the bar - which occupies an impressively-proportioned corner plot in a beautiful red brick building - is not without its charms. Inspired by 50s omni-icon Steve McQueen, the upstairs lounge bar is the jewel in the crown, sparsely filled with sprawling brown Chesterfield sofas, chrome- coated Art Deco inspired chairs and exposed wooden floors. The cocktail list - cooked up by mixologists Theo Von Ungern-Sternberg and Eline Bosman - runs with the retro-theme, so expect Ratpack inspired drinks based around the whisky, brandy and rum end of the spirit spectrum.

McQueen, 55-61 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch. www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk

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