We stumbled across Juno while exploring Shoreditch high street for new places to eat, drink and indulge in weekend revelry.

Juno blends in perfectly with Shoreditch’s edgy-cool reputation. The mixture of worn-out leather arm chairs, sofas, stools and plastic, canteen-style chairs gives the bar a battered effect. Metal piping across the ceiling, lights hanging down on long wires and a lone disco ball glittering in one corner all add to Juno’s laid back charm.

…gives up-and-coming artists an opportunity to display their work…

The walls, currently covered in the art work of Candy Lo, make the bar into a casual exhibition. This gives up-and-coming artists an opportunity to display their work and provides visitors with an element of culture to their evening of drinking. The only let down to the bar’s individuality was the fact that a trip to Ikea had definitely been made as the room was filled with familiar looking paper lamps.

Juno’s happy hour runs every evening from 18:00. This includes deals such as a bottle of wine for £10, four beers for £8 and two cocktails for £10. Arriving about twenty minutes too early, the incredibly friendly barman attempted to convince us that we should order a pre-dinner Sambuca to keep us going until we could take full advantage of the drinks deals. Wary about consuming shots at this stage of the evening, instead we ordered some food and reclined on one of the many comfy sofas.

…apparently worried about us dehydrating due to the lack of Sambuca purchased…

Juno has a brilliant menu of reasonably priced food. Disappointingly, they had run out of their steak ciabatta but the home-made stilton burger and the club sandwich were particularly tasty- and both under £10. The bar snacks, nachos and calamari, also looked extremely tempting. It was simple bar food but executed perfectly. To wash this down, the barman even brought us over tall glasses of icy water topped with sprigs of mint – apparently worried about us dehydrating due to the lack of Sambuca purchased.

Juno spreads over two floors but while we were there the basement was closed for a private function. Nevertheless the upstairs has plenty to offer, including two plasma TV screens which are the perfect addition for the avid sports fan. In fact, the only thing lacking in facilities is the provision of only one toilet. This became a slight issue as drinks were flowing yet an unfortunate merry maker, who had consumed one beverage too many, managed to lock himself in the cubicle for a prolonged period of time!

As the evening progressed, the bar filled up but, although busy, it never became too overcrowded. Juno is open until 02:00 on Saturdays but we decided not to spend the whole night here. It is a great place to begin the night and have a relaxed catch up but then we were ready to move onto a livelier scene.

Images courtesy of Juno Bar and Suelan Allison Modrzejew

 

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