The Hoxton Pony
104/108 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AH
- Shoreditch High Street Station (0.3 km)
- Old Street Tube Station (0.5 km)
- Shoreditch High Street Rail Station (0.4 km)
- Contact us:
020 7613 2844
- Opening hours:
Tues 5pm - 12am
Wednesday 5pm - 12am
Thurs 5pm - 1am
Friday 5pm - 2am
Saturday 6pm - 2am
London EN3 7XU
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Finally got round to checking this place out and wanted to let everyone know how great it is! I can’t remember the last time I was genuinely wowed by a cocktail in London, but these guys really know how to mix. I went with some friends for post-work drinks on Friday and we ended up staying all night! The DJs played all types of current music so it didn’t get boring, and it’s a really cool crowd. I saw some people get this incredible looking cocktail in a jar which the lovely waiter informs me was an ‘infusion jar’, totally trying that next time!
I have been on their mailing list for a while and, although often tantalised by their various invites, my friends and I have always been prevented from going by – what my work colleague lovingly calls the controllers of events – the Universe Elves (it’s not his fault, he’s from California). But finally we were fortunate enough to go a few weeks ago. When you mention the Hoxton Pony, most people seem to have heard of it and I think it deserves its fame. Neon lights and underlit tables make for atmospheric surroundings that wouldn’t have looked backdated in Blade Runner. Although I didn’t explore as much as I should, being pampered in the voyeuristic VIP section, the club seems to be on two levels: the main dance floor and bar; and an upstairs bar area. The cocktails are SUBLIME and nothing other than an array of beautiful concoctions of stuff like honey syrups, cardamom, grey goose and Gentlemen Jack passed my lips all night (and, oh beware Hoxtonistas, I’m coming back for your infusions). The music, too, was of a high calibre and I doth my clubbing cap to the artful DJ that blended modern pop and 90s clubbing classics that perilously threatened to expose my age to any watchful bystander. This is a fickle DJ, however, so if you go running to the dance floor in the hope of celebrating your favourite chart choruses expect to sit down dejectedly when the mix takes more of an alternative form. One downside of the Pony seems to be a slight layout flaw: it is a bit of a struggle to get through the dancing masses to access the toilets. But you could always make a bit of a thing of ‘dancing’ your way through, if your bladder is of a patient temperament. Also, away from the spacious VIP section, it seemed to get a bit crowded and the bar looked very busy (damn those ambrosiac cocktails!). So, if you can splash some cash on a bottle of quality spirits, it may be worth treating yourself to a VIP table – you too may be applauded every time you step outside the roped area (or maybe that was an experience strangely reserved just for us!). Go. It’s worth its reputation.
I’m a massive fan of The Loose Cannons radio show so decided to check them out in the flesh. Boy I don’t know if I was ready for it…. I’m about to recount one of my most favourite nights out for a long time, and it’s all thanks to the staff at The Pony. We booked a table earlier in the week – all easy peasy on the e-mails. We arrived and a gorgeous waitress greeted us. At the bar we swooned over the hot bar guys, who loved telling us the methodology behind the drinks. Which were as lovely as they were! After many of those we hit the packed dancefloor. Let’s just say I had a few moments of fancy for the opposite sex, eye candy on show from both sides! The music was amazing – the best house tunes I’ve heard since I got back from Ibiza. I cannot gush enough at how much fun this place is. My dancing shoes miss the place already.
Quality place to go in Hoxton, been a few times always had a good night. Good music scene, entry fee bit expensive but worth it overall and they had some interesting Tequillas which made the night even more intersting.
This is not my scene ... but(!) with the right company - which I'm pleased to say I had during my recent Friday night visit - it proved to be a fun place to start a Friday night, gawk at people and get my semi-groove on.
Whomever the DJ was when I was there seemed to just be playing whatever the hell s/he felt like. Such flippant jockeying could go either way, but I was in general approval of the music.
I don't think I could handle more than an hour or so at the Pony and would really start getting cranky if there when super packed. But I wouldn't be against popping in again for some people watching and maybe a little bit of dancing.
My favorite place to drink amazing cocktails!
They are quite expensive for London, but they are worth it!
You have some free parties, mostly the thursdays with electronic music. Not that good but the ambiance is nice and bouncy.
Has a cool vibe. Great place for a party, especially downstairs has a DJ deck and can be hired out. Friendly manager Veton, bar staff and reservations manager Elodie are a good team which makes this a relaxing place to chill out. They have 15mins of fame sessions every other week on a Wednesday evening. A place that serves double measures of Gin in their G&T's as standard is definitely a place not to miss.
Will definitely be going back.
Nice, cool laid back vibe. On alternate wednesdays they have 15 minutes slots where people can perform and the last band on were really good. Very extensive cocktail list(£7-9),mine was great, they even made it with a little pot of marmalade they keep behind the bar. Paddington would be happy here!
Been to the Hoxton pony a few times now and always had a good time the venue itself really nice the music system is great and the staff are really friendly even the guys on the door are cool.
Lipglosz being one of the nights the dj where spot on and now me and my girls are true Lipglosz followers.
Also recently ended up there on a Sunday for a roast and it was delicious and cheap surprisingly.
A lovely way to start my Sunday.
A place that seemed to have been placed in Shoreditch by West End alien UFO operators.
Lots of money spilled into designing the place with taxidermy and all to try and get into the Shoreditch art vibe maybe?
You will need to remortgage your studio flat in Hackney to afford their very amazing cocktails but they they are really frikkin' out of this world just like the venue. There are more mild mannered £7 options but why bother? Go downstairs and you feel like you are in a 1980's alien spaceship with blue lighting and mirrors.
A perfect place for Mayfair. A good place for Shoreditch 7 years from now.
We’ve been to The Hoxton Pony a couple of times now. First time was for a private party on a Sunday night - the bar was (as you’d imagine on a Sunday night!) quiet, but it meant we basically had the place to ourselves and could enjoy the DJ set our friends were playing that evening.
As previous reviewers quite rightly point out, the decor is very much a mix of trendy Shoreditch/Hoxton bar with lots of black and red padded stools and polished tables, but for me this place is a little bit different to the “tryin’ to hard” bars which have come and gone in the area in recent years. The Hoxton Pony is “friendly, welcoming and warm” - YES, that’s right - a trendy bar in Curtain Road which actually doesn’t charge the earth if you get there at a reasonable time and with door staff who will go out of there way to tell you who the DJ is that evening and what parties they have booked.
The Hoxton Pony may look like “all the other “trying to hard” bars”, but trust me, go along with an open mind, enjoy the eclectic mix of tunes played on a Sat (or indeed Sun night) and enjoy the bottled beers and absolutely gorgeous alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Priced between £3-7 is pretty much the price you’d pay anywhere in London now for decent cocktails, so if you’re off out for a night to party, accept it, enjoy them and dance until the wee hours (oh and don’t forget to take lots of pics of your friends dancing under the strip lights on the dance floor - the effects you can get are cool man! ;) )
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