Vogue Secret Handbook Feature 2009
Welcome to The Drunken Monkey, London, where we invite you to experience our Dim Sum delights and award winning cocktails in an incomparable Kung Fu kitsch setting.
The Drunken Monkey is located between Liverpool St and Old St Stations on the corner of Shoreditch High street and Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch London, this makes it uniquely situated just on the borders of The City and trendy Shoreditch & Hoxton.
With an Oriental-style decor that’s visible from the outside – think red lanterns, dimmed lighting, large mirrors and exquisite paintings – you can’t help but step inside to take a look.
At The Drunken Monkey, you can sample our famous Dim Sum dishes all day long. We are open Monday to Saturday Noon – Midnight and Sunday 12 Noon – 11pm. The Drunken Monkey offers an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner.
Eating at The Drunken Monkey is always a great experience, food and wine are presented on the same menu and you can pick and mix a huge range of dim sum, priced from £2.50 upwards. Food includes a selection of every kind of steamed dumpling you could think of and a large selection of grilled and fried food such as won tons, spring rolls, tofu and prawns.
Because there is no set starter / main course order, food might arrive at the table at different times, so don’t be put off if someone you’re with gets their food first.
We also offer various combination set banquet menus, which we particularly advise for parties of 10 and over.
Many of The Drunken Monkey’s customers visit the place solely because of its extensive and fantastically named cocktails. These are priced at around £7 and include everything from your classic mojito and margarita to their own brand of Monkey themed drinks. The bar also serves a variety of martini cocktails, bellinis and shooters. All drinks are prepared with fresh ingredients so you may have to wait a while for your cocktail to be ready. However, watching them squeeze the fresh juices makes them taste all the more pleasurable when you take your first sip.
Where some cocktail bars neglect their choice of beer and wine, The Drunken Monkey doesn’t and there’s an extensive list of both.
A pint of draught beer costs around £3.70 and there’s something to please everyone, with Czech Republic Lowenbrau served alongside Guinness and Becks. Bottled beers are at a similar price and include Cusquena (Peru), Stiegl (Germany) and Rekordeling Cider (Sweden) with Saint Beer from England giving our list a truly international feel. The Drunken Monkey has regular promotions on drinks, including its infamous happy hour, which runs weekdays 5-7pm, Saturday 12pm-8pm, and all day on Sunday.
The Drunken Monkey provides an eclectic, vibrant slightly edgy setting. The front area of the bar is tabled for people wanting to combine dim sum with dancing by the DJ, whereas the back area is like a secluded restaurant – perfect for a more formal meal or if you’re on a date.
The staff at The Drunken Monkey are probably the friendliest in the area, they’ll greet you when you enter and you’ll instantly notice that their good spirits have rubbed off on the clientele. The dimmed lighting gives the place a secluded vibe and the DJ keeps the mood lifted. Music varies depending on the night of the week, but expect to hear an eclectic mix of electro-funk, hip hop, deep house, jazz, dub, rare grooves and soul from Wednesday to Sunday.
The Drunken Monkey has attracted great music with DJ’s like Groove Armada, Secret Sundaze, Steve Proctor and twice Mobo award nominee Ronnie Herel having graced the Monkey decks over the years.
Although the crowd is made up of typical young trendies from the Shoreditch set mixing with Broadgate City boys, be prepared to see more than just your fashionable East Londoner in here. The venue’s close proximity to Liverpool Street means that non-Londoners venturing into a cool part of the city for a night out are frequently attracted to this place.
Also make sure to plan your special occasions with The Drunken Monkey Our private dining rooms can accommodate from 10 up to 100 people for meetings, social gatherings and elegant entertaining. The Drunken Monkey is available to cater your next special celebration.
If you like combining great sounds with delicious cocktails, The Drunken Monkey is sure to please.