Review: Pop Up Pirates Bar/Art Installation

By tikichris Last edited 106 months ago
Review: Pop Up Pirates Bar/Art Installation

Photography by Chris Osburn

If you prefer your drinking done in a graphic rich environment, then this temporary bar on Clerkenwell Road near the corner with St John Street is just the place for you. And judging from the clientele at last night's Pop Up Pirates' launch, it promises to be a popular spot for the effortlessly trendy as well as the freakishly skinny.

The bar is the brainchild of the Mothership Group (responsible for The Book Club and the Queen of Hoxton) and artist management platform Central Illustration Agency. Working with CIA's “Pirate” collective of artists/art directors “using a mixture of spraypaint, set-design, paper, film and photography”, they have created what they reckon to be the “very first Pop-Up-Bar-as-Art-Installation project”. Essentially, it's a bog standard bar with some pretty cool street art-esque (think Barry Mcgee, Burning Candy) and comic book-y, retro signage illustrations on the wall.

No word on when this joint'll close exactly (August-ish). However, with a 4am license if it's not open for long at least it'll be open late. Pop Up Pirates Bar is located at 27 Clerkenwell Road (EC1M 5RN). More info here:

Last Updated 20 May 2010