Shoreditch’s booming bar scene has just got bigger with the launch last night of new Tokyo-inspired cocktail bar Glo Glo’s. It’s the latest high-profile opening from entrepreneur and serial restaurateur Will Ricker, whose bulging portfolio includes Cicada in Clerkenwell, Great Eastern Dining Room in Hoxton, E&O in Notting Hill, Eight Over Eight in Chelsea and XO in Belsize Park.
The bar is notable for its Robata Grill, which serves to cook succulent Japanese yakitori dishes such as black salmon with miso as much as it does to provide a focal point for drinkers. Bar manager Hannah Lanfear, one of London’s few female mixologists, is at the helm, and has put together an intriguing cocktail menu that travels from the traditional to the abstract. A must-try stand-out is the Bullet Train, which is made from smoked vodka and served with a pancetta stuffed smoked olive.
The bar’s glowing ceiling panels and blue and orange environs designed by Michaelis Boyd (who is also responsible for the look of nearby Pizza East) have lead to its name and add to the hip-factor, though you may not want to think of it the morning after. Despite the brightness, sofas around the bar give a bit of cosiness, whilst table service provides a luxurious alternative to waiting at the bar.
We reckon Glo Glo’s could fast become quite a hangout for cocktail lovers and tendy-ites alike, so get in and get a table whilst you can. Glo Glo's is at 54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR. The website is coming soon.