British | Shoreditch | Won't break the bank

Monikers totally snuck up on us. Discreetly tucked in an old school conversion in the north-west corner of Hoxton Square, we can’t believe we’ve missed it for so long. The big windows – thrown open in the summer – let welcoming streams of light into the bar area. Kinda hard to resist. For decor they’ve run with the school theme; specials are written on a giant blackboard and the upstairs area is decked out like a proper school bus. It’s all rather fun, and more to the point we discovered it just in time to take advantage of their outdoor terrace. Great for people-watching the Hoxton hipsters, it’s only downside is that it loses sun by the evening. No probs, kick off with some early afternoon cocktails in the sun then duck inside for a well-lubricated dinner.  The food is British tapas and there’s lots of seasonal goodies. There’s plenty of bar snack type stuff, perfect for nibbling on to balance out a drinking session, but there’s some more adventurous dishes thrown into the mix too. The special when we went was a sweetbread dish that we particularly enjoyed.

Scoffler was a guest at Monikers

Address: 16 Hoxton Sq, N1 6NT
Phone: 020 7739 6022
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Need To Know: Closed Monday and for dinner Sunday; Upstairs area can be hired for private parties

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