Bones is currently closed.
Meat. Wood. Liquor. What more could you want from a bar and restaurant that simply calls itself Bones. The Kingsland Road newcomer is hot-on-the-heels of the meat-fever that is sweeping the city. The stark white frontage sets it apart from the old favourites (we’ve spent many a Saturday night enjoying The Old Fire Station’s hospitality), giving it the destination restaurant-status that it deserves.
Wood-panelled walls, bench seats and hanging bell-jar lights create the perfect setting for the flesh-packed grub and punchy cocktails that grace the menu. Bar bites such as crispy pig’s ears with tartare sauce set the tone for a hearty choice of starters and mains. Cheese lovers should opt for burrata with basil oil, chilli flakes and sourdough. Or, for those with a penchant for offal, the chicken livers with oloroso sherry and paprika are washed down well with a Gin Garden Martini (Little Bird Gin, elderflower cordial, apple juice and muddled cucumber). The cocktail list isn’t extensive but less is certainly more. Everyday Tea is anything but, with Little Bird Gin, Earl Grey and fresh lemon – and the Asian Provocateur gives a welcome kick with vodka, lemongrass, lime, lychee and chilli – hot.
The crowd here isn’t your usual Shoreditch crew. Small tables are best for evenings where lip-smacking and bone-sucking are top of the agenda.
Best Bars tip: Take a peek downstairs (opposite the neon flamingo) and have a look at the private room – a Parisian cave under the mayhem of Shoreditch.
— Millie Milliken, @milliemilliken