Anda De Bridge, London, E2
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Anda De Bridge brings a much-needed Caribbean flavour to Shoreditch. You instantly feel more relaxed when you enter the bar, and the chilled ambience and tasty menu ensures you leave feeling de-stressed and with a swing in your step.Anda de Bridge is a Caribbean bar-restaurant and is somewhat aptly named as it sits directly under an imposing railway bridge on Kingsland Road. The bar is slightly underexposed in comparison to some of the others in Shoreditch but don’t expect this to last for too long. There's another reason the venue's reputation is set to grow - beneath the bar and restaurant sits 6ft Anda, a club and live music venue that's available for hire.
The bridge above this venue blocks out most of the sunlight, and the there are no signs outside advertising the bar or the restaurant, so you could easily walk past without even knowing it's there. One small giveaway is the green and yellow paint outside, this gives punters a slight hint to its Caribbean roots.
Once inside, Anda De Bridge has a rough diamond feel about it. The decor is shabby chic, with exposed brickwork and hanging lampshades offering dim light, and large comfy sofas to lounge in. Several wooden tables and chairs are situated to the left for diners and each table has a small candle on it to give the room a chilled out ambience. To the right hand side of the room sits a well stocked bar, with various bottles of spirits clumsily arranged on the side. There are no fancy elements in this bar, if you are expecting class and glamour, this is not the bar for you. But if you want to relax in a friendly atmosphere and actually grab a seat on a Saturday night, then this could be the place.
Anda De Bridge is only minutes away from the concentrated hustle and bustle of Shoreditch and Hoxton, yet it seems worlds apart. The young, rowdy crowd don't seem to bother with this bar meaning it's never stupidly packed. Nine times out of ten you will be able to grab a seat or a stool at the bar, and you can order a drink from the minute you get in, without pushing and shoving your way past a hundred other people.
The clientele seem to be more mature, from regulars who are on first name terms with the bar staff, to young Hackney-types wanting a quiet drink away from the madness of the Old Street-High Street axis.
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42-44 Kingsland Road
- Mon - Wed : 4:00pm - 11:30pm
- Thu - Sun : 4:00pm - 12:00am