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A Seat At The Bar: Seed Library, Shoreditch

In our column, A Seat At The Bar we showcase the world’s best bars – from plush cocktail spots to dive bars, and everything in-between.

This week, we’re spotlighting Shoreditch’s Seed Library. 

Just below the tried and true hipster cool of Shoreditch High Street – where neon lights buzz and reflect off iridescent puddles, and the sounds of hen-dos and party-goers blend into a dizzying cacophony – lies a tangerine gemstone. Funkadelic in architecture and groovy in ambience, Seed Library offers you a different Shoreditch bar experience. On the ground floor of One Hundred Shoreditch lies a dimly-lit paradise where small booths and communal couches, each highlighted by pools of light, illuminate patrons who come to exchange words of gossip and ideas of business alchemy. Here, cocktails are given the sparkling centre stage by master mixologist Mr. Lyan. With a ’70s joie-de-vivre contrasted with a ’50s smokey sultriness, a drink here is an escape from the usual Eastside chaos and a slip into relaxed evening vibrance.

The Lowdown 

If you cannot spot Seed Library from the street, go to One Hundred Shoreditch; it’s easy to find from there and helpful staff will guide you to the correct destination. Seed Library is an informal destination with spunk; it’s upmarket class with high-street energy. Time seems to pause once you are positioned in the fluffy orange seats. I would save the Seed Library as a decadent treat after you have already had your dinner, as the snacks are delish, but light. Think of it as a dusting of sugar on top of a puff pastry, additional but necessary.

Caitlin Isola

Caitlin Isola

What To Order

You will be heartbroken if you do not try the Spicy Metropolitan, never in my life have I had such a fruity flavourful mix, blended so eloquently with a spicy burst. It’s one of the best cocktails I’ve had in a while. If Metropolitans aren’t your scene, another fabulous option is the Coriander Seed Gimlet, which is just as contemporarily fresh. With notes of grape, and hints of spiced warmth, it’s a showstopper. Snack on potato smiles and crispy lamb sweetbreads, which offer a savoury, salty crunch to the palette profile as a reset.

Caitlin Isola

Caitlin Isola

Who To Bring

It would be criminal not to have a second or third date here, it’s secluded enough that you can have time to talk, but swanky enough that the flirtatious energy can sparkle around you. It’s open late as well, so you can meet after work or after dinner.

Caitlin Isola

Caitlin Isola

When To Go

A Thursday evening is the most optimal time, not too busy, but buzzing enough to enjoy the chatty vibe. After all, Thursday’s are date night, aren’t they? It’s the type of energy where every table is full, but it’s tranquil enough that it doesn’t feel overpowering.

The Dress Code

After-work chic, a casual-cool scene. Skip the usual Soho crowds, where the streets are packed with rows of Oxford shirts sipping lager out of long glasses and enjoy a more fashionable environment. Pull out your platforms or studded leather jacket; it’s a fun excuse to experiment with the hip and mod.

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