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Slim Jim’s Liquor Store (Bar)

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112 Upper Street, Angel & Islington, London, N1 1QN
Cuisine: [Other/Unclassified]
Tel: 020 7354 4363 | Email to Slim Jim’s Liquor Store | Transport: Angel | Write review

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Geez, we Brits go ga-ga for the US, don’t we? We love to high-five our evangelical TVs and smother our naked bodies in hot, buttered Americana. We’re so American we constantly teeter on the edge of a ‘Yee-haa’ and a slap of the thigh wherever we may be (meeting, funeral, B&Q). Well, if you yearn for the sweet pancake aroma of Freedomville USA, you’ll absolutely have kittens for the hometown diner-cum-brothel that is Slim Jim’s. Here, the rock n roll is free and the late nights are compulsory.

Wedged half way between Angel and Highbury & Islington – a decent walk from the tube for any wandering pilgrim – Slim Jim’s is thin, dim and just big enough to accommodate around a hundred drunken highway poets. There’s a healthy dose of weirdos – the good, nouveau-mod kind – both in front and behind the bar, wearing anything from leather jackets to sharp suits. These patrons are as rugged as the walls. Secretly, they all believe they’re Jack Kerouac and these dark, covert nooks and crannies are for beatnik poses, not usurped dictators-in-hiding (if you have such a problem).

Look around the hazy, red, neon-hued liquor store and it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped through the Stargate into Back To The Future: 1950s bar stools, high-backed booths, a plaque on the wall that proudly states “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada”. And the night proves decidedly more American once a drink ordered. This is pure movie script stuff – “Hit me again, bar tender”.

There are beers, but for goodness sake don’t be such a Philistine. Get in there and do it properly. There’s 15-year old scotch, 17-year old Japanese whisky hibiki, bourbons and rye from the deep South, Trinidadian and Guatemalan rums; the back bar intimidates with its sheer size and range but the staff are on hand to learn ya. Each drink has to be drunk in a specific way and even though there are cocktails available, real men don’t dilute their poison.

Music is integral to this outfit and any self-respecting dive wouldn’t be worth its desolation if it didn’t possess a jukebox. That the manager is the former head of Camden’s paragon of iniquity, The Hawley Arms, is no coincidence. The box of formidable sound-colour is comprised of almost 100 choices to entice a wide stance and air guitar: for the classic rock Dads amongst us, the Lej status is turned to up to 11 with names such as The Clash, Queen, Led Zep, and Hendrix to thrill; equally, for those with more of a contemporary gait, you’ll be as pleased as a fat kid in a sweet shop when you smell the Kings, the Killers and the Kaisers wafting round the bar; all bluegrass and country lovers, give it until the beginning of 2009, they should have something for you by then. Fans of Morrissey beware, though – it’s strictly forbidden to chose more than three Smiths tracks in a row. No need to explain why, really. There are rumours that Slim Jim’s will be attempting to stage live music at some point in the future, but where they’re going to put the band is anyone’s guess. And as for the planned monthly burlesque evenings......

In conclusion: long, drawn-out, boozy, school night shenanigans consisting entirely of sitting, talking and perhaps the odd bit of listening. So, can you function fully at work whilst still drying out from last night? This is Islington, USA. State capital of Escapism. more

Customer Reviews for Slim Jim’s Liquor Store

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The following customer reviews are not endorsed by Fluid London and are simply those of users who wish to publish their independent experiences of Slim Jim’s Liquor Store.

“I came to Slim Jims last week Friday and this week Friday. Myself and my wife had a great night until 3am. The music and drinks were great but some the bar manager were a bit rude (short lady with long black hairy... I think she might if been Spanish) apart from that we enjoyed ourselves and will come back again. Also, when coming into slim Jims last night I met the security head doorman and another security guy at the front door. The head doorman is a great person who made us feel welcomed and safe during the night and even when we left at 3am. Personally I have never met a head doorman like him who conduct himself in a firendly but Professional way when dealing with difficult customers or numbers of the public who were drunk walking passed the venue and I think customers don't give them enough credit or to understand what security have to deal with at a busy time at the weekend. I would be happy to offer them both jobs with better pay at my venue in Central London. Slim Jims is the best bar for rock n roll in North London. Thank you”
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Steve Rolls, London (3 years 8 months ago)

“I enjoy the bar and the music. When I arrived(around 20:30) the music was in a good level of volume where we could have a conversation, but then the music started to be so loud and we want to stay, but was difficult to chat. A bit down volume would be good. And the bar stuff is friendly but not professional to make cocktails and drinks.”
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Luis, London (6 years 7 days ago)

“Just read some of the reviews and had to post a response because I love this place. Yes it gets busy, but doesn't that tell you something about the place? I also wanted to point out to the people ordering cocktails that this is a whiskey bar, not a cocktail bar. Ask them about the many different whiskeys and bourbons on offer and they will be much better than when they attempt a cocktail. I always have a great night when I go to slim jims and the drinks are no more expensive than any of the other small bars in Islington. Love it.”
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Lisa, Romford (8 years 3 months 23 days ago)

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“I won't be going here again. I know this is a dive bar, but comon, the glasses weren't even clean. The urinals in the men's toilet were obviously leaking as there was water on the floor. Plus, I heard this place was known for cocktails. But I asked for an Old Fashioned and they looked at me like I was from another planet. The bar person then had to look up how to make it from their own cocktail menu and spent 10 mins making one of the worst Old Fashioned's I've ever had. And I've had a lot!!! There's so many better bars than this in Angel. Don't waste your time.”
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Richard James, Richard James (8 years 10 months 3 days ago)

“Do Not Go! Prices are ridiculous, bar staff rude and they cannot make cocktails for love nor money! I had to wait over 15mins for my drink as they "forgot" to give it to me after I had paid. It was the most disgusting Mojito I have ever had, when I spoke to the lady behind the bar I got an arrogant surly response! You could find a much nicer bar!”
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Jenny, London (10 years 2 months 24 days ago)

“Top bar.... bouncer is actually alright he just doesn't let the "upper st" stereotype in - prob for the best”
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Evans, Manchester (11 years 5 months 6 days ago)

“The American theme obviously does not extend to the exemplary customer service for which we yanks are known. Dear Slim Jim: Have you even been to the USA? If you had, you would know that rude, incompetent customer service is never de rigeur - not even in the coolest, hippest joints in Manhattan. It's one of the things that makes us special.”
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Chris, NYC (11 years 9 months 4 days ago)

“I'm not surprised by the other reviews, the place is pretty cool, but the staff are so unbelievably rude, pompous and useless at their jobs – I was even tempted to slap one of them when my friend asked if he was serving him and the barman replied ‘I’m looking at you aren’t I’. The bar got packed because no one was getting served so we left. Bouncer was pretty cool letting my friends in, but I think that was only because we were girls. Other's might have a good time here but seriously I wouldn’t waste my time.”
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Charlie, London (12 years 10 days ago)

“I've worked in the bar and club industry for many years, and was appalled at the treatment I received at Slim Jim's. Rude bouncer, even ruder staff, I would recommend avoiding at all costs!!!”
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Jim not so slim, Camden (12 years 24 days ago)

“Went to this bar with some friends, al i can say is pretentious! The bar was too packed, they let way too many people in and could not have a drink without someone barging me. Will not be going back again.”
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E Cumberbatch, London (12 years 4 months 11 days ago)

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