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Cargo (Bar, Restaurant, Club)

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Kingsland Viaduct, 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Cuisine: Global
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Nestled under the railway arches in the heart of Shoreditch is Cargo. You'll have heard of Cargo before, even if you've never been. A staple of the East End, it offers gigs, exhibitions, club nights plus gourmet burgers, light bites, decent wine and beer, lesser well-known daytime meal deals, and free wifi. In all honesty, though, you’re far more likely to swing by here at night. You can drink (and smoke) in the extensive beer garden – which stretches out beyond the arches - before moving indoors to watch the band or get down to some of the eclectic club nights.

The night Fluid visited, the Fiery Furnaces were playing to a packed crowd. The railway arches make for a great atmosphere and good acoustics, whilst the high stage provides an alternative to the standard gig experience of gazing at the back of a tall man’s head. Gritty artwork and huge air conditioning pipes add to the urban hip, maintaining Cargo’s spot at the centre of the Shoreditch scene. Just don your checked shirt and you’ll fit right in.

The menu ranges from platters of tapas to seasonal salads. Fluid tucked into the sharing board for two which claimed to feed three comfortably. Not quite, we'd say, and recommend it for two (or one very hungry person!). Food prices are pretty reasonable, although more so during the lunchtime specials period. Beefburgers and gourmet sandwiches are around £6.50 and there’s Latin inspired bites ranging from Mexican quesadillas and burritos to perfectly cooked strips of calamari in alioli. We weren’t keen on the stuffed vine leafs, but the mixed platter provided some decent evening snackage for us and worked out as far better value than ordering separate tapas.

The drinks menu has more variety than your average boozer including a couple of ciders and beers; ranging from Amstell to Bavarian Konig Ludwig Hefe-weizen. Wine is better value by the bottle from the short but satisfactory wine list, and if shooters and cocktails are more you’re style they’re available from the main bar.

The beauty of the venue lies in its variety. You can have a quiet drink, or a brief slap-up meal, or you can stay around for some live music and, on weekends, get your groove on: anything from cheese to samba with free entry on Fridays. In the heart of the hottest part of town, Cargo has a good night for every taste.
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Customer Reviews for Cargo

Average (based on 9 votes): 9 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“This place totally rocked! Had a blast despite the rude bouncers but nothing to talk ill about; kids could get on anyone's bad side. However the music was slamming and I was wrecked; so piss off and party on! Had a blast with my mates! We definitely come again.”
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nick, nyc (6 months 21 days ago)

“Bouncers are a bit rude and it is very expensive for what you're getting. Overall atmosphere is good though.”
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Tom, London (10 months ago)

“The worst club ive ever been to dont waste your time and money. Security very rude and expensive entry. Never again! ”
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Jen, London (11 months 12 days ago)

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“If you are between the age of 18 and 22 you would probalby love this place, its packed with young people. The cloakroom is in the middle of an entrance / exit and the dance floor, there is a constant queue of people snaked along the seating area and dance floor. The bouncers are extremely rude, we had booked an area for a farewell, the area happend to be in line with the cloackroom, one of the bouncers pushed us, literally one of the girls actually almost fell over and told us not to stand in the way, a simple please move would have been a better option, when we asked him not to push us, he just shouted back, well then do what i say! arrogant comes to mind. The toilets are disgusting!!!!!!!young girls hanging around in the loo's for hours in large groups. I would just say, depending on what type of night you looking for consider these points. the outside area and reserved areas are nice and large.”
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BM, London (4 years 4 months 1 days ago)

“Very disappointed with the managers decision. We've been coming to Cargo after work for a few weeks now - always returning as we have been allowed in with our Westie (office dog, so part of the work team really). We did ask if we could come in the first time and it's never been a problem. Suddenly tonight the manager (who couldn't be asked to get off his ... and speak to us himself) sent a bouncer over who could only give the answer "because the manager said guide dogs only". Upon approaching the manager about this "new" decision - told it's because of a licenSe - Totally false - It's ALWAYS at the managers discretion. Our dog is very well behaved and while at Cargo have been approached many times for photo's / to pet etc. (ps - we have NEVER taken her inside the bar - we've always kept her outside in the garden).”
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SLP, London (6 years 6 months 4 days ago)

“I spent my 31st birthday here and was looked after so well! We booked an area and were looked after by a lovely waitress... This bar has everything, Great music, friendly staff, excellent atmosphere and wicked art work in the outside smoking patio - can't wait til summer, this place will be great! Can't really say anything bad about this place... It's unpretentious, but very cool, one of the better venues in oh-so-cool Shoredich. It got pretty busy, but that's a good thing?! Will be returning again and again!”
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mo, london (7 years 13 days ago)

“This place is SO safe! The atmosphere is quality and everyone seems so relaxed and on the same level. My first night here Rahzel (beatboxer from The Roots) was doing a live set which was ridiculously amazing. Drinks are really well priced and the bar staff are really friendly. Foods decent aswell. Love the layout . . . . overall a great night out.”
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Simon, London (12 years 14 days ago)

“I recently went to an 'African Fusion' Night whihc was excellent!!! I don't know anywhere else in London where you get to see 4 live acts of that quality/ calibre for £6 (if u arrive b'fore 9pm). The atmosphere was really charged and it was clearly eveident that a good time was being had by all!!! Worth every penny and then some !!! All in all one of the best clubs I've been to in ages....”
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Blessing, [ Unknown ] (13 years 23 days ago)

“I love the urban decor...”
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Ian, [ Unknown ] (13 years 2 days ago)

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Cargo has managed to make quite a name for itself in recent times as a good bar, a fun night out and an excellent music venue. Known for it's live music and jumpin' DJ nights, the 'underground' style bar is always fairly crowded.

Cargo houses an urban decor of bare bricks, stripped down walls, railway arches and minimalistic interiors. There is an area to chill out and lounge about in, as well as a mini-diner area selling 'street foods' and bar snacks. The food is good, reasonably priced and there is quite a variation, including a veggie section. The music varies from night to night, but you can be sure that it will be of high quality and may even be showing the stars of the future. Whether it's hip bands, or well known DJ's, the music styles alter from hip-hop and funky house, to experimental music and latin jazz.

The clientele is fairly mixed, but all seem to be fairly unpretentious and up for a good night out, as are the friendly staff. Placed under the Kingsland viaduct, it is no surprise the theme that Cargo has undertaken. Just along from the Bedroom Bar, the Comedy cafe and the rest of Hoxton's bars, Cargo is a place you must try at least once. Some people take a disliking to Cargo because it seems quite dark and dingy, and some are put off by the odd 'freak' roaming around. However, whether you chill by the bar or head into the crowded dance floor section, you'll probably end up coming back for more whether it's your cup of tea or not. Most nights a small entrance fee is charged, but then again, most nights it's worth it!

Kimberly

Cargo has managed to make quite a name for itself in recent times as a good bar, a fun night out and an excellent music venue. Known for it's live music and jumpin' DJ nights, the 'underground' style bar is always fairly crowded.

Cargo houses an urban decor of bare bricks, stripped down walls, railway arches and minimalistic interiors. There is an area to chill out and lounge about in, as well as a mini-diner area selling 'street foods' and bar snacks. The food is good, reasonably priced and there is quite a variation, including a veggie section. The music varies from night to night, but you can be sure that it will be of high quality and may even be showing the stars of the future. Whether it's hip bands, or well known DJ's, the music styles alter from hip-hop and funky house, to experimental music and latin jazz.

The clientele is fairly mixed, but all seem to be fairly unpretentious and up for a good night out, as are the friendly staff. Placed under the Kingsland viaduct, it is no surprise the theme that Cargo has undertaken. Just along from the Bedroom Bar, the Comedy cafe and the rest of Hoxton's bars, Cargo is a place you must try at least once. Some people take a disliking to Cargo because it seems quite dark and dingy, and some are put off by the odd 'freak' roaming around. However, whether you chill by the bar or head into the crowded dance floor section, you'll probably end up coming back for more whether it's your cup of tea or not. Most nights a small entrance fee is charged, but then again, most nights it's worth it!

Kimberly

Cargo offer diners a colourful array of tasty, inexpensive, healthy & authentic street food, traditionally cooked in markets and by roadsides around the globe. Most items are also available to take away, so if you're having a working lunch or simply grabbing a bite on-the-go check it out. Take aways can be pre-ordered by simply contacting the restaurant direct.

Updated 16/08/2007

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