Jul 26 16

Simmons Tower Bridge, Royal Mint Street, E1

Jack Cutforth

Visited: 10 June by JC

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The original Simmons bar just outside King’s Cross station is a tiny, claustrophobic, hectic boozehole, featuring a bumper-sized happy hour from 4-9pm with 2-4-1 cocktails, grafittied old school desk furniture and – best of all – an actual working Mega Drive. It’s long been a Boozehound favourite because Boozehound loves all of those things. But we were never sure if we could class it as a pub – it doesn’t have anything on tap, for a start – so we’ve never reviewed it.

Since then, they’ve been opening new locations across London, and a lot of the newer ones could be classed as pubs. Well, they sell beer on tap, anyway. And that’s good enough for us.

The Tower Bridge Simmons is tucked away in what feels like an industrial estate but is actually very close to Tower Bridge and Aldgate. It has the generous five hour happy hour so you can grab two cocktails for a tenner, although if you’re really looking to get drunk for as little money as possible (and who isn’t) then the glass of wine for £2.50 is your best bet. They also offer two bottles of beer for a fiver, but if you’re after beer it’s probably best to get a full pint. There’s a moderate selection, including the ever delicious Yakima Red, and they’re reasonably priced.

All the Simmons bars are similar but a little different. This has all the hallmarks: slightly strange décor, not much room, friendly staff and fun atmosphere. No mega drive in this one though, unfortunately. It’s open til 1am at the weekends so it’s a good place to hire an area if you’re having a party.

Oh, and this may or may not interest you, but when I was standing outside [REDACTED BUT IT WAS A GREAT STORY HONEST]

Beer: 3
Price: 3
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 5

Do they do food? Not that we know of.
Are they in the 21st Century? Contactless accepted.
Are there dogs? Feels like a dog friendly kind of place.
I want to smoke: Small area for standing out front. Watch out for the [REDACTED BUT THIS WAS A FUNNY CALLBACK TO THE INTERESTING REDACTED STORY ABOVE BUT JUST FORGET IT].