Joyeux Bordel

Words by Simon Difford on 08-Oct-2016

Address: 147 Curtain Road, (btwn Old St & Rivington St), London, EC2A 3QE, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7599 885 001
Website: view Joyeux Bordel’s website
Door: Open door/walk-ins
Style: Cocktail bar
Food: Bar Snacks
Established: 2013


Like many a good bar, the entrance this subterranean cocktail bar is discrete. It's dimly lit and cosy with slouchy sofas but Joyeux Bordel is made distinctive by two things - the quality of its cocktails and its sound system. This intimate space boasts 1970s tannoy dual 18 speakers powered by 1960s Quad II valve amplifiers, so unsurprisingly attracts an interesting line-up of guest DJs. If you're into your music, then Joyeux Bordel will make you Damn Happy.