THE FULL POUR
Style points, they count for something at times. Not enough to solely prop up a weak execution, or to sustain something that is cleary lacking in soul, mind you. But if done well, and when coupled with attention to the many other details required to turn the basic tavern into a rather distinct imbibing experience, The Hop Leaves take notice. Located in the heart of London's hip and trendy Shoreditch district, the gloriously appointed Singer Tavern delivers exceedingly in the style category, with an absolutely smashing design scheme. It doesn't end there though, they're only easing you into things. With a suspicious eye, you may approach that gleaming bar, prepared for the proof that this place is all show and no go. But wait, your instincts have failed you.
WHY IS THIS ON THL?
The design details for greatness can be had here at Singer Tavern. From the forged ironwork, lush plants, bright subway tiles, reclaimed church chairs and vintage sewing machines, to the crown jewel centerpiece that is the bar itself, your eyes will be quite satisfied. The size of the footprint it occupies is staggering, complete with yet another posh space (and bathrooms) down below. The beer list is comprehensive, with strong UK craft representation and unexpected global favorites as well. Make no mistake, this is a full service tavern with extensive liquor and food options too. With all of this going for it, the fan draw appears to be from far and wide. Along with this popularity, it can be crowded and potentially loud during peak happy hours. This isn't meant to scare anyone off, just something to factor into the time and day you choose to attend. With extensive hours, and the fact that they open at 10 am (closed Sundays), one can conveniently select whichever version of Singer Tavern they prefer to experience. Having witnessed it at several different times of day, they're all quite nice.