Party Earth Review Most iconic figures are immortalized in statues, but for King of Cool Steve McQueen, nothing short of an entire entertainment complex would do. An embodiment of the late movie star’s own style and passions, McQueen is... ... read full review
55-61 Tabernacle Street
London EC2A 4AA
Northern Line: Old Street
020 7036 9229
Restaurant: Tu–F noon–3pm and 6–11:30pm, Sa 7–11pm
Club: M 5–11:30pm, Tu–Th noon–2am, F noon–2:30am, Sa 7pm–2:30am
Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London –
Most iconic figures are immortalized in statues, but for King of Cool Steve McQueen, nothing short of an entire entertainment complex would do.
An embodiment of the late movie star’s own style and passions, McQueen is a masculine, modern, and sleek venue that attracts an affluent clientele of corporate ladder climbers and target-driven sales execs.
Three distinct areas provide space for drinking, dinner, and dancing, beginning with the luxurious lounge, where dark wood, speed racing memorabilia, and classic aviation pieces form the manly backdrop for after-work revelers chatting at the long bar or gathered on the tufted leather sofas.
Smooth talkers looking to wine and dine their dates head to the chocolate leather banquettes in the elegant dining room to clink glasses beneath gold-framed images of Steve, while those ready to party make their way through a hallway to the titillating downstairs club, laced with mirrors and photos of nude models.
A gentrified version of the Playboy Mansion, the subterranean area is most famous for the vivacious showgirls who take to the stage for weekly burlesque acts that fire up the testosterone-charged crowd even more.
As rugged and cool as the man himself, McQueen’s is the perfect lair for patrons looking to live and play as hard as the gritty Hollywood legend did.
Suave and powerful hotshots and sophisticates, mostly late 20s to 40s.
Ambient music in the lounge, and a DJ spinning house and R&B in the club. On Thursdays from 9pm–3am is Secret Rendezvous, a titillating burlesque, cabaret, and circus show with live music, late-night DJs, and signature cocktails.
Menu of upscale American fare featuring steak and lobster.
Cover charge £10 after 9pm. Appetizers £4.50–£9.50, sides £4, small plates £7+, entrées £14–£35, dessert £6. Beer £2.50–4.50, wine £4+/glass or £16+/bottle, cocktails £7.50–£25, bottle service £160+.
Chic: sleek dresses, button-downs, sports jackets.
Thursday nights for the burlesque show, circus acts, and a big crowd.
City Arts and Music Project (70–74 City Road) is a nearby cultural hub with regular exhibits.