It always feels like an event when a Brewdog bar opens, and even though this was a somewhat bittersweet one as Brewdog Shoreditch replaced craft beer haven Mason & Taylor, we were keen to pop along to see what they did with the place.

Brewdog Shoreditch bar

Brewdog Shoreditch feels a bit more expansive and spacious compared to its Camden counterpart. It has a wonderfully long bar and enough keg taps to keep us all happy. The decor sticks to the Brewdog bar template, with a lot of wood and concrete, and walls lined with old board games . The dirty tiled walls are maybe a bit too close to a scene from Saw, but hey, if the Byron in Angel can get away with it, then Brewdog can.

The guest beers on were from Firestone Walker, Rogue, Mikkeller and brewing locals Brodies and Beavertown. Brewdog is awesome in showcasing international beers, but not so hot sometimes on promoting more local brewers, so it is great to see these guys on the list, especially as they are both producing some of the most exiting beers out there right now.

The blackboard at Brewdog Shoreditch

One distinctive difference to this Brewdog bar is less the beer, but the food. Rather than burgers, the bar served ‘Japanese street food inspired snacks’. We did not indulge in any of the food this trip as we had just eaten, but the menu sounded great with a few good options for veggies too.

Similar to Camden, I think Shoreditch is a perfect area for Brewdog to settle. Thankfully, I don’t think they should worry too much about the bar being just filled with the archetypal hipsters. There were as many real ale, big bellied pint drinkers than skinny jean designers drinking on the day I happened to be there, which shows that Brewdog might just be for the CAMRA fan as well as younger craft beer geek.

Brewdog shoreditch

There is one last surprise to this bar.. Brewdog has not revealed what they have done with the basement, but revealed whatever it is, is called ‘Underdog’.

All in all, it is a great addition to the Brewdog empire, and let’s hope it is not their last in London.