Rattlesnake, a restyled drinking, eating and music venue, has recently opened on the buzzing Islington Upper Street. However, Rattlesnake isn`t just another bar, it has been designed by U2`s award-winning Paul Daly – who is responsible for a host of other top London venues, such as Hoxton Square’s Zigfrid von Underbelly, Shoreditch haunt Road trip and its music-venue basement bar, The Workshop. Rattlesnake`s décor really carries through some of the classy interior touches that have been the hallmarks of his other pieces.
According to the tale, Rattlesnake is inspired by one of Daly`s American road trips and attempts to encapsulate the spirit of 1969`s Easy Rider. I have to say that the bar does achieve this rustic and rugged American feel; you have the open brick walls, booths, neon placards and other standard pieces in American bars. Other state-side frills include booths inspired by the studded leather panniers of the great Harley Davidson touring bikes. I was also mesmerised by some of Daly`s video screens, which displayed a plethora of interesting motion pictures as curated by the Open Gallery (opengallery.co.uk).
Aside from all the artistic flourishes, the venue also has a live music room with a hefty Nexo sound system and large 16-track mixing desk – the Nexo is enough to blow, or more precisely rock, your socks off. The compact stage is skirted by a sizeable viewing area and a VIP section. Although, don`t expect there to be throngs of people here, as the bar`s entire capacity is a modest 300. Live gigs run throughout the week, so check the Facebook page for up-to-date details: https://www.facebook.com/RattlesnakeLondon
Food and Booze
The drinks menu contains a mix of traditional American style cocktails, which are brimming with ginger beer and citrus blends. I tried the Texican Mule and I felt it really captured that all American feel – gorgeous. There was also a wide selection of draught beers, bottled beers, wines and other tipples to keep everyone occupied.
Another string to Rattlesnake`s bow is its Texican food; which consists of classics such as corn dogs, tacos and even breakfast is on offer. Unfortunately, I didn`t get to try any of the food so I can`t comment on how good it is, but it did look `darn` good – to use an American turn of phrase.
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