Designer Paul Daly has relaunched the old Walkabout site on Upper Street. Rattlesnake offers American-inspired bar snacks, live music and a rooftop terrace.
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This place sounded great on paper. The pre-launch blurb promised American dive bar inspired decor, great music and a roof terrace. We popped in for a quick drink and the place was empty, with fairly lame pop music playing in the background. There is nothing remotely 'dive bar' at the interior and it has a very manufactured feel to it. It's all a bit neat and overly processed. The roof terrace wasn't open on our visit so we finished our (expensive) drinks and left the (charmless) staff to themselves. The lacklustre menu of tacos, taco salads, burgers and pizzas didn't inspire us to stay and eat.
Their newsletter today lists various DJ nights offering stuff like 'Indie, 90's, Techno and Party tunes' and '90's Dance, Hippity Hop and Indie Electro', so if you were hoping for rock, you will be disappointed.
Head up the road to Slim Jim's for better music, cheaper drinks and a more authentic dive bar vibe.
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Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6
Thursday, July 12, 2012