The weekend before Christmas, we wandered into a pub in Shoreditch. The Old Blue Last, according to their website, is a great place for live music. There wasn’t a band the night we were there. Before going to this pub we knew nothing about it. To be honest, both of us were desperate to use the loo so we weren’t that picky when we selected a pub to try. When I ventured downstairs I got quite a kick out of the dungeon restroom.
We aren’t the type of people to use the bathroom and then duck out, so we ordered two beers. Nothing fancy–Heineken. It was dark inside the pub and there was a rather large group of inebriated men. This can be off-putting sometimes. However, the guys were full of Christmas spirit and several of them slurred: M-Merry Chr-Christmas to us. They were sweethearts and had a blast taking tons of group photos. I wondered if they had known each other since school, but never confirmed that suspicion.
There was only one barstool free so we decided after the one drink we’d leave to seek out a different pub and hopefully score two seats. I’m getting old. Then all of a sudden the pub cleared out and we had our choice of seats. The weather outside wasn’t all that great so we decided to stay for another round before our dinner reservation around the corner. I ordered a mulled cider and The Better Half had another beer.
This isn’t the typical pub that we find ourselves in, but I have to say I really enjoyed the experience. And it’s the first place I’ve been to that had Christmas trees hanging from the ceiling. I didn’t notice it until TBH pointed it out.
The staff was excellent, the customers were drunk, but friendly, the atmosphere festive, and the alcohol was tasty. I give it 3.5 stars. Not sure if I will go back, since I fear it wouldn’t be the same. It was like Christmas Elves made sure we had a great night.