PimpShuei

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Central London's unique kung fu themed dive bar! Cocktails, classic kung fu movies, retro arcade games, funky tunes... Open Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm Happy hour til 8pm Closed on Sun/Mon/Tue/Bank Holidays
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Neighborhood: Clerkenwell
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site of an ancient meat market which remains in operation today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough time wondering through the area's maze of streets and you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky models passing between Clerkenwell's handful of fashion houses. Far outnumbering the models are craftspeople and designers, many of them are more than happy to welcome visitors into their studios and showrooms.
How to get there
  • Chancery Lane • 7 min walk
  • Farringdon • 8 min walk
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Dan C
London, UK1 contribution
Each and every time I return, alone or otherwise, the guys behind the bar always make the visit worthwhile. Always something new or awesome playing on the screen. The noodles, man. The damned noodles.

Show me a person who gets sick of drinking and playing Point Blank/ Street Fighter and I'll show you a person who shouldn't be out drinking in the first place.
Written September 20, 2015
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Alice C
3 contributions
Been here a few times and always experienced amazing service and made to feel really welcome by the team! The cocktails are very original like something I haven't ever seen in any bar before.. The Kung Fu theme of the bar makes it really fun and the noodles are so tasty!!

Overall great unexpected venue in the heart of London and well worth a visit.. Especially in happy hour!
Written September 15, 2015
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rum-a-holic
1 contribution
Londons best kept secret - a cool as hell subterranean Kung Fu themed 'chop socky' bar, with 90's arcade machines, amazing music (funk, oldskool hip hop, classic pop and a few cheesy treats) and superb themed cocktails. Add to this graffiti murals & old film posters, vintage karate kicking flicks (on a giant projector & loads of mini TVs), and the friendliest staff on the planet, and you have the perfect ingredients for a great night out... Get involved!
Written July 17, 2015
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Josephine V
10 contributions
Friends
Drinks recommendations were good. However, the bar lacks of flexibility: impossible to request a song. Also the bar man is rude, does not mind yelling at you for no reason... Personally I would not return... Just unfriendly... I have seen better in London
Written June 3, 2016
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S J
London, UK31 contributions
Friends
Drinks and prices are standard. Nothing to gravitate to.
Decor was cool with retro feel, enthusiasm in 80's kung-fu genre and hong kong action style.
The bar also offers old school arcades but half were out of operation during our visit.
Generally this would suffice to a score of 3/5 but this has been tainted due to the owners focus on race.
To set the scenario, we were a group of oriental asians hailing from Australia. This is interesting, as the owner himself is asian and the bar itself appears to celebrate asians but he had made the case a few times during the night to question why our group was solely asian and why it does not include more "white" people. As a group and individual, we have grew up with many "white", "yellow" and "black" friends. Whether or not we were hanging with these friends tonight should not be the owners concern nor focus as we happened to be hanging with only a select group of friends during the night. We had spent a good 3 hours at the bar with numerous rounds of drinks, perhaps an indication to the owner that we were relatively relaxed and easy going people. Upon closure of his bar, he took the opportunity to single out the "yellows" as he had done previously during the night (which we mostly took in jest) to exit the bar first before the "whites", for the reason that we were "ching chungs and chongs" and that we had no white friends. The question can be oppositely posed, why don't you ask all your white patrons, why do you not include more asians in your group and to single them out to leave first? The point is, if you are trying to encourage multiculturalism, you should not be judging and isolating your patrons based on their race and making them feel uncomfortable in your bar. It should be not a concern who we were with that night but the fact all patrons enjoyed and celebrated asian kung fu culture. It is not appropriate to segregate people in your bar by race nor singling out any select group of people to leave the bar first due to any stereotype. This was trending towards a great night until the final comments from the owner.
Written March 15, 2019
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tinyideas
New York City, NY105 contributions
Couples
Great concept, clean, cozy place to relax, have a few tasty cocktails/mocktails, soak in the vibe.

My friends who grew up in the 70s/80s would embrace and love this Kung Fu theme bar with comfy seating, an arcade backroom and plenty of tv and movie projections for their man cave.

The bar owner is hospitable, tending to everyone and if you ask, will provide great recommendations. Great service and drinks. Totally enjoyed the Pat Mojita -- loved the muddled kumquats!

One has to appreciate a bar like this! Would definitely return, highly recommend!
Written February 3, 2019
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JanYoung
chatham210 contributions
Great bar with amazing staff that make you feel so welcome. Great happy hour offers and if you are looking for something with a bit of individuality this is your place.
Written October 15, 2015
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James L
London, UK44 contributions
Was initially trying to go to Life Bar on a Monday but they stopped opening that on Monday and Sunday, so searched around on Tripadvisor and found this place.
Feel like it's going to become new hangout place.

The decoration and setting is amazing, inspired by old martial films. Staff are super friendly and the place has old school arcade machines like Point Blank and Time crisis. So you can pop on and off after a few drinks.
Written October 9, 2015
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Mimi T
14 contributions
We have been here a few time now. The cocktails are great and the staff are really friendly. Love the decor and music too.
Written September 26, 2015
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Mathilde C
London, UK4 contributions
Chilled and fun! The blood mary cocktails are awesome - in fact they are so delicious that you might just end up having one too many and forget your pin number and block your card when it's time to pay... DON'T BE THAT GUY. Instead, you can make sure this will not be you by filling your drunkness with their great noodles!
Written September 11, 2015
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PimpShuei is open:
  • Wed - Thu 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM


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