Much lauded Beagle restaurant and bar in the railway arches next to Hoxton Station has launched a December series of intimate jazz sessions featuring musicians from The Thames Delta who have played with such notables as Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith and Kelis. I had the pleasure of attending the premiere show this past Sunday. For a chilled out (and not so pricey) Sunday evening of live music and quality drink, keep Beagle in mind.
It’s a shame the kitchen is closed on Sunday evenings. However, if you ask nicely you might manage a makeshift sarnie or similar to be slid your way. I had a much appreciated, fairly big, and super tasty chicken sandwich during my visit. Anyway, the music and the cocktails are certainly enough of a draw. I loved the cocktails placed under my chin – particularly Beagle’s Sazerac (rye, sugar anise, lemon), which at an especially jazzy Sunday night price of £5 proved a commendably affordable chance to stretch out the weekend and stave away Monday morning just a little longer.
As for the music, The Thames Delta quartet swung in a melodious jaunt between melancholy and exuberance as only a New Orleans style brass band could elicit. It was fun music performed in a relaxed atmosphere (with superb support from an efficient bar and wait staff). Next go rounds are this Sunday the 14th and then on the 21st. Go! And hope that the venue will carry on with these sessions in 2015.
Beagle is located at 397-400 Geffrye Street, E2 8HZ. Find out more at beaglelondon.co.uk.