The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town

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Think that your fridge is for discarded old cheeses and stale bottles of milk? While yes would be our regular answer, there's one secret bar in the city championing a new way to look at fridges. 

Hidden behind a Smeg fridge, and accessible thanks to a cheeky request to see 'The Mayor' at the Breakfast Club bar, descend the stairs into a basement filled with fun, food and great drinks. A broody basement of vintage furniture and Canadian whisky lodge meets speakeasy, Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town is an elusive romp away from the bustle of upstairs.

The drinks list is eclectic with a selection of great spirits behind the bar and a small but interesting cocktail list (£7.50). The beer, cider and pale ale are also unique world-wide ones; no standard Corona or Becks here. Prices are reasonable and happily affordable for such a cool place. There is also a small food menu with hot nibbles to keep your stomach satisfied - the baby squid is delicious! 


No Door Charge
Booking required
Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street
Over 21


Day Open Close Notes
17:00 00:00
17:00 00:00
15:30 00:00
15:30 00:00
15:00 00:00
12:00 00:00
12:00 22:30


The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town
12-16 Artillery Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 7LS

East London

Nearest station:
Liverpool Street (Tube)
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Drink Prices Price
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.50
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.30
Cocktail £7.50
Bottle of House Wine £14.35
Bottle of Champagne £40.00


A word from the chef:
Served Saturdays and Sundays from midday, tuck in to the likes of the following courtesy of Breakfast Club upstairs: Popcorn from £2. Lord of the Onion Rings £5. Buffalo Chicken Kebab £4. Chorizo Kebabs £4. Meat balls of fire £7. Bowl of fries £3.

Our Review

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town Review - Basement Bar in Shoreditch

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town Review - Basement Bar in Shoreditch

The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town has been a bit of a recent phenomenon with a lot of tweets and emails going around about it. The rumours were that this was one of the best new bars in Shoreditch, not simply the bar but the elaborate and secret...

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Very friendly staff and great service! Tried the food as well which was delicious! All in all, 10/10 will come again! :-) visited The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town on 18 Oct 2016
20 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Surprised my boyfriend for his 23rd birthday with his friends from uni now we live in London and he loved it! Friendly, efficient staff. Loved it. visited The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town on 10 Oct 2016
12 Oct 2016 by anonymous

Second or third trip to the Mayor and as previous a great atmosphere, friendly staff and good drinks, looking forward to the next visit! 1973neil visited The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town on 06 Oct 2016
08 Oct 2016 by 1973neil

First timer and it was great! From being lead to the secret bar hidden behind a fridge door to the service at the table, everyone was courteous and friendly. Lots of strange cocktails to choose from at a reasonable price and a really nice ambience. Having AC was also a godsend that day as it was a particular hot day. My friends loved the place and didn't even know it existed, and they'd been working across the street from it all year. Would recommend this gem to anyone who wants a relaxing drink with friendsQ Alec visited The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town on 15 Sep 2016
17 Sep 2016 by Alec

Perfect for date night. A great atmosphere, tasty cocktails and good service. This is the first secret bar that I have visited and was really impressed (favourite part is definitely walking through a fridge). Would definitely recommend!
06 May 2016 by Lo-x

I found the secret bar charm was a little lost here, after having to wait 45 mins to get in. The idea is really great, along with the decor, but on arrival the music was very loud, and and seemed almost clubby, and the people inside were screaming so it was hard to have a conversation! This may have been a fault of going to explore on a Thursday though. The staff were lovely however and the drinks very tasty!
28 Feb 2016 by morgan15
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Step through an old, white American fridge and walk down the stairs to a secret drinking den. Kooky pictures and signs hang from the walls as bartenders shake some heady cocktails in a prohibition style atmosphere.
08 Oct 2015 by queenb

Nice place! I Would visit this place again. The wait time was a bit too long (even for a Friday evening). Cocktails and atmosphere make for a nice evening. The fridge is a nice touch.
28 Oct 2014 by Notisce

Great Speakeasy! Felt like a bit of a fool asking to see 'The Mayor' and was very glad I found the right place! Really good find, great service too. Will def return!
12 Jun 2014 by pcrouthers

Advice for all the lads scoping out date locations: Ideal first date location. Lit in just the right way to create the right intimate atmosphere, Sound levels ideal, loud enough so you can't make out the convos of others, but not so loud as to drown out your +1. ..and who doesn't wanna walk through an unassuming fridge in a diner and come out somewhere cool?!
13 Mar 2014 by anthopj7
1 person people found this helpful

This is an amazing speakeasy. Recommended through a friend...I thought was playing a trick on me. Great staff & cocktails. You can definitely lose track of time down there! Truly is a hidden gem.
05 Mar 2014 by jessicac
1 person people found this helpful SUCH an awesome place! Hot staff and customers too ;)
16 Jan 2013 by eastisbeast

I got taken here on a date! I was a little concerned when he took me through a fridge -thought he was making a fat joke :( - but was AMAZING. Such good cocktails and a really good secret vibe!
16 Jan 2013 by stantonwarrior
1 person people found this helpful

What an awesome place! Such a good bar to take anyone visiting London too. love it!
16 Jan 2013 by shoreditched

THIS PLACE IS ROCKING - Good selection of craft beers and cocktails, nice intimate vibe with party tunes and dancing late on the saturday that we went down there, bravo!
21 Dec 2012 by brokebackbilly

From entering through a fridge, and then the electric vibe, everything is five star about this place! My only gripe was that they kept us waiting a bit to actually go down there in the breakfast club.
06 Dec 2012 by corriandergirl

Got a tip off a friend about this bar, and I have to say its worth the hype. The key is finding breakfast club then asking discreetly at the bar if you can go into the "fridge". Its not for late-night snacks, instead its for speakeasy drinking! This is a classic bar from that era, wooden interior, high stool tables, and a cracking sountrack make this one of my favourites of the new wave of London bars.
15 Aug 2012 by peachy69
1 person people found this helpful

Really friendly atmosphere, great service - I spilt my drink and wasn't charged. Food was lovely great halloumi kebabs! Definately will be going here again
03 May 2012 by cntaylor

Came down here on a thursday evening at about 630ish and it was already full down in the bar so we had to wait upstairs in the breakfast club for about 10 mins. (there was a great happy hour on beer bottles though!). Once down in the bar we loved it. Lush drinks and great nibbles! Table service was attentive too. Recommend this place.
16 Oct 2011 by yukyfishcakes

Went here on a saturday - loved the cool entrance! The atmosphere was really buzzy and cool. The music got better and louder as the night went on!! Fantastic bar!!
26 Jun 2011 by anonymous
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