I've always struggled to keep my distance from flashing neon lights. I'd spotted the bright pink Loungelover neon sign a couple of times in the past, and after a particularly memorable dinner at their sister restaurant Les Trois Garcons, it was time to give it a whirl.

The Venue

Spotting the illuminated 'Loungelover' sign at the door is the first step. Venture inside and you've entered a parallel universe of devilish decadence and impressive levels of excess: we're talking a stuffed hippo head, a Chinese urn that could fit an adult human with ease, and glittering chandeliers - and that's not even the half of it. The space is long, and separated into three decoratively distinct areas: The Baroque, The Cage and The Gold Room, all of which have been designed to offer a different experience with every visit. 

Loungelover is utterly excessive, in every sense of the word. 

The Atmosphere and Clientele

Loungelover is a curious little spot, attracting a crowd as diverse as its dècor. Expect an eclectic crowd of seasoned cocktail drinkers, well-dressed and ready for a night of excess. With its Shoreditch pedigree, it'll come as no surprise that this kooky little haunt pulls in a stylish crowd of creative types and hip-cats, as well as those well-to-do business types who have no patience for City bars.

Emitting an elegant ambiance that penetrates the heart and souls of its guests, Loungelover is a relaxed space. Although the bar is often busy, the choice of rooms in which to enjoy a carefully crafted beverage allows for an escape within an escape - if you've had enough of Baroque, then you can head to The Gold Room for a bit of shimmer.

Loungelover consistently draws a cool crowd of Shoreditch hip-cats. 

The Drinks

It may or may not come as a surprise to hear that the cocktail menu at Loungelover is as attention grabbing as its surroundings. Black-tied waiting staff arrive at your side to offer some advice on the decision making process: I opted for the Jubilation, a long blend of Beefeater Gin, freshly muddled green and red grapes, sweetened with elderflower cordial, lemon juice and topped with Rosè Champagne. Not bad. Also on offer is a sweet selection of seasonal, hot, Champange and virgin cocktails, to tantilise even the trickiest of taste buds.

Told you that Chinese urn was human-sized.

Summary

There is absolutely nothing minimal about Loungelover. At all. It's overwhelming, excessive and all-out absurd - and brilliantly so. Offering glamour, quality and ambiance in equal parts, this is a cocktail bar in Shoreditch that packs more than it's fair share of punch.