Juniper has an extremely long bar. So it’s perfect for when you need to drink with a large number of people, but you don't necessarily want to talk to all of them at the same time. If you’d rather sit at a table, this place has a lot of those as well, along with some banquette seating in a raised area at the back. Essentially, Juniper is just a big, nice pub - and it’s the sort of spot where you can either eat a good burger or a piece of salmon, or just drink whiskey while you watch people play sports on a big flatscreen TV.
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