There are myriad of places to go out and shake a leg in Hackney

Clubs

CLUB culture has played a big part in the regeneration of Hackney, with a multi-faceted scene that attracts visitors from all over the capital and around the globe.

A number of pioneering clubs set up shop in the Old Street area, inspired by the DIY rave culture of the early 90s, and fuelled by the community of artists, designers and web geeks that lived and worked there and were always looking for a party.

Some influential early venues like the Blue Note are sadly long gone, but others like Cargo are still going strong, complemented by an ever expanding roster of new kids on the block from Plastic People to The Book Club. There are also pubs with back room and basement sound systems that can blow the roof off like the Macbeth or The Old Blue Last.

As Shoreditch and Hoxton developed a reputation as the capital's premier nighttime destination, the pattern was repeated in Dalston and Stoke Newington with small-scale clubs opening up in shop units up and down Kingsland Road and Stoke Newington High Street.

The inspired and entrepreneurial spirit of the founders of places like Dalston Superstore, Passing Clouds, the Alibi and Vogue Fabrics have together helped to create a vibrant, LGBT-friendly, international and uniquely East London scene.

 

333 Mother

THIS long established, three floor venue in Shoreditch, underwent a bit of a revamp in 2012. 333/Mother was one of the original Hoxton scene-making venues, offering a wide range of music from deep house to indie-rave, reggae to rock, into the early hours, seven days a week.

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Alibi

BAR and micro-club in Dalston with a diverse array of DJ as well as karaoke nights, record fairs and film nights. This late opening, small basement venue is free, so it gets rammed quickly.

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Book Club

OFFERING enough food and drink to last punters from early breakfast to last orders at the bar, The Book Club is a popular spot in the East End social scene. The venue fuses lively, creative events and late night eating, drinking and partying with food for thought in the form of workshops, talks and cultural showcases.

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Cargo

CARGO is one of Shoreditch's most well-established and popular venues. It is home to the club sounds of house, techno and dubstep.

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Comedy Café

LAUGHS come thick and fast at Rivington Street haunt The Comedy Cafe Theatre. The long running comedy venue in Shoreditch occupies an intimate loft space with a bar and restaurant downstairs hosting live music five nights a week.

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Dalston Jazz Bar

THE original retro jazz bar in Dalston opened 15 years ago and now provides an exciting fusion of jazz and contemporary music. It holds jamming sessions on Wednesdays, comedy on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays with DJs to 5am.

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Dalston Roof Park

A ROOFTOP oasis in the middle of bustling Dalston with great views of the capital. Nestled amongst Victorian buildings and facing city skyscrapers, Dalston’s only rooftop garden offers a chance to relax, eat, drink, dance and see the London landscape differently.

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Dalston Superstore

SEXY, sleazy, retro and all things trashy – Dalston Superstore is one of the key new breed of micro-clubs in the borough. In the basement of this former high street shop, DJs thrash out electronica, house, classic and new disco, with a smattering of old school R&B nights.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

THIS popular late night Dalston haunt is a snooker hall and entertainment venue combined, hosting club nights, live gigs and events run by independent promoters.

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Efes Pool Club and Bar

Grow

Carved out of what was once a sausage factory, Grow has been transformed into a unique bar, kitchen and creative space. Hidden in a yard in the heart of Hackney Wick and backing onto the canal, it was built by a small team and is operating as an experiment in ethical and sustainable business.

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Hackney Attic

THE top floor of Hackney Picturehouse has carved out its own identity as a bar and live music venue. It hosts DJs and bands from every genre/corner of the globe; one of London’s most difficult film quizzes; short films; comedy; spoken-word; open-mic & much more.

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Horse & Groom

THIS small, pub-style club has established itself as a leading destination for electronic music lovers. During the day it's a regular pub which serves food; at night it turns into two storeys of dance floor mayhem with a DJ booth on each level, hosting some of the scene's big names including Todd Terje, Greg Wilson, James Priestley from Secretsundaze, and Fabric's Craig Richards.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

VAMPIRE Weekend, Rita Ora, Example, Marina & The Diamonds, Janelle Monae, Paloma Faith, The Aliens, Fleet Foxes, Noah & The Whale – just a small selection of the artists that have played at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen when up-and-coming acts. Roughly divided into three rooms, the performance space, which used to be a cinema, presents rising stars, secret gigs by internationally known names, and has hosted seminal club nights like BoomBox.

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Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

Macbeth

THIS seemingly quiet stretch of Hoxton Street can draw a raucous crowd most nights of the week for The Macbeth's renowned live music and club nights. A sprawling and cavernous old pub, The Macbeth is the site of high-jinx most evenings, be it at their casual film or life drawing nights, or with DJs, karaoke and live acts.

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Moustache Bar

A LIVELY basement, and often free, Dalston micro-club hosting a variety of DJs nights. Usually there is house and techno, disco and re-edits, old school hip hop and an increasing number of 90s themed events.

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Nest

THE team behind London super-club Fabric have spread their wings taking to Stoke Newington High Street to set up live music and club venue The Nest. Revamping iconic former gig basement Barden’s Boudoir, The Nest definitely has more of a club atmosphere with sleeker lighting, seating and sound.

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Old Blue Last

THIS legendary pub is renowned for being a driving force in the East London music movement. Run by the owners of off-the-wall fash mag Vice, The Old Blue Last, on Great Eastern Street, hosts bands and DJs daily, as well as secret shows by big acts, often all for free.

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Oslo

NEW to Hackney Central in January 2014, Oslo has set up shop in the impressive former railway building right next to the station. It offers food, drink, live music and club nights in the evenings and promises to be 'both a daytime hub to meet and eat, and a night time destination for socialising, eating and taking in the best of new music'.

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Oval Space

OVAL Space describes itself as 'an evolving multi-use arts and events organisation'. As well as hosting myriad club nights, live music gigs and after parties, it holds regular cinema events.

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Passing Clouds

IT could be easy to miss the entrance of Passing Clouds, save for its eager congregation sprawling out on to Richmond Road and the A10 in Dalston. Down this cobbled backstreet hides one of the most truly eclectic nights in the borough with a bill as diverse as Afrobeat, reggae, psychedelic tropical, Balkan traditional songs, spoken word, jazz and hip-hop, at times, all on the same night.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

THIS Kingsland Road venue prides itself as a club run by musicians for musicians. By day it’s a café and rehearsal studio; at night a music venue mainly for local bands.

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Power Lunches Arts Café

Queen of Hoxton

CLUB and art venue Queen of Hoxton runs a tight programme of live music events and dance nights, accompanied by a rolling series of art installations, photographic exhibitions and screenings. The ground floor has a blend of window etchings, ivy and benches and there's a games room with table football, pinball and a 1960s Brighton pier gaming feature.

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Queen of Hoxton

Skinners Academy Facility Hire

Skinners' Academy's facilities are an ideal location for conferences, exhibitions and sports, drama or other events. With free parking on site Skinners' Academy can also accommodate private functions, birthday parties at affordable prices.

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Skinners Academy Facility Hire

St Matthias Youth Club

A FREE youth club for children, aged eight to 11, in the heart of Dalston. It offers sessions in football, basketball, dodge ball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, pool, art classes, homework club and more run by trained and qualified staff.

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Village Underground

PART creative community, part arts venue, Village Underground is a non-profit space for culture events in East London. The main centre is housed in a renovated warehouse primed for everything from concerts and club nights to exhibitions, theatre, live art and other performances.

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Vogue Fabrics

Vogue Fabrics hosts everything from disco nights to fashion talks, art exhibitions, cabaret and exuberant drag shows. This LGBT-friendly disco basement on the Stoke Newington/Dalston border has an intimate and buzzy atmosphere, reasonably priced booze and late night openings.

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Waiting Room

LEFT through some doors and down The Three Crowns pub stairs resides intimate Church Street part-gig venue-part nightclub The Waiting Room. Performers are usually publicised in the pub and shop windows around Stoke Newington.

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