Dalston is London's number one neighborhood these days. The darling of local musicians, artists and designers, it is the sweet escape from tourist-packed Shoreditch and Hoxton. With Dalston the night out dilemma doesn't exist – it offers parties for anyone in its old pubs, themed bars and concert venues playing all kinds of music.
Housed in a corner mansion in 1842, the place is known as a gastropub, serving seasonal products (though not so many ) and American-Italian street food. However, their gem is a selection of ale and cider and the interiors – a real pub with a history and a very special atmosphere.
Hidden in the streets of Dalston, this pub is notoriously wild. It's cheap and affordable - don’t seek delicious food or drinks - authentic atmosphere that’s what you will find here. The music is always too loud, grab and booze is cheap and served fast and there are always crowds. Check their concert schedule on the website - they play punk, indie and experimental, sometimes dub and electro and the folks are all devoted fans. The music is always on top – the club works with young talents and independent record labels. Sometimes, you can spot a celebrity - last year it was Franz Ferdinand. As the venue is frequented by old immigrants from Africa, its lunch menu has some African stuff.
The trendiest spot in Dalston, this huge club with a floor-to-ceiling window, neon lights and dance music by the bar. Though it's pricey, the place is a Dalston must-visit, not just for its creative interiors and cocktails but a little basement where they stage concerts of musicians from all over the world. All London music lovers flock here for a super selection – live music, trendy DJs and gigs by Bloc Party, The Cribs, Frankie & The Heartstrings, HEALTH, Jagwar Ma, METZ, Ryan Hemsworth, Trash Talk, Mission of Burma, V V Brown, Young Galaxy, Blue Hawaii.
The 1990s kingdom of jazz and Caribbean rhythms. The interior still has old colorful tiles and stone vaults but music is modern indie. At first glance, the place looks weird – shabby, with some stupid X-mas decorations in the middle of May and people that don't look like trendy hipsters waiting for their fave indie band. But appearances can be misleading. The club's cutting edge facilities include a huge hall with the capacity of 200 people where Pulp, The Horrors, Toy and Mark Ronson play, as well as young but popular bands. Here you always have a chance to see a band that will be super hot in two years. The place is also the “headquarters” of NME music magazine, which hosts its parties and press calls here. And go to their patio to find your music idol – it’s a favorite spot for a fag and a pint between gigs.
Every London kebab has something superlative in its name – Supreme, Best, Cool or Number One but in most cases this has nothing to do with quality. We know the place – take a couple of bus stops to Stoke Newington and look for Troia. It is a typical kebab with meat, fowl and burgers. Locals say it is the best in town as they grill their chicken instead of frying it in oil and add the yummiest chili sauce.
A great venue to chill out after a concert or an early party. The pub is located in the 18th century mansion with charming black-and-red interiors. On day-offs it is packed with noisy Brits from the neighboring Stoke Newington Church Street but weekdays are so peaceful. Relax and taste their Thai menu (curry is awesome) and a huge selection of alcohol.
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