What is East London without the gin?

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

For all those who love Mother’s Ruin, Hot Rum Cow’s first issue covers the subject in depth. Plus there’s an interview with Hackney locals the Puppini Sisters! The new quarterly mag is now available online for just a fiver.

Disover a new pub this weekend: Sebright Arms, Bethnal Green

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Discover Lucky Chip food, real ale and Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues at this tucked-away pub off the Hackney Road. The Sebright Arms on Coate Street (off the Hackney Road) is stumbling distance from several East London bus routes, Cambridge Heath train station and Bethnal Green tube. It’s open evenings, and ’til midnight on Saturday.

We’re promised beers at £2.50/pint. Ales include local London Fields, Brodies, Sambrooks, Redchurch, Meantime, and Redemption; also, ciders from the cask and a real countryside perry from Herefordshire. Enjoy! And remember; if it ain’t clear, don’t drink the beer.

New Hawksmoor bar menu live

March 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hail the resurrection of the Green and Red margarita, and the birth of  the Sausage and Egg ‘HkMuffin’. The new bar at Hawksmoor Spitalfields ensures that, with just £10 to your name, you can enjoy the delights of your favourite steak restaurant any night of the week. New menu here, reservations here.

Hallowe’en in Bethnal Green: spooky cocktail recipes and club night frights for East London

October 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

There are plenty of parties planned for East London this year from Newington Green to Bethnal – and I’ve also got tips for your hip haunted house party.

One Whitechapel classic for October 31 is a Jack the Ripper tour – so book up now to ensure you get a place. If you go with London Walks or the Jack the Ripper tour, then you can sneak off to Bodean’s on Byward Street afterwards for a bourbon to calm your nerves.

Saturday 29 October bring taxidermy workshops at the Tour de Force theatre on Well Street, Hackney for a mere £25. Hosts The Robin Collective will be serving cucumber sandwich punch and Victoria sponge air.

On Hallowe’en itself, Monday 31 October, the last Tuesday Society offers a show by lanternlight at their Mare Street basement – they’re sure to be serving Hendricks gin too. Tickets for 7pm and 9pm shows are £10.

Alternatively if you’re having a house party, serve black vodka such as Babicka or Blavod, and Death’s Door gin, or mix up some Zombies. Don’t be afraid of the dark – it’s full of good bars!

Common opens, Off Broadway serves picklebacks for Lucky Chip burgers and Bethnal parties ’til late

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Cocomo is no more! Regular Old Street walkers will have noticed that the red circus-styled bar Cocomo is no more. Under new ownership, it’s now Common, and Nick Telson of Design My Night tells me it’s worth a trip. Read his review here.

In London Field direction, burger van Lucky Chip is serving up greasy delights with drinks by nearby bar, Off Broadway. Order Beaver beers, ciders, smoky margaritas and picklebacks (Google it) to wash down those tasty beef patties. Thanks to Ruth for the tip!

And if you fancy a DIY-style night out in Bethnal this weekend, the working men’s club is having a Zombie-themed party (£7 before 11pm), and Resistance Gallery is having a ‘Bad Reputation‘ disco (£3), both running ’til 2am.

Click here for early September’s bulletin of new bars in East London, or here to see the news category in full.

Common, 323 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9LE

Lucky Chip, Netil Market, E8 3RL. Opening times variable; check their Facebook page for info

Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-44 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB

Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 9RF

In pictures: Sky Lounge

September 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Where to go when the dark winter nights close in? Somewhere with a cracking view of the starry City. Sky Lounge floats 305 feet above Spitalfields and, if you don’t mind walking through the front door of a halls of residence, makes a great place to play a nocturnal I Spy of the East London skyline.

The view from the Sky Lounge at night

Sky Lounge @ Nido Spitalfields, 9 Frying Pan Alley, London E1 7HS. Booking advised – email events@evensus.com

Bar, drink and food news round-up: East London, September 2011

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s been an exciting back-to-school moment for Shoreditch foodies with loads of new excuses to order a Martini.

Top of the bill, a new Hawksmoor has been announced for Guildhall. Opening on 31 October, the Basinghall Street restaurant is expected to be similar to its Spitalfields and Seven Dials sisters – but with a ‘beef tasting menu’ to offer besides the staple steak-and-bourbon.

Next door to Hawksmoor’s original venue, a new pan-Asian restaurant run by a former Nobu chef has kicked a little new life into the Commercial Street slew. ‘Funky Asia’ (sic) occupies the old Lahori Masala restaurant and has a cocktail list full of ginger, Thai basil, green tea and Bulldog gin.

Following the success of its launch party, London Fields Brewery is having an ‘open day’ event with beer and pizza on Saturday 24 September. Join them for freshly brewed lagers from Hackney’s only commercial brewery at 374 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8.

Lastly, a new free folk night has taken over Tuesdays at Manero’s Bar – one of Dalston’s secret bars. Cocked-Ale, run The Magpie’s Nest, can be found behind the yellow door at 232 Kingsland Road. Check the promoter’s website for gig listings.

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