The North Eastern Borough of Hackney is one of London’s most exciting areas when it comes to nightlife. From pubs with onsite breweries to clubs and music venues hosting some of the diverse and exciting events in the capital. Here at Nights Gone Wild, hosts of some of the very best pub crawls in London, we like to make sure you have a great time whenever you visit London for a night out. Here are our 5 picks of great pubs and clubs in Hackney.
The Peoples Park Tavern, Victoria Park Road
This is the sort of watering hole that a passionate beer drinker would call a “proper pub”. The Peoples Park Tavern sits on the edge of Victoria Park and is as traditional as pubs come. From their traditional hearty menu to their large range of beers, this boozer ticks all the boxes of a classic British pub.
The Peoples Tavern even has its own brewery onsite. It is one of three breweries run by the Laine Brewing Company and produces some of the most traditional and adventurous ales in the country.
This isn’t all they offer, because of the venues size they also host a number of exciting events throughout the year, such as top quality stand up comedy nights (Laugh Out London), Classic Nintendo gaming nights and special guest DJ’s at weekends.
The Glory, Haggerston
At the other end of the Hackney nightlife spectrum to the Peoples park Tavern is the Glory, a nightclub an performance venue which is one of the rising stars in the LGBT scene. The organisers call the Glory a “strutting-edge performance mecca that is redefining London’s alternative scene” and there is no doubting that when you see the wealth of entertainment on offer.
Owners Zoe Argiros, John Sizzle, Colin Rothbart and Jonny Woo collectively have a remarkable 80 years in the industry, so they really know how to show the punters a good time. From Burlesque and alternative cabaret to thumping club nights, Glory offers it all. Depending on the event and club night, you may need to book tickets in advance, so make sure to check ahead.
The Alibi, Kingsland High Street
Certainly one of the coolest bars in Hackney is Alibi. The basement bar/micro club has been open for just over 5 years and has established a range of different nights which its regular crowd flock to every week.
The Alibi offers all manner of weekly events from their film club to a karaoke night. Its not all as chilled as this every night of the week mind, with a variety of different DJ’s on throughout the week and staying open till 3am Thursday to Sunday, the Alibi covers pretty much all areas of a good club.
Another contender for Hackney’s coolest bar/club is Birthdays in Dalston. The venue is spread across two floors, with the downstairs often used as the nightclub venue. Birthdays is a fantastic smaller venue to catch great music and DJ’s, with the likes of The Cribs, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Chvrches and a whole host of top notch DJ’s playing there every weekend.
As well as its great music, this venue has also regularly holds host to some top end parties for people such as paradyse records and news site VICE. While these might be more exclusive to enter, you should be fine on any other given weekend, though the downstairs often comes with an on the door charge which is more than worth paying.
Oslo, Amhurst Road
If you are looking for a bar with a unique concept, then you might want to check out Oslo which is directly next door to Hackney Central Train Station. As might be a giveaway in the title the bar is Nordic themed, creating unique food and drink menus hailing from Northern Europe.
During the day it is a very welcoming bar and kitchen, whilst at night it turns into a music venue and lively nightspot. The music very different to the likes of Birthdays and Alibi, where you can catch many a singer songwriter performing every week, with the likes of Newton Faulkner recently performing.
This list merely scratches the surface of a fantastic area of London, so by all means go and check these out, but go and explore while you’re there, who knows what you’ll discover. If you are looking for ideas for nights out elsewhere then why not check out our blog posts on Soho, Chelsea & Kensington and Camden for our top tips.