Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
There’s nowhere quite like Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Sitting proudly in the East End since 1887, this boozer and good-time haunt seems to exist in a glorious time warp: with carpeted floors straight outta the 60s, kitsch decor and £4 pints; and not a craft beer or organic wine in sight. It’s about as welcoming, inclusive and unpretentious a night-time spot as you could hope to find - the moment you cross the threshold all concerns about steeze and style float away with the spirit of burlesque, 90s parties, comedy, drag, karaoke nights and everything that falls in the gaps taking their place. Add in one of the friendliest crowds around and you've got a memorable, endearingly ramshackle place that pops off in a wild and wonderful way.
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The Pickle Factory
This is how we’d like all our clubs: intimate, self-contained affairs with no gimmicks or pretensions, a focus on the quality of sound and a bill of intriguing artists and DJs. Set up by Oval Space in 2013, a former (yes, you guessed it) pickle factory has become a blank canvas for proper partying, where 200 bods can fit in the stripped-back space and get to two-stepping, head-bopping and jaw wobbling. No noise from the d&b audiotechnik V-series sound system leaks out; instead the house, electronica and techno reverberates off the walls causing committed sorts to truly shake it on down. Wear earplugs and prepare for lift off.
A vibrant institution in the Dalston scene, this cafe, bar and club gets pretty darn busy with all sorts of movers and shakers finding their way down into the basement. Popular with the LGBT crowd, the biggest draw is the eclectic music on offer with nights including everything from electro, Italo and disco, to 90's R&B and hip hop. Prices are rarely more than a fiver.
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DJ Q (All Night Long)
If you're looking for an excuse to bring your velour tracksuits out of retirement and want to don your sunglasses inside then this all-nighter set at The Nest is for you. Celebrating the best in bassline, the real northern powerhouse - Huddersfield's DJ Q - will take you through from 10pm to 4am with the very best in bass-driven garage and high-octane house. The night is sold out so put that Courvoisier on ice while you find yourself a ticket and get down there.