DreamBags JaguarShoes

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DreamBags JaguarShoes Part art gallery and part hipster lounge, the mercurial DreamBags JaguarShoes is a classic Shoreditch hangout where art lovers gather to bond with grungy music types over a few pints of beer and slices of pizza. London England 51.5280499167488 -0.0783205032348633
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Party Earth Review Part art gallery and part hipster lounge, the mercurial DreamBags JaguarShoes is a classic Shoreditch hangout where art lovers gather to bond with grungy music types over a few pints of beer and slices of pizza. Taking... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily noon–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth DreamBags JaguarShoes Review

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Part art gallery and part hipster lounge, the mercurial DreamBags JaguarShoes is a classic Shoreditch hangout where art lovers gather to bond with grungy music types over a few pints of beer and slices of pizza.

Part art gallery and part hipster lounge, the mercurial DreamBags JaguarShoes is a classic Shoreditch hangout where art lovers gather to bond with grungy music types over a few pints of beer and slices of pizza.

Taking its quirky name from the original neighboring storefronts – Dream Bags and Jaguar Shoes – the now connected space retains its schizoid vibe by featuring an ever-changing décor courtesy of talented artists who re-do the place from head to toe every few weeks.

Despite the change in look, however, the creative patrons can always depend on the launch of new art installations, which take place the first Thursday of every other month and turn the high-ceilinged showroom into an urban art loft swarming with appreciative fans eager to learn more about the artist and his or her concept.

Those who have had their fill of pizza and art viewing can slip down to the bar’s dark underbelly to lounge on duct-taped vinyl couches, chat in candlelit corners, or just sway to the indie music.

Though the makeshift dance space doesn’t see much action and the scene never gets too rowdy, DreamBags JaguarShoes is packed to the rafters on Saturdays and has made a name for being a bit off-the wall, especially since what’s on the walls is forever changing.

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Tip from Jonah:

Take home more than just a pizza – a lot of the art pieces are for sale. Check with the staff for pricing information and to learn more about the featured artist.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, artists, fashion designers, music lovers, and creative types, early 20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Mix of latest indie and lo-fi electronic music. DJ nights once a month. Occasional Sunday crafts market.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Italian menu featuring the popular Campagnola stone-baked pizza and a large selection of traditional pasta and side dishes.

  • Prices

    Salads £5, sides £3–£6, pizza £9. Beer £4–£5, wine £4–£5, cocktails £8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Trendy: mismatched pieces or everyday clothes with an avant-garde twist.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Great the first Thursday of the month when a new art residency is launched, or Saturday nights for a wall-to-wall crowd.

  • Close By

    Just a few doors down is Prague (6 Kingsland Road), another “bar inside a gallery” combo.

DreamBags JaguarShoes User Reviews

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Dream Bags, Jaguar Shoes & Really Great Pizza
Daniella D. Apr 28, 2013
Dream Bags & Jaguar Shoes As a female, I was drawn unsurprisingly to the name initially; the thought of 'Dream bags' & 'Jaguar Shoes" conjures up some rather exciting imagery. Yet, this bar/restaurant/gallery…hip establishment- whose name has been kept as a homage of sorts to the wholesale shops that had once resided on the premises- has long since been a bag and shoe shop. It's an establishment that epitomises the east London vibe. Situated on Kingsland road (just beyond the myriad of Vietnamese restaurants), its bright, open store front is a welcome respite, not to mention the waft of freshly baked pizza that tantalises the nostrils. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and indeed your trousers to reveal a little ankle (we are in an artsy-hipster-haunt after all) and try one of the alcoholic concoctions. The cocktail list is extensive and the bar staff always seem eager to offer a little advice and banter for those of us in a particularly indecisive mood. The ground floor has a relaxed cafe atmosphere and a precious seat found near the store-front window is an ideal spot for people watching. However, the popularity of this place, especially in the evening, means sharing a table with a few other cool-kids, so be wary of a stray elbow or two making for a more challenging pizza experience. The pizzas alone are worth any inconvenient seating arrangements, though. Freshly baked by Due Sardi; the sardinian chef duo were ranked as one of the top 5 places to eat pizza in London. The candle-lit drinking den in the basement offers an alternative atmosphere to upstairs; a cosier corner for late night drinks, once your eyes adjust to the darkness. I am rather a fan of the upstairs, what with its quirky art installations that change regularly. Despite its obvious art fuelled vibe, along with plethora of beards, red lipstick and rolled up jeans (all of which incites one to believe its one of those hipster hangouts of which most of Shoreditch is now teeming with), it is unpretentious and I have yet to go there and not have a really super time. Daniella
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