Party Earth Review The Big Chill Bar – a continuation of the three-day music festival and record label of the same name that focus on easygoing beats – aims to build on the franchise by bringing a happy festival vibe to Brick... ... read full review
Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL
Northern Line: Old Street; Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines: Liverpool Street
020 7392 9180
M–Th, Su noon–midnight, F–Sa noon–1am
Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London –
The Big Chill Bar – a continuation of the three-day music festival and record label of the same name that focus on easygoing beats – aims to build on the franchise by bringing a happy festival vibe to Brick Lane.
The low ceilings, dim lighting, and comfy sofas certainly lend themselves well to this laid-back vibe, as does the music itself, a relaxing mix of instrumental hip-hop, soul, and electronica.
Popular with an equally easygoing crowd of stylish twenty-somethings, aficionados of noncommercial dance music, and friendly regulars, the bar offers an intimate place to kick back on weekday afternoons for a few stress-free hours.
The mood is decidedly different on the weekends, however, when more upbeat music draws an outgoing crowd that gets rowdier as the night wears on and Big Chill becomes a wall-to-wall mass of dancing patrons.
There aren’t too many places that offer world-class hip-hop and funk, a low-key, sociable atmosphere, and free entry to boot – all great reasons to spend some time at Big Chill. Before stopping in, though, it’s always worth working up a thirst by going record shopping in Brick Lane’s famed stores.
Sociable fans of noncommercial dance music, 20s and 30s.
DJs nightly playing down-tempo, hip-hop, funk, folk, and trip-hop.
Mix of classic British pub food and snacks, gourmet burgers, burritos, salads, and platters.
Appetizers £4.25, lunch specials £5, entrées £5.95+. Beer £3.25+, wine £3.30+/glass or £12.75+/bottle, soft drinks £2.
Weekends for the best DJs and party atmosphere.