The Big Chill Bar

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The Big Chill Bar 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. London England 51.5214550665204 -0.0721222920654263
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The Big Chill Bar - Bar in London.
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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

  • Tube:

    Northern Line: Old Street; Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Lines: Liverpool Street

  • Phone:

    020 7392 9180

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su noon–midnight, F–Sa noon–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Big Chill Bar Review

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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 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.

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Tip from Jonah:

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.

  • Crowd

    Sociable fans of noncommercial dance music, 20s and 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs nightly playing down-tempo, hip-hop, funk, folk, and trip-hop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Mix of classic British pub food and snacks, gourmet burgers, burritos, salads, and platters.

  • Prices

    Appetizers £4.25, lunch specials £5, entrées £5.95+. Beer £3.25+, wine £3.30+/glass or £12.75+/bottle, soft drinks £2.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends for the best DJs and party atmosphere.

The Big Chill Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Great bar in the middle of London
Patricia P. Jul 1, 2013
Brick Lane and Shoreditch are one of the most amazing places to visit in London, and The Big Chill Bar is, under my opinion, one of the bars you can go once there. It is always crowded and it has a multicultural environment. The place is totally the Style of Shoreditch, alternative decoration, dark lights and good music. You can sit down in one of the sofas (if you’re lucky to find space), outside in the terrace or just around dancing or talking to other people. The prices were also quite reasonable for being London, around 4 pounds the beer or cider and 3 pounds the glass of wine. You can eat also there some snacks or even lunch, but I went there during late night so I can’t give my opinion about it. If you are in of going to bars, listening to good music while hanging out with your friends or even dancing a bit, this place is just perfect. And easy to arrive thanks to the metro!
Great Place to Meet and Make New Friends!
Daniella B. Feb 23, 2013
Shoreditch is easily my most favorite part of London with all the vintage stores, bagel shops, and fun bars like Big Chill. I had a little trouble finding the place because of the tiny sign pointing to a smaller alley off of Brick Lane, but I knew I had found it as soon as I saw the line outside. Remember, a line outside is always a good indicator of fun times ahead. It was absolutely packed as soon as I made it inside, but having a nice long bar made it easy for me to order drinks. The loud music creates a good atmosphere to dance alongside your friends or shimmy on over to that cute guy/girl you've been eyeing from across the room. There's also an easily accessible outdoor patio for when you and your friends want to take a break from the madness inside. But remember to take your coat with you, as there are no heating lamps. Overall a great place to hang out after a long week!
Nice Place to Relax and CHILL!
Kamaria W. Jan 4, 2013
When I stayed at Kings Cross there was a Big Chill right across the street from me and it was the perfect place to relax and chill, get a few drinks and listen to good music. I recommend this place especially on a Saturday Night (sometimes Thurs and of course Fridays) it can get a bit crazy and full (in a good way.:) There is roof access and sitting areas on the upper level in which you can enjoy a few drinks with your friends. Or if you want to make new friends, say hi to the friendly Bartenders or make your way to the dance floor and bust some moves! Seriously was my favorite place to grab drinks or food with friends if I did not feeling like going to a big club!
Music and friends
Lindsay T. Nov 14, 2012
The Big Chill was one of my first experiences in Shoreditch when I moved to London. I had such a great time meeting up with all my friends and dancing to really fun music all night. It's not too loud like some clubs so you can have actual conversations, which I love. There was a pretty long line however which can get nasty in the freezing cold. But since the bar is open from noon it might be worth it to get there early! The drinks are great and the atmosphere is really cool. Make sure when you're done partying to take a quick walk down Brick Lane to the "Beigl Bake" for the best 24/7 bagel shop in London! Such a treat after a night of drinking and partying with friends.
casual bar nights
Kira A. Aug 8, 2012
The Big Chill is one of the more popular bars to frequent in the Brick Lane area. It's open during the daytime, always busy, and always crowded with 20-somethings in toms and skinny jeans nursing beers. Since Big Chill opens at noon it's a great place to grab an afternoon drink and let off some of that mid-day stress. The bar closes early so it's best to get there around 9:30 or 10pm if you want to get a full night of drinking and socializing in before close. Big Chill has very reasonable prices so its great for a fun night on a budget. I went there for a friend's birthday and we had a blast just hanging out, chatting with the bartenders and grooving to some classic throwbacks and British rock!
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