Party Earth Review Although it looks like a traditional pub from the outside, The Dogstar is actually a large three-story space that transforms nightly into a vibrant and much-loved DJ club that attracts a casual but somewhat edgy urban... ... read full review
389 Coldharbour Lane
Brixton SW9 8LQ
Victoria Line: Brixton
020 7733 7515
Tu–W 4–11pm, Th 4pm–2am, F 4pm–4am, Sa noon–4am, Su noon–10:30pm
Brixton, London –
Although it looks like a traditional pub from the outside, The Dogstar is actually a large three-story space that transforms nightly into a vibrant and much-loved DJ club that attracts a casual but somewhat edgy urban crowd.
While the downstairs area is focused mainly on dancing, the two upper levels are often given over to an ever-changing schedule of live events.
The entire space, however, features a charming décor of studied scruffiness that is a cross between an English pub and a Wild West saloon with its glass chandeliers, velvet balloon curtains, red mirror-lined walls, deer antlers, and collection of curios.
Plush leather sofas, long wooden tables, and intimate seating areas tucked into the corners provide ample space for lounging and conversing with friends, and create an overall atmosphere of easygoing camaraderie among the amiable patrons.
Weekends are especially popular when the dazzling light shows and huge speakers thumping out the beats of local DJ talent create an energetic environment as guests move to the beats of funk, hip-hop, rock, and reggae.
A bit more low key during the week when only the ground floor is open, Dogstar is nonetheless an ideal place to have a midweek drink and catch up with friends to an excellent soundtrack.
Hip, urban, and multicultural music lovers, mid-20s to 30s.
DJs every night from 10pm playing reggae, ska, rock, dubstep, and hip-hop on weeknights and various styles of dance music on the weekends. Entertainment upstairs varies, but regularly includes live bands and stand-up comedy acts.
Cover charge £5/F–Sa after 10pm. Pizza £5+. Beer £3.60+, wine £3.75+, shots £3.50.
Casual with a slight edge. Dress code: no track suits or sports jerseys.
Best on the weekends around midnight.