Party Earth Review Right on busy Kingsland Road, The Haggerston is a popular Dalston bar that caters to hip-casual locals during the week and manages to turn up a serious party vibe with its late-night weekend license. Patrons who sidle... ... read full review
438 Kingsland Road
London E8 4AA
London Overground: Dalston Junction, Haggerston
020 7923 3206
M–Th noon–1am, F–Su noon–3am
Dalston, London –
Right on busy Kingsland Road, The Haggerston is a popular Dalston bar that caters to hip-casual locals during the week and manages to turn up a serious party vibe with its late-night weekend license.
Patrons who sidle past the picnic benches out front find themselves in a minimally decorated room with lots of exposed brick, antique booths, and scattered candlelit tables where relaxed Morrissey look-alikes snack on pizzas between pints.
Apart from the deli grub and basic beers, a nice selection of upscale drafts are also on hand, including Delirium, Cristal, and Krombacher, and the pizzas include creative toppings like beetroot, walnuts, and sliced potato.
The vibe is chill midweek, when even a few older professionals drop in to shake off the day with a tumbler of wine at the tile-backed bar, but things seriously amp up come Thursdays, when local DJs spin for the throngs of edgy twenty-somethings who stop in for some heavy drinking before heading south to club it up in Shoreditch.
Anything goes music-wise at this eclectic hangout, including rock, hip-hop, sixties, and indie tunes, and Sundays are also particularly popular when the long-running Alan Weekes Quartet performs live jazz.
A go-to for creative types, pre-gamers, and late-night revelers, The Haggerston is a neighborhood hangout that’s hip without trying too hard.
Area young professionals, hipsters, artists, scenesters, creative types, and a pre-gaming club crowd, mid-20s to late 30s.
Diverse mix of local DJs Thursdays through Sundays. Live jazz on Sundays. Upstairs area sometimes used for poetry readings and other events. Free Wi-Fi.
Small menu of deli-style snack food including sandwiches, soups, salads, and creative pizzas. Upstairs available for private rental. Food served until 11pm M–Th, Su and F–Sa until 10pm.
Grub £3–£10. Beer £3.50+, wine £4+, mixed drinks £4+.
Hipster casual: t-shirts, jeans, loafers without socks, boat shoes, vintage dresses, leather jackets, Morrissey quiffs.
Fridays and Saturdays to join the packed crowd of pre-clubbers and late-night revelers sticking around till closing, and Sundays for live jazz and a similar chance to booze it up until 3am.
Passing Clouds (1 Richmond Road) may be hard to find, but it’s just up the road and offers a big dance scene every weekend when a similar crowd gyrates to reggae, hip-hop, and swing.