Bardens Boudoir

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Bardens Boudoir Bardens Boudoir in London is a Café & bar perfect for escaping the surrounding rowdy Dalston scene. Come drop in and chill out in London with Party Earth. London England 51.551644 -0.074822
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Bardens Boudoir - Bar | Café | Restaurant in London.
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Party Earth Review Formerly a grungy underground nightclub, the refurbished Bardens Boudoir has ditched its basement party, enticing patrons with a chill vibe perfect for escaping the usual rollicking Dalston hotspots. Open and airy, the... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 9am–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bardens Boudoir Review

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Bardens Boudoir in London is a Café & bar perfect for escaping the surrounding rowdy Dalston scene. Come drop in and chill out in London with Party Earth.

Formerly a grungy underground nightclub, the refurbished Bardens Boudoir has ditched its basement party, enticing patrons with a chill vibe perfect for escaping the usual rollicking Dalston hotspots.

Open and airy, the space features a sleek wooden bar that runs down one side of the room and liberally spaced leather chairs and coffee tables, where unpretentious hipsters plunk away at laptops and artsy professionals relax with a tea or an early pint.

The venue is usually busy but not overcrowded by day, so it’s easy for guests to find a seat along the exposed brick walls, much of which are covered with funky art and old flyers that serve as a reminder of the bar’s clubbing heyday.

While the live gigs have stopped, electronica, punk, grunge, and alternative music still permeate the background, and DJs still occasionally spin old-school mixes at a volume conducive to conversation.

Weekends see mostly local Dalstonites popping in for cheap English- and Mediterranean-style grub like eggs Benedict, ciabatta sandwiches, and smoothies, while nighttime partygoers in need of a relaxing pregame spot stop in to grab a few drinks before continuing to the many rowdier bars and clubs in the area.

With its selection of budget-friendly food and drink and its always-relaxed atmosphere, Bardens Boudoir is the kind of place people often drop into for a few minutes but end up staying for hours.

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Tip from Emma:

Bardens serves coffee by Monmouth, which, for you caffeine newbs out there, is a popular coffee company in London. If you need a pick-me-up, this is one of the tastiest ways to get it! And if you need a drop-me-down, Bardens’ Bloody Marys are pretty stellar too!

  • Crowd

    Creative East London types, chill Dalston locals, artsy young professionals, and anyone looking to recharge before a long night of partying elsewhere, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional evening DJs from around 8pm (usually) on Fridays and Saturdays. Venue posts upcoming DJ schedule on their website a week prior to the event. Eclectic mix of electronica, punk, grunge, and alternative ambient music other times.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of proper English and Mediterranean fare including eggs, pancakes, sandwiches, and salads. Roast on Sundays from noon–5pm.

  • Prices

    Breakfast items £2–£8, sandwiches/salads £4.50–£8, entrées £7.50–£11, Sunday roast £10.80. Beer £3.50+, mixed drinks £3.20+, wine £3.50+/glass or £12.95+/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, flannel, blouses, vintage dresses, flats, trainers, with some trendier wear on the barhopping crowd.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any day for a budget-friendly breakfast, or Friday and Saturday nights to relax before hitting the clubs or calling it an early one.

  • Close By

    The Nest (36 Stoke Newington Road) took over the basement space that the old Bardens Boudoir used to occupy, and hosts an array of eclectic DJs and live acts reminiscent of the Boudoir’s former life.

Bardens Boudoir User Reviews

Average rating:
Enjoyed the old, enjoy the new just as much.
Jayson M. Sep 7, 2012
Okay, first off, they have Monmouth coffee. If you are a coffee drinker and averse to drinking the “one-step-above-urine” that accounts for most of the coffee in London, then access to Monmouth is enough to warrant a visit. This place used to be a total grungy dive. It was fun when I was younger, although pretty sure I caught an STD in the bathroom. Anywho, gone are those days, replaced with a simple and clean space, cool art, and relaxed vibes. This is where you go to chat. And fill up, too, the food is really good. It’s also largely super healthy, which I always use as an excuse to drink more beer. Hey man, it’s science. Budget friendly menu and friendly staff make it an easy choice. Though if you’re hungry, get there before 5pm. Pretty sure that’s when food service ends.
Brunching at Barden's
Kira A. Aug 8, 2012
I decided on a whim to try out Barden's, which is a small restaurant that blends into the general background of the street it's located on- nothing flashy. Needless to say, it's a gem of a find in an otherwise run-down part of city. Barden's is a GREAT place to sit back and enjoy a nice friday or saturday brunch! I had the greek yogurt and granola with poached pear- it was perfectly prepared and so yummy! Barden's also has more hearty options like the fried egg breakfast sandwich with bacon and chips. There's a casual lounging area towards the back with squishy leather chairs where you can sit with a cup of coffee and your laptop. Barden's really is a great find- I recommend it for everyone!
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