Party Earth Review Dalston Superstore may look like a mild-mannered café with its al fresco dining area and conservative black-and-white canopy, but the mask comes off when patrons step inside to discover a down-and-dirty hangout... ... read full review
117 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2PB
London Overground: Dalston Kingsland
020 7254 2273
M¬–Th, Su 10am–2:30am, F¬–Sa 10am–3am
Dalston, London –
Dalston Superstore may look like a mild-mannered café with its al fresco dining area and conservative black-and-white canopy, but the mask comes off when patrons step inside to discover a down-and-dirty hangout for grunge-loving fringe dwellers.
A jungle-green bar draped in colorful plastic flags is second home to the bevy of skaters and hipsters who have claimed the venue as their own, while a kitchen wrapped in navy plaid wallpaper and promotional posters serves up some home cookin’.
Light from the sunroof illuminates the gatherings of edgy misfits who settle in to chomp on burgers and hunt through the pages of underground street rags for that next must-see gig, while Mac loyalists gaze into their glowing laptops, surfing the web and editing graphic designs.
Whether there’s a DJ or not, carefree hipsters are happy to break into an impromptu jig whenever the mood takes them, although there is a dance floor downstairs where strobe lights and mirrored walls deliver a ferocious kick-start that jolts partygoers into spasmodic hip-shaking.
Open both morning and night, Dalston Superstore offers a place to drink and dance until the wee hours, followed by a hearty breakfast strong enough to soak up even the stiffest of hangovers.
Hipsters, grungy waifs, gay friendly, alternative, and skaters, 20s to 30s.
Dub beats, electro, and synth-heavy sounds from both DJs and an iPod playlist. Free Wi-Fi.
Menu includes homemade baked beans, burgers, smoked trout and fennel salad, and banana bread.
Breakfast £5–£7. Chips £2.80, soups and salads £2–£7, burgers £7. Beer £4, wine £14/bottle, cocktails £6.80, jug of Pimm’s £12.50.
Hoodies, oversized concert shirts from 70s touring bands, skinny jeans, denim shirts, chunky gold chains, nose rings, tote bags. Late night features a wide array of over-the-top fashion.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest events that draw a rowdier crowd with a faster-paced vibe.
A Little of What You Fancy (464 Kingsland Road) is a Dalston restaurant that draws the same crowd but offers more of a sit-down dining experience.