333 Motherbar

Bar / Club
333 Motherbar A staple of the Shoreditch nightlife scene, 333 Motherbar is two venues in one – the spacious 333 club, which hosts raucous electro, breaks, house, and hip-hop nights, and its oddball sidekick Motherbar. London England 51.5271385 -0.0802355
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333 Motherbar - Bar | Club in London.
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Party Earth Review A staple of the Shoreditch nightlife scene, 333 Motherbar is two venues in one – the spacious 333 club, which hosts raucous electro, breaks, house, and hip-hop nights, and its oddball sidekick Motherbar. A cheerful little... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 8pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth 333 Motherbar Review

The Scene

A staple of the Shoreditch nightlife scene, 333 Motherbar is two venues in one – the spacious 333 club, which hosts raucous electro, breaks, house, and hip-hop nights, and its oddball sidekick Motherbar.

A staple of the Shoreditch nightlife scene, 333 Motherbar is two venues in one – the spacious 333 club, which hosts raucous electro, breaks, house, and hip-hop nights, and its oddball sidekick Motherbar.

A cheerful little space, Motherbar consists of two intimate rooms separated by an archway and features black and white chessboard floors, strange retro wallpaper, a dance floor, and a quirky clientele that fits right in.

Both the music and the fashion are typical of the artsy Shoreditch area, so the hipster patrons’ vintage attire melds easily with the mish-mash of rock and roll, disco, and cheesy tunes from the past that gets the crowd dancing.

By contrast, the much larger 333 club downstairs becomes a sweatbox on the weekends as its two floors of booming dance music draw a clubbing crowd eager to throw themselves around to everything from house music to dubstep.

One of the oldest and most-loved DJ venues in the area, 333 regularly hosts big-name DJs and enjoys a reputation as the “daddy” of all Shoreditch clubs.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re looking for a Sunday night party, head to Motherbar – there’s no cover charge and beer is served until 3am.

  • Crowd

    Clubbers, students, and quirky neighborhood types, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs in the 333 club play a variety of dance music from breaks and house to techno and dubstep.

    The upstairs Motherbar hosts DJs spinning offbeat retro tunes and occasional live bands.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £5–£10+ at 333 club; generally free at Motherbar, or £5+/bands. Beer £3.60+, cocktails £6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekend nights for both venues, and Sunday nights at Motherbar.

333 Motherbar User Reviews

Average rating:
awesome
Maura P. Aug 24, 2013
This is the first bar I went to in Old Street/Shoreditch when I moved to London and also the last one before heading to the States. Had a great night and met lots of people from different countries. Music was awesome and I did not want to leave that place. Had a perfect goodbye party in that club!
A Last Resort for a Heavy Night
Alastair N. Mar 31, 2013
I stupidly agreed to trekking across London from South West to East in the awkward mid evening twilight zone, the revellers among you will know this time well, approximately 9.30pm, when you should either be already out at a few bars having a few drinks or at a house, forcing gallons of mixes from horrendous drinking games in the hope that you won't have any preconceptions of the establishment you will be entering that evening. Unfortunately I was in neither state, I had enjoyed a single beer at home with a friend and we were set to travel to Shoreditch to meet friends. We ended up at Motherbar, it was £5 entry which admittedly is very cheap, however now knowing the bar now, I wouldn't spend more. Split over two levels, the bottom floor is preferable, it resembles some of the fantastic parties you get after Notting Hill Carnival or something similar, buzzing and busy, however after further inspection, its filled with 17 year olds who have drunk too much and on the verge of vomit. Upstairs is worse, people greeting you with hugs who you do not know, drink all over the floor, limited access to the bar and a variety of men standing around the outside of the dancefloor, eagerly watching the inebriated girls 'get jiggy'. Maybe I was too sober at the beginning, I proceeded to the bar, and stayed at the bar for 30 minutes continually drinking, after this the club seemed a lot more tolerable and almost enjoyable. If you're planning on getting absolutely smashed, plan to end here, you'll probably have some funny stories the next day and a new best friend who is Australian, though there are a plethora of better places in Shoreditch, its worth the experience once (but probably only once).
Mother-lover
Lindsay T. Nov 14, 2012
I studied abroad in London last Spring and spent my final evening there at 333 Motherbar. I had an amazing time for several reasons. For one, all my friends came, and it is a great place to actually enjoy people's company. There is a lot of space to dance and party, great drinks with cool bartenders, and not to mention free popcorn!! We went on kind of a dead night so it seemed pretty dead at first, but as the night went on the hipster crowd started to show up. Shoreditch was definitely my favorite area to go out at night so it's hard to be disappointed by any place in the area. Paying for coat check sucks but is an unfortunate side effect of chilly London bars.
Arrive Late, Stay Late
Alli H. Nov 14, 2012
I was at 333 Motherbar in the spring while studying abroad in London. It is a really funky cool bar in the hip area of Shoreditch. The place looks like an old house with vintage decor and a great bar (the free popcorn in a plus!). I made the mistake of getting there too early (we were planning on pregaming there before going to The Shoreditch bar). We got there around 11pm, but it didn't start getting crowded until 1am, when we were about to leave, but the place is small enough that it didn't feel completely empty and was probably a good thing that we weren't only there when it was super packed. I definitely recommend going late and staying until close, then hitting the 24-hour Brick Lane Bagel company, of course!
Motherbar
Aimee M. Oct 12, 2012
I have to say I never expected to love motherbar quite as much as I do. It's not particularly cool for the area, it's generally too busy to move, it's hot and sweaty and you never have any idea what the crowd will be like on a given night. It really does attract all sorts of people. but for some reason, I have never had a bad night there. In fact, I have never had less than an amazing night there. people are always friendly, and you are guaranteed to meet some interesting ones, have a dance, listen to some cool music and generally have fun. oh, and there's free popcorn. that's got to be reason enough to check it out.
Popcorn, anyone?
Kira A. Sep 12, 2012
I checked out this bar while I was studying abroad in London and went with a big group of friends. First off, the Motherbar is in an AWESOME area, Shoreditch. Shoreditch is a totally happening and fun place to go out and it's really popular with the younger crowds (University students, hipsters, young business people, etc). Motherbar itself is a pretty standard bar. It has a cool vibe with vintage wallpaper, posters and small DJ stage. There's also a popcorn machine in the entryway room that makes free popcorn all night! Post-night snack, anyone? That said, perhaps Motherbar just happened to be slow on the night we went, but when we walked in there were hardly any people at all! We still had a fun night dancing, drinking and socializing with the 10 other random people in the bar but I wouldn't say Motherbar is the most happening venue in Shoreditch. Luckily all the bars and clubs in Shoreditch are within walking distance of each other so it's super easy to bar hop and check out different places throughout the night!
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