Party Earth Review A barren and understated garage bar sporting little more than cement walls and chipped wooden benches, the aptly-named Concrete is nonetheless a happening hotspot where a thriving and unrestrained party culture flourishes... ... read full review
Lower Ground Floor
56 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6JJ
London Overground: Shoreditch High Street
0207 749 1883
Th 9pm–1am, F–Sa 9pm–2am
Shoreditch / Brick Lane, London –
A barren and understated garage bar sporting little more than cement walls and chipped wooden benches, the aptly-named Concrete is nonetheless a happening hotspot where a thriving and unrestrained party culture flourishes.
A split entrance leads adventure-chasing buddies either upstairs to a pizzeria or below ground to the windowless club where trendy East-enders and easygoing urban riff-raff come together to create a down-to-earth party vibe.
Popular events including comedy acts and musical quiz nights see boisterous hipsters slamming down their beers in fits of laughter, while fast-paced conversations echo off the low ceilings and exposed piping.
When DJ nights roll around, the heat rises and the good-natured revelers get sweaty as they indulge in some rough and tumble dancing that leaves many patrons happily bruised.
Guaranteed to deliver a no-frills, all-out party, Concrete is the place to be for outrageous shoe shufflers and rowdy brat-packers who prefer debauchery to decorum.
Hipsters, good-humored frat types, and edgy city dwellers, 20s to 30s.
Feel-good pop, 90s chart toppers, and R&B pump in the background and on the DJ decks. The venue collaborates with Q Magazine once a month to present Q Live at Concrete, featuring acoustic sets from artists that have included Moby, John Mayer, and The Wombats.
Other events include occasional live music, musical bingo, and comedy and storytelling nights. Check website for schedule.
Pizza East, the upstairs restaurant, provides a traditional Italian menu featuring gourmet pizzas, steaks, lamb chops, and lasagna.
Sides £3, salads £4–£10, pizza £8.50–£13, entrées £13–£17. Beer £2.50–£5.60, wine £4.50 or £12.50+/carafe, cocktails £8.50.
Comfortably trendy/low-key: vintage t-shirts, fraying and battered jackets, hot pants, vests.
Friday and Saturday nights for a solid dance workout to powerful DJ mixes.
The upstairs Pizza East serves the same menu to both floors, though patrons can have a slightly more formal sit-down meal in the actual restaurant.