Party Earth Review It may not look like much from the outside, but skaters, DJ aficionados, and plenty of hipsters know that hidden below busy Kingsland High, The Alibi is the perfect place to dance the night away. Three rooms make up this... ... read full review
91 Kingsland High Street
London E8 2PB
London Overground: Dalston Kingsland
020 7249 2733
M–W, Su 5pm–2am, Th–Sa 5pm–3am
Dalston, London –
It may not look like much from the outside, but skaters, DJ aficionados, and plenty of hipsters know that hidden below busy Kingsland High, The Alibi is the perfect place to dance the night away.
Three rooms make up this grungy basement bar, which is owned and run by Real Gold, a DJ-founded creative collective that also has its hands in graphic design, photography, and numerous popular club nights throughout London.
Touting “something good every night,” the venue hosts events including karaoke, movie screenings, and even record fairs, all free and duly attended by the young, the hip, the creative, and of course the budget-conscious.
Most of the walls are covered in event posters and album covers that patrons can check out between sets, while a few wooden booths around the bar provide a spot for the mellow midweek crowd to tap its feet to the house DJs.
Weekends, however, are all about hitting the dance floor as popular acts spin 90s indie, hip-hop, metal, and grunge long into the night.
Thanks to later hours than most area bars, the venue gets particularly crowded with partygoers after 11pm, and regularly stays that way until the last needle drops.
Guaranteed to deliver a good night for those who care little for pretension and even less for Top 40, The Alibi is the perfect spot for knocking back a few (too many) Jägerbombs and getting sweaty with friends.
Hipsters, skaters, artists, graphic designers, DJ aficionados, and creative types, 18 to mid-30s.
Multifaceted mix of DJ-driven alternative, 90s indie, hip-hop, metal, and grunge. Free Wi-Fi.
No food. Back booth with its own bar and space for twenty-five available for private rental.
No cover charge. Beer £3.50–£4, wine £4+/glass or £14.50+/bottle, mixed drinks £3–£3.50+, cocktails £6.50.
Casual trendy/low-key: jeans, hoodies, vintage dresses, comfortable shoes.
Mondays to catch a free film and sing a little karaoke, Fridays and Saturdays for a real dance workout, or Sundays for the record fair.
Dalston Superstore (117 Kingsland High Street) 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.