The Shacklewell Arms

Bar / Beer Garden / Club / Live Music Venue / Pub
The Shacklewell Arms The Shacklewell Arms in London’s Dalston is a grimy music venue with nightly acts & Chicago hot dogs! Fill the belly & rock the London night with Party Earth. London England 51.55233 -0.071252
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The Shacklewell Arms - Bar | Beer Garden | Club | Live Music Venue | Pub in London.
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Party Earth Review Slightly removed from Dalston’s gritty heart, The Shacklewell Arms is a casual pub, music venue, gallery, and cozy beer garden rolled into one unapologetically grimy bun. And they have hot dogs! With something on the... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    London Overground: Dalston Kingsland

  • Phone:

    020 7249 0810

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th 5pm–midnight, F–Sa noon–3am, Su noon–midnight
    Kitchen closes at 10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Shacklewell Arms Review

The Scene

The Shacklewell Arms in London’s Dalston is a grimy music venue with nightly acts & Chicago hot dogs! Fill the belly & rock the London night with Party Earth.

Slightly removed from Dalston’s gritty heart, The Shacklewell Arms is a casual pub, music venue, gallery, and cozy beer garden rolled into one unapologetically grimy bun.

And they have hot dogs!

With something on the docket most nights, the venue draws music lovers off the beaten track to sling drinks that won’t break the bank and hear alternative beats that often come cover-free.

The main room has a large L-shaped bar that serves the expected domestics – with a few craft additions like London Fields, too – while sticky wooden floors, mismatched décor, and pub-style seating give the joint the ambiance of an old man’s boozer despite the trendy young clientele.

Chicago-style hot dogs are available till 10pm, so hungry patrons can pop out for a nosh from the sparse, mural-covered dance hall in back where everything from electro and reggae to hip-hop and progressive rock keep them dancing late.

Artsy types head upstairs to check out the rotating displays in the gallery, or outside to the covered beer garden – complete with cheesy beach paintings and a busted fountain – where they can have a smoke and hear themselves think.

Weekends always see the place crammed, but during the week it’s often the perfect spot for a few relaxed drinks over a round of pool or to catch a game on one of the TVs.

Rough around the edges to be sure, but an unpretentious vibe and solid musical lineup make The Shacklewell Arms hard to pass up.

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Tip from Emma:

On Saturdays and Sundays, drop in for a hot dog and iced margarita for only £7.50!

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, grungy locals, music lovers, artists, creative types, musicians, rockers, fans of whatever band/DJ is playing that night, even a few families during the day on weekends, early 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs or live bands most nights play alternative rock, hip-hop, electro, garage, post-punk, funk, reggae, and who knows what else. Check venue website for latest music schedule.

    TVs in the main room and the beer garden usually tuned to footie.

    Art exhibits frequently held upstairs. Schedule of artists on venue website. Occasional non-musical events include vintage fairs and craft workshops.

    Pool table and pinball machine.

    Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Simple menu of bar snacks, Chicago-style hot dogs, a veggie option, and nachos. Sunday roast from 2pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £0–£12.50 (back room only, main bar is always free). Bar snacks £1–£2, hot dogs £4.50. Sunday roast £8.50.

    Beer £3.50–£4, wine £4–£5/glass or £15+/bottle, mixed drinks £4.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to hipster trendy: band shirts, flannel, white t-shirts, leather jackets, hoodies, vintage blouses, dresses built to move, comfortable shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime a band/DJ of interest is scheduled, or Friday and Saturday nights for the loudest and rowdiest scene and usually the biggest musical acts.

  • Close By

    The Alibi (91 Kingsland High Street) is a booming bar and club around the corner that stays open just as late and has karaoke nights to boot.

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