Dalston Superstore

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Dalston Superstore 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... London England 51.5500545721701 -0.0754156708717346
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Dalston Superstore - Bar | Café | Club | Pub in London.
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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

  • Tube:

    London Overground: Dalston Kingsland

  • Phone:

    020 7254 2273

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M¬–Th, Su 10am–2:30am, F¬–Sa 10am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Dalston Superstore Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

Bring your camera into the bathroom if you want to show your friends at home the illustrated walls with sexually charged and pornographic images.

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, grungy waifs, gay friendly, alternative, and skaters, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Dub beats, electro, and synth-heavy sounds from both DJs and an iPod playlist. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu includes homemade baked beans, burgers, smoked trout and fennel salad, and banana bread.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    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.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest events that draw a rowdier crowd with a faster-paced vibe.

  • Close By

    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.

Dalston Superstore User Reviews

Average rating:
Anything goes....
Efterpi Z. Jun 8, 2013
Sunday morning brunching, you step into the bathroom and suddenly notice a faint outline of a penis in black ink stamped onto your cheek. You hadn't looked at your face until that point, just hurried out the door. Who drew on your face in your sleep? Are you suddenly in The Hangover 4? No, just a surefire sign that you were at a pretty fun East London party spot the night before. The bouncers at Dalston Superstore seem to find it amusing to draw a penis on your arm in black indelible marker, rather than just a commonplace old stamp, which inevitably rubs of onto some part of your cheek/forehead whilst you sleep and is still tattooed onto your arm on Monday morning when you make it into the office. Every time I come here I say I'm not coming back again, curse the indelible penis, the long queues outside, especially in drizzly, freezing London winters, the sweat dripping off the ceiling, the grimy unisex toilets and the often very very rammed upstairs bar. Only to find myself back in the same spot the next weekend. Dalston Superstore is not a place to go to if you are not really in the mood for going out, there is no easing into it. It's not a place to go to if you are not a fan of extremely OTT outfits and the East London cool kid, hip, fashion/arts scene. However If you're in the mood to dance till dawn, get down and dirty, (literally) and do some seriously great people watching, this is the place. Downstairs is awesome for boogying, deep heavy beats and awesome dj's and for a (slightly) more chilled experience head upstairs- if you can make it through the crowd. Superstore is the epitome of East London. It's not a gay bar and it's not a straight bar. It's a totally anything and anyone goes kind of bar and what can I say, it's hard to keep away. I hear they do a pretty good brunch also...
A celebration of people making East London
Angel L. Apr 2, 2013
Dalston Superstore is the venue that celebrates the culture that makes up the personality of East London. I have been following the venue since it has opened over than three years ago. The owner aims at preserving the melting pot of lesbians, trannies, gays and straight people in a manner that is very specific to this venue. The venue is proud of its unique atmosphere (made of self expression, a love for music and arts plus a creative flair) that attract unique people outside any gender type. Dalston Superstore is very intimate and mischievous, and if you are on track, you can hear from time to time the best sets of the most exclusive DJs (Chloé or Daniel Wang to quote a few).
It's an interesting place for interesting people, if you want to thrown on your old 90s kicks and party with hip kids then you'll feel more than comfortable here.
Saskia F. Feb 19, 2013
From the outside, the place looks like any other in East London's Dalston. And it can feel like that during the day, a pretty little cafe ready to entertain and invite costumers from all over London. However, the minute the lights turn off and you walk in, you feel as though you've walked into the closet in Narnia, and instead of finding a lion and a witch, you find a young crowd of people dressed to impress and ready to party. This place is great for anyone looking for something that is quite unique to the East London nightlife experience. The upstairs is mellow and usually pretty crowded and the downstairs welcoming to anyone looking to dance to some loud electronic/techno fabulous music. All in all, it's a great place to go on a Friday night. Maybe not every Friday night, but it is something to experience.
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