You want to dance. You want to drink. You want to list to live music. You want the DJ to spin some magic. You’ve already checked out some of the venues that claim to provide the best club party atmosphere in London, but you now you’re looking East, towards the Shoreditch clubs near Old Street, Hoxton Square and along Curtain Road.
Once you’ve got the party started at the best bars in Shoreditch, it’s time to hit the dance floor and touch those disco laser lights. That’s when the clubs in Shoreditch take your evening to whole other hedonistic level.
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Based near the Silicon Roundabout at Old Street, this is a two-room Shoreditch nightclub (pictured above) that showcases the best in global DJ talent along with trailblazing up-and-coming artists. The likes of Friendly Fires, Mark Ronson, Felix Da Housecat and Simian Mobile Disco have all played at XOYO, just to give you a taste of its flavour. It has a capacity of 800 with the larger space being the basement with a stage, whilst upstairs is their sister bar, The Shoreditch Butchery, which works well as a second room. Outside of the weekend clubbing nights, it is a fantastic venue for live music performances during the week.
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Global
Nestled under the railway arches in the heart of Shoreditch is Cargo. A staple of the East End, it offers gigs, exhibitions, club nights plus gourmet burgers, light bites, decent wine & beer, lesser well-known daytime meal deals & free wifi. In all honesty, though, you're far more likely to swing by here at night. You can drink (& smoke) in the extensive beer garden - which stretches out beyond the arches - before moving indoors to watch the band or get down to some of the eclectic club nights.
The Old Blue Last
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Where do you go after being named The Coolest Pub in the World by NME? This is the cross The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch has to bear, but the pub/live music venue seems to be coping well with its notoriety. Located in a grand Victorian building steeped in history, the venue has welcomed Florence and the Machine, The La's, the Arctic Monkeys and the late Amy Winehouse onto its stage in the past. The Old Blue Last sells a variety of draught and bottled beers plus the usual spirits and wines. It's not looking bad for a place celebrating its 314th birthday this year.
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Village Underground is a hard-to-miss venue situated beneath four brightly coloured, graffiti covered tube carriages. It is one of the largest venues in Shoreditch with a capacity of around 1000 guests. Its cavernous brickwork space has hosted a variety of events from Olympic parties, the Blitz parties to various live music concerts and DJ nights. It's been known to host great techno, electronic and hip-hop nights. Jaguar Skills and DJ Chuckie have played at this exciting venue. It is conveniently located between Old Street, Shoreditch and Liverpool Street making it an extremely popular night time venue.
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Shoreditch has a vibe like no other and Concrete takes this buzz to its core: real, sweaty, London clubbing in a raw basement setting. Line your stomach with the doughy offerings of Pizza East, just upstairs, before heading underground to dance the night away beside the hipsters, young professionals and the good-time seekers of London to the heady beats of guest DJ?s and techno floor fillers. Dress code for the evening: industrial.
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This intimate, Shoreditch basement club along the ever popular Curtain Road near Old Street has long been known as host to dubstep's formative FWD>> parties. With a stripped back relaxed feel, this club is all about its music. They have installed a Funktion One sound system, which gives their music an earthy, bassy sound. Regulars who play here include Floating Points and Horse Meat Disco. Due to the limited space, they do frequently operate a one-in-one-out policy, so it's definitely a venue to arrive early for.
Queen of Hoxton
Shoreditch / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Bar
The Queen of Hoxton is set in the heart of London's financial centre. More than a bar, more than a gallery, the undefinable Queen of Hoxton holds court in the heart of the East end, entertaining her neighbours with a tight programme of music accompanied by a rolling gallery of art installations, photographic exhibitions, fringe theatre and film nights. A youth club for the adults of the east side.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Don't be fooled by the name. Yes, this is fairly ordinary cocktail bar and restaurant during the day, and in the evening, but it's the back room we're most interested in here. A 450 capacity bar and restaurant on Hoxton Square, comprising three separate bars, a restaurant and a gig venue. Hoxton plays host to various band and club nights every week. They run live bands and events from Monday to Thursday and Club nights from Friday to Sunday.
The Hoxton Pony
Shoreditch / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: British
If you find yourself in the East of London and gagging for a drink/boogie/general good time but want to avoid the scratch of the electric beats which usually pulse from the bars and clubs east of Liverpool Street, then The Hoxton Pony is your kind of London. Yes, electro will consume some of the evening but the playlist is varied, as too is the cocktail list. You can also line your belly in preparation for dancing from 5-10pm with pizza, hotdogs and fish and chips.
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This unique haunt is thought to be the only nightclub in the UK to boast an indoor swimming pool and a jacuzzi. It's an old timer on the Shoreditch scene, having opened its doors back in 1995, and is renowned for its techno and clubhouse music as well its Bigfish and Carwash clubnights, which take place on Friday and Saturday nights respectively. It's a three-minute walk from Old Street tube station, which is a great excuse to step inside for a few post-work drinks or even a swimming lesson, which the club offers regularly.
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