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Dalston Jazz Bar, Kingsland

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stumbled in here after midnight so i dont remeber anything really about it except they sell whitstable bay ale and tequila, and it was bloody busy.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 7 Mar 2012 15:26
I AM SORRY TO SAY- but that bar is just going from bad to bad ,the staff are rude ,the owner is like a thug at time shouting at girls scary ,stealing of bags . And now the music gone down hill .. what the hell happened to the good staff are djs and the owner sorry bad music bring back the old djs
someone said the old djs are at Bar 23 just up road from there and thats the cool place to go.. sounds good to me

maryrose - 21 Sep 2010 12:53
DO GO THERE... I've been going to the Jazz bar Dalston for several years now, some people are haters and walk away others love it.. they have great cocktails for which you don't have to wait too long and are reasonably priced. Yes it does get packed and you do get to meet new people and make friends. Unlike some sterile places in Dalston where it's all about looks and style fascist.... One word of caution dress like it's summer cause it does get hot in there.
critical1 - 6 Aug 2010 20:47
Well, we were having a good time (even though it smells of armpit) until the owner forceably removed my friend from our group, surrounded her with the bouncer and shouted abuse at her for not kissing his friend. I thought he was going to punch her. Extremely frightening and upsetting.
belindag - 31 Jul 2010 11:43
The past 3 times me and my friends have all had stuff stolen from our pockets and bags!
I had my phone stolen from my front pocket! We found the guy who did it and the bouncers did nothing, its pretty safe to assume they were in on it.

Plus they let far too many people in here! Its not safe in any respect. As for the price of the beer, your better off going somewhere else.

rob22t - 21 May 2010 16:43
Staff were heard telling people to F off. Bar was extremely over crowded and the music was at a dangerously loud level. No chill out or smoking area (other than the street, where you cannot take drinks). Generally full of very drunk 20-25 year-olds moving their heads to the music. And, naturally, no jazz!
northlondonbarfan - 23 Jul 2009 00:23
I love this place! Went there last Saturday/Sunday around 3 am. The music was amazing - I couldn't believe that I finally found a place in London that plays Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Only drank caipirinhas (�4.50), so can't really judge the drinks menu. It's really tiny, there are only 2 toilets unfortunately, which are also used by both men and women, but don't let this scare you! This place is great, perfect for a late night out and the staff was super-nice.
Claudia - 22 Jul 2008 14:33
Think I can explain the difference in the opinion of the posts below. I happened to visit a few years ago and this place was wicked. Really good selection of bottled beers, varied people, really friendly bar staff (about 5 old black blokes). A legend night amongst my friends who were there.


Went back there 2 months ago....oh dear. Prices had rocketed, bar staff had completely changed and were in uniforms tryin to punt expensive cocktails at you...FFS!!!!

Tunes were playing 'Now that's what I call insipid jazz/funk/Mambo Numer 5 (without the irony) poo. When I went up to the DJ and asked him if he could play something which would surprise everyone, i.e. slightly different to Heart FM, he said he wasn't allowed to due to 'music policy'.

In short, a unique place destroyed by catering to moneyed Guardian readers who'd heard about it in the Weekend section.


Starbuck11 - 30 Jun 2006 20:24
I've no idea what that last review is on about! I went last night and the bloke behind the bar was friendliness itself; he was dead helpful and chatty and gave the place a really nice atmosphere of relaxed welcome. I gather the downside is that it does get quite packed when it's in full swing but as it's not an immense place I think you'd have to expect that anyway. It's like someone's set it up in their front room, very ad hoc! (Albeit with plate glass windows surrounding.)And it has the benefit of being open until the small hours and offering reasonably priced drinks. I would definitely plan on going back.
lulu70 - 11 Jan 2006 10:26
in the good old days this was an absolutely fantastic bar to go to until people from outside of Hackney started drinking in it and turned it into a meat market full of Nathan Barley types (including the bar staff who are incredibly rude). It is very charming during the week, although on one occassion I did see about 5 rats running around outside which was not very nice, but when in Dalston....
anonymous - 20 May 2005 13:58
Bizarre! Its like you're drinking in a greasy spoon with comfy leather seats. A bloke plays records very badly and keeps getting the volume wrong either blasting it at you or so you can't hear it at all. They have a range of cocktails and continental lagers and the owner actually brings your drinks to you at the table. This place has a very curious charm, if you are ever in the area check it out, open late
DKavanagh - 10 Dec 2004 11:55

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