Arcola Bar

 11th November 2015
Arcola Bar

Arcola Bar, attached to Arcola Theatre voted the best off West End bar 2015 in the 'Offies' (The 'Olivier Awards' for non West End theatre land), is a real must.


Its a place in two parts or stages (a bit like a play, ok, no more silly theatre analogies). Opening at 10.00am there is a box office foyer coffee shop offering delicious home made rolls, cakes and cookies. That slice of Lemon drizzle cake is mine. You can slump comfortably in quaint, slightly distressed leather sofas gazing up at a regular changing collection of old play posters from London’s radical fringe theatre past – Arcola Theatre keeps this tradition alive in its award winning productions today. It’s a nice quiet place to meet friends or tap away on your Mac, working on that queer radical play about after party ‘chill outs’  you have always been meaning to write…


Come 5.00pm the bar proper, a couple of steps up from the foyer, opens. Theatre lovers, celebs, Dalstonistas and us OutSavvy types, hang out here quite often. It’s rather like a green room. The actors love to mingle with us star struck folk after their plays. They are friendly and approachable, giving added insight to the productions that you may have just seen them in a few minutes before.  And you are are bound to find some creative guy who takes your fancy – this is Dalston after all. Even when we are not coming to see a play or attend one of the regular jazz, cabaret or slam poetry sessions in the bar, this is a warm, atmospheric, neighbourhood spot. Posters of great actors stare down at you. It’s almost enough to inspire you to tread the boards – oh alright, getting more than carried away here. 


Lets have a look and see what the welcoming bar staff are offering today. Camden Pale and Camden Hells on tap, a selection of East London Brewery and Redchurch Brewery bottled beers; Sipsmith Gin, a decent Picpoul white wine, oh and the famous local answer to CokeDalston Cola.  Not at out and out trendy prices, you are assured an evening that will pass along pleasantly, till late, at the bar’s discretion depending how busy the place is.  There is even a small Arancini Brothers food menu available from 5pm –8pm, so that you can avoid those embarrassing stomach rumbling sounds during the quiet bits on stage. (oh and you can take your drinks into both performance spaces as well).  So, our OutSavvy verdict – Arcola Bar, a class act  - will run and run.

written on Wednesday 11th November 2015
Where is it?

24 Ashwin StreetLondon E8 3DL

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday - 10am until late
Back The Village Next The Folly
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