Dalston Area Guide

When Dalston got linked in to the East London Overground a few years back, it opened its vibrant nightlife up to an ever-growing crowd of young, discerning clubbers. A little edgier than Shoreditch and Hoxton, Dalston still has that up-and-coming feel where the residents can pride themselves on “being there first” for most things to do with arts and music. Entertainment in Dalston tends to be original, often pop-up and generally takes place in one of the old warehouses.

Top of the list for cocktails is the respected High Water. Located in a stylishly unstylish 1970s venue, it’s nonetheless known as the “bartenders’ bar” where experts go for the originality and sophistication of its drinks. Equally quirky is Dalston’s astro-turfed Roof Park which hosts cinema and dance, whatever the weather, high above the gritty streets against a colourful backdrop of flowers and bunting. Back down on the ground, the independent Rio Cinema offers an unparalleled selection of arthouse, classic, international, mainstream and kids films to its loyal local audience. Or not far away, you can slump in a comfy chair before talent spotting the next playwright at the Arcola Theatre. Late night, keep on going at industrial chic club, The Nest or old favourite Visions Video Bar.

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