We are not a dance school. Although we do like dancing.
A derelict building that once housed a 1930s dance school, transformed in to an inimitable vintage Hackney pub, food and ale joint, general hang-out and arts space at 17-19 Dalston Lane. Our modest exterior – blink and you may miss us – is easy to locate, our building is home to the ‘Hackney Peace Mural’ and neighbour to Dalston Eastern Curve Garden.
Inside, the stripped-back walls, uneven floorboards and vintage furnishings have become home from home to loyal patrons; cask ale drinkers, Swing Dancers, Sunday Roast lovers and weekend partygoers.
A modest size, the main floor is accompanied by a secret Social Club style basement bar, host to an array of popular events and perfect backdrop for many a private party, live music and weekend DJs. See events listings for details.
While our customers are partial to a Gin and Tonic, we constantly rotate our cask ale and craft beer range. Local breweries featured include Five Points, Beavertown and our very own Volden. Such beers are often incorporated into our recipes and paired with dishes on the food menu. ‘Cheesy Tuesday’s’ offer a well-curated cheeseboard with two pints of cask ale for £12.
Homemade burgers and bar snacks are made daily and our Sunday roasts have become a firm favourite – Two Courses for a mere £15. A mouth-watering selection of roasts, crafted Yorkshires and fine gravy along with vegetarian and vegan alternatives are available. Our ‘Farr’s Bar Chocolate Brownie’ is a ‘tipping point’ for many a Sunday diner. We tweak our food menu monthly and our Buffet Menu is ideal for group bookings.
Events are a main focus and in house events are free of charge. DJs play the basement bar every weekend and live music monthly ‘Nice Nights’ of a Thursday. On the last Sunday of the month we host an old favourite – Uptown Swing’s, ‘Rags to Riches’ which takes up every inch of our main bar. We are currently looking to add more live music and other events to our programme. If you are interested in hosting a monthly or one-off event, please enquire via the bookings page.