Although i have been once in London Surya was the best club i visited. Top selection of beers, nice atmosphere, friendly staff, fantastic bands. Thanks to you we discover nice places in London and surya is one of them.
Located close to Kings Cross and Angel station this club is a Eco friendly fun place for a drink went there last Monday with my friend after work and there was a band playing downstairs with a relaxed bar area upstairs. Would go back again for a night out.
Second time i've been here and it just keeps getting better
Jim the manager always makes us feel welcome.
The live music is great and the bands are always friendly and will stop for a chat.
Free peanuts and old favorites like frazzles for sale is a nice touch.
Its a very laid back kind of place and they do need Draft beer, but apart from that its coming close to becoming a regular haunt for me and my friends.
They also do some cracking deals on the booze if you are buying for a large group, we got 16 shots of vodka chocolate mint for £15!
i was there last week and loved it.
The prices were typical for the area drinks wise and the selection was fine
They had about 8 different beers on offer starting at £3
The manager Jim was really nice and knew his stuff and was more than happy to chat to us even when it got busy. he even gave my mate a free shot when he found out it was her birthday.
He was apologetic about having no draft and said it was being worked on
I will admit a couple of the staff were not as experienced as Jim but they were all really nice.
oh the lampshade i too questioned this, but was pleasently surprised when i was told the Biros in question were rejects with broken ballpoints and were going to end up in landfill, the artist who made the light fitting was given a box of these by bic free of charge.
One of London's most under estmated venues! Fantastic nights entertainment, cheap beer, friendly bar staff and manager, even the sound guy was a pleasure! Look forward to going back for more nights.
Terrible and expensive selection of drinks; they would do well to either get some beer pumps or offer some better cans. The "eco" angle is frustratingly disingenuous, tacky greenwashing; for example, they have a chandelier made of "recycled" biros which had clearly never been used. The one star is down to the fact we were there to see a band, who were very good despite the surroundings, and one of the bartenders was friendly enough, if completely unknowlegeable about drinks.
Think you should be doing more to help the world? Now you can party in a sustainable manner at the world’s first ecological club – Club Surya.
Sat on Pentonville Road, you'll have no trouble reaching Club Suyra from both Angel and Kings Cross tube stations, albeit with a lengthy walk. However, you could just stroll right past the club, mistaking it for a modern looking restaurant as there really isn't anything that exciting to draw you in from the outside. Once inside, you may change your mind – although gimmicky, you'll see that Club Surya has worked hard to create awareness. There's a chandelier made of pens, walls wallpapered with postcards and papers, and downstairs the club has solar-powered plasma TVs showing eco-themed footage with random facts popping up onscreen. The dancefloor is surrounded by a CD covered wall and all the furniture is made of recycled, eco-friendly materials.
Other strings to its bow are the waterless urinals, low flush toilets (although note, the heavily-industrial and possibly non-environmental doors are quite see-through in the ladies), battery operated taps, hand dryers powered by renewable energy and a sound system powered by a wind turbine. And when you start to dance the crystals and ceramics create a charge to generate electricity. Residents who live in surrounding areas can also benefit from the energy that's created by the clubbers grooving in the nightclub. Throughout the club, you've got signs that tell you about the renewable side to pretty much everything that's on offer. All very clever, if in your face.
Strangely, there's no earthy feeling about Club Surya. When you think of an eco club you expect to feel like you're in the Green Fields in Glastonbury, but this actually feels like a modern club in the centre of London. And because of this, it's full of the same types of people who hang out in the so-called 'trendy' clubs. After all, the fact the place actually exists in the first place is a sign that cool clubbers are becoming more eco aware – that or they’re keen to be seen at the latest ‘in’ club. If you walk to the venue or prove that you've used public transport, you get in free.
Club Surya is designed so that live bands can play as well as DJ acts. The music is very much a reflection of how the club is trying to appeal to regular central London clubbers. Hearing eco-club, you might expect to be jamming to whale music on the dancefloor, instead you’ll get commercial beats mixed with soft funky house tunes. It's quite bizarre clubbing to eco-facts on TV screens, however.
All the drink refrigerators in Suyra are powered using solar energy. The bar stocks bio beers - including Freedom Beer - and all wines are, unsurprisingly, organic and fair trade. The appliances in the kitchen operate on renewable energy and even the drinks cabinet behind the bar is handmade using reclaimed timber. Any glass, cardboard and plastic in the club are recycled, too. They club only uses polycarbonate drinking vessels. The bar stocks most of the favourite spirits and mixers (is Red Bull sustainable?) and drinks are typically pricey.
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Certainly gimmicky, Club Surya reflects how aware everyone is becoming about global issues. It's really quite surprising that nobody thought of this earlier. This club is cool as an idea if not in substance.