With its varied selection of underground live events and club nights, the notorious 93 Feet East is as diverse as a bag of Woolworths pick ‘n’ mix. One of the larger venues in the area, it remains at the heart of the Brick Lane action.
Located down a Jack The Ripper-style cobbled street off Brick Lane, the venue can hold up to 650 revellers, with three separate rooms that are interconnected via doorways and corridors. The first room, aptly titled the Pink Bar (as it has hot pink walls and curtains) has an elevated DJ booth that makes it a great place to dance and drink. Journeying through the Pink Bar, you will find the main hall which is best suited for live bands and has more of a stompy foot feel. It’s through the main room that party people can access the chic cream interiors of the Gallery Bar. The Gallery Bar only comes out to play on huge nights, like NYE, or at the request of the promoter. But it’s the large semi-private courtyard area that most people know the venue for. With its pub benches, outdoor bar, BBQ and smoking area, it is perfect for whiling away those hazy evenings.
During the warmer months, the atmosphere is electric and the venue often hosts parties that start around lunch time and finish in the wee hours of the morning. The club attracts a Brick Lane/Shoreditch crowd as well as out-of-towners up for a big night out. The venue is pretty big so when it isn’t bursting at the seams, it often feels a little empty and devoid of personality.
93 Feet East has welcomed everything from tech house rising stars to genre-defying unsigned bands from all over town and nights dedicated to bossa nova and grime. This venue doesn’t discriminate and events like Bangers and Mash regularly mash up genres for a good slice of social anthropology.
Cocktails start from £5.49 – think mojitos, that sort of thing - and there are an array of imported lagers and spirits priced appropriately for the area.
The Last Word
A versatile venue with a varied roster of underground music events, it’s the outdoor courtyard that really makes 93 Feet East such an appealing proposition when the weather permits.