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Bar A Bar is a basement venue located on Stoke Newington Road where you can dance the night away in a vibrant atmosphere.

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Fri-Sat 21:00-03:00

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By L M.

Great place! Variety of music is amazing. Great sound system and friendly staff. Providing fantastic location just a short walk from Dalston, prices are more then reasonable. Always a great night in Bar A Bar, will be back for sure!

By Chris L.

The level of outstanding music here is staggering! Always great quality, had so many great nights here! So nice to have a quality club on my doorstep. Staff are really nice and fun, but professional door staff. Drinks are reasonably priced too. I would recommend to anyone. Looks a bit shabby on the outside, but don't judge a book by its cover!!!!

By Ed S.

A hidden gem tucked in between Stokey and Dalston on the Stoke Newington High St. This is a subterranean secret made for the rave, as the sound system is chunky, and fills this nicely sized club up with atmosphere in few beats. The staff were good fun, and we're happy to let us temporarily customise the walls with our canvasses, and generally helped us put our own mark on the night we wanted to create. That and keeping up with us until the wee small hours, we couldn't be more pleased and look to doing more with them in the future.

By Chima O.

Drugs are strictly prohibtted in this joint. I have been a few times and seen no evidence of drug taking. As to the music policy it not the "head banging shit" you describe. Do you have an axe to grind per chance?

By Clubber R.

rude staff, everyone on drugs and taking them in toilets, people smoking inside. not worth 8 pound entry. they are based in stokenewington but are charging prices as if they were based in the middle of west end. music is the same every week, headbanging shit. floor filthy broken glass bottles everywhere. the whole place is a sham. mystery clubber.

By Laura R.

Populating a part of town fast becoming affectionately dubbed 'Dalst Newington', Bar A Bar is a grimy basement club with a progressive music policy and the kind of crowd typical of the area.

The Venue
Bar A Bar has a sharp-edged logo lit up in neon green come night, announcing itself to Dalston stragglers who have made their way this far up Stoke Newington High Street. A bouncer and quite often a crowd of smokers also mark the imposing entrance and you may feel a little intimidated on your way in as it’s so grimy from the offset it can almost seem shady. But don’t be put off, as this club holds a lot of promise once you pass in the door, through the curtains and down to the basement where you’ll find the bar, decks and dance floor.

Sofa seating takes up the perimeter of the front half of the room for the more laid-back clubbers, but there is a dedicated dance floor to the rear that provides plenty of space opposite the decks. A makeshift cloakroom and some dingy toilets can be found at the very back of the club. This is a minimal basement rave – don’t be expecting opulence of any sort, with the most advanced decorative flourishes including a glitter ball and some back lighting in neon blue, almost ironically seedy touches to the club.

The Atmosphere
This is a down and dirty club typical of the area, but it doesn’t mean the staff and clientele aren’t friendly. They are pretty cool though, and you’ll find your fair share of hi-top trainers, flashy clobber and edgy haircuts. Most people will be over on the dance floor as the evening progresses, getting into the electronic music or bass-heavy beats.

The Music
The line-up at Bar A Bar is quite staggering for such a small and obscure club, and there’s always a quality DJ on the decks come the weekend. Expect jungle and DnB, reggae, dub and dancehall, tech house, and maybe even old school disco, with current club nights including Kitsch and Sync, Bassfoundation and Huntleys & Palmers.

The Drink
Prices and tipple options are just as you’d expect from a basic basement club, with beers by the bottle proving popular along with spirits and mixers for around £6. Beers are made up of simple crowd-pleasers like Corona and Becks. It’s no frills to the end at Bar A Bar.

The Last Word
Grimy yet satisfying, Bar A Bar brings the boundary-pushing, Dalston music scene further up the road towards Stokie and as long as you’re willing to get stuck in, this basement club can provide quite a down and dirty night on the dance floor.

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