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Dans Le Noir: 86 - 84

designmynight.com's Nick Telson offers his expertise and insider tips on the best nightlife in London

Written by . Published on September 29th 2011.

Dans Le Noir: 86 - 84

Joe’s is a brand new Rock and Roll bar in Camden. Camden is of course the mecca for live music in London, famous for hosting such greats as Pink Floyd, Dylan and The Stones. Joe’s aims to keep this history alive, situated opposite the iconic Roundhouse. It is a '50s themed bar but don’t expect a tacky, shiny chrome and formica monstrosity, instead Joe’s is a down and dirty rock and roll joint that keeps on swinging to the early hours. Don’t forget to take your finger over to the jukebox while you are there, which is loaded with toe tapping, finger clicking marvelousness! Expect a night of great food, fun cocktails and of course roots, rock and roll and rhythm and blues music.


The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town
To guarantee a place at this dinky new Shoreditch basement bar you have to give them a call to get your name on the list. You are then told to turn up at The Breakfast Club restaurant at your alloted time. On arrival at The Breakfast Club, I looked around for the possible entrance to The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town but couldn't spy anything out. When our whole group had arrived, our "escort" had arrived and to the groups huge excitement, our host opened up a custom-made SMEG fridge door and inside was not a fridge but a staircase down to the bar, with a bright neon sign pointing down towards the fun...absolute genius! Downstairs the bar is small but perfectly formed. There are high wooden tables, high stools and benches littered about this cosy basement. The lights are low, the brickwork is exposed and wood-clad and the ceileing is industrial. It is impossible to think you were in a restaurant on street-level just 1 minute ago. You really feel you are in an underground bunker, where only the "in the know" hibernate. Enjoy a great selection of global beers, wines and well-made cocktails. The nibble food is also delicious (especially the calamari)!


Worship Street Whistling Stop
As the name implies it’s not quite your average London bar. Whistling Shop is a 19th century term for a speakeasy style bar long before the days of prohibition. Worship Street Whistling Shop is a 19th Century inspired Gin Palace that is dedicated to showcasing the drinks, food and atmosphere of the Victorian age in London. Worship Street is a bland and soulless London Street but Worship Street Whistling Shop has come along to bring it back to life. Step off the street and down the tight staircase and you are greeted by a Victorian saloon of gas lit street lamps, wood and glass panelling, exposed brickwork, romantic candle lit coves and a fully stocked Gin Palace. There is a fantastic choice of cocktails all carefully crafted in the in-house drinks laboratory that you can peer through. There is also a British influence on Whistling Shop's drinks menu with the selection of two fine English sparkling wines. The setting is a mixture of romantic couples and gaggles of friends on a night of London exploration. The vibe is magical and fully captures a scene of what London bars were like in the 19th century.

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