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Dans Le Noir: 92 – 90

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

Written by . Published on September 15th 2011.

Dans Le Noir: 92 – 90

Zigfrid Von Underbelly
Zigfrid is a venue with many layers, tucked away on the far corner of Hoxton Square. In the day it is a great place to chill and have some great, affordable food; come nighttime, the space transforms into a DJ bar and live music venue. I hate using the word 'cool', but that is simply what this bar is; the mish-mash of furniture screams it, from chesterfield sofas to leopard print gothic pieces to an upside down rocking horse on the ceiling! Open till late, Zigfrid is one of the best places to go for a weekend night in the Shoreditch area as the music is always pumping. Whether it be the latest electro or indie rock, you can’t fail but to have a good time here. It also hides a basement bar called Underbelly that hosts regular live music gigs and is perfect for hiring out for a birthday. Ziggy, Zigfrid, Zigdrid Von Underbelly – whatever you want to call it – is my go-to late night bar out east.


Blag Club
I think this is my first bar out West (perhaps a damning indictment of the Notting Hill scene currently). BlagClub is what I love in a boutique club. Hidden behind a discreet silver door next to Notting Hill Gate station, you ascend the staircase into what is essentially an ex-living room rebranded as an Asian-inspired bar/club. Blag is the perfect place to come for a snug yet unpretentious fun time in Notting Hill. The music is club classics and current music and the atmosphere is one of a house party. Meet loads of new people, chat to the barmen and get up and dance until the early hours; anything really goes at Blag. Next time you are deciding whether to go to that generic club in central London or not, jump on the Central line for ten minutes, find the silver door and let your hair down.

Den Trailer Happiness
Trailer Happiness is a quirky cool basement bar on Portobello Road. Although large, the front façade is not obvious so you may miss it. Once you enter the small entrance, you descend the stairs into what can only be described as a kitsch, mid-60s Americana, bachelor trailer park glamour. Confused? Well, expect shag pile carpets, cork tiles and flower power. You feel like you are inside a shabby-chic 1960s caravan. The drinks are based around the recently popular tiki theme, with cocktails served in Tiki decorated mugs (available to buy) and you can even get a sharing cocktail served in a wonderfully tacky plastic volcano that is brought to life with bulging flames, at your table. As you would expect in a bachelor pad, the food is based around the theme of TV dinners; so sit back in the comfy, retro couches and seating with low nest tables or indeed why not really get into the spirit of it and eat off your lap. Perfect for after work dinner and drinks or head down on the weekend where the bachelor fun really kicks off.

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