If you love fun but hate leaving East London, you’ll be pleased to know that the legends behind Northcote Records and Venn St Records have finally hopped across London to open Old St Records! I went along to the launch party to check it out.
There is no shortage of pizza places in east London but now there’s one more to add to the list. Old St Records has a good menu – not too much choice but all the essentials! My favourite pizza was the Diavolo though I enjoyed each one I tried, even the veggie one! To be entirely honest, the pizza here isn’t a patch on Homeslice or Pizza East, but tasty enough and perfect for stomach lining if drinking and dancing are your main activities for the evening 👯
As with the pizza menu, the cocktail menu is select but somehow manages to cater to every taste. The Sour Records cocktail (pistachio syrup, Jack Daniel’s, lemon juice and egg white) transports you right to New Orleans – it packs a serious punch! If you’re more of a fruity type like me, the Black Daniel’s is the one! With JD, Chambord, cherry syrup and cola, it’s very sweet but tastes so good! If you’re looking for something more refreshing, the Elderflower Fizz is gorgeous 😋 If you’re not a cocktail drinker, there’s also a good selection of wine, beer and spirits – shots of tequila were not amiss during the launch party!
In case you couldn’t guess from the name, Old St Records is all about the music. The launch night featured a combination of DJ sets and live music from both established acts and up and comers – and they did not disappoint. I can’t profess to be a live music bod but from my little knowledge and the reaction of the crowd, I can confidently say that Old St Records is a brilliant live music venue. Both floors have the feel of an intimate jazz cafe but with just enough room for dancing. I think The Blues Kitchen down the road has some serious competition…
The first thing that struck me about Old St Records is how much fun the staff seemed to be having! They were super friendly – but genuinely friendly not leave-me-a-tip friendly. And this lively, casual atmosphere permeates through the whole venue. Open til 2am most days, this venue is more soul than sophistication, and I’d say it’s set to be a popular part of shoreditch nightlife.
The Fine Print
Old St Records is open on Monday-Wednesday from 5pm-1am and Thursday-Saturday 5pm-2am. Between Monday and Wednesday you can enjoy a #CheapDate by getting two pizzas and two cocktails for £15, and after work drinks are a good shout with 2-4-1 cocktails during Happy Hour every weeknight until 8pm. You don’t need to book a table but it’s definitely a good idea if you’re in a group.
Old St Records is a live music venue which is genuinely all about the music. You can even purchase one of your favourite records from behind the bar! Add to that the sassy staff, killer cocktails and prime location – this is a new part of the Shoreditch scene that’s well and truly here to stay.
Have you been to Old St Records yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments 🎵