Jason Allen 08/11/22
“Alexa, play All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem…”
…because that’s the song that this pop up is named after, and frankly listing to it gives you a pretty decent sense of the place’s vibes too.
It comes to us from the people behind The Cause nightclub up in Tottenham, which was a proper old-fashioned, stripped-back warehouse club that was forced to close at the start of the year due to redevelopment. And this is their new cause: All My Friends is a three month pop up in Hackney Wick which brings together music, street food, a bar and a record store.
Image: John L
The space itself is literally around the corner from the Overground station, and it’s surprisingly slick, given both its temporary nature and The Cause’s own very austere aesthetic. Here you’ll find a handsome red-tiled DJ booth slapped right in the middle of the bar, making the music feel literally central to the experience, with some wooden tabled & vintage honeycomb speakers surrounding it all. There’s even a pool table and a photo booth.
The food is being put together by Japanese street food outfit Sho Foo Doh (who’re slinging tuna tacos, sesame-panko-crusted cauliflower, and banana spring rolls with miso caramel) and True Craft, a sourdough pizza spot from Seven Sisters. They’ve also roped in local brewery Mammoth to supply the booze, with a ton of craft beers, plus natural & orange wines, and a couple of cocktails to boot.
And as for the whole music element of this music pop up? Well, they’ve got regular DJ sessions on throughout the week (running through to their extended closing time of 2am on Fridays and Saturdays) with a solid mix of house, techno, jungle and beyond. And if you want to keep the party going, you can take some of the records home with you thanks to their vinyl store, which stocks both new tunes, and used collections donated by a few of the DJs that the owners are close with.
You know, all their friends.
NOTE: All My Friends is open now, Weds-Sun. You can find out more, and book a table at their website right here.
All My Friends | Unit 1, Hamlet Estate, 96 White Post Ln, E9 5EN
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Unit 1, Hamlet Estate, 96 White Post Ln, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
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