“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 2022 due to redevelopment. And this is their new cause: All My Friends is a pop up-turned-permanent bar in Hackney Wick which brings together music, street food, cocktails and vinyl.
Image: John L
All My Friends sits literally around the corner from the Overground station, and it’s surprisingly slick, given both its hand-built 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.
There’s a new kitchen residency for autumn ’23 from Uncle Hon’s BBQ. The man in question is also known as Vinyl Pimp, but he discovered a second love of BBQ on a road trip through Texas. Here, he’s cooking up dishes mashing up influences from China with the Southern States, serving on Friday evenings and all weekend. And over on the drinks side, AMF have roped in local brewery Mammoth to supply the booze, with a ton of craft beers, plus natural & orange wines, and a couple of vividly-coloured cocktails to boot.
And as for the whole music element of this music bar? 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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