Night Tales | Hackney Street Food & Drink Utopia
When the sun goes down, some people like bedtime stories.
And some people prefer Night Tales.
For those in the latter group, we have some very good news: Night Tales has at last found a permanent home. It’s in Hackney’s Bohemia Place, occupying two railway arches and a vast terrace, and at 9,000 sq ft it’s their largest venue yet. Here’s what they’ve put in it…
Based on a Japanese izakaya, FB uses a huge custom-made charcoal grill to cook up yakitori, grilled seafood from Cornish dayboats, and more. It’s all done under the auspices of head chef Greg Round, who’s has spent time in the kitchens of Pitt Cue Soho and Mayfair’s 2 Michelin starred Umu. Here’s he’s cooking up a menu including standouts like:
- Yakitori | duck and spring onion meatball skewers, with cured duck egg yolk
- Quail kushiyaki | grilled boneless quail, served with sweet soy and shichimi
- Grilled fish | salt-grilled day boat fish fillet with crispy skin and juicy flakey flesh served with grated daikon & spicy ponzu dipping sauce.
- Ox cheek korokke | Braised ox cheek croquette, served with fermented chilli and yuzu paste.
A JAPANESE GARDEN BAR
This 4,000 sq ft sucker has been designed to utilise its sunny positioning. The sheer vastness of the space also allows for multi-functional use, acting as an extension to the club at one end of the garden, and a manicured restaurant terrace full of lush green plants and foliage at the other (that’s where you can find Fat Baby).
They’ve got private day beds, booths, and the cocktail bar comes with an impressive waterfall backdrop, as well as serving Japanese inspired High Ball cocktails (such as their Tokyo Old Fashioned), plus top shelf sakes, long drinks, hot cocktails (like the whisky & wine-laden Hot Cherry Blossom Punch) and massive spritz bowls to share. And for the winter, they’ve bussed in heaters, candles, and an illuminated roof inspired by the Northern Lights.
AN ASAHI SUPER DRY BAR
Yes, it’s a beer bar. Serving one kind of beer.
AN AGAVE BAR
Lit almost exclusively by neon, their indoor bar serves a killer lineup of mezcals & tequilas plus rotating special cocktails, such as the Paloma Place (made with tequila, Amaro Montenegro, grapefruit sherbet, prosecco & soda), or their weather-friendly Frozen Hurricane, whose mezcal & reyes chilli liqueur are offset with agave ice.
And by ‘live’ we mean ‘spun by a DJ’, but it still kind of counts. In their storied past, they’ve hosted vinyl-pilots including Rudimental, Groove Armada, and Gorgon City; and this summer they hosted sets from James Lavelle, Django Django, and FOALS – so expect more where that came from, as well as the occasional acoustic set.
This ain’t no old wives’ Tales.
NOTE: Night Tales is open now. Tickets are now available from their website HERE.
Night Tales | Arches 14 & 15, Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU
Main image: Nicky Kelvin
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