Night Tales | Hackney Club & Drinks Terrace
When the sun goes down, some people like bedtime stories.
And some people prefer Night Tales.
It’s a huge (we’re talking 4,000 sq ft) temple of fun, made up of cool al fresco seating areas, cocktails, street food, happy people and a whole lot of dancing – all set amongst a row of repurposed railway arches just opposite Hackney Central station.
Night Tales’ bookable seating areas on the outdoor terrace make the ideal place to kick back on a sunny Saturday with an ‘Nduja, wild mushroom and black truffle-infused mozzarella pizza from the outdoor shack, and classic summer cocktails like Aperol Spritzes and Mules. And fear not – in the winter, they cover the whole terrace up with a transparent roof, and fire up the heaters.
Inside one of the railway arches at Night Tales you’ll find another bar, which retains its tropical feel year-round thanks to colourful up-lighting, raffia lampshades and vast indoor palm trees. There’s also an old-school photo-booth; there to help you remember whatever you forget after one too many signature concoctions like the Moon Summers (with sherry, 10 year-aged Somerset Brandy, lemon and sweet vermouth) or – if you’re really here to party – the sharing cocktails, which include a Giant Pornstar Martini and a fishbowl of ‘Acid Love’.
Incidentally, if you do find yourself in the mood for dancing, Night Tales is, conveniently, first and foremost a club. In its storied past, NT has seen vinyl-pilots including Rudimental, Groove Armada, and Gorgon City; with recent guest DJs including Theo Kottis, Paramida, Ben Pearce and Bondax (who make bi-monthly appearances on the decks). So every night you can head under the railway arches and bust a move, with the club room open till late.
This ain’t no old wives’ Tales.
NOTE: Night Tales is open Fridays 6pm-3am & Saturdays 3pm-3am. Entry to the terrace is free, but tickets for the club start at £6 – see who’ll be on the decks, and book an area, HERE.
Night Tales | Arches 14 & 15, Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU
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