Let your hair down in Dalston after a tough week of personal training sessions
Committing properly to your personal training sessions and eating clean are both great ways of achieving the physical goals you set yourself and should be the norm. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy though, and everyone needs to ‘let their hair down’ once in a while. If you don’t, more often that not you end up completely falling off the wagon!
Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far from your personal training session to have a good time on a Friday evening or over the weekend. With a reputation as one of North East London’s trendiest nightlife scenes, there are plenty of different options available for those looking for a good time in the Dalston area.
“From ramshackle bars to hip cocktail joints open all hours… Dalston is practically synonymous with late night revelry and adventure” (Time Out).
1. Dalston Roof Park
As Dalston's only rooftop venue, this bar offers the best chance to eat, drink and dance those long summer evenings away, all with a spectacular view of the city skyline. It isn’t just a summer venue either. Fully refurbished in 2017, the DRP boasts a state of the art retractable roof which means you can enjoy its exploits all year round.
A venue which has been graced by such artists as Rudimental, Jessie Ware, Basement Jaxx and Disclosure in the past, it represents current popular culture like few other North East London bars.
If that wasn’t enough to entice you, all profits from Dalston Roof Park go towards the Bootstrap Company, a charity based in Hackney helping to stimulate education and reduce poverty in the local community. At least you can engage in a night of excess knowing that you’re doing some good in the world!
Stumble the short distance from your Dalston personal training session on a Friday evening and simply go with the flow.
2. High Water
At this ‘bartenders bar’ cocktails reign supreme. A reputation for serving simple but superbly made drinks using only a few seasonal ingredients makes this one of the standout Dalston bars for cocktails.
High Water doesn’t pretend to be something that it’s not, with no attempt to mirror the chic interiors of its West End counterparts. Instead, it focuses on what is in the glass and attracts a young clientele who are far more interested in this than what adorns the walls!
A spanish grocery by day and a natural wine bodega by night, Furanxo takes inspiration from the ultramarinos shops or abacerias (local general stores) of Andalucia and Galicia enjoyed by its owners in a previous life.
It is mainly a wine and charcuterie shop selling a wide range of imported Spanish produce, but at the weekends, extended opening hours transform Furanxo into an aperitivo bar selling a selection of wines from small producers alongside delicious cheese and meat boards.
The fact that this place is bulging with lively spanish expats all weekend long tells you all you need to know about the authenticity of what goes on here!
Some might say the perfect remedy to your Saturday morning personal training session!
This is by no means an exhaustive list of Dalston’s nightlife offerings. I mean come on, it’s one of the edgiest areas going as far as East London is concerned. There are loads more options out there, all widely reviewed by the paying public. Thanks to the internet you can find the perfect place whatever you’re looking for!