I don’t really head to Dalston much. Apart from that one time recently when I went to Efes snooker club to play Mini Golf but the mini golf bit was closed so we just drank some beer and watched 90s club banger videos on the telly that were out of sync with the actual music. Party times.
Anyway, Dalston’s always seemed like somewhere that’s a bit too cool for me to go party in. We nearly went to a club, but they were all ridiculously expensive to get in and playing house music. Which is totally not my scene. But now my NEW FAVOURITE BAR IN THE WORLD EVER is there (until the end of August when it closes, anyway), you might see me jumping off the Overground at Kingsland station a bit more than usual.
Along with some of my fave ladies, I paid a visit to a place that’s definitely not your average nan’s house…
As soon as we entered, it was basically cameras out everywhere. Before even sitting down, we made the most of the fact we’d got an early slot and no one else was there yet and snapped away at pretty much every little nook and cranny of the space. Because the decor is AMAZING.
Think cult film posters, quirky mismatched furniture, neon, weird toys, even a garden gnome. Although thanks to all the pictures, you can see for yourself how fabulous it is. The amount of effort (and charity shop/jumble sale trawling) that clearly went into it is incredible, and whoever designed the space has a fantastic eye for making what’s basically a mixture of your nan’s attic and your 90s bedroom into something quite special.
As well as the fabulous decor, we were met with the smells and sights of fresh popcorn and an old-school pick’n’mix stand. We’re talking sour cherries, chocolate mice, jelly babies…basically, all your cinema faves.
As if it wasn’t good enough so far, Little Nan’s also brings out the ultimate playlist of nineties jams. Singalongs guaranteed. AND, tucked away at the back of the bar, there’s even a little dress-up area with an assortment of colourful wigs, fabulous accessories and some pretty…unusual…bits and pieces too. Props to Little Nan’s for putting a fan in there too, so we could pop our wigs on and recreate some music video wind machine fabulousness.
For £39, you can get yourself two hours worth of bottomless cocktails, as well as free run of the pick’n’mix and popcorn stands. Which is a pretty decent deal, really.
The cocktails are served up in Nan’s-house-style retro teapots, and have fun names like Sexy Frank Butcher. And the menus are stuck into vintage books, which we tried not to spill our cocktails on. Although I’m sure the Queen wouldn’t mind a gin spill on her face too much.
And as well as teapots, you also get to pick your very own teacup from the wall to drink from! (I’m going to ignore the errant apostrophe in the sign, because it’s the cutest thing ever). Obvs, I chose a gin-related cup to sip my gin, elderflower and prosecco beverage from.
I had the BEST time, and it’s really nice to just go to a bar that has all the things I like the most with the best people (Bangarang represent). Open until the 14th August, if you don’t go anywhere else this summer – go here.
Little Nan’s is open Tuesday – Thursday from 5pm ’til midnight, and until 2am Friday and Saturday. Booking is advised but walk-ins are available if there’s space.
Little Nan’s @ Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB
*Little Nan’s had us in for complimentary drinks’n’fun but I genuinely do really LOVE this place!