A pop-up village packed with bars, street food and DJs is opening in Dalston this November called Night Tales... Never a better time if you ask us with the festival season being well and truly over, most rooftop bars closed for another year and now even the autumnal sunshine a distant memory. All the while we're desperate to cling onto some normality before the Christmas hysteria begins which isn't long now.
The team behind acclaimed Dalston Roof Park, Background Bars & Bootstrap Company, launch a six week project celebrating the best of London gastronomy and music culture, in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker. Running from Thursday through to Saturday every week up until Christmas - Night Tales invites you to wrap up under the starlight and experience something unique in the heart of East London.
The event sees some of the most loved names from the cities vibrant food scene, all under one roof. Taking residency are Smokey Tails, Southern US BBQ joint - expect a programme of great music as well as some of the finest ribs and pulled pork in town. Night Tales will also be hosting a hand picked selection of London’s most in-demand restaurants including Patty and Bun who have, in less than a year, carved out a reputation for serving some of London’s finest burgers. New winners of the Young British Foodies Award BAO join the selection to offer up their famous Taiwanese steamed pork buns and soya milk fried chicken from their purpose built six-seater bar. Also in the limelight is the Japanese gyoza bar from Rainbo, with more foodie hotspots to be announced.
With Background Bars at the forefront of London’s pop up bar culture, expect to see their most ambitious bar set ups and cocktail menus yet at Night Tales. The mysterious Mexican spirit ‘Mezcal’ will feature on the Mezzanine, presenting ‘Tales of Mezcal' where guests are invited to taste the best Mezcal in the world and talk to industry experts at the same time. Beer drinkers are catered for with a wide selection of European Craft Beers, including a smoked London Porter. On the ground floor guests are invited to explore ‘The Negroni Station’, serving Bourbon Negroni, traditional Negroni and a seasonally sublime warm spice Negroni. In addition to the plethora of chilled beverages, steaming hot drinks will be flowing for those that want to keep cosy - Mulled Wine, Hot Spiced Cider & a naughty Absinthe Hot Chocolate.
Bringing an eclectic mix of night culture to East London, Night Tales have built a raised stage area and proudly present a fine tuned programme of live music and entertainment to sooth the senses. Renowned DJ’s and Smokey Tails founders, Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson will be making surprise appearances on the decks and BBQ, with special guest sets from their summer party line ups including Disco Bloodbath, Bee Shiver, Tayo, & Bad Passion to name a few. The Vortex Jazz Club own the stage for ‘Jazz Saturdays’ and locally born radio station NTS Radio present their revered DJ roster across the six week span, offering a progressive mix of sounds to the Night Tales community, in addition to House of Disco and Dalston Nights also spinning their tracks.
In terms of the location itself, the landscape is worth checking out alone, with the design and curation distinguishing the event from any other. The pioneering two-tiered structure, which spans over 25m, offers a raised platform mezzanine so you can soak up the atmosphere from above. Intimate seating areas are available on both floors and the space is dressed with warm lighting and planted trees providing the perfect scene for winters new hang-out spot. The whole ‘show’ takes place in a large disused space only a stone’s throw from Dalston Junction and Kingsland Road. The space also holds a WWII Bunker hosting weekly live visual art and a series of interactive exhibitions. To ensure the winter elements are fully considered, Night Tales is covered with an impressive stretch canopy allowing guests to eat, drink, mingle and be merry under cover. Flaunting warming open log fires, the best food and cocktails in town; Night Tales is the perfect destination for a mystical festive atmosphere, and the making of those nights to remember.
Night Tales runs every Thursday to Saturday at the Abbot Street Car Park from 7 November until Christmas and is open until 11pm on Thursdays and midnight at weekends.
Night Tales, Abbot Street Car Park, London E8; facebook.com/nighttalesLDN