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Most nights start south, whether it's predrinks at ours or a few out in Peckham, then we jump on the overground east. If you happen to fancy following suit, these are the places I'd suggest heading:
Rye Wax can be found in the basement of Bussey Building - another of my south east favourites. However, unlike Bussey, Rye Wax is more of where the party begins, rather than where it ends. The new space is a record store but it also has a bar/cafe area. There's a happy hour from 6-8pm where two cocktails will only set you back £8 or you can purchase three Redstripes for a tenner.
It's 9pm and things are starting to get a little turnt up. You aren't quite ready to make the leap to Shoreditch yet so, where next? Bar Story sits under Peckham Rye station and bar Frank's in the summer, it's my favourite place to sit and knock back a few, whether it's inside or outside - there's fires to keep you warm outside in the winter. It's simple and it will only ever be whatever you make of it but it's certainly one of Peckham's finest.
Shoreditch House is reserved for those who've battled the panel to gain membership so, apologies in advance for including this one if you aren't a member but honestly, I couldn't not. It's more than likely that you can find a friend of a friend (of a friend etc) who is a member and who can get you in anyway. I've become beyond obsessed with the Eastern Standards. There's many a bottle of wine has been shared, before gorging on the sweets free for all in the hallway, ending in throwing around some shapes in the library.
Dance tunnel does what it says on the tin. It's small and it's darker than dark. If there's anywhere I feel completely comfortable letting loose, it's in this place. Probably best to get down before 3am though as doors usually shut around then and punters head off to their next venue/chicken shop/night bus home.
Polo 24 Hour Bar
If a Kingsland Road chicken shop isn't quite your scene but you're looking to refuel from a big night, Polo 24 Hour bar is a good alternative. It's a mix up between a greasy spoon cafe and a retro bar. Whether it's another cocktail at midnight, a 2am pie or a fry up come 7am, Polo 24 Hour bar is the place to head to.
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