Spacious rooftop bar in Dalston.
You can’t get high quickly enough in Dalston; sadly there’s no express lift to the area’s prime roof space. But the few flights up to Dalston Roof Park (a bar from Bootstrap Company that reboots its look every year) set the creative scene with wicked graffiti on the walls. The £3 entry fee is worth it for the lurid AstroTurf, real-life flora in hanging baskets and makeshift planters, and bunting flapping in the breeze. Or in the storm, on our visit – there’s no guaranteeing that the Great British summer will actually make an appearance.
With that in mind, the venue offers the shelter of a covered bar and a roofed area in front of the decks, so you can dance whatever the weather. Colour comes from bright beanbags (hang on, we thought we’d left those in the ’80s), allowing relaxed drinkers to carpet the floor as heavily as that AstroTurf.
If that heatwave ever hits, there’s ample uncovered sunshine spots and plenty of deck chairs to lounge with a cocktail – mojitos and caipirinhas do a grand trade, but I tested out the Dalston Sunset, a cheerful blend of cranberry, lychee liqueur and gin that practically screams ‘summer’.
Throughout the season, pop-up food traders will be setting up shop for monthly residencies (Le Bao are currently cooking up a storm on the roof), sunrise yoga sessions will crop up on the regs and those DJs keep coming, so get on up. If the beanbag is in for a revival, perhaps summer will be making a comeback too.
|Venue name:||Dalston Roof Park||Contact:|
18 Ashwin St
|Opening hours:||Open 5-11pm, Tue-Fri; 3-11pm Sat; 3-10pm Sun; closed Mon.|
|Transport:||Dalston Junction Overground|
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Things to do
Welcome the day with a feel good yoga session. Dalston Roof Park will play host to the early morning classes and all money raised will help Supply social enterprise to continue working and supporting victims of gender based violence.Classes and workshops Tuesday August 2 2016 - Tuesday August 23 2016Read more
Dalston Roof Party
Hip hop, R&B, reggae and dancehall supplied by Shabba Soundsystem resident DJ Illness and special guests.Hip hop and R&B Friday August 5 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016Read more
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This small no-frills space is so much more fun than the swankier, wankier rooftop bars. Great music, great cocktails, great dirty urban nighttime views. Best to arrive early and not to have any issues with your personal space being invaded.
Great views, but you have to pay £5 entry (for "membership" - I paid this the year before but told that I was no longer a member and needed to pay again) and its generally very very busy and quite a small space. Visit on a weekday evening if you want to enjoy this.
I went myself yesterday and we were asked by a young hipster on the door to pay £5 to get some membership, which he did not say what allow you to, if we wanted to join the roof. Just another way to make an "all hipster" space in Dalston. Go to the park instead!
This is awesome! I am preparing a trip for London fans and want to show things items "they do not know" and I will certainly go and pay a visit to the roof park! Thanks!!! .
My work colleagues and I use the roof at lunch time and it is a very pleasant place during the summer, always interesting people there. It will be interesting to see how it works during the evening with drinks and music, I will definitely go!!
its fantastic, the only problem was the weather but when it gets warm , it will be on of the most loved places to have your drink.. (ps expand the cellar ,meaning more options on the drinks)