The Old Blue Last
Time Out says
Posted: Sat Jan 5 2013
Owned and operated by über-cool magazine Vice this corner venue was in the not too distant past a traditional East End boozer, complete with lock-in curtains and a sixtysomething dreamer belting out Sinatra standards in the corner. Heaven knows what former regulars would make of the place now. After a major refurbishment early in 2010, it's now much less scruffy and dilapidated, with vastly increased floor space, a whole new lounge area, longer bar, better sound system and (mercifully) new toilets. The upstairs room is where the cultish, groovily attired live action (much of it free) happens, including occasional 'secret' gigs (word invariably leaks out) from high-profile bands.
What's on at The Old Blue Last
Alternative rock, Pop, Psych and garage rock, Electro
Psychedelic pop whizz Paul Steel and XCerts frontman Murray McLeod play a London show with their new collaboration, Cold Crows Dead. Their debut album 'I Fear a New World' showcases a weird but often effective mixture of retro studio-craft and all-out...
Emily Wood and her brother (plus drummer Dave Bush) perform their folksy tunes, which (on the demos) starred Laura Marling on 'singing, stamping, banjo plucking and pasta percussion' duties.
Punk and hardcore, Rock 'n' roll
Rock, mixed with punk, by this five-piece band who originate from Utrecht, Holland. With Support From Yards, Blasted.
Alternative rock, Indie rock
Hazy slacker pop that sounds like it's been plucked straight from the sun-dappled streets of America's West Coast, but in fact only had to trek down to the Big Smoke from Leeds.
Rock 'n' roll
Melodic hardcore five-piece from Eastbourne. Here playing from their new album 'Mechanical Young'.
Blues, Country, Rock 'n' roll
Country-rock with elements of blues from this five-piece band who are based in Nashville.
Average User Rating
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Definitely a place worth checking out on the weekends. No long lines, no cover charge. Reasonable priced drinks. Good service, friendly people, and a rather lively, yet chill atmosphere. Best part is that they have live music upstairs. A nice change of scene if you wanna catch some cool bands perform. Now this isn't a big party type place, it's a pub..so it's more relaxed but still fun to hit up with some friends.