Café 1001

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Brick Lane

Café 1001 forms part of a pedestrianised eating and shopping strip that recalls nothing so much as Friday afternoon at the Glastonbury Festival, as food stalls and barbecue grills compete for attention with record stores (Rough Trade’s expansive shop) and watering holes (the Big Chill Bar is at the opposite end of the stretch).

The entrance to the café welcomes a friendly bohemian crowd who gather to check emails by day, then glug lager and catch a DJ after dark. Most take their cans in with them, climbing the short staircase to a loungey area (not unlike a glorified sixth-form common room) and a music space at the back.

There are other drinks, among them standard cocktails (£6.50-£7) and top-notch fresh juices. Food involves salads, soups, burgers, bagels and own-made cakes, served from early morning until late at night.

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Café 1001 says
Café 1001 is a combined café and club intrinsic to the Brick Lane area and a focal point for most. Though an established entertainment venue, we see ourselves as a creative playground for both established and up-and-coming artists. We put acts on every night in two rooms ranging from unsigned indie-rock bands and nu-jazz collectives on weekdays to drum 'n' bass, techno and house DJs on the weekends.

We operate a free entry policy which means that 90% of our acts are open to the public free of charge. This policy has secured us a huge and devoted crowd of students and young creative people. This policy moreover brings with it a huge flow of people going in and out of our doors.

Furthermore, Café 1001 has been organising events ranging from dance performances, film screenings, live music acts, photography and art exhibitions, swing dance night and music festivals; making us a spotlight of attention. Our venue is not just a regular bar but a diverse world of entertainment like no other.
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Venue name: Café 1001
Address: 91 Brick Lane (corner of Dray Walk)
E1 6QL
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St

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  • Saturday June 20 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015
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I've been a regular pub/club goer in the Brick Lane area for many years. I've always considered Cafe1001 to be a miserable cousin of 93 Feet East and Vibe Bar just a few metres away, with no atmosphere by comparison and its only virtue being its location. This view was recently confirmed when I tried to enter at about 8pm on the Sunday evening of Bank Holiday weekend. While it didn't seem busy, there was a large queue. I was surprised, so I asked a lady at the door, explaining that my friends were inside. Her verbatim answer was "I COULDN'T GIVE A SH*T". Delightful. If this bar had to survive on its quality and service rather than based on its location, it would have died a long time ago.