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.
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 1 2013
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.