Ridley Road Market Bar

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Whichever genius decided to convert a scruffy store halfway down a traditional London marketplace into a tiki dive bar deserves a medal. It’s resolutely egalitarian (no reservations, no guestlist: just show up and get merry), the decor is almost laughably DIY, the hooch is cheap (three quid for a can of Red Stripe is not to be sniffed at in this part of town) and the tunes – reggae, motown and party pop – keep the joint solidly jumping until 2am at the weekend. There’s a surprisingly respectable cocktail menu too, all for a fiver, served informally in plastic tumblers. The ginger mojito brings welcome warmth to that minty old stalwart, the piña colada goes down a treat amid the cheesy beach bar vibes, and the original creation Kamm Kardashian is as irresistibly kitsch as its big-arsed namesake.

Venue name: Ridley Road Market Bar
Address: 49 Ridley Rd
E8 2NP
Opening hours: Open 6pm-midnight Wed; 6pm-2am Thur-Sat; 3-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground
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Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

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Alanna S

My favourite local bar. No where else in Dalston (/London!) can you get a decent cocktail for £5. The ginger Mojito is a delight. On the week you can drop by and get a carafe of wine and 2 small pizzas freshly made for a £15 bargain and at weekends it turns into a really fun little club. get there before 10pm to avoid queuing, but if you do get stuck then it's worth the wait! I think my favourite thing is that the crowd are always really decent - unlike some other places in Dalston on a Saturday. Overall, if you're in the area then become a regular...and if your not, then make the journey. 


Friendly staff, easy on the pocket cocktails, good vibes and great music.

Hipster no.69,463

For goodness sake get a security man with a brain and some manners; refused entry 0n Sunday 25 Aug. for allegedly having been seen in Ridley Road with a blue plastic bag 20 minutes before trying to go inside to join my friends' birthday celebration. Is there a zero star rating?


Amazing stone oven baked Pizza's here, the best pizza i have eaten in London! Music was the best, wanted to get up on the dance floor and dance with my pizza woop! Glad its off the main drag of Kingsland Road too.


I was there one month ago after a bad day at work. Went in with a grumpy face for a quick drink with a friend, and left at 2 am with a big smile. Have been there every single week ever since, and the result is always the same. This bar kicks asses, fills you up with good vibrationz, and is far cheaper than a good psycotherapist, and the resutls are guaranteed. A 'feel good' must in London, with amazing drinks and the loveliest staff.


I have been down to this bar twice so far each time I have had a wonderful time. It is unlike any other bar I have been to in London, with friendly staff, lovely cheap drinks and all in all good vibes. A special mention should be for the music - on both ocassions I have been they have had the 2 moustache clad guys playing the most incredible music...not cheesy at all and not even music I have ever heard but music you just want to dance to! I am looking forward to my next visit to this hidden treasure!!


I went to Citizens! gig last wednesday. Lovely bar, charming staff. Cheap cocktails, refreshing ginger mojito for a fiver, fresh juice in the drinks. Delicious wood-oven pizzas. Loved this place!


I love this bar so much, it fills a much needed gap in Dalston. I particularly like the fresh juice in the drinks and the cute staff and clientèle!

Lord Gumboot

Go here!... with a glorious freshness in your heart, and smile from ear to ear all night at the unbounding innocence and unexpergated happiness of the regulars. Not a place for cynics or posers, despite the wonderfully stylish and turned out folk, who dance with an abandon like they are not being watched, much less care. Homeslice Pizza on Saturdays is a wonderful way to keep your dancing shoes stable for longer throughout the night. The best bar in the area for people who like people. Big up Kezza. x