Star of Bethnal Green

Nightlife , Bars Bethnal Green
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A bold red and silver star adorns the wall behind the stage in this intimate boozer, which has fast become the epitome of scruffy East End cool. A young, up-for-it crowd enjoy a laid-back, pubby vibe, but most of them are really here for the music: low-key gigs from big bands and youthful hopefuls, and an eclectic yet funky-fresh line-up of disco to house to indie nights, burlesque freak shows and wacky quiz nights (cash for the winners, free pasta for everyone).

Watch out for madcap bash Bastard Batty Bass on monthly Thursdays, and various free or cheap sessions from Europe’s best underground DJs, such as Mark 7, Ray Mang and Mulletover resident Geddes. The Tuesday-night quiz is a big hit with locals, and not solely because of the free food; Sundays are all about tasty roasts.

Venue name: Star of Bethnal Green
Address: 359 Bethnal Green Road
E2 6LG
Transport: Tube: Bethnal Green
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stav z

Having been out with friends, we were having a lovely time, the bar staff were very nice, the music was a good selection and the vibe was there until....

I stepped out of the pub for a breath of fresh air and a chat with one of the people I was with. I made a point of passing in front of the bouncer so that he'd notice I was going to stand outside,  typical etiquette which saves explaining who you are and where you came from when you're trying to get back in. I stood around the entrance with another 7-8 other people. 

When I tried to re-enter the bar, past the 3 bouncers I'd nodded to beforehand, one decides to give me grief. So you hadn't seen me exit before Mr Bouncer? And now I was trying to sneak into your bar unnoticed, was I? And how come my jacket, scarf and drink are inside? The oxblood scarf is folded neatly in the black jacket, squashed at the back of the leather sofa's left cushion. The wine glass is on the low 'shabby chic' coffee table, the third one along with the final dregs of pinot grigio in it.

I turned on the politeness and charm and I was back in! Mr Bouncer I know you were expecting me to get all angry so you could amuse yourself by tossing me out but instead of making a scene at 1:00am on Bethnal Green road I'd much rather vent here. 

You see, when bars don't screen their security staff and skimp over their training their reputation suffers. Mr Bouncer it's your job to know all the faces in front of the bar, it's your job to be able to greet people and talk to them in the correct tone (for each situation - good, bad, ugly). 

And lastly Mr Bouncer you may have big fists but so do I, the only difference is how we use them to deliver the final punch.

Bonnie W

This pub is in a good location along Bethnal Green Road and is open until 2am on the weekends, unlike a lot of places nearby. I've been to the Star of Bethnal Green and always enjoyed it even though it's quite grungy. The last time I went though, I requested a song from the DJ and he said that by requesting a song I was insulting his music and essentially saying that I didn't like anything he had played up to that point. He was very rude and it's put me off ever going back.

Babs - Working Girl London

I went to Star of Bethnal Green with my flatmate last Monday after having just moved to the area. We got the 14 chicken wings and 2 fries for £10 - such good quality! The chicken was very tasty, especially with the General's Sauce. We also got a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate our move! The pub has a really nice chilled atmosphere and the staff are great. They have a loyalty card which is a no brainer for anyone who lives in the area.