When we got there, it was shut - not a soul there, and no real sign that anyone had been there earlier in the evening. I double-checked the Time Out listing to make sure I hadn't mixed up the dates, but sure enough, it was supposed to be open. Very disappointed.
Abbot Street Car Park
Until Fri Dec 19
Time Out says
Posted: Thu Oct 9 2014
Ace pop-up cocktail, music and food party Night Tales is back! After a quick summer stint, the crew are returning to warm our winter cockles once again. This time, they're taking over a vast (10,000 sq/ft) Shoreditch car park for a seven-week run, featuring wild gardens, private chalets, three new concept bars, log fires and a huge canopy to protect from evil winter vibes.
Music comes from a top team of house, disco, funk and techno selectors (including Rudimental, Gorgon City, Bill Brewster, Dan Beaumont and many other great names), with more guests to be announced over the coming weeks.
There'll be all kinds of inventive bespoke cocktails to be sipped, and a fine choice of top-notch food to be munched (from guest teams including burgers from Patty & Bun, Caribbean fare from Rum Kitchen and pizza from Voodoo Ray's. There's also a Christmas market every Friday and Saturday from December 5-20.
This is one pop-up that will make winter a whole lot easier to get through. Thanks, Night Tales!
Average User Rating
2.6 / 5
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Aweful. We had to queue half an hour or so without the queue moving at all... only bouncers' relatives would jump the queue. What a wasted time!
The concept for Night Tales is a good one, and for a pop-up they have met the requirements, however I was disappointed in this. Staffing does not cater for the capacity, we were unable to even get a drink from either of the main bars, and so ended up buying the spiced cocktails from the Negroni bar. These were tasty, but small, and not worth the £8 they cost, and not long after our first drink down, the Negroni bar ran out of it. To add to this, the barmen were spaced out, disinterested, and well, just rather rude to be honest. We managed to get a few of the gyoza from Rainbo which were nice, and cheaper than the measly cocktail we had, but queues for food everywhere else were just not worth the wait. On our way out, we stopped to use the "bathroom" or rather port-a-loo, of which was horrific - there was no toilet paper in any of the ablutions, the tap did not work, and there was absolutely no lighting whatsoever, just a whole bunch of people fumbling around terribly maintained toilets; something I would have thought would have been factored into account, given that the pop-up is primarily NIGHT Tales. Overall, the concept is great, but sadly it fails to bring it all together.
Beautiful space, but awful service. . Overall a very stressful experience trying to get in and trying to get served. Very rude bouncers, and you have to pay to get in!
It was good when we eventually got in, but we did queue for 2 hours when we were told it was a one hour wait and it was £5 on the door not £3. Poor show guys!
Love it! Incredible space with loads of different bars, good when there's a crowd of you. Can drink, dance, sit, eat, talk or go into the crazy cupboard. Excellent.
There is nothing quite like Night Tales...with some of London's best food, drink and music all under one 'tent'. Yes it was busy on the launch night and yes there were queues but I guess that's part and parcel of a good event or food spot. Patty & Bun burgers were standardly great and the Smokey Tails buffalo wings are killer. Amaretto sour was the best I've ever tasted. It's a perfect warm-up spot for a night out or meeting friends. No ramping.