The Victoria

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A Dalston pub reformulated by the Jaguar Shoes group, with burgers from Psychic Burger and live bands onstage at the back.

Here’s what happens when Dreambagsjaguarshoes grows up, packs its bags and moves to Dalston. The Victoria is now owned by the same people as the perennially cool and grungy Shoreditch hangout, and probably represents a mellowing out with age – it’s a pub, it’s more relaxed, it stages live music, and it’s on a backstreet off Dalston Lane instead of the illuminated strip down the road.

As a pub, it’s decent – an artily thrown-together look, a few local beers (although not many), and a ‘residency’ from peripatetic grillers Psychic Burger. It’s a misleading name – I sat thinking about what I wanted to eat for half an hour before having to go up and order at the bar in the old-fashioned way. But as US diner food in plastic trays goes, it’s a fine example of its type.

Through the back of the pub is the stage, where assorted bands assemble to perform. The Victoria has been a scuzzily democratic live music venue for decades, so it’s great that the new owners kept that going and didn’t turn the room into a dining room/yoga space/Tesco Metro. 

Venue name: The Victoria
Address: 451 Queensbridge Rd
E8 3AS
Transport: Dalston Junction Overground
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James A
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There's obviously no shortage of places to catch music in Hackney, but all the same it's good to see this place continuing to fly the flag for live gigs rather than get the standard gastropub makeover which usually kicks in when a pub gets taken over. Despite having just a back room with a small stage and a functional soundsystem - there seems to be some really interesting bookings taking place here at the moment, so it's shaping up to be a good addition to the area