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Venue says: "Selected drinks £3 until 7pm every day. Lucky Chip now serving upstairs!"
Stoke Newington

Music plays a prominent part at this two-floor Dalston basement bar. It's hosted parties by Land of Kings, VICE, All Tomorrow's Parties and Paradyse Records, as well as live shows from the likes of VV Brown, Bloc Party, Chvrches, The Cribs and King Tuff. Entry to the bar is free but you might need to pay to head downstairs. 

It's not all about the party though, with the food and drink coming courtesy of Lucky Chip – the much-lauded nomadic burger group. Expect sandwiches paying homage to stars of the silver screen, including a Kevin Bacon and a John Belushi – a beast of a burger with a buck meat, veal and marrow patty served with foie gras, truffle aioli, cheddar, tarragon butter and onions cooked with Pedro Ximenez.

Drinks-wise it's simple cocktails alongside beers by the bottle and a short selection of wine. 

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Birthdays says
Birthdays is an independent two-floor bar where our basement is decked out with a massive sound system which plays host to live music and club nights. With a swanky kitchen installed, we bring you what are basically the juiciest burgers, courtesy of Lucky Chip. So if good music, yummy food and dancing are your thing, then you'll really like us.
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Venue name: Birthdays
Address: 33-35 Stoke Newington Road
N16 8BJ
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri 4pm-3am; Sat noon-3am; Sun noon-midnight
Transport: Dalston Kingsland Overground
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Average User Rating

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Alanna S

Birthdays is rare in that it offers late night partying, live music, a good spot to read the paper with a plate of chips on a Sunday or a venue for a casual date. They have a good selection of beers and the club downstairs plays good tunes on the weekend. A reliable choice for a night out.

Tamara B

Lucky Chip is currently in residence at Birthdays and we went for the luscious John Belushi burger and the Danny Trejo burger. The John Belushi is a duck, veal, and marrow patty with an assortment of other toppings including foie gras. It was incredibly rich and by the end of the burger slightly queasy making, although it’s difficult to criticize them for this; this is probably the point. The Danny Trejo, on a brioche bun, contained a juicy patty, bacon, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, rocket salad, and chipotle mayo. The first bite was musical – the kick of the jalapenos was offset by the cool sour cream. The bitter rocket went well with the rich cheese, succulent patty, and piquant mayo. The chips were done in the American boardwalk style which means they are cut into ¼ inch wide sticks and are nicely crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. Lucky Chip have decamped from the Sebright Arms and generally speaking, the same standard seems to have been maintained. They still do some of the best hot wings I’ve had in London. I loved the blue cheese sauce with a hint of mint. Unfortunately, Birthdays has a lack of interesting beer choices. The bar has been set high for beer selection in London and it would be nice if there was quality beer to go with these decent quality burgers.

Lalitha S

good food and cocktails upstairs, been to a couple of really great dancing nights in the club below, plus some brilliant gigs. the neighborhood is trendy but not so close to the heart of Dalston that the streets are overcrowded and annoying.

Steve B
Staff Writer

Great venue in one of the best parts of London. Really enjoyed going here a few weeks ago. Good selection of drinks and great atmosphere