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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 Coqfighter – a street food operation big into chicken. Expect chicken burgers and Korean-style, vodka and sesame-battered wings alongside bao buns filled with confit duck or pork belly. There's a corn fritter burger for the veggies, too.  

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

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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Hmmmm, I'm quite surprised by all the gushing comments here, which leads me to believe this bar is just not for me. It can, I admit, be the perfect solution to a rare roudy evening if you are intoxicated and get dropped off in Dalston and it doesn't particularly matter where you end up as long as you've got more booze and your mates. However, I would not give credit for a good night to this bar, for me anyway it just happens to be in the right place at the right time. It is grubby, overcrowded and I propose a full mask and blindfold for the toilets. Disclaimer: I have not been during the day or for food.


Anyone familiar with Dalston and Stoke Newington will be aware of this hotspot of trendy proportions. Probably not the main event on a night out but still worth a visit later on, you can expect a clubby atmosphere downstairs, and the usually very crowded bar upstairs offers up old school and nostalgic hip hop from any twenty/thirty-somethings teenage years. You’ll have a great time ironically bopping to the likes of Snoop, Ashanti and Ja Rule, DMX and Ludacris.

Von B

In Birthdays - Coqfighter is currently serving the tastiest wings anyone has ever seen(I said seen cause the presentation is next level ) If you haven't tried it yet - get down to London for some 'Kim-Jong wing' they are from out of this world.

Staff Writertastemaker

Very "of the area" late night bar. During the early week or daytimes this is a pretty chilled place to drink in peace/work or catch up with friends. In the evening there are often good gigs downstairs and it can get quite rammed upstairs. I don't think the venue warrants the crazy queues you often bus past on a weekend but its a handy place to keep in mind if you're out late-late.

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