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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 Stacks Poutine - a collaboration between Birthdays and Brick Lane food stall, The Poutinerie. The food focuses on variants on Canadian poutine - a dish of fries, cheese curd and gravy - with sides of wings, 'slaw and more fries.

The cocktail list includes a Stacks ice tea - a potent-sounding mix of vodka, gin, white tequilla, white rum, triple sec and Coke. 

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Birthdays says
Birthdays is an independent bar and venue located on Dalston's main strip, about five minutes' walk from Dalston Junction and Dalston Kingsland tube stations. It's housed in the lower levels of a faceless residential block which we've transformed into a two-floor fun factory with a massive sound system, a stage, pretty lights, and all the other stuff you'd expect to find at a music venue in the basement. There's also a bar with cocktails and food by Lucky Chip on the ground floor. Entry to the bar is always free, but most of the time you'll need to pay to get into the basement. We'll try our best to keep it cheap.
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Venue name: Birthdays
Address: 33-35 Stoke Newington Road
N16 8BJ
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 4pm-3am; Sun 11am-midnight
Transport: Dalston Kingsland Overground
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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