Owned and operated by über-cool magazine Vice this corner venue was in the not too distant past a traditional East End boozer, complete with lock-in curtains and a sixtysomething dreamer belting out Sinatra standards in the corner. Heaven knows what former regulars would make of the place now. After a major refurbishment early in 2010, it's now much less scruffy and dilapidated, with vastly increased floor space, a whole new lounge area, longer bar, better sound system and (mercifully) new toilets. The upstairs room is where the cultish, groovily attired live action (much of it free) happens, including occasional 'secret' gigs (word invariably leaks out) from high-profile bands.
'The cradle of British music's future' The Guardian
'London's best live music venue' The Evening Standard
'The Old Blue Last has the awesome power to make any gig into a beer-soaked, freak out, dance party' Spoonfed
'Infamous' Resident Advisor
The Old Blue Last is a pub/live venue in Shoreditch, east London brought to you by the people at Vice.
Since 2004 we've been bringing you the best forward-thinking bands and DJs seven nights a week, as well as secret shows by some of the biggest names around and all, more-often-than-not, completely for free.