The best winter nights out!
Brass monkey weather may be upon us, but your social life needn‘t suffer. So, kick off those slippers and step out for swanky soirées, Scottish dancing, ukulele extravaganzas and more. Let Time Out guide you to the hottest winter nights out
The BarflySo it’s just another two-floor corner pub in Camden that’s rough around the edges (and in the middle, too), but that’s why it works. There’s live music all week, but the Saturday evening mix of bands, booze and electroboogie at nights like the monthly Kill ’Em All (Let God Sort It Out), Transmission and Don’t Look Down has created the dynamic, much copied template.Diary date Kill ’Em All on Nov 25, 10.30pm-3pm, £8, concs £5.The Barfly, 49 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 (020 7691 4244) Chalk Farm tube.
Bar Music HallLast year this place was called Hell, and it lived down to the name. What a difference a revamp makes: same great range of Belgian beers on draught, but better food, improved seating and seriously good programming, as well as a tidy new look. The amount of competition in its mid-Shoreditch location means it probably couldn’t charge if it wanted to, but nights like Slipped Disco (Wednesdays), Computer Blue (Fridays) and Anti-Social on Saturdays are more than worthy of an entry fee. Diary date Kristmas with Kim at Anti-Social with menswear designer Kim Jones guest DJing, Dec 16, 8pm-2am, free.Bar Music Hall, 134-146 Curtain Rd, EC2 (020 7613 595) Old St tube/rail.
The EndDesigned as the last word in nightlife form and function back in 1995, The End is still making history rather than being consigned to it. Parties from Underwater (this Saturday), Brazilian drum ’n’ bass mixmaster DJ Marky (December 1), breaks pioneers Chew The Fat (December 8) and Laurent Garnier (December 9) will all cause roadblocks down West Central Street, while its eleventh birthday bash teams club owners Mr C and Layo with up-and-coming resident DJs like Dollz at Play and the Simple Records crew. Diary date Eleventh Birthday Party on Dec 2, 10pm-7am, £18, £13 concs.The End, 16a West Central St, WC1 (020 7419 9199) Holborn or Tottenham Court Rd tube.
FabricSeven years old? You wouldn’t know it. The three rooms, bodysonic dancefloors, mixed toilets and clubbers sat chatting on the stairs may be more than familiar, but so too now are the packed floors – Fabric is hugely successful and more cosmopolitan than ever. It proves that quality is more important than novelty after dark, though the club’s programmers keep coming up with DJs and performers we haven’t yet heard of. Diary date Wall of Sound and PIAS’s Love And Good Times on Dec 22 , 9.30pm-5am, £15, £12 concs.Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St, EC1 (020 7336 8898) Farringdon tube/rail.
Favela ChicYou could call it schizophrenic or confused, but if you’re even vaguely liberal and not in any kind of a hurry, this Brazilian-meets-Parisian restaurant-cum-bar-cum-club-cum-performance space could easily become your favourite place. A very continental, cosmopolitan anything-goes attitude applies to the decor and also dictates the dress code. Staff are more noted for their personality than their professional polish – it’s a very real kind of joie de vivre here. Diary date First Birthday Party on Nov 30, 6pm-1am, free.Favela Chic, 91-93 Great Eastern St, EC2 (020 7613 5228) Old St tube/rail.
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