Spacious rooftop bar in Dalston.
You can’t get high quickly enough in Dalston; sadly there’s no express lift to the area’s prime roof space. But the few flights up to Dalston Roof Park (a bar from Bootstrap Company that reboots its look every year) set the creative scene with wicked graffiti on the walls. The £3 entry fee is worth it for the lurid AstroTurf, real-life flora in hanging baskets and makeshift planters, and bunting flapping in the breeze. Or in the storm, on our visit – there’s no guaranteeing that the Great British summer will actually make an appearance.
With that in mind, the venue offers the shelter of a covered bar and a roofed area in front of the decks, so you can dance whatever the weather. Colour comes from bright beanbags (hang on, we thought we’d left those in the ’80s), allowing relaxed drinkers to carpet the floor as heavily as that AstroTurf.
If that heatwave ever hits, there’s ample uncovered sunshine spots and plenty of deck chairs to lounge with a cocktail – mojitos and caipirinhas do a grand trade, but I tested out the Dalston Sunset, a cheerful blend of cranberry, lychee liqueur and gin that practically screams ‘summer’.
Throughout the season, pop-up food traders will be setting up shop for monthly residencies (Le Bao are currently cooking up a storm on the roof), sunrise yoga sessions will crop up on the regs and those DJs keep coming, so get on up. If the beanbag is in for a revival, perhaps summer will be making a comeback too.
Framed by the city skyline, our rooftop oasis transforms what was once forgotten space into a music venue, plushly turfed and brimming with flowers, palm tree's and a Martin Audio Soundsystem!
Newly refurbished for 2017, DRP boasts two bars, in house catering, a state of the art retractable roofing system (for cover) and bespoke lighting all around the venue.
All money at Dalston Roof Park goes towards supporting The Bootstrap Company, a registered charity based in Hackney, helping to alleviate poverty and further education in the local community.
|Venue name:||Dalston Roof Park|
18 Ashwin St
|Opening hours:||Open 5-11pm, Tue-Fri; 3-11pm Sat; 3-10pm Sun; closed Mon.|
|Transport:||Dalston Junction Overground|
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Average User Rating
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It's an uniques space with great views, a diverse events programme; All the beer on tap was brewed in 40ft brewery based in a shipping container in the car park, and all the money goes to a good cause (Bootstrap Charity) so you can feel good whilst you drink it.
An amazing venue that also gives young people, community groups, charities and social enterprises the opportunity to run events / fundraisers / launches / workshops. A really special place!
A vibrant community space, and Dalston's only rooftop! Been to a number of awesome events here and all the money they make goes to the Bootstrap Charity too. Closest to a guilt free pint you'll get in London!
A Great space to party, socialise or watch a film in the heart of Dalston with fantastic food also.
Definitely worth a visit!
DRP has to be one of the loveliest places to hang out in London :) the programme is really varied, the beer brewed on site - the staff are all on living wage and all the profits go to charity - a real feel good place :)
This small no-frills space is so much more fun than the swankier, wankier rooftop bars. Great music, great cocktails, great dirty urban nighttime views. Best to arrive early and not to have any issues with your personal space being invaded.
Great views, but you have to pay £5 entry (for "membership" - I paid this the year before but told that I was no longer a member and needed to pay again) and its generally very very busy and quite a small space. Visit on a weekday evening if you want to enjoy this.
I went myself yesterday and we were asked by a young hipster on the door to pay £5 to get some membership, which he did not say what allow you to, if we wanted to join the roof. Just another way to make an "all hipster" space in Dalston. Go to the park instead!
This is awesome! I am preparing a trip for London fans and want to show things items "they do not know" and I will certainly go and pay a visit to the roof park! Thanks!!! .
My work colleagues and I use the roof at lunch time and it is a very pleasant place during the summer, always interesting people there. It will be interesting to see how it works during the evening with drinks and music, I will definitely go!!
its fantastic, the only problem was the weather but when it gets warm , it will be on of the most loved places to have your drink.. (ps expand the cellar ,meaning more options on the drinks)