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Machine No. 3 (CLOSED)

  • Bars and pubs
  • Homerton
  • price 2 of 4
  • 3 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A cocktail bar in a former launderette with a sweet community spirit.

Please note, Machine No 3 has now closed. Time Out London Editors, February 2018.

Machine No 3 is a Hackney launderette-turned-cocktail joint, so when, on approach, we noticed that the windows were steamed up, we had high hopes for an atmosphere as pounding as our very own clapped-out washer-dryer. Yet when the door swang open, it revealed just a couple of regulars at the bar and a slightly lost-looking pair of ramblers nursing half-pints in the corner. It’s a shame that Machine No 3 finds itself perched on the corner of a busy junction on the Homerton backstreets: not an area offering a huge amount of natural footfall.

Fortunately, their Twitter feed tells a different story of lively gigs, themed events and DJs at the weekend pulling in punters until 1am. We can only assume we picked a quiet night. Beyond this, it’s a sweet space with a community feel – you can order kebab fodder from the Turkish next door or Italian from Well Street Pizza down the road. Old reclaimed furniture doesn’t offer much comfort, but should at least get the patrons moving; there’s certainly ample space for a makeshift dance floor.

The cocktail list makes appealing reading, with monthly themed drinks deals and a roster of three craft beers on draught in support. Sadly, a Smoke and Orange (whisky, cinnamon syrup, orange, bitters, £8.50) didn’t quite live up to expectations – not as ballsy as billed and very sweet on the palate. The Elderflower Wash (£8) was easily knocked back though, frothy from egg whites and pleasantly heavy on the gin. And when it’s party time, you probably won’t be scrutinising the sugary drinks so heavily, anyway. Just rinse and repeat.

Written by
Laura Richards


271 Well St
E9 6RG
Hackney Central rail
Opening hours:
Mon-Thur 5pm-midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 5-11pm
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