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.
|Venue name:||Machine No. 3|
271 Well St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thur 5pm-midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm-1am; Sun 5-11pm|
|Transport:||Hackney Central rail|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:7
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Brilliant bar, nice selection of spirits, beers, and wines
Staff super friendly and knowledgeable, plus wicked tunes on the weekends,
New kid on the block in up and coming Well Street. A well-chosen range of craft beers and wines is now complemented by pop-up food residencies. You can even have a mezze delivered to your table from the kabab restaurant next door!! Dance the night away to live DJ sets most Friday and Saturday nights.
Turned up as a group of four at 22:15 hours. Door staff was passive aggressive who had stated that there was a private function, thou let every other person in. Bouncer challenged and did not have an answer for not allowing our group of four in. We had just started the night, so be aware that the door staff will only allow certain individuals into the bar for no apparent reason. Poor bar!
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