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Old Street Records

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Old Street
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(23user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Lively party bar in a party part of town.

It was always going to be popular, this bar, based as it is at the thronging epicentre of Shoreditch’s nightlife circuit. On our visit, there were chain-smokers outside and security on the door. But fair play: this third branch of the ‘records’ gang (joining Venn Street Records in Clapham and Northcote Records in Battersea) is a fun enough hangout.

Spread over two floors – a barely lit basement lounge and a brighter groundfloor – the look is fairly formulaic (exposed brick walls, industrial ceiling ducts, bare filament bulbs, red neon). But there’s a cursory nod to the music theme, with records stacked tall on shelves.

Live music and DJs keep the place buzzing, with tunes blasting out in the cosier basement space, too. It’s all secured the venue its status as a spot for group gatherings – as a three, we were the smallest table there. Two-for-one offers on a sprawling cocktail list and deals on a small range of pizzas pushes Old Street Records fully into party territory. A smoked pineapple punch proved an uplifting cocktail choice, although other drinks we sampled were a little shaky. The pizzas were solid – the fiery diavolo ’nduja the winner – but with a 45-minute wait after ordering and with no other pizzas flying around, we had to question what was going on in the kitchen. This party pooper aside, Old Street Records seems to be in its groove.


Address: 350-354 Old St
Transport: Tube: Old St, Shoreditch High St Overground
Opening hours: 5pm-1am Mon-Wed; 5pm-2am Thu-Sat
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Users say (23)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Good cocktails if you can finish them before the waitress takes them away.

Honestly, I was surprised at the terrible attitude I received from the waitress ( the tall slim blonde one ) when I complained after my second unfinished drink was collected from my table.

I go out to spend time with my friends not to be subjected to the emotional outbursts of the staff. The waitress really went out of her way to make me uncomfortable about the situation, even interrupting my conversation with my friends to create a confrontation which I really didn’t want any part of.

Myself and my guests all had a wonderful time. The drinks were delicious and the 2-4-1 deal was a big hit. I loved the atmosphere of the venue and the music was on point all night. Also, the staff was incredibly helpful in making it clear to other customers that our table was reserved so we didn't have to bother with that issue often. Thank you for a great evening!

Celebrated my birthday here and had a great night! We were well looked after and the music was awesome.

To the owner of this embarrasing place.

You should have a word with your security guards. They might not have enough brain to understand what you tell them but if they get paid to do their job, they should know it is to protect people who visit your local and avoid any incident who might affect your customers.

Yesterday, I saw how 4 of your security guys jumped on a mixed race guy and start a fight from nothing. The guy was better that your staff as he managed to stand up.So usless that they can't even protect themselves. They stole the phone of this guy who was bitten on the floor and they did kept the phone. I've got a video of the incident where you can see everything and I will report it to the police. I hope you are giving him the phone back at least as an apology after all.(I have his detail address if you want to do something right).

You should be ashamed for such a bad management and poor recruitment as they are just a bunch of brainless people who have no idea what their job is. For the bouncers, one day you will be on the floor and be ready for that because what goes around, comes around.

I hope you shut down soon.

Kind regards,

I went here with myself and a friend after a nice dinner. We went to dinner and got two drinks each. The bouncer would not let us in. He said we could have one drink, but we would have to leave after that because we were simply to drunk.

It was a Thursday. The place was empty and we were not “too” drunk. This place is over rated. And, who knows if they will let you in? There staff is very irregular on who gets in and who doesn’t.

I have been there last night and (as usual since it already happened twice) they literally take your drink (even if it's full) if u drop it on a table even for a second. I was sitting to the table talking to my friends. I looked in the bag for my mobile and.. the drink was gone. It happened again near the small dancefloor. And last but not least someone has stolen my personalised denim jacket. And it's very expensive. It's defo not worth in shoreditch.

Came here for a birthday party and indeed this place is crowded and packed! Luckily bar staff were fast so there won't be a problem getting Drinks. The Music was fabulous and Definitely one of the better places to dance if you are in shoreditch!

A great place to start a night out in the shoreditch area. Make sure you reserve a space, particularly if you are visiting on a Friday night as it is very busy with the after work crowd. Prices are standard for the area and drinks are tasty. Music is great and it has a very relaxed but fun vibe. Highly recommended for some drinks with friends. 

Top place to party, not too crowded and very good vibe! Perfect for a bday party (went to 2 there so far) Just be careful with the DJs, it can be good old tunes or a tad too electro, check their website before coming.


Old Street Records is a music and cocktail joint on the Old Street-Shoreditch border. With a generous Happy Hour from 5-8pm offering two for one cocktails, it's a surprisingly pleasant yet good value post works drinks option in the area. The cocktail list is pretty extensive and different, and they're happy to make you the classics on request. If it's not too busy there's even table service. It's not the largest space, but tables aren't crammed together. Book in advance and you might snag a nice semi-private alcove with a couch. There's live music most evenings, but we headed off for an early Tuesday night long before it started, so I'll reserve judgement. Good value, well-located and comfy - there's lots to like about Old Street Records.

No stars to this place. It was my birthday last night and they kicked me out because i went to manager and complained about the service. They didnt let my friend in and they said I am aggressive because I complained apparently for not letting my friend in. They even said we have cameras showing us that you have shouted at staff.. complete lie... I Was insulted and laughed at by both security and the manager. I asked for their names, they laughed at me, manager gave his name throw his hands at me saying "if you want to complain email us..." very rude unprofessional staff i have ever seen. I am manager myself in marketing agency and if i treat my customers this way I will be fired immediately. And Im not going to stop putting reviews on every page and ask all my friends who experienced the same insult last night to do so until I get some justice. You wont survive in london with so many competitors in hospitality if you continue treating your customers this way. Because at the end of the way WOM is stronger than everything else and im sure marketing manager would tell you that.

I will never come back to this place ever again and I will make sure none of my friends do. Nobody deserves to be treated this way by unprofessional staff on their birthday night.

Staff members were SO rude the night a friend of mine had a birthday there. Had the table booked until 9.30 and a staff member came up to aggressively tell us we needed to leave and threw the rest of the birthday cake away without consulting us. Then later in the evening my friend (the one having the birthday) was told she was rude to the manager, when she wasn't. Then later she was told by security that she couldn't come back in when she stepped out for a bit. When she asked for their names, she was laughed at and told to put in a complaint via email. Did not have a great experience, they ruined my friend's birthday (she went home feeling so upset and humiliated) and I would not recommend to anyone. This place is nothing special and there are SOOO many better bars in London where the atmosphere is better and staff are nice and appreciate their customers.

Strolledby this place plenty of times and not taken notice as it's rather unassuming black exterior but after speaking to the manager while walking by I decided to pop in for the first Common People open mic night.

Was so good I ended up coming back the following week due to very bubbly and receptive staff including Holly who co-runs the night, Plum with a bubbly banter and the energetic and enigmatic Delia behind the bar.

The first night of Common People was very well run by the very talented Sophie and supported by an amazing array of various marks to Kyla Stroud !

Attended with a Italian on the second week and we both enjoyed the thin crust Italian pizzas and chilled Asahis...

A young friendly crowd and regular prices for this area. Extra props out to Mike the head doorman who was attentive, engaging and humorous. A real asset to the venue with the other staff mentioned.

Rated 4 out of 5 as NO CIDER on offer and no guest beers.


First time I walked in here I walked straight out again - it was busy, super loud, and full of fresh-faced Shoreditich-ites - everything I hate in a London bar.  Then I gave it a second go (several pints later) and it was OK…made better by the Motown & Soul cover band playing.  It’s actually a decent space, and kind of vibey..if a little contrived.  Worth a gander, if you’re out out.

I had such high hopes for this I do with all brand new openings but there were too many things that will keep me from coming back.

The decor is confusing! Its so dark with wooden hues which make me ask why name it "old school records" when it had more of a western theme?

It was ridiculously loud in there ... So loud I ended up covering my friend in my spit from yelling over the loud background music and singer!

Jeeez it was tough hearing anything in there and it was a weekday so I can't imagine what a weekend will look like! Everyone will need loudspeakers just to be heard.

Lastly the cocktails were not great at all. Too much ice so they watered down in 3.5 seconds and they lacked dimension and depth. Nope ,won't recommend if you're catching up with someone . a shame really as their pizzas were some of the best I've had in London

Tiny gig place in old street visited for the Time Out launch party.

I liked this bar but it's quite a small place and when it's busy, it gets really hard to make your way to the bar (and even harder to come back with drinks in your hands!)

Same problem on the stage, I saw a 4 men band but actually from my seat I couldn't see one of them hidden by the saxophonist at the front...

It's too bad because the band was great and the atmosphere in this bar is very convivial and the staff is absolutely lovely!

There's a huge choice of amaaaazing cocktails for about £8.90 and the bartenders are more than happy to listen to your requests which I thought was very helpful and appreciable.

Not to be missed: happy hour 2-4-1 on cocktails!!!

Great after work venue. I popped here with my boyfriend for the Time Out launch party, which just so happened to coincide with national daiquiri day! Cue cocktails!! A good variety of cocktails, I would have liked to see more dark rum on the menu but there were plenty of others to choose from. The cocktails are normally around £9 each, they also run a 2-4-1 offer before 8pm. In my opinion, more juice than alcohol although the interesting flavours make up for that.

Loved the decor, ample seating for everyone and a great, if not a little small,  stage for live music. Watching the four piece funk band, with drum kit, keyboards, bass player and saxophonist all try to fit into the space was mildly entertaining. Impressive performance though and will definitely be looking them up! There's a downstairs too with an extra bar - but we didn't venture that way.

The staff were more than friendly and they clearly love their jobs. Some of them could have been wearing a little more clothing mind you(!) 

And the pizzas were tasty to boot. Will be keeping an eye on the listings and coming back for more soul, funk and jazz soon.

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