As part of our Time Out reader takeover 2015, we sent reader Steph Dye to Moth Club to review the venue:
‘If Moth Club – tucked down a quiet, unlit backstreet in Hackney – were a cocktail, the recipe would be a simple one. In equal measures, mix the stubborn, time-weathered regulars from the corner of any traditional London pub with an east London crowd of hipsters and young professionals. After shaking with at least a fistful of glitter, serve warm in a container not dissimilar to the social club featured in ‘Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights’. Add several paper umbrellas if you wish.
‘This is not your typical working men’s club. Moth Club borrows its name from the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, an order of ex-military servicemen and women who still regularly meet and drink at the venue under a motto of ‘True Comradeship, Mutual Help and Sound Memory’. Regardless of the recent refurbishment of the club, these words continue to ring true, right down to the last commemorative plaque, preserving the original feel of the club.
‘Well, almost. By a stroke of creative brilliance, the venue's backroom has been entirely covered in gold glitter, a look which somehow works remarkably well with the retro, dated interior. It really does need to be seen in all its spangly glory to be believed. Upstairs, there’s also a smaller second room that doubles as both a cosy events space and a green room for the many live music acts who perform downstairs. It even comes with its own bar, dartboard and several extra commemorative plaques that I assume couldn’t be squeezed on to the walls in the main bar.
‘Recently opened as a nightlife and music venue, the club is honing its style. For example, the weekly Wednesday Bingotheque night was, on my visit, operating as a traditional bingo night, with the lights up and the music at a sensible level– but this was very much a scaled-down one-off version of the usual Bingotheque antics, but don't let this put you off. Far from being geared towards one crowd, there was a universally inviting atmosphere – everyone was welcome.
‘If that still hasn’t persuaded you, future nights will include fabulously kitsch prizes, such as shiny gold mugs and tea towels – how many events can you think of that provide a full night’s entertainment and a delightful addition to your kitchen all for just four quid? The music will be cranked up at future events, in keeping with the 'discotheque' side of things.
‘I might have gone for the bingo, but I stayed for the conversation, the sense of community, and that mesmerising gold ceiling. And you can bet your last bingo sheet that I’ll be returning soon to claim my own tea towel.’
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