Moth Club

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Moth Club

A new nightspot in Hackney from the team who run the Shacklewell Arms and Lock Tavern, Moth Club is a former trade hall that houses a military veterans’ club alongside its hipper clientele.

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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Venue name: Moth Club
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Address: Valette St
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E9 6NU
Transport: Hackney Central Overground
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tastemaker

I'm forever hearing about this place and when I finally went I totally get the appeal. It has that vibe where it feels like nothing has changed there for a while, and yet it still remains very current, very LGBT friendly, and there is always a ridiculous amount of themed music nights, events and shows to go to!

100% will be back...although maybe not wearing heels, the uncarpeted bit of the dance floor can get VERY slippery haha!

tastemaker

One of the few rare things in hackney that hasn't been changed in the past years. I hope it never will. An absolute stunning venue and the atmosphere is always great. The sign about the side dj booth always make me smile

tastemaker

The Moth club is a tiny but amazing place. The first thing to notice is obviously the breathtaking sparkly shiny ceilings and the mini but nonetheless impressive scene. On this exact scene you can see talented young artists like the band Flyte (I went to their gig and absolutely loved it) or the unpredictable huge star LADY GAGA (yes, The one) doing a surprise gig!!
To sum up, the Moth club is full of surprises and great fun, without a doubt a must see!

Tastemaker

The Moth is a lovely little venue in the heart of Hackney. I've never been before, but apparently it's pretty established on the music scene and Lady Gaga performed a secret gig here some weeks ago. We came for the Wild Nothing gig (dream pop from the US). The event was completely sold out. We missed the opening act and arrived just in time for the main gig. As we passed the entrance bar (convenient for when you'd rather not queue for a drink at the super-crowded dance floor bar), we found the hall packed to the rafters. Seriously, it took some squeezing and elbowing just to get in, but the East London hipster crowd was very friendly and understanding, I'll give them that. The sound system is great, and with dream pop you do want the clean rather than loud sound. And I loved the golden ceilings. They also have the friendliest bouncer I have seen in London in a very long time, possibly ever. All in all, it was a nice experience, although it did make me contemplate the death of rock'n'roll, as everyone was really well behaved, hardly inebriated at all, and left the premises quietly and promptly before midnight struck.



MOTH club is a little golden cocoon from whence butterflies emerge, (or perhaps moths in this case)


The Moth Club is my home from home - amazing decor, great soundsystem, awesome live music! Everyone should come


This place has it all, a cozy bar with great beers, an awesome venue space that features some of the best live acts, comedians, quizzes and screenings in town, plus some secret rooms hidden away upstairs. I also keep seeing it crop up in photoshoots, tv shows and music videos, so I'm obviously not alone in loving it.


at a time of nightlife closures this fabulous venue is a hugely welcome addition to Hackney gig and clubbing spaces, great atmosphere and accoustics

Staff Writertastemaker

Amazing venue with lovely heart and soul! Seems to be a constant stream of good programming here so worth keeping an eye out for something that tickles your fancy!


What a venue! Excellent interior, leftfield programming. Thanks for bringing Har Mar Superstar to Hackney!


Great small venue with friendly people, groundbreaking acts, brilliantly restored dance hall and a cosey pub on the side.

Tastemaker

Lovely place for gigs! I've just been there to see Empress Of, I really liked the atmosphere and the furniture, quirkyand fun. For what I've seen, they organize a lot of interesting events, and I'm definitelly going to go back soon! Conveniently placed close to Hackney Central station, very easy to find, and the area is super cool to hang out. Check their calendar out, this place is worth a visit!

Tastemaker

I like what they have done here. A former service men's club has been given a new lease of life as a trendy venue with plenty of live music, film screening and other events while maintaining much of it's original decor, albeit with a large helping of gold glitter. The old regulars can still be found merrily drinking away in the small side bar so everybody's happy!


Interesting venue for  a gig. Effectively just an old working mans club given a sprinkle of glitter, but it seems to work. Sound was pretty good and generally nice atmosphere!

Tastemaker

A drag queen's dream, the Moth Club is a golden glittery mine of retro charm. I attended for the Knock2Bag comedy night and had a great time (apart from the questionable comedy in the second half). We got there early and so were lucky to bag a booth at the front (not so good to be in comedienne firing line!) as it soon filled up, so there was standing room only. Only downside was that there was no escaping the room when we were not enjoying the second half of the comedy! It was a great spot for a comedy night and I could imagine it's a great setting for other events too. It's well located close to Hackney Central station, so is easy to get to. It would be great if they would extend the bar snack offering as we hadn't had chance to grab food before hand (although I did enjoy a nostalgic pepperami!). Would definitely check it out again for other events. 

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Tastemaker

Retro is the atmosphere I got from walking into the Moth club, especially its gold ceiling and tassle backdrop for the stage. Not necessarily a bad thing, it's a really interesting venue to have a look around and study the medals/crests on the walls. I was here for the Knock2Bag comedy night which was a pretty interesting night, but imagine as a general venue for other events would be a great setting! 


It's great to try somewhere different and one which is definitely keeping in touch with its local roots and history, and for that, a great venue deserving of its high ratings! 


Went on the opening of Knock2Bag comedy night, it was pretty full (chairs laid out on the floor as well as the booths but it was standing room only) and a really good atmosphere, Romesh who was on first was the highlight, the next couple of acts were definitely decent, the final couple didn't quite do it for me but everyone else seemed to be still enjoying themselves!  Looks like a decent selection of beers and cider on tap, though most of the hand pulled were out of action on this occasion.  The glittery ceiling is definitely a cool feature and I'd like to try the venue again on a musical night.  Friendly crowd of punters and staff.  Will definitely be visiting this place again

Tastemaker

Booked a ticket for the club’s opening weekend, all excited to check a new venue in my neighbourhood and see the much-discussed glittery ceiling. The place was unfortunately almost empty, despite it being nearly midnight. It all felt a little awkward-school-disco-throwback-ish. However, the golden interior made it all worth it. Gin n’ tonics the size of my head were a plus too.