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Servants Jazz Quarters

So you’ve never been to... Servant Jazz Quarters?

Everything you need to know about the elegant east London music venue

By Rhian Daly

In a nutshell...
A cosy little east London haven away from the rest of the city’s hustle and bustle. Servant Jazz Quarters is intimate, but a lot more elegant than most venues its size.

Where is it?
A stone’s throw from all the action of Dalston’s Kingsland Road, but nestled away from the chaos and noise on Bradbury Street.

What’s the vibe?
Depending on who’s playing, the live room can either be a sweaty den of madness or an oasis of calm. Head upstairs to the bar afterwards for an unhurried atmosphere.

What makes it a great venue?
It’s the perfect place to discover new music: be that a rising indie band, who’ll be selling out far bigger venues in six months time (Car Seat Headrest, Happyness and Honeyblood have all played here in recent years), or soul, blues, funk, country or jazz acts. With a maximum capacity of 100, you’ll be surrounded by likeminded sonic explorers for some truly personal performances.

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What’s the booze situation?
A round for you and a mate won’t leave you with much change from a tenner, if any. Pick up a pint for £4.70, a glass of house wine for £4.80 or your preferred house spirit and mixer combo for a fiver. If you fancy a little treat, SJQ is renowned for its cocktails – they’ve got everything from bellinis and margaritas to their own twists on delicious classics, all for £8.50 a pop.

Who’s the most famous person spotted there?
Being the kind of establishment it is, don’t expect to see anyone off ‘TOWIE’ propping up the bar. SJQ attracts a different class of celebrity, including the legendary Brian Eno, who was once spotted sipping a glass of white wine ahead of Three Trapped Tigers’ leader Tom Rogerson’s Proof Positive night, which celebrates more unusual artists and sounds. Of course.

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