The Victoria

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A Dalston pub reformulated by the Jaguar Shoes group, with food from Wild Dog Kitchen and live bands onstage at the back.

Here’s what happens when Dreambagsjaguarshoes grows up, packs its bags and moves to Dalston. The Victoria is now owned by the same people as the perennially cool and grungy Shoreditch hangout, and probably represents a mellowing out with age – it’s a pub, it’s more relaxed, it stages live music, and it’s on a backstreet off Dalston Lane instead of the illuminated strip down the road.

As a pub, it’s decent – an artily thrown-together look, a few local beers (although not many), and a ‘residency’ from peripatetic grillers Psychic Burger. It’s a misleading name – I sat thinking about what I wanted to eat for half an hour before having to go up and order at the bar in the old-fashioned way. But as US diner food in plastic trays goes, it’s a fine example of its type.

Through the back of the pub is the stage, where assorted bands assemble to perform. The Victoria has been a scuzzily democratic live music venue for decades, so it’s great that the new owners kept that going and didn’t turn the room into a dining room/yoga space/Tesco Metro. 

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The Victoria says
The stunning 50s bar island takes centre stage in the venue – illuminated and boasting the kind of drinks offer you’d expect to find: JaguarShoes classic cocktails, locally brewed craft beers and a selection of new and old world wines.

The music room at The Victoria has been on the radar of gig-goers for more than three decades and is one of the best live rooms in east London. In the spring of 2015 we re-launched the space independently to the pub, working with the industry’s best promoters and building an exciting new programme of live music and club nights.

The Victoria is part of JaguarShoes Collective. We are a fully independent, family-run business established in Shoreditch with a focus on supporting the arts since 2001.
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By: Euan Ferguson


Venue name: The Victoria
Address: 451 Queensbridge Rd
E8 3AS
Transport: Dalston Junction Overground
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Great live music venue selling the best burgers. Prices are average for London. typical east london boozer decor and friendly staff. 

The Victoria is for me, one of the best music venues in London, i have been several times and I fully recommend this place. They also have a good selection of food and beers and is not expensive at all. Great!

No doubt one of the best live music venues in London for upcoming and established bands. Best sound system I've seen in a venue this size. Always great selection of drinks and delicious food from Yeah Grills. The outside garden is a nice surprise and great for day time drinks. Great club nights on weekends as well. Favorite venue of Dalston area by far.

A great pub, with a friendly atmosphere and a very good selection of drinks (cocktails too!). The live music especially is brilliant, there are lots of up and coming artists playing almost every night and the sound is excellent too. Definitely one of the best music venues in London!

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There's obviously no shortage of places to catch music in Hackney, but all the same it's good to see this place continuing to fly the flag for live gigs rather than get the standard gastropub makeover which usually kicks in when a pub gets taken over. Despite having just a back room with a small stage and a functional soundsystem - there seems to be some really interesting bookings taking place here at the moment, so it's shaping up to be a good addition to the area