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So you've never been to... VFD?

Everything you need to know about the club on Stoke Newington Road

By Nick Levine

In a nutshell...
A subterranean temple of anything-goes, pansexual lovin’.

Where is it?
In the heart of Dalston, on Stoke Newington Road. Watch out for the window that looks like it belongs to a leftfield art gallery, then head on down.

What's the vibe?
Dingy glamour and queer hedonism. It’s no accident the loos have a massive penis mural. VFD (formerly Vogue Fabrics) is a place where East End scenesters, LGBT club kids and forwardthinking fashion people come together to drink, dance and very possibly drag up.

What makes it a great venue?
VFD has enough chutzpah to host club nights called Sassitude and Cuntmafia but no superiority complex – this venue loves a Madonna tribute night too. VFD also prides itself on offering a judgement-free space to anyone with an open mind. ‘VFD is a sanctuary, not a circus,’ the venue says. ‘Because we have a carefully curated door policy, you’ll never feel like you’re on display for people who want to gawp at the “freaks”.’

What's the booze situation?
Basic, but in a way that lets you get creative. If you want a cocktail, ask for a vodka shot in your prosecco – VFD is that kinda place.

What's coming up?
The last ever Straight Nasty on February 25. In recent years, this cult pop night has been responsible for the best flyers in town. My personal favourite was a stroke of Photoshop genius showing Donatella Versace ‘dancing’ with Vanessa Feltz.

Finally, what happens to the coats left in the cloakroom?
According to the venue: ‘We hold on to everything for a couple of weeks then send it to Traid. People lose everything on the dancefloor: phones, keys, dresses, trousers, knickers, wigs, sometimes their sanity.’ 

Find out more about VFD


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