The Alibi

Nightlife, Bars Stoke Newington
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It’s easy to think of the Alibi as the naughty kid brother to the Dalston Superstore just up the street. While the Superstore beckons in punters with a large, open storefront and promises of cocktails and comfort-cooking, the Alibi offers little hint of what lies within, and walking down the thin staircase to the basement for the first time can be a little unnerving.

Still, don’t be shy: they’re a friendly bunch down there, if dauntingly hip. The bar’s run by the Real Gold ‘creative collective’ (their description), which stages an edgy mix of DJ nights throughout the week. Drinks aren’t anything special, but this is a good spot regardless.


Venue name: The Alibi
Address: 91-93 Kingsland High St
E8 2PB
Transport: Dalston Junction Overground
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3.2 / 5

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I’m surprised by the negative comments as I’ve always had a great time here. Yes, it is small and cramped with its low ceiling and dark setting, reminiscent of an edgy underground bunker (not too great for claustrophobic clubbers), and the bar is relatively small, meaning you’re not going to get served that quickly, but once you put all that aside it’s a great place to party in the East, with a range of different music from minimal techno to reggae to suit all tastes. Definitely worth a go, just remember to take care on the descent down the teeny narrow stairs, and if you’re tall- mind your head!

The Alibi has terrible staff. I waited for half an hour at the bar to order a drink without getting served (the average customer was served in about 10-15 minutes). When I made the waitresses politely aware of that and asked to be served they became very defensive and patronising, and told me it was very busy and with that attitude I wouldn't get served at all by them. I was advised to go to the other side of the bar and try my luck with the other waiters because I would not get served by then anymore. After demanding for the bar manager, I was told by the manager it was my fault and apparently I didn't create enough attention - for the record, I am 6 foot 8 tall. Instead of getting served and receiving an apology for waiting a ridiculous amount of time, I was identified as the problem, not the lack of attention and oversight of the bar staff. I totally understand that it's not an easy job to be a waitress in a noisy, crowded space like that and never expected to be served earlier than anyone else. But the attitude of both the waitresses and manager were shocking. These people don't belong in the service industry. Avoid at all cost."

Absolutely disgraceful venue - staff are rude and quite frankly vile - management also seem to think it acceptable to be aggressive towards women and push them around at closing time - as if herding cattle. There are plenty of venues in east to have a good time - don't go to this one.

This is my favourite place to party Dalston. It used to be a bit too trendy, but the crowd has got older over the past couple of years and the staff are so friendly. The bouncers are kind and make you feel safe, the music is varied and wicked, the prices are reasonable and it has that great NYC basement bar feel.