The Vibe Bar.
We were recently in the East End of London and taking a trip through memory lane by wandering along Brick Lane.
It was quite surreal when at 1 o clock on a Saturday afternoon, we heard loud (very loud!) music coming from one of the old large warehouse buildings. When we took a closer look, there was definitely some kind of activity going on which in Newcastle tends to happen post midnight- flashing lights and people really dancing on the dance floor. Intriqued we had to take a look.
At the large gates were doormen who told us that there was a musical festival (reggae) which was going to go on all day and most of the night and then it would continue into the next day. It cost only £1 for a wristband and to enter the bar so quite a bargain.
Once through the gates there is a large cobbled courtyard with trestle tables and benches which are covered by an awning, an outside bar and a stall selling food- Mamma's Jerk Chicken and bbq grills. The courtyard was busy even in the afternoon,, probably helped by the fact that it was a lovely warm sunny day.
The building in which the Vibe bar is situated is inside a large building which looks as though it was originally some sort of warehouse, brick built and with long high ceilings. The entrance to the building is up some quite steep stone steps so given the fact that there are cobbles and steep stairs, it's a tad hazardous for anyone in heels and also quite inaccessible for wheel chair users.
Inside, the bar is apparently set out over four floors but we saw only one- the one into which we entered immediately after climbing the steps. Immediately on entering, there is a very narrow corridor so if someone is passing ,its wise to take on a crab like stepping motion. However, once this short corridor has been negotiated, then we entered a large open room with a big bar straight in front of us.
There is a dance floor area to the side which is where the sound system was set up and also where the dj was standing and dancing. This room has wooden floors with a large patterned rug and large leather sofas placed around a low wooden table. Its not all polished and tidy but feels more comfy and laid back.
The walls of the room are decorated with colourful murals which gives visitors plenty to look at and talk about if conversation runs out! These murals are unfortunately next to the toilet entrances so if you go to the toilet you have an audience.
Drinks aren't too expensive considering its London and we found them to be about the same as bars in the centre of Newcastle
Sunday to Thursday : 11am - 11.30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - late night
Address: Old Truman Brewery, 91 - 95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Telephone: 020 72473479
A lively venue where events seem to be happening every weekend. Its also a relaxed place if you are in the area and want a drink although I wasn't too impressed with the advertised food stall- the food didn't look particularly appetising.
Nice place tosit outside and watch the world go by.
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