"Loud, surreal and a lot of fun!"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
What do you do when you’re just a regular snooker club on a first floor in Dalston and the whole area becomes the new Shoreditch? You stay exactly the same only you stay open really late and play the music really loud.
Located at the start of Stoke Newington Road, Effes Snooker Club and Bar is a Dalston institution. This is possibly the only place you can find some balance between the people you see in Dalston by day and those you see here at night. Dare we say it, it even has a touch of community? Maybe that’s pushing it, but the late license, relatively cheap beers (by the can) and pool tables attract a more mixed crowd than most Dalston bars. The large venue is a brilliantly antiquated nod to the nineties East End. Weird painted murals, stained snooker tables and a vast projector playing MTV Base - that’s the nineties right there, right?
Of course, nobody goes to Effes before midnight, unless you’ve got your Riley with you and you’re here for some cue ball action. In essence it is like a dive version of venues like the Elbow Rooms in Shoreditch, its authenticity trumping the lounge aesthetics of those places. Instead of cocktails it’s £3 cans of Stellar, instead of ‘chill-out’ it’s 2-Chainz and it’s always boiling hot.
Like the Dolphin on Mare Street, Effes is the last bastion for the beer blind, for those who have slammed too many Jagerbombs to get in anywhere else, who think nothing’s more awesome than repeating the disco call of “Oooh Oooh” on mass. Which is why we like it. If it wasn’t for Effes, you might have to go home.
T.A.O reviewed Efes Pool Club and Bar on Wed 03 Jul 2013