Night Tales

Abbott Street Car Park, Dalston, London

You can’t get hipper than street food and DJs in Dalston

When:Event passed!
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Thu 12th Dec 2013 to
Sat 14th Dec 2013

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Where:Abbott Street Car Park, Dalston, London E8 3DL
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Thursday: 18.00 - 23.00 Fridays: 18.00 - Midnight Saturdays: 15.00 - Midnight
Admission:£3 Donation
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About the event

Night Tales is a charming venture combining fine food, experimental bar culture and nightlife. The team behind acclaimed Dalston Roof Park, Background Bars, launch a six week project celebrating the best of London gastronomy and music culture, in a transformed East London car park and underground bunker.

Running from Thursday through to Saturday every week up until Christmas - Night Tales invites you to wrap up under the starlight and experience something unique in the heart of East London.

The food –
The event sees some of the most loved names from the cities vibrant food scene, all under one roof. Taking residency are Smokey Tails, Southern US BBQ joint - expect a pro- gramme of great music as well as some of the finest ribs and pulled pork in town. Night Tales will also be hosting a hand picked selection of London’s most in-demand restaurants including Patty and Bun who have, in less than a year, carved out a reputation for serving some of Lon- don’s finest burgers. New winners of the Young British Foo- dies Award BAO join the selection to offer up their famous Taiwanese steamed pork buns and soya milk fried chicken from their purpose built six-seater bar. Also in the limelight is the Japanese gyoza bar from Rainbo, with more foodie hotspots to be announced. Night Tales is supporting the Jamie Oliver Fifteen Apprentice Programme, offering graduates the opportunity to trade to Londoners for the evening.

The drink –
Background Bars are at the forefront of London’s pop up bar culture. At Night Tales you can expect to see their most ambitious bar set ups and cocktail menus yet. The mysterious Mexican spirit 'Mezcal' will feature on the Mezzanine, presenting ‘Tales of Mezcal.’ Guests are invited to taste the best Mezcal in the world and talk to industry experts at the same time. Beer drinkers are catered for with a wide selection of European Craft Beers, including a smoked London Porter and Krusovice. On the ground floor guests are invited to explore ‘The Negroni Station’ , serving Bourbon Negroni, traditional Negroni and a seasonally sublime warm spice Negroni. In addition to the plethora of chilled beverages, steaming hot drinks will be flowing for those that want to keep warm - Mulled Wine, Hot Spiced Cider & a naughty Absinthe Hot Chocolate.

The music-
Offering an eclectic mix of night culture to East London, Night Tales have built a raised stage area and proudly present a fine tuned programme of live music and entertainment to awaken the senses. Smokey Tails owners Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson will making some surprise appearances on the decks and BBQ. Also special guest sets from their summer djs: Disco Bloodbath, Bee Shiver, Tayo, Bad Passion and many more. The Vortex Jazz Club take to the stage for ‘Jazz Saturdays’ and you can expect to see locally born DJs from NTS, House of Disco and Dalston Nights. More to be announced soon…

The setting-
The landscape is worth checking out alone, with the design and curation distinguishing the event from any other. The pioneering two-tiered structure, which spans over 25m, offers a raised platform mezzanine so you can soak up the atmosphere from above. Intimate seating areas are available on both floors and the space is dressed with warm lighting and planted trees providing the perfect scene for winters new hang-out spot.

The whole ‘show’ takes place in a large disused space only a stone’s throw from Dalston Junction and Kingsland Road. The space also features a WWII Bunker hosting weekly live visual art and a series of interactive exhibitions.

To ensure the winter elements are fully considered, Night Tales is covered with an impressive 25m stretch canopy allowing guests to eat, drink, mingle and be merry under cover. Flaunting warming open log fires, delicious food and the best cocktails in town; Night Tales is the perfect destination for a warming festive atmosphere, and the making of those nights to remember.

Bootstrap Campus-
Night Tales are proud to support Bootstrap Campus – a project to help young people from East London get into work. We’ll be working with local youth organisations and community groups on the build and day to day running of the project.

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"You can’t get hipper than street food and DJs in Dalston"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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You can’t get much hipper than a gathering of street food vendors and DJs in a disused space in Dalston. Especially when one of the stalls is co-owned by Seth Troxler, one of the world’s most in demand DJs, along with his Visionquest bandmate Ryan Crosson.

We’re referring specifically to Smokey Tails, who do BBQ ribs, creamy mac and cheese, and pulled pork burgers, with juicy meat and red cabbagepiling out of pillowy-soft, glazed brioches. Over at Patty & Bun the Jazzy Jeffrey is even better, a ten-napkin burger with a rare beef patty, smoky bacon, oozing hot cheese sauce and two types of chilli relish. It’s no surprise they’ve got the longest queue; we’d give them top marks if only we could get served a little quicker.

The second busiest stall of the night is Bao, serving steamed, fluffy bunspacked with tender pork belly, chopped peanuts and fresh coriander, as well as fried buttermilk chicken and noodles. Elsewhere there is Rainbo who trade in gyoza, a mezzanine-level tequila bar, and another dedicated to negronis, serving among other things, hot spiced negronis and a killer tipple with dry amontillado sherry and vermouth.

While it’s mostly about the foodDisco Bloodbath are playing on the night we visit,and Troxler and Crosson will be making surprise appearances. Night Tales runs Thursdays to Saturdays till Xmas.

Leila reviewed Night Tales on Mon 18 Nov 2013

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