Thursday, June 09, 2016

Fun times round at Little Nan's!

Sometimes, you just need a good night out. Silliness and music and drinks and friends. 

Sometimes as a blogger, you get invited to try out different evenings out around the city, and if you're really lucky you find yourself with a posse of awesome fellow-bloggers with whom you get to do so.

Pretty rad, right?

So it was that last Thursday I found myself journeying over to Dalston, for a night of fun at Little Nan's Bar, along with the lovely Erica, Ashleigh, Emma and Milly. Little Nan's is a pop-up (I love it, East London repping) housed in the Rio Cinema a hop, skip and jump away from Dalston Kingsland. It's a spin-off from the South london Little Nan's, and is in residence until the 14th August.

The whole place is festooned with what some would call tat, but it makes for a great atmosphere - colourful, kitschy and playful. The whole space is full of film posters, knicknacks and fun talking pieces. It made for excellent posing opps, as Milly demonstrates below!

 We were the first to arrive, so we spent a good ten minutes oohing, aahing and taking pictures, before grabbing a handful of popcorn and some pick and mix (yay, PICK AND MIX!) and settling down for a nice, refreshing cup of....cocktail.

Side note: I *loved* how much seating there was. I can dance and drink just as much as I did half a lifetime ago, but man I need a seat afterwards. #sadbuttrue

The cocktail list was hilarious, featuring such names as the 'Bet Lynch' and the 'Sexy Frank Butcher'. We selected a few and they were brought to us in teapots!

A teapot full of cocktail (odd phrase to write, that) is £20...but for £39 there's an all-you-can-drink option (within reason, natch), which covers two hours of drinking. Not bad at all by London standards - the cocktails we tried were well made and interesting, and it turns out a teapot is a pretty generous serving!

Drinks acquired, we were able to sit and chat and thoroughly enjoy the soundtrack of brilliant 90s tunes. Destiny's Child! Coolio! Bryan Adams!

 As demure as this picture looks, trust and believe there was a LOT of singing and silliness. Whenever Erica and I go out and there's music, we end up serenading each other. I kind of love that that's our thing!

Just as we were getting ready to leave, we discovered the other room - a room full of disco lights, a giant fan you can use as a wind machine (oh yes, we did) and props aplenty. So we delayed our exit by a good twenty minutes and had a good old boogie.

We then repaired to Voodoo Ray's, a couple of doors down, for pizza, diet coke and chats (thank you Erica for letting me knab this photo!).

And then it was time to head home...

Thank you so much to the team at Little Nan's for hosting us so beautifully and making us feel so welcome. If you're looking for a fun, quirky night out with lashings of 90s hits, you really must head over to Little Nan's - I'm so glad I did!

The bar is open Tuesday – Thursday from 5pm ’til midnight, and until 2am Friday and Saturday. Booking is advised but if there’s space, walk-ins are welcome too

Little Nan’s @ Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High St, 
E8 2PB

Disclaimer: As the above would suggest, I was kindly invited to visit Little Nan's and they gave me cocktails and sweeties while I was there. Opinions, however? All my own.


  1. Oooh it remind me of The Little Yellow Door :)

    1. Similar vibe, right? Such a fun, quirky night out!

  2. This sounds like a great place, the thought of having a cocktail named after Frank off Eastenders is really funny. That reminded me of the time he showed up at Pat's with nothing but that spinning bow tie on x

    1. *shudder* Haha, good times - used to love Eastenders back in the day!

  3. I totally hear you on the seats thing. I never know why people are expecting to stand around and chat, we'd all be so much more comfortable sitting!

    1. Seats are my joy. Seats and table service? Give me life.

  4. Hooray for a girl's night out!

  5. What a quirky little place. Loving your photos :)

    Lu |

    1. Thanks so much! It's such a great little venue!


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