There’s only one way to conclude our Pride Profiles series: it’s time to head east for a wild night out at the Dalston Superstore.
The restless party types amongst you will know that for a night out with maximum enjoyment and minimal walking, you want a spot that transforms as the day goes on: chilled out by day, and rowdy by night. You’ll find all that and more on Kingsland High Street, as Dalston Superstore offers brunch by day, and hedonistic fun by night – just don’t expect a quiet one…
See also: The legendary south London pub beloved by the LGBT+ community.
Much likes the days themselves here, we’ll start off easy and work up to the good stuff. Should you find yourself in Dalston Superstore upon a lunchtime or early evening, there’s plenty of food to be had. Burgers, sandwiches, and dishes such as roast aubergine or steak and egg hash will keep you filled up before the shenanigans begin.
See also: Our complete guide to the 2019 Pride in London parade.
Meanwhile, Saturdays and Sundays play host to Dalston Superstore’s Drag Brunch, where the likes of the ‘Butch Full English’ rub shoulders with mimosas, peach bellinis, and espresso martinis. Delicious though that may be, you aren’t going to be eating off your hangover in peace, because a troupe of drag queens will be out in force to keep things loose. Promising, in their own words, “all flavours of drag nonsense”, the likes of Shayshay, A Man To Pet, and Just May will keen your spirits way up.
That is merely a tantalising taste of the fun that unfolds at Dalston Superstore, for the nights get even louder. Whilst it’s brunch and bars upstairs, the basement dancefloor is ready and willing to welcome those looking to throw out shapes. As you might have guessed already, Dalston Superstore is the haunt of a huge, diverse LGBT+ crowd, and the inclusive nature of the place means there literally is something for everyone here.
For instance, if you’re in the market for “eccentric electronica, weirdo-disco, mutant-pop and Toto’s Africa at least once”, then Wednesday’s Uncontrollable Urge is your go-to event. Tenderfoot, running each Tuesday, sees a new DJ/collective hosting a month-long residence, with a new protege unveiled each week. For something altogether sweatier, Bodycon’s Thursday night garage/pop mix will get the blood pumping, and twice-monthly Sorry Not Sorry is a temple to those hate-to-love pop tunes we not-so-secretly crave.
Whatever you’re in the mood for, none of the soirees end before 2am – so brace yourself for a late one. Dalston Superstore regularly hosts art exhibits too, for a little bit of culture in between the trashy pop hits. Head on over, because you know you want to buy what this superstore is selling!
Location: . Nearest tube is Dalston Kingsland. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 5pm-2am (Mon), 12pm-2am (Tue to Thu), 12pm-3am (Fri), 10am-3am (Sat), 10am-2am (Sun)
Price: entry is free to most club nights, drinks start from £3.90.
More information: head to their website.
Featured image: Google Maps
Also published on Medium.