Indie trashy hipness in east London
A hot spot for the trendy-friendly in a pleasingly arty/seedy basement not far from arty/trendy Shoreditch. Dominated by two intimate dance floors and a healthy emphasis on new music, this is where one might trek in the later hours after warm-ups at Dalston Superstore or the George & Dragon [see entries]. Decor is gaytastic, including references to Keith Haring. Friday nights are particularly gay with Super Electro Party Machine from New York DJ, producer, club promoter and electroclash maverick Larry Tee. The domain of maverick promoter Wayne Shires (CV: Vauxhall club Crash, plus Substation, Ghetto and annual outdoor party Summer Rites), East Bloc features hyped club nights such as Butch (men-only cruising), Super Electric Party Machine and, among others, the semi-regular GutterSlut (started December 2007) — which heads to the Rhythm Factory for the bigger all-nighter parties — and TheMenWhoFell2Earth (since 2010). Hot 2 Trot moved in in early August 2013, with a regular Sunday residency. Disco Fag Bar is a thing of the past. But things shift here regularly. One would normally recommend the website, but it tends to lean more toward the cryptic than the informative. From January 2013 corporal punishment specialists Club CP started staging sex nights here, now in East Bloc's Bunker Bar every Tuesday of the month except the first, 7pm to 11pm. East Bloc opened September 2010. Tube station: Old Street.