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 to in the later hours after warm-ups at Dalston Superstore or the Glory [see entries]. Decor is gaytastic, including references to Keith Haring. 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 that come and go with a reliable regularity, just to keep things fresh. Friday's dance-heavy Blockheads is very popular. 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.