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  • 4.0 star rating
    3/1/2013 Updated review
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    The second to last time i went to this club, you had foolish people spilling their drink and deciding that they will use their feet as human skis, to slide across the floor.. not good!...not good at all, especially when you are trying to dance.
    Sooo the last time i came here, the bouncers put a stop to that nonsense at once! which made me happy bunny and that is why it is getting an extra star.

    This time as well i was upstairs and really enjoyed it, due to DJ playing jams!! :)

    3.0 star rating
    23/8/2009 Previous review
    When I first got in, It was really packed and I thought to myself If this Is how Its gonna be I know… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating

    I didn't really know quite what to make of the East Village.  It's housed in what was formerly the Medicine Bar and they've certainly spared no expense in doing it up.  The interior is slick and shiny and even the toilets have a touch of class about them.  The bar is elegant stretching the length of the room and serving a range of excellent drinks which whilst tasting nice are inevitably a little pricy.

    The music is awesome with a custom built sound system that really makes the most of what is actually a fairly small venue.  Generally you will find some sick house or techno DJs getting the crowd jumping.

    I had a good time here but felt quite bad about it afterwards.  It does everything a club should do and provides some wicked tunes to boot.  It just doesn't really have anything particularly magical about it, its missing that lovable shambolic quality that makes a good club so memorable.

    Definitly decent but the only thing you'll remember it for is the music.

  • 3.0 star rating

    A decent dance music club, which doesn't do much to stand out from the crowd.

    Spread across two floors: a more down-tempo ground floor, which has quite cool decor, and a basement rave zone, where the bigger speakers and more banging music will tend to be. My feeling on the basement is that the layout doesn't generate that much atmosphere. I found myself spending most of my time trying to get out of people's way, and it seemed like those who wanted to really have it were mixed up with people standing around and simply head-nodding, as well as those who were just trying to get to the toilets.

    Plus points would have to be the friendly bouncers the last time I went, who nevertheless also take a hard line on anyone breaking certain rules - they weren't turning any blind eyes and I saw a few people chucked out. Worth noting. They also operate a no ID, no entry policy - so don't forget to bring yours..

    A neutral point would be £4.30 for a pint - on the face of it, that's expensive, but remember it's a London club, and it could be worse. Bar staff were quite nice last time I was there, and it doesn't take long at all to get served.

    When it comes to that all-important piece of club equipment: the soundsystem, East Village isn't packing anything too mind-blowing, but it's decent enough.

  • 2.0 star rating

    I used to love this place, especially on a thursday night, would get to listen to some great tunes, drum and bass.

    This thursday full of kids listening to the most banal pop/RnB. Disappointing.

    Staff were really nice and friendly.

  • 3.0 star rating

    I completely agree with Gareth's review... East Village is fine, they've got some pleasant accents going on (plush leather sofas, a nice dark wood bar), it feels *slightly* more upmarket and definitely more fastidiously well-kept than some of your other more dingy Shoreditch clubs, but well, there's absolutely nothing special, or memorable, or magical about it.  You're not quite sure what vibe they're aiming for - but whatever it is, they don't pull it off.

    I do, however, recall rather enjoying the music.  The sound was great, the DJ was reactive to the crowd and vice versa... and the (small) dance floor was packed with people getting their groove on to a serious beat.

    But you know, even with the guarantee of another smashing DJ set, I have no real inclination to go back.

  • 2.0 star rating

    Potentially Medicine bar could be a great bar. Split over two floors, comfy seating and a good sized bar with rotational DJ's with a classy feel, it has it all. Yet the atmosphere here never seems to catch. The bar staff are an unassuming bunch that do not seem to take pride in their work.

    I haven't eaten here but I'd be willing to try. I've been three times and neither had a great or a bad night. At present I'd recommend it for a relaxed drink with friends but not a wild night partying.

    • Qype User Timina…
    • Sydney, Australia
    • 634 friends
    • 758 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Revamped a year ago to be like NYC "east village" bars, this place seems to me the right mix of eclectic, funky, and comfortable whilst avoiding being completely poser-y.

    The chairs and benches are all different. There's lots of leather, dark fabrics, secluded corners, and a well-stocked bar. The DJ booth is usually being used.

    They open on Sundays from 2pm - 11pm. You can get a decent (not great, but ok) Sunday roast for £10-£12 - or a salad or burger - while a DJ spins something chilled (lots of reggae today). I had three slices of pork belly (with bacon, sweet potato mash, cabbage, roast potato, applesauce, and a cold soggy Yorkshire pudding for a tenner). I like this Sunday roasts 'n' records idea, having seen it work really well at places like The Defectors Weld (qype.co.uk/place/66223-T…) .

    Staff were helpful and very attentive when I was in today. It's the cooler side of Shoreditch without feeling like you're not cool enough to be there.

  • 5.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Popped in here the other night and was very pleasantly surprised by the chic decor and surprisingly lovely staff! Shoreditch can end up being painfully pretentious but this little bar is trendy and welcoming (and serves lovely food).

    Grab yourself a little table in the window and watch the world go by over Sunday lunch or nip in of an evening and bust some moves. Anything goes!

  • 2.0 star rating

    I went here on a Wednesday night for the weekly SOMENIGHT dubstep night. I arrived at two minutes past eleven so was ordered to pay the after eleven charge which I thought was a little stingy of them especially as we were a large group. This place is truly terrible, a beer is four pounds and the speakers are terrible. I ended up paying a lot for very little and had ringing in my ears for the entire of the next day because of the bad quality speakers. The music wasn't that great either.

    • Qype User antiso…
    • London
    • 41 friends
    • 159 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    Located in the heart of Shoreditch on Great Eastern Street this cool little club usually has something good going on both during the week and at the weekend. It was at East Village that the now infamous 'Nightslugs' dubstep party started in the basement room which is famous for its sub woofer bass speakers in the floor. Low lighting and dark corners for dark deeds, this is a great location for a dubstep night.

    • Qype User Hampst…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 193 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Have only been here a few times so cannot give a real review. Small dance bar / club in Shoreditch so I guess it depends on who is DJing and what type of music you like on whether or not you'll like the place. We went to listen and dance to Andrew Weatherall most recently. Spot on sound, lighting. The bar downstairs in the dance area gets packed so head upstairs to get your drink, much quicker service.

  • 4.0 star rating

    A group of us went to the Doctors Orders night on a Friday to listen to The Nextmen and I really enjoyed the night. Upstairs and down the music was spot on even though it was banged out downstairs and somewhat like a mosh pit, honestly I'm suprised punches weren't thrown with the jostling that was going on. The lineups they have for this night are second to none. Marley Marl, Nextmen, Statik Selektah, Dj Premier, Cash Money, the list goes on. The combination of real 90's Hip Hop in this modern world of Rick Ro$$ & Lil' Wayne and a great vibe in the upstairs more spacious bar makes you forget the chaos of the downstairs, the sky high drink prices and the 40 minute queues even though we had tickets. The venue is a 3 but if you are in any way a Hip Hop head this place is a solid 5. Do youself a favour and go to Doctors Orders, it will remind you why you loved the Hip Hop scene in your teens. The only thing that depressed me somewhat was the youngers in there who I'm sure considered themselves über cool for listening to 'old skool' music, urgh.

    • Qype User lace11…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 100 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    Formerly known as Medicine Bar, this club has recently received an excellent makeover that has seen this rise to become one of the best venues in London. The major pull is the cracking soundsystem, amongst the best in town alongside The End and Plastic People. As a result the quality of nights and DJ line-ups is excellent, varied and constantly interesting. Dark and designed for music-heads, this place remains friendly and cosy without being pretentious. Definitely worth a dance

    • Qype User gemma2…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 69 reviews
    3.0 star rating

    been in here a few times on a sunday nite, nice little club just between shoreditch and old street. good music and some big dj line ups. well worth a visit, good nite to check out is friday this is mostly on a friday.

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