Came by for a pint (or three) on a Sunday night. Sadly, it wasn't as lively as I assume Fridays or Saturdays are (though it had more people than many of the bars in the immediate vicinity). They were showing a World Cup game, and we sat at the bar upstairs and struck up good conversations with the two bartenders. They were super friendly. The space itself is pretty big, with a bunch of tables for dining against the windows, and booths in the back with more privacy.
Is this place overrun with hipsters? NO
Do they have a cool revolving door? Yes
Is it old and quirky? Yes
Is it also cheap university bar style? Yes
Do they have pretty good beer & wine? Yes
Was the service good? Yes
So, if all these positives why the 3 stars?
My best friend & I were enjoying a few libations here and tapping our toes to the music when one of the staff came over to us and said we had to move because the table we were at was reserved and the guests had just arrived, although they forgot to put a sign on it earlier in the day. Hmmm... On our arrival, we saw 2 tables in the front with 'reserved' signs so how come this one at the back was missed? Hmmm...
We vacated & went to the bar to continue our drinks but kept sight of the table to see who these folks were. To our suprise they were the Invisible People of Imaginery Land. Yeah, not a soul turned up for the table and in fact, more people arrived later and just plonked themselves there. We finished our drinks but noticed this table changed at least 3 different groups of people.
So, why the heck did this girl lie? We do not know but that little stunt just earned them a 3 star review.
Spendy noisy loads of seats usually rammed decent beers ok wine kind of spendy don't love it don't hate it it's just a place and it's all right quite a bit better than many in the area but then that's not saying a whole lot
Terrible bar service on a Friday night. You expect this to be a night equipped to handle continuous service.
My friend waited 25 mins whilst people were served left and right of him. Despite protest the bar staff fobbed him off for no good reason at all.
Poor staff numbers doesn't equate to an excuse for incompetence. Not in a hurry to return.
Other than the service, the atmosphere was pleasant enough.
A solid 3 stars for me - didn't love it, didn't hate it. It left me somewhat confused.
You see, perched at the bar on a stool it had a friendly, relaxed vibe and a trendy bar feel to it. Fast forward a half hour or so and in came lots of hipster-types with their oversized black-rimmed specs and skinny-jeans, fast-forward another hour or so and in came the over-dolled up ladies.
I popped to the loo only to find myself walking through an area completely different from the bar front. I started wondering if I'd walked into a Wetherspoons by accident. It smelt like disinfectant and cheap aftershave and was full of old men and angry-looking young ones. And then I was back in the front bar surrounded by bimbos and "men" (read: boys) with hair like they'd just stuck their finger in a live socket.
... dear lord I'm getting old...
Still, the house wine wasn't bad and I had a couple to drown out the sad reality of the situation.
Just when you thought that light up dance floors hit the long and lonely road with snap bracelets, hypercolor shirts, and Lisa Frank trapper keepers (all of whom, by the way, are probably rolling deep with the Dominos Noid and Jessie Spano at The Max), ... you step into the pleasure palace that is Electricy Showroom.
Beckoned downstairs by a flashing cockerel and promising sounds of groovetastic soul favourites, I was rewarded with the long-to-be-believed-extinct light up dancefloor that even the shyest of folk couldn't resist. And the Michael Jackson montage was definitely an incentive.
It was pretty steamy in all aspects of the matter, from the temperature to the DJ's attitude, and even the queue to reach the bar was pretty hot and heavy. This is my sole star-retracting beef. Don't hate, ventilate!
But swinging by for a Saturday night booze+boogie sesh is totally worth it, if solely for the possibility of seeing R.O.U.Ss and Unicorns co-mingling with Inigo Montoya. If anywhere, it could happen at Electricity Showroom.
Not a bad spot to round off the night bearing in mind I was suffering from the Red Dog Wings Challenge.
Packed but big enough to deal with it. Hipsters but not too in your face. Friendly staff. Quick service. Good choice of drink and prices not too terrifying especially for the area.
Other than that. Relatively harmless. This is Hoxton you're just round the corner from the Square so you don't expect normal human beings after all.
Hand on heart I'm not sure what this establishment is trying to be.
Are you a club? Or are you a pub? Or perhaps you are both?
Thumbs up -
The Superman style revolving door.
The Bugsy Malone style bar stools
The Chicago style dressing room lamps
Thumbs down -
The bar smells a bit like a university student union.
The staff look like they are still students.
The frying oily smell get into everything.
However £5.50 will buy you a rather tasty large glass of house red or white, so I had two reds. Which as you would imagine, I rather liked!
Until I discovered the Electricity Showroom I'd always felt there was something missing from my life. Yes, relaxing with friends in a cool bar was fun but could it not be so much more? Could we not be accompanied by a light show from a giant plastic cockerel, its 'feathers' flashing every 3 seconds? Was this too much to ask? Not for the 'Showroom anyway. I would recommend this bar for a sight of this bird alone as it is truly is one of the ugliest wall hangings I've ever seen but weirdly appropriate in this venue. Whenever I'm near the bird I find myself completely transfixed in a game of trying to count all the dud bulbs before the next flash. Sounds fun huh?
Now I know a little better, I avoid the bird and head straight downstairs to the club area which is just as bright but not quite so hypnotising. There is a fun mix of music between cheesy 'classics' and contemporary beats and a great Saturday night fever dance floor. Visit here when your sober and it's quite fun to count how many people strike the John Travolta pose to their friends as though it's a piece of comedy genius. Have a drink too many though and you won't be able to restrain yourself from lifting that pointed index finger to the ceiling.
I like the Electricity Showrooms because although they're situated in trends-ville Hoxton they still seem to have a bit of their own personality and playfulness. Definitely a good place to start for a fun night out.
You know that person who you used to date, but are no longer seeing? No longer seeing, but then the weekend rolls around, you find yourself with nothing to do and you end up hanging out with them? That person for me is James Dean. Yeah, I roll in style. I also have that kind of relationship with Electricity Showroom.
I ended up here my first weekend out in London. It was a good kind of place dappled with odd lamps and folks in fancy dress. A neon-bulbed peacock sat perched up in the corner.
What is really stellar about this place though is the dance floor. It's not because a DJ saved my life there like he once did for Madonna, but rather because it's aesthetically spectacular. If you took a giant light-up rubix cube and steamrolled it, you'd find yourself with a replica of Electricity's dance floor. The Ferrari of dancing surfaces (when its not oozing with the stick of split drink).
Somehow, weekend after weekend, I seem to end up here. I'm okay with that though. The crowd is good humored. Someone once walked into the dance area, grabbed my hand, spun me around and professed, "I think my life is coming full circle." The music is like a Mojito - cool, well mixed, sundry ingredients, generally refreshing. The decor is like your grandma's Victorian apartment with a smattering of funk.
Electricity Showroom has got "watt" it takes to make your night bright.
I've oddly been here for my past two birthdays, and it's been good both times. Not overstandingly amazing but a solid good place to dance, get drunk and hang out with friends. The light up dance floor is, of course, AWESOME, but there are some unsavoury types who like to stalk the dancefloor (sans deoderant I might add) and perv on unsuspecting girls. Bleh.
It's also quite difficult to catch the bartenders' eyes; however, this past birthday, I was getting anxious and fed up when ALL OF THE SUDDE OUT OF NOWHERE a bartender literally jumps behind the bar (from where, I have NO clue) and looked straight at me and took my order as if he were my own personal bartender. It was a little bit awesome, i have to say. Coincidence? Who knows. Maybe he was a birthday fairy with special powers that the showroom keeps under the light-up floor. Hmmm...
Either way, a good place to start the night, but have backup plans as it closes relatively early.
Electricity Showroom has a little bit of everything and I like that. Upstairs you've got a solid pub with a decent selection of ales. There are places to sit and even carry on a conversation - a rarity in some Shoreditch hotspots.
Downstairs the place is a thumping nightclub with a blazing soundsystem and an even hotter thermostat. There's a pretty simple equation to making me happy: Light Up Floor + Funky/Motowny/Soul Music = Smiles.
I have to take a single star off of the place just for the service. I've had a tough time getting a drink at the bar on multiple occasions and had an exceptionally rude encounter with a downstairs DJ. Sure he may have been having a bad night, but the surly attitudes may be an institutional trait. Not a sermon. Just a thought.
I like this place. I'm visiting London from San Francisco, and fellow Yelper Eamon B. showed me this fun fun fun bar. I love how it's a bar but also happens to have an awesome dancefloor on the ground floor. And not just any dance floor - a colorfully lit up one, with mirror ceilings! Tight.
The music is fun, ranging from old classics like Sugarhill Gang and the Smiths to newer stuff like MGMT. The beer is fine and pretty reasonably priced. On a Friday night, it wasn't super packed and there were actually places to sit, which is always appreciated. Oh, and the fact that that dancefloor exists bumps this review up another star.
Fun place, and if you're reading this from SF and are planning to visit London, this place also reminded me of the Mission District, complete with plaid-wearing dancing hipsters. So if you're looking for a taste of home away from home, come here. Overall, though, the crowd seemed pretty mixed, and it's chill.
Oh, and I like the name too. And the bright neon lights out in front. You just gravitate towards it. Definitely makes me feel like one of those bugs that are drawn to super bright lights from those bug zapping contraptions. Well, minus the death part.
This was a good stop on a thursday night. The upstairs is pretty much a traditional pub, lively atmosphere, good mix of people. Interesting features like a light up peacock, and cool lighting in the ceiling. Downstairs is a total disco rage complete with light up dance floor.
The night we were there the DJs were pretty good.
So I had COMPLETELY misjudged this place. I thought this place was going to be a hipster assembly only further worsened by the fact that it was also a dance club. I am not a dancer.
but I was pleasantly surprised. There wasn't a hipster in site and IF you HAVE to dance.... you might as well do it on a light up dance floor and pretend that you are breaking out in a Saturday night fever.
If you like to dance than defo go there, but if you are a girl watch your back b/c creepsters like encircle the dance floor trying to find their pray.
NO LINES FOR THE BATHROOM. I'm totally there, and here.
Great atmosphere upstairs, with easy-access seating and right priced drinks...however you wander down to the disco dancefloor below and it's all steam, elbows and odd music for dancing. I love the Violent Femmes just like any other west-coaster, but jumping up and down gets old after a while. Give me some funky beats and something resembling electronica please....
The 2am closing time is also a Debbie Downer. Tears for a not-24-hour-city. Wah...waahh....
I've been here a few times for birthday parties and such like 'special events' - it works very well as a bar, and gets very busy towards the weekends - especially at the end of the month, when everyone in Hoxton seems to be in there.
Never a problem, nice atmosphere, and an overall 'good' from me!
Unusual pub near Hoxton square that seems both trendy and old fashioned. Whichever, it's certainly popular. And I can see why.
It's certainly the only pub I've ever seen with a revolving door to get in. I wonder if that has caused some amusement when particularly drunk people have been leaving at the end of a night.
Has a couple of ales on tap and an extensive choice of beers beyond that. Should be something for everybody.
On a 2nd visit I wandered downstairs where it's legendary disco floor can be found and enjoyed a portion of possibly the best Karaoke night I have ever come across. In general I'm a Karaoke hater but the song list was extensive and unpredictable and people danced to the songs too!
I have been more than once since and this place just continues to grow on me. I gave it a 3 initially but now it scores a 4. Could well be worth a 5 at some point, particularly if it's ales are off less often (off in the not available sense rather than the bad tasting sense).
Perfect spot for evening drinks! It's cool, quirky and has some decent food.
I had assumed it was going to be hipster skinny-jeans central, but hey, it was chilled and relaxed.
It gets much busier later in the evening and on the weekends, but it's a great place to hang out all night.
Not sure where to meet your friends? Choose here. It's got a big f***-off bright light sign on the front. You can't miss it.
A variety of ages and a saturday night fever light up dance floor.
That is all.
Fancy a chip sandwich? This place is great for food. Sandwiches are delicious and varying. During the day this place is full of people tapping at their laptops, having casual work meetings and doing lunch. It is a very open atmosphere. Entering through a revolving door the bar is situated in the middle of the venue. The most amazing sash windows which slide open in the summer letting the cool breeze and the sound of the street in.
In the evening this place turns into a regular Shoreditch hotspot. Often people are queuing outside or it is just simply full to capacity! Downstairs is a huge venue room with awesome floor lights. Often hosting interesting gigs, private parties or just dancing! Very relaxed atmosphere, the bar staff are very chilled so don't expect overly speedy service!
I've been here a few times now and have had a pleasant time every time. My main reason for coming here is the colourful dance floor. It makes me smile and it's a great floor to dance on as it lights up. I catch disco fever whenever I stand on it. Yeah yeah yeah staying alive, actually the music and crowd is quite eclectic which is nice.
I don't usually hang out much upstairs but it seems to be more chilled with lots of seats and an old fashioned door like they used to have in banks years ago.
Electricity Showroom is pretty darn fabulous. Well the downstairs bit is fabulous, the upstairs is...ok. Not bad, not amazing, but cool. Nice. Fine.
Upstairs the food is great, there's a good bar with decent wine list and range of beers on tap. The clientele is usually pretty cool without being severely too-cool-for-school (as it can be elsewhere in Shoreditch) and the atmosphere is really chilled. Decor is quirky but a little stark, could do with some texture or something to warm the place up!
But downstairs is where things get a tad crazy - with the flashing 70s disco dancefloor, I've had many a great night down in the club with friends. Bordered by velvet sofas, the club is intimate with delicious cocktails and really cool tunes. Keep an eye on their website for Club Night info.
Electricity Showrooms used to be good fun whatever the night, but as most good things come to an end, I would now recommend to choose your nights here carefully. i.e. Avoid Friday and Saturday nights, which have now become rather chavy.
I am glad to say however, that my favourite night here which happens to be on a Wednesday still remains. Wednesday nights are karaoke nights, where the downstairs area fills up with karaoke fanatics or first-timers making a fool of themselves. I must admit that this karaoke is less daunting than the many others I have seen before. This is mainly due to the fact that since you end up singing in the middle of a dancing crowd, no one will be able to see you making the prospect of singing a lot less scary. There is a huge choice of songs available, but choose them early because there won't be much space left otherwise.
This is a great night to have a laugh with some friends. Even if you are not the singing type you can always just show your best dance moves on the 70s lit-up dance floor.
Following a recent refurbishment, Electricity Showrooms is attempting something of a revival. Set in a former electricity showroom (surprise surprise) this rather classy looking affair guards the corner to Hoxton Square and is infinitely recognisbale by the oodles of brightly coloured white lighting.
Upon entering you will find yourself confronted by a bar and restaurant on the ground floor that just oozes that retro-chic look whilst downstairs plays host to the disco-inspired light up dance floor. Essentially upstairs for eating, downstairs for dancing. Musically you will find quite a bizarre beldn with anything from electro to indie to 1950s rockabilly but always with a cool and refreshing twist.
Drink selection is fairly standard but drinks are, rather surprisingly, not all that expensive.
This place didn't exactly blow me away but it's good fun and definitly worth a look.
"She came from Greece, she has a thirst for knowledge
She studied sculpture at St Martin's College
That's where I,
Caught her eye"
Do you know these eponymous lyrics, well go on, do you? If you do (and there's a big clue in the attached You Tube video) and can moonwalk like the great man himself over the shiny, multi coloured disco floor then you will feel more than at home in this venue.
Renovated after a brief stint as Nuevo/Latino restaurant/bar, it's definitely got a fair share of *** *** from the ' 'burbs as faux kitsch artwork and a confusing revolving door do little to re-affirm its traditional roots. But forget upstairs, sing along with the *** *** and they might just pull you through on the dancefloor. Shame on you if you're too young to remember this!
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I've always had a good night here - hard to say whether that's just been the people I'm with, but Electricity showrooms always has a nice mix of people and a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Fast moving, attractive bar staff is always a plus on a night out with a great selection of drinks (last time I was there they were doing a massive jug of pimms for £12!)
Plenty of seating as well as the dance floor (that lights up, no less) in case the rhythm does, indeed, get you.
My only experience of Electricity Showrooms is shooting a music video down in the clubby bit on the flashing chequered dancefloor. I had a great time when the too-cool-for-school clubbers surrounding me were being friendly but there were a couple of girls with attitude issues I could have done without having to be around.
The decor is fantastic - brilliant dramatic wallpaper and weird little tables, plus the aforementioned flashing dancefloor. It's surprisingly small down there but pretty vibey once the dancing starts to happen, and all the staff seemed pretty friendly. There's a bigger bar upstairs but I only walked through it.
A pretty cool bar and club situated not far from Old Street and Hoxton Square. The downstairs dancefloor lights up, the music id pretty varied and there is air-con! Heaven to be able to have a dance and not come out looking like you've been to an aerobics class.
The upstairs bar seems to get pretty busy at weekends. Be prepared to fight your way to the bar for drinks.
Great East London watering hole (and a great place to go out on the pull too!) which always has a lively buzz even on weekdays. During the day they also serve food (I recommend the chunky chips, they are to die for) at reasonable prices. The staff are friendly (although not always 'helpful') and once they see you've become a regular you'll find the price of your drinks going down too ;)
On weekend nights, the basement floor with its light up dancefloor is open for business, this can also be hired out for private parties.
This joint made me wanna dance! And dance I did, through the door, and downstairs onto epic light-up Saturday Night Fever style dance floor. And once there, I didn't stop.
As I twirled round in a blur, the rest of the place seemed pretty nice. Upstairs looked like a vast and light pub, with lots of space for drinking and dining (I hear they serve food too). Downstairs was cosy and cavernous, with sofas and cubby holes, trendy wallpaper, and did I mention they've got this amazing dance floor? It lights up!
I had an amazing time here. But I didn't buy any drinks, I only danced - so maybe someone else can enlighten us upon the intricacies of Electricity Showrooms, and tell me whether it's worth going sober?!
So here's the thing; in the wake of MJ's untimely death, I think it's important to find as many locations for a bit of impromptu boogying as possible. Places where you can cut up that rug in homage to the moonwalking marauder himself. And as Saturday Night Fever, that splendid John Travolta vehicle of the 70s, taught us, the best places to throw some shapes have multi-coloured light up floors. Following this admittedly over-reaching set of definites, I can only conclude that in order to pay tribute to Messr. Wacko, you need to go to the Electricity Showroom and gawp at their bling floor and the myriad gyrating bodies which adorn it.
Now were it not for my desire to throw dedications to a musical legend around, I'd be a bit less keen on ES; on the weekends it's crammed full of suited and booted office workers, making it impossible to get a drink without a long wait and an earful of city chat, and the prices are pretty steep. But that floor. Oh that floor. It saves this place from mediocrity and lifts it to hallowed haven of disco. Well, maybe not, but it's pretty cool.
This place really has some character, and apparently used to be a showroom for electrical appliances, hence the name. The upstairs is a decent bar, with a range of nice drinks. They have spitfire on draft, and a couple of belgian beers in the fridge.
Downstairs is the coolest part. They have a lighting up dancefloor - see pictures, and they play really cool music. When I went there last the music was kind of 70s remixed - quite eclectic.
A fun bar to bring friends on the weekend in the heart of Hoxton. Wish it stayed open a little later, though! By the time it closes, most of the other nearby bars are packed so make sure you either leave early to beat the rushes at other places or plan on making it an early (~1am) night.
Can get crowded, but hey, what good bar doesn't? Not much to offer in terms of drinks--pretty standard fare--but it has good ambiance. Side note: this place is a hipster magnet, so enter at your own risk. There's a club in the basement but I've never been into it, so I'm not sure if it's any good.
Recommendation: make it your first stop of the evening. That way it won't be too crowded and you'll be ready to move on early enough to beat the rush for other bars/clubs in the area.
I love this line by Laura N, 'Don't hate, ventilate!', which is exactly how I felt when I wandered downstairs and into the steamy floor. I liked the atmosphere of both upstairs and down, but when a place smells like a fusty toilet, I'm outta there. The pub upstairs had a laid back vibe, and I love the peacock light at the end of the room but the smell alone for me, caused me and my friends to leave to find more fragrant venues...
I love this place (during the week). The place is fairly big and nice to sit down and have a drink, while it also hosts a club in the basement. I try to avoid it during the weekend though as it gets super packed (like any other pub in the area). The staff is nice though, they play good music, and the inside is cool with the lights and everything, so that it's always a nice stop or start for the night.
When I first moved to London to study, I used to come here with my friends all the time. It was the first place we went to, and it was one of the last places we went to on our last night out. Electricity Showrooms is a good jump-off point to start the night. I like the light-up dance floor and I like that the doorman always let me skip the queue. Good times were had here, even though they seemed to be stuck in a musical rut (I swear every weekend they would play the same stuff).
There was free entry (not sure if this is all the time) one night so we decided to stop in and have some drinks and get our groove on :] The dance floor downstairs IS pretty cool as it lights up. It was incredibly crowded and I think someone dropped their drink because there was broken glass where we danced But we came and went unscathed so no harm, no foul. The music is quite good, but I didn't feel like all of it was fit for dancing to. The drinks were reasonably priced, which is a plus :] Another thing I didn't like was that there was no coat check (at least not one I could find) so I had to put my things by some seating near us, which made me nervous the whole time. Overall I'd come back sometime, but I'd make sure not to bring anything I wouldn't want to leave alone.
This is a great local pub with an eclectic flair. I love going there for a pint at the end of the day when locals flood the place. It appears quite busy all weekend long and I hear serves some decent food. It is located around the corner from Hoxton square and the many bars in the area. I would suggest stopping by the Electricity Showroom during a pub crawl in Hoxton. And there are always some pretty girls around, if that's your cup of tea.
The uber cool venue for the uber cool twenty something's, Electricity Showrooms in the place to be seen. Or at least it was. Now its slightly less trendy and attracts a slightly less trendy crowd. Still not a bad venue to start off the night, or if you don't want to move on there's always downstairs. Packed with people on the shockingly bright, seventies style dance floor, boogying to anything from rockabilly to Michael Jackson.
Set in an old industrial space, it has large windows along one side and a decent size bar in the far corner. The bar stocks a pretty standard selection of beer, at a pricey £3.30 for a Guinness, but this is Shoreditch after all. And clearly people don't seem to mind paying it.
I've had some memorable nights here, and as long as you're in the right mood, and with the right friends, you can't go far wrong.
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