How to make New Year 2011 / 2012 memorable in Stoke Newington
By Sophie_RT | Thursday, December 29, 2011, 20:59
Outside the lovely world of Stoke Newington, New Year's Eve marks the end of the year that brought us (not in order of importance) The Royal Wedding, The Arab Spring, and the highest number of film sequels ever released.
I choose you: Our rundown of New Years events in Stoke Newington means the only thing you'll have left to do is pick someone to kiss at midnight
Within our own fine borough, we've had increasing Olympic mania, the summer riots (that sounds like a Dalston synth band, but you know what we mean) and a bunch of international superstars making music videos in N16. Whether you want to savour the last few hours of a good year, or celebrate kissing it goodbye, you won't have to look far to find a knees-up - so if you don't fancy missioning it to a to-cool-for-school warehouse party in East London, or queuing the night away in Central London in those jaw-droppingly beautiful new shoes you bagged in the sales and aren't ready to admit really hurt, then here's our rundown of events happening close enough to home to guarantee familiar faces and a painless stumble back to the comfort of your doorstep at crazy o'clock.
Underneath Trattoria Luigi's, youngest project of Il Bacio owner Luigi, is Records Bar. A basement den covered in vinyl and mismatched furniture, the venue will be one for the late night revellers among you: starting at 10pm, it runs on until 5am so you can make the most of Bank Holiday weekend recovery-time. There will be six DJs, live music and plenty of booze, and entry will be £10 on the door. For reviews of Records Bar, see here.
Still going strong as Church Street's most popular pub, The Lion has plenty to celebrate this New Year's Eve. They will be having a big party and there will be no entry charge, so expect it to be busy. It's a 3am finish, so make sure you leave those new shoes at home.
Mascara Bar will be doing things a little differently, with a night of ska, reggae and jazz, and even an opportunity to bring your instruments and jam if the mood take you (only if you're good, please). Musicians include ex-UB40 trumpeter Patrick Anthony, bass-player Lance Rose, guitarist Alan Weekes and Gary Williams on drums. The fun starts at 9pm and tickets are a fiver on the door.
The new kid on the block - or at least the one with the new owner - The Palatine is finally up and running again. Owned by the man behind setting-up the White Hart, The new Palatine will be having a low-key celebration to see in its first New Year. Free entry, music that doesn't require everyone to lip-read, and a license until 1am, this is the place to go for those who don't fancy intravenous Jagermeister and midnight kisses with strangers, but who are after something with a bit more edge than Jools Holland and his Hootenanny is able to provide.
Known for its parties, The White House will be throwing a big one this New Year, open throughout the afternoon and through until 3am (at least), it will cost you a tenner to get in and the sound system is likely to be the loudest in Stokey.
Unleashed on Church Street this year, the Baby Bath House will be celebrating it's first January in existance. With pricier tickets than most places, at £15 a pop, we are promised plenty of bang for our buck. An outdoor ice bar, buckets of cocktails and glitter cannons galore, this is the option for all the glamour-pusses and fun lovers in N16. And groups of ten or more recieve a free magnum of the bubbly stuff to help them get the party started (just make sure you notify them in advance so there's enough to go round).
So, there you have it. If you're still revelling in Christmas laziness then we have just done the hard work for you. But bear in mind, folks, we can't provide midnight kisses to all of you - that bit you still need to work out yourself...