Published on November 26, 2013 | by Phoebe White

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Preview: Night Tales

Night Tales in Dalston

Music and food for a winter’s evening [Mark Sethi]

Night Tales in Dalston is the latest in pop-up entertainment spaces and open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until January 2014.

The event features a sweeping range of gastronomical delights with a huge Negroni station – a Negroni is a simple mix of gin, Punt e Mes and Campari.

There is two-tiered structure holding a live entertainment and shelter for those not so crisp winter nights.  The Mezcal bar, that brings you QuiQuiRiQui and their very own branded Mezcal, is fitted with a mysterious confessions booth; nothing will stop you from having an amazing evening here.

Open fires light up the location, which is situated in a car park, creating a warm orange glow and a surprisingly cosy feel that spreads throughout the venue.

The Negroni station offers a selection of winter warmers including a decadent absinth hot chocolate and a Hot Spiced Negroni that is similar to mulled wine, however slightly more bitter.

The bar offers eight different styles of Negroni – no piña coladas here – so don’t be afraid of trying something different, you might just be surprised.

Night Tales hosts an atmosphere that can’t compare to any London pop-up you will have seen before, with a constant rotation of DJs taking to the decks, the music flows as well as the Negronis.

Vast amounts of picnic tables fill half the venue in an effort to provide for the excited foodies expected to descend on the Dalston hotspot each week. These fill up within the first hour and the patrons are left fighting for somewhere to sit, and end up lounging on what they can in a very low key east London way, as they chomp through the best from the city’s vibrant food scene.

Patty and Bun serve up the best in ‘lad food’ with their perfectly formed Ari Gold burger, their aged beef is served medium-rare with ketchup, pickled onion, lettuce, tomato, cheese, P&B mayo and a soft brioche bun. The Ari Gold is everything you want from a burger, irresistibly oozing at the sides and a complete mess to eat.

BAO noodle bar is the go-to place for the best steamed pork bun, and possibly the best thing you will ever taste. The bun is filled with slow braised pork belly, home made pickles, peanut powder and coriander. Along with this try the soya milk-fried chicken, beautifully crispy and light chunks of heaven smothered in hot sauce.

If you can eat any more, you can continue on to other foodie delights including Southern US BBQ, mac & cheese and slaw from Smokey Tales, Japanese gyoza from Rainbo and French toast wizards Le Petit Paris.

After the plethora of food – if you can still get up out of your seat – what else is there to do other than to dance it all off. The DJ is situated on a raised stage area leaving plenty of room to get down and party.

Notorious Smokey Tales founders and Hot Creations boys Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson are promised to make a fair few appearances on the decks, so watch out for great things and a few surprises coming from Night Tales this winter.

Abbot Street Car Park
London, E8 3DL

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