Last Days of Decadance
145 shoreditch high st, shoreditch, London E1 6JE
- Shoreditch High Street Station (0.1 km)
- Old Street Tube Station (0.7 km)
- Shoreditch High Street Rail Station (0.2 km)
- Contact us:
020 7033 0085
- Opening hours:
Mon - Sat: 17:00 - 2:30
Sun: 17:00 - 23:30
London EN3 7XU
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20 reviews of Last Days of Decadance in English
Very very trendy and the crowd is always dressed to impress, but the fact remains that it's expensive, dark and noisy, so unless you're there to flirt with people one at a time, it's not great for larger scale socialising.
Reserve a table if a lot of you want to sit down.
This place would get heaps more stars if the food weren't so rubbish. THe cocktails are amazing- lovely to see that kind of attention and it's easy on the eye when the bar staff also dress that speak-easy way.
Two thumbs up to the fabulous older-styled burlesque - especially the erotic chicken-esque dance complete with flicking feathery peacock-like fans. Oh when birds were birds!
Came here for the Fitzrovia Radio Hour downstairs. Really good vibe, nice low-lit booths and tables.
You could feel a little underdressed if you came here in jeans - it's definitely more of a smart atmosphere.
I wanted to try some cocktails, but since we only got to the front of the bar when the show started, the bartender refused to mix the drinks because the would be too noisy. Fair enough, but I really wanted a french martini! I ended up with a house white, which was pretty average.
Still, I'd go back!
I love a theme or a little side show or something that offers me more than just a song, drink and bar stool. So spying the piano and being told to dress a lil old fashioned and to expect a burlesque show I was a little tickled.
In reality this place misses a lot of pert points for me - the cocktails were really disappointing and for the price you'd expect an old hand. my friend actually ended up sending her dark n stormy back as it was missing two ingredients (alledgedly by a newbie). My mojito was oddly made by squeezing two full lemon halves on a nobbly orange juicer followed by a sugar syrup, the booze and crushed ice with min leaves thrown on the top. As a bit of a mojito fanatic a little part of me died while watching this. Where's the muddling that rocks my mojito? The freshness of the leaves ground into the sharp contrast of the lime? I don't know, I had to take a moment.
The burlesque show was in the seedy bar downstairs that whiffs of beer and is so crowded you're unlikely to see much below the face - which, er, is pretty integral to a burlesque show I would have thought.
It's pretty popular soit must rock some folks boat, but for me it's hit and miss, and I'm not likely to go back unless another friend insists on celebrating a Birthday there.
So I'm invited to go to a 50's style night in shoreditch? I was thinking being in Shoreditch we were going to be faced with an incredibly pretentious crowd but to my suprise the vibe was relaxed, everyone was getting into the spirit of the night and our group for one had a great time
I don't know if it was the great band playing or the DJ set after that kept everyone dancing but everyone seemed really friendly.
While I'm talking about the music I've got to give a special mention to Burning Condors, an amazing live band who mixed Little Richard and Johnny Cash covers with original Rockabilly tunes, soo energetic!!
Last Days was both amazing and confusing in equal amounts. A beautiful venue with a well designed interior I was immediately taken by the venue.
A good selection of cocktails (a bit short staffed, or weak staffed in places which meant there was a bit of a queue going) but the crowd was the bit that sold me.
From the moment I went to the bathroom and was confronted by a half naked girl trapped in her dress due to a wayward zip I knew this was a relaxed venue. the dancers were in and out applying make up, netting, feathers and other things I don't understand. The night preceded thus, with people being chatty and generally friendly. Important to note that a lot of people were really dressed up- does that change the spirit?
I am partial to a place that provides options, and so I wandered between upstairs DJ playing some classic swing, down home and dirty blues, to the burlesque show... and this is where it gets confusing folks! I know burlesque enough to know traditionally it doesn't involve a demonstration of a sex act on a plum competition... I think the lines were a little too blurry for me on this one point, and I wasn't the only one with a furrowed brow!
Went to the Last Days of Decadance (Shoreditch) for an office Christmas party, had a blast and would highly recommend it. Chickitas, the cocktails were amazing and the music was really good. The atmosphere is great and people had really dressed up to suit their surroundings. Some 'theme' bars can be tacky but this place didnt feel contrived.
A blurry recollection of NYE at Last Days...
Woo! Proper absinthe fountains! Unfortunately only the one brand (Pernod) stocked behind the bar, and only at the upstairs bar.
Wahey! Live acts! Cabaret, burlesque and live bands entertained the crowd downstairs... it's a cozy little space that turned into a sweat box by the wee hours.
What the? Broken glass everywhere! Even in the urinal! Well, it was NYE, the crowd was a bit mental and the staff were more than a little stretched. Hats off to 'em for staying in good spirits through the night.
The crowd really get in to the 1920's theme (sure, it's being done everywhere now, but dressing up gets people in the mood to party, and waistcoats are awesome - you can never have too many pockets), and there's top notch live entertainment on offer... definitely worth a visit if you want something a little different on Shoreditch High Street.
I went here on a girlie night and it was perfect we wanted something a bit different and a little bit quirky and they definately delivered. Usually you go as a big group into a bar and it's such a hassle to get drinks but we managed to reserve a table for all of us. We were also a bit worried that we would be overdressed but everyone made an effort which was fantastic as it's always more fun to go clubbing dressed-up especially with such a cool 1920s theme. Toilets are also to-die-for, really glam old-school hollywood. Don't miss this great find in Shoreditch! Another plus were the staff, from the bar staff to making a reservation, everything was uncomplicated and very smooth.
p.s. Special mention for the intoxicating cock-teas, hot alcoholic drinks served in teacups!
I went to Age of Decadence for a good friend's birthday party, which also happened to be on Hallowe'en night. The place was packed, the music payed was ecclectic, if not particularly dancy for parts of the evening, going from Jacques Brel to Roxy Music. The venue boasts a combination of nice swank 1920s decor, and an up-for-it crowd, boosted on the evening by the Hallowe'en disguises, additionally to punters sporting 1920s garb. There is something about dressing up that just makes partying more fun, tho I don't do it myself as much as I should and indeed ended up borrowing part of a friend's Hallowe'en outfit for the second year running. The cool shoreditch crowd -- sexy, a little edgy and up for a party -- is also a plus. It's a great venue for a birthday, stag or hen party. The drinks were a little overpriced however, and it is surrounded by so many cool bars as tikichris points out, that it is worth stopping off at while in Shoreditch for a big night out, rather than necessarily making the trip there just to go. All in all a nice venue worth seeing if you've not been, and definitely one to consider throwing a party at.
I went to Last Days of Decadence this weekend as a late birthday night out with a freind. I hadn’t heard too much about it apart from it was retro and played swing music (I’m a bit of an aspiring swing dancer) I was wearing an outfit with a nod to the 1930’s and a big flower in my hair - I was worried I might look overdressed but I was only mildly 'vintaged up’ compared to some others. But then some were just in jeans and T shirts.
It was a weird mix of old style and your average Saturday night bar but everyone was friendly and it all felt silly and fun. Yes it was a bit tacky but nothing too bad as long as you weren’t taking it too seriously.
Later in the evening a good few dancers came in from another event and there was a chance to have a bit of a spin upstairs.
I just held a 1920s themed hen party here. I came on a recommendation having been let down by another venue and also booked entirely on hearsay without going myself. Was a little nervous, but we had a brilliant time.
The venue is split in two - an art deco speakeasy type place upstairs, with white tablecloths and 20s lounge music around the cocktail bar. Downstairs there’s another bar and dancefloor, also where the live acts play.
There’s a bit of a divide between the two - the upstairs bar certainly oozes more of the decadence mentioned in the name, the cocktails are better, the low light and music totally trick you into thinking you might actually be hanging out in the prohibition era. We were dressed up in full flapper stuff so it felt great - though I remain unconvinced of how I’d feel if I wasn’t wearing feathers in my hair. Most people there were though.
There’s live stuff every Saturday. The cabaret host is good - the other stuff we saw was the very definition of hit and miss - with a bizarre experimental cellist amongst a jazz band and two cabaret-esque ladies doing naughty things with fruit and balloons. The house DJs seem to know their stuff. It’s good for dancing.
Most impressively for somewhere like this, the drinks are remarkably good for the prices. Cocktails are good between 7 and 9 quid, spirits and mixers at about £3.50, it’s all good.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, though if I went again I’d probably go for a quiet one upstairs to fully soak in the decadence and escape some of the (very hot and a little ragged) madness downstairs. Definitely recommended for anyone fancying a night of 1920s style excesses. Don’t go outside to smoke though - it’ll ruin the illusion.
Swung by here to shoot photos for April's "Big Reds" Tasting Session. It's a cool spot that's worth popping into. I noticed they have AC in the basement too - something that might come in handy this summer (if it actually proves to be summery at all). I sampled some of the food. Pretty good. Basically, what The Last Days of Decadence has going for it is its Shoreditch High Street location and a bit of swank decor. These are indeed good things but nothing to push over the edge and stand above the handful of other nightspots in the area.
I went to this bar for a charity comedy and music night organised by my work. I liked the interior decoration and got a half decent first impression. We ordered food (burgers and nachos) which took forever to come but when they did the burgers were most impressive, it was a struggle to finish it but it was delicious. Good portion of nachos aswell. The drinks were over priced but I suppose to be expected in London. The ladies toilets were great, lots of mirrors, seating, very 1930’s ladies powder room style. The acts were fabulous. I would probably not go to this place had it not been a work organised event
Though I am not adverse to a little, occasional sojourn here, there wouldn’t be a tantrum if my mum banned me from coming back. The low-lit booths are comfortable and ideal for a little bit of intimacy, if you know what I mean, and they also have the common decency to generously disperse a pleasing aroma in the area of the toilets, which compensates for the unfortunate stench (available in many London venues) that the cell-destroying nicotine fog used to disguise.
I would never even dream of coming here on a weekend, as Shoreditch on Friday/Saturday is a rambunctious cross between Ibiza Uncovered and The Battle of the Somme, and must also concede that the whole 1920s/1930s/Burlesque thing is becoming as ubiquitous as St@rbucks.
Also, when I asked the barman to mix me some ginger ale with pineapple juice you’d be forgiven for thinking that I’d asked him to piss in the glass and then drink it himself.
This place (bar? club? Not sure which to be honest) looks absolutely beautiful with it’s 1930’s themed interior. Even better is the drinks menu, which consists of your classic cocktails - Cosmopolitan, Harvey Wallbanger, Mojito etc - alongside 'Cockteas’, cocktails in the form of a tea. I had an absolutely delicious 'Boun-Tea’ which I seem to remember contained coconut rum amongst other things and was gorgeous. The food menu looked good although I didn’t eat.
I came here the other week to watch my friend’s brother’s girlfriend’s band play and I was a bit bemused [not by the band- they were very good- but by what this place is supposed to be. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it- the decor is fabulously 1930’s, a good selection of beverages at acceptable prices, gorgeous ladies toilets with a massive sofa and louis armstrong piped into the stalls, and the food menu looked really nice although I didn’t eat because I was wearing quite tight trousers- but from the outside it looks like a pub, on the ground floor it looks like a restaurant but has a bar right in the middle, and downstairs it’s some kind of underground cavern club type space. Which is all lovely. But it sells itself as a bar that serves food, and the ground floor space just felt very formal in its table arrangements. This is me being a pedant though. I would return here in the future to watch other bands with which I have tenuous links, or to sample some of the food.
I don’t know what it was like before the refurb, but I don’t like it much as is.
I went to an electro indie night, and while I enjoyed everthing about the gig, I thought the venue was a bit schizophrenic, it seemed to be trying to attract gig types, but it looked like a city bar and would be much more at home a bit further up the road in Liverpool St.
I’m sure i would work with the right night.
The newly refurbished and managed Last Days Of Decadance could well have picked a better economic climate to re-launch a club, but when you know you’ve got a good thing, what does it matter?
One ground level floor with dimmed lighting, sparse seating and little alcoves feature as you walk through the door. The bar is small and you may well have difficulty reaching it at times. Downstairs is a more of a dance floor orientated room, again with a bar and seating area separated from the movers and shakers.
Although seemingly quiet at times, it will only be a matter of time before this friendly and intimate venue grabs a hold of a fresh new night and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been going for the past months. East London needs new and exciting venues, and it’ll be a test of time to see whether this place is one of them.
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