New bar spy - Be-Bop-A-Lula

Stoke Newington's new rock 'n' roll bar brings back the 1950s with jukeboxes and American diner food


Added on . By Tom Capon.


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What they say:

If you’re sick of the “Justin Biebers” and "Dua Lipas", and believe that neon should only be used to light up beer signs, Be-Bop-A-Lula is your new sanctuary. This new pub in Stoke Newington is a 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll haven, with walls covered in artwork and posters from the time, featuring musicians like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent (they got the name from his song – and, yes, I definitely googled that but know every word to Fergalicious, don’t @ me). There’s also 30 guitars strung above the bar, as well as 50s TVs, record players and a 1950s Wurlitzer jukebox hosting 1000s of classic retro songs.

What we say:

This rock and roll attitude isn’t just aesthetic, mind, hosting regular live bands, showing live sports, and putting on rockaoke (it’s strictly pre-60s, though, so you’ll have to find another place for your totally original rendition of Someone Like You). Quite like the interiors, the menu is a mash up of British pub food – such as the Little Richards, which are mini pork sausages in honey mustard – to American diner food, like ribs, burgers and pizzas. Lots of musicians are memorialised in the menu, like The Famous Elvis Sandwich made using bloomer bread, mashed banana, peanut butter and bacon, which sounds like something ‘77 Elvis would eat. And if you’re thirsty, they have American beers alongside local Islington lager from Hammerton Brewery.