Venue of the month: Moth Club
Okay, we know what you’re thinking. We haven’t been live a month yet and we’re already shouting about our favourites. It’s true but we really don’t care, because this Hackney gem has left a lasting impression on us and we wanted to shout about it from the top of REVL towers. If you haven’t been yet, then we urge you to go! Make some time to pop in for a very reasonably-priced pint and take in the gold glittery ceiling. Yep. Gold glitter.
Moth Club didn’t start life with those gold glittery arches however. The ex-servicemen’s members club, located just off Hackney’s Mare Street, has actually been serving East London’s revelers since 1972. And the name? MOTH stands for The Memorable Order of Tin Hats, a brotherhood founded in South Africa in 1927 to support front-line soldiers. The order’s Hackney headquarters has been working with locals and members ever since.
The club, up until recently, was funded solely by it’s members, surviving on donations and the generosity of its regulars. It was only when the club was under threat of closure however, that the member’s were forced to look further afield for investment. Having the brains behind The Shacklewell Arms and The Waiting Room on board seems to have helped, as the club is fast becoming one of the city’s best late-night hangouts after reopening in September. Keeping the basics of the club alive – expect to see military memorabilia and signs about getting your kids off the dance-floor after 9.30pm – the team have also added those gold glittery arches and a subtle yet extensive refurb. The space is unpretentious and relaxed, extremely welcoming and full of faces that could probably tell you an interesting tale or two about the club’s former life.
Moth Club’s events calendar is pretty impressive too, covering everything from gigs to comedy to themed quiz nights. We made it down for the Dice Awards last week and plotting our pre-Christmas return as we type. A few calendar highlights would be the Cardinal Burn’s monthly comedy night and Eat Your Own Ears’ Christmas party, which both still have tickets!