From the people that have already brought Londoners The Shacklewell Arms and others, here’s a venue for bingo, knitting, karaoke and more


The details surrounding forthcoming Hackney venue Moth Club have been pretty vague, with the club’s owners (the team behind The Shacklewell Arms, The Lock Tavern and The Waiting Room) pointing people to a new Instagram feed of what looks decidedly like an old working men’s club that’s been completely preserved.

This is indeed Moth Club, which opens on Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU on September 3rd.

We’re told that it’s an indie venue that will attempt to go above and beyond the usual commitment of sticking a band on in the corner (although it will have a bit of that going on also), and so for their opening weekend from September 3 – 5 there’s going to be Timberlina’s bingo, Hot Breath Karaoke, DJ sets from Lobster Theremin and some live special guests.

Entrance is free, and there’ll also be free food from the kitchen.

As well as that, The Horrors-associated Cave Club will also move from its 100 Club home to Moth for a monthly residence (starting 12 September) and every Wednesday there’ll be more bingo (from Bingotheque) “merging the disparate worlds of Tron, Studio 54 and Mecca Hackney. Where people freely mix the thrill of the bingo card with the hedonism of the discotheque.”

From September 24th there’ll be monthly Cabaret-Burlesque-Variety-Gameshow called Sleaze, a series of Krautrock Karaoke nights from September 26th, and a knitting club, also on the 26th, in the afternoon.

So yes, it really does look like Moth Club isn’t just going to be bands in a room, but if you’re still unconvinced, an email we received this afternoon signed off with this…

As usual, General Browning M.O.T.H club membership is open to ex servicemen and we encourage those in and around the area to join. Please phone 020 8985 7963 or email for more information.

British Legion meetings take place in the Churchill Bar on the first Monday of the month, Ladies Darts on Tuesdays with mixed darts on Thursdays and General Browning meetings scheduled for the first Friday of the month.

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