The Old Blue Last

The Old Blue Last
38 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3ES
  • Telephone 020 7739 7033
  • Opening times Mon–Wed: 9am–midnight; Thu 9am–1am; Fri 9am–2am; Sat & Sun noon–2am.
  • Email
  • Website www.theoldbluelast.com
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The Old Blue Last

The Old Blue Last has a raffish history and is proud of it. It was built in 1700 on the site of the first purpose-built theatre in Britain since the Roman era: James Burbage's The Theatre, subsequently dismantled and rebuilt across the river as the Globe, in the world's most spectacular attempt to avoid paying rent. The Last was named after a cobbler's tool, subsequently renamed The Old Blue Last and enduring through the Victorian era as a working-class pub, only to branch in the 20th century into being a brothel and one of the most notorious bars in Shoreditch. It was bought by Vice magazine in 2004 and they still own it, promising that 'literally no one has shot anyone here since we took over'.

The shenanigans are now limited to live music, of which they have a legendarily good booking record: Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Florence + the Machine, The La's and many others have played here. It's not about great food, beer connoisseurship or child-friendliness (it's very much 18+): it's about atmosphere, which it has to spare, and dedication to live music.

The nearest Tube stations are Shoreditch High Street (Overground), Old Street (Northern) and Liverpool Street (Hammersmith & City/Central/Circle/Metropolitan).

  • Provides: Free wi-fi
  • Open since: 1876

Events at this venue

There are 6 events at this location

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Birthday Card / Lacuna Bloome / Nick Byrne

Showcase of local musicians Birthday Card, Lacuna Bloome and Nick Byrne.

Fri 5 Feb 2021

£8 / 020 7739 7033

Dancing on Tables

Five-piece indie rockers from Dunfermline.

Fri 13 Nov

£9.50 / 020 7739 7033

Fri 30 Apr 2021

£9.50 / 020 7739 7033

Dancing On Tables

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Fri 13 Nov

£9.35 / 020 7739 7033

Fri 30 Apr 2021

£9.35 / 020 7739 7033

The Deadnotes

The rescheduled date for The Deadnotes’ UK album tour with support from Brutalligators! This free ticket does not guarantee entry - please arrive in good time. This is an 18+ event.

Wed 21 Apr 2021

Free / 020 7739 7033

Joe & The Shitboys

This event was previously scheduled for the 21st of May 2020, but will now take place on the 7th of October 2020. Joe & the Shitboys are four bisexual vegan punks from the Faroe Islands. This band was formed with the intention of calling out shitty behaviour, not only in the conservative Faroe Islands where the rock…

Thu 8 Apr 2021

Free / 020 7739 7033

Trunky Juno

Birmingham Promoters Presents Trunky Juno Plus Special Guests at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, Tuesday 26th Jan 2021.

Wed 27 Jan 2021

Free / 020 7739 7033

Wed 28 Apr 2021

Free / 020 7739 7033

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