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 15 events at this location

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Anna Burch

This Is Tmrw welcomes Anna Burch to Hare & Hounds on Monday 7th May 2018.

Wed 9 May

£7.70 / 020 7739 7033

Cronicle

Knowing Swedish pop-rock from the singer. With support from Zealyn.

Tue 20 Feb

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:30 – 22:30

Four Letter Word Weekend

A micro-festival showcasing contemporary jazz, soul, hip hop, electronics and underground art. DJs throughout the weekend are Somewhere Soul, Musica Macondo and Tim Garcia.

Sun 18 Feb

£8.80 / 020 7739 7033

  • 14:30

Gaygirl: Single Launch

The four-piece combo from London comprising of Bex Morrison, Lewis Clark, Jake Richardson and Louis Bradshaw play alt rock. With support from Projector, Chemtrails.

Tue 6 Mar

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 00:00

Giant Rooks

The four musicians from Germany play their indie-pop originals.

Wed 21 Mar

£7 / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Giant Rooks + special guests

Scruff of the Neck presents

Wed 21 Mar

£7.70 / 020 7739 7033

Kid Cupid

The London-based combo play indie pop. With support from China Lane.

Mon 5 Mar

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:30

Larkins

Indie-rock four-piece from Manchester.

Wed 11 Apr

£8.80 / 020 7739 7033

Larkins

Indie-rock originals come courtesy of this Manchester-based quartet. With support from Kid Luna.

Wed 11 Apr

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 12:00

Odd Couple

The Berlin-based indie-rock outfit play songs from their album Yada Yada. With support from Super Paradise and CTM DJs.

Mon 9 Apr

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 00:00

Pale Seas

The Southampton outfit play melancholic indie-pop.

Sat 24 Feb

Free / 020 7739 7033

With Party Hardly, Projector and Flirting.

Rascalton

The Glasgow-based group play no nonsense punk rock. With support from Declan Welsh And The Decadent West, Lucia.

Wed 28 Feb

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:00 – 00:00

Splitknuckle

The hardcore five-piece from Essex play a benefit gig in memory of a friend. With support from Pints, Target Lock and Action. It will be Action's final show.

Sun 25 Feb

Free, donations welcome / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Vistas

The Edinburgh-based quartet, who recently made Spotify's Hot New Bands playlist, plays indie. With support from Luna Bay and Himalayas.

Mon 19 Feb

£5 / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:00

The Winter Passing

The quartet plays punk rock with support from Woahnows and Fresh.

Fri 23 Feb

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 02:00

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