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.
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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 22 events at this location

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Cocaine P*ss

This quartet from Liege, Belgium, performs self-penned hardcore punk material.

Thu 18 May

£8 / 020 7739 7033


The European threesome performs its self-penned pop songs. Support from Tuska, Cold Fins and OBL.

Wed 3 May

Free / 020 7739 7033

Cristobal And The Sea

The London-based four-piece plays indie pop-rock with support from Malihini and Tuval.

Sat 29 Apr

Free / 020 7739 7033

Cult Mountain

This three-piece performs hip hop. Support from Black Josh.

Fri 16 Jun

£10 / 020 7739 7033

DJ Toby Carvery Presents An All You Can Eat Bank Holiday Special

DJ Toby Carvery, DJ Filip O Fish, DJ Panicking Skywalker, DJ Linda Mcartney b2b DJ Tracey Barlow and @cal_mcr DJs present a special indie night.

Employed To Serve

Four-piece post-hardcore outfit from London. Support from We Never Learned To Live,

Fri 19 May

Free / 020 7739 7033

The Franklys

All-girls hard riffing garage rock quartet.

Wed 10 May

prices vary / 020 7739 7033

The Franklys

Garage-rock is the chosen genre for this four-piece from London who present their self-penned songs. Dolls and Mnnqns support.

Wed 10 May

Free / 020 7739 7033


The four-piece Brighton-based band plays its indie-rock originals. Supported by Pelicandy and Brazed Head.

Sat 6 May

Free / 020 7739 7033

Gang Of Youths

Indie-rock quintet from Australia featuring Max Dunn, Jung Kim, David Le'aupepe, Joji Malani and Donnie Borzestowski.

Mon 8 May

£9.90 / 020 7739 7033

Knuckle Puck

Five-piece playing music because, as they put it: 'We like music, so we play music.'

Wed 7 Jun

£14.50 / 020 7739 7033


Leeds-based five-piece band plays lilting, psychedelica-tinged electronica.

Thu 4 May

Free / 020 7739 7033

Phundo Art

Hip hop with a range of influences from this London-based rapper. Malakai The Plug and Skinny Malone support.

Sun 4 Jun

Free / 020 7739 7033

Rory Indiana

The Brightonian quartet brings its alternative rock originals to the stage. Donnie Willow supports.

Tue 13 Jun

Free / 020 7739 7033


The rap artist/producer plays hip hop with support from Joey Base, Jinx, Reepa and Dimez.

Sun 14 May

Free / 020 7739 7033


Anthemic rock from the Icelandic trio as they perform their album Otta in its entirety.

Wed 14 Jun

Sold out / 020 7739 7033


This foursome from Iceland, formed in 1995, performs its self-penned heavy metal material.

Wed 14 Jun

Phone for availability / 020 7739 7033

Table Scraps

Fuzzed-up garage rock comes from this Birmingham-based band. Bo Gritz and Queen Zee & The Sasstones support.

Tue 2 May

Free / 020 7739 7033


The London-based threesome performs its punked-up,rock originals. Cajsa Siik and Millions support.

Thu 1 Jun

Free / 020 7739 7033

Victories At Sea

The three-piece Birmingham-based band performs contemporary rock originals. Supported by Leyendekker and Age.

Fri 12 May

Free / 020 7739 7033


VULGARIANS & support Tuesday 16th May 2017 The Full Moon, Cardiff 7.30pm Ages 18+

Tue 23 May

Free / 020 7739 7033


This band from Aarhus, Denmark, brings its self-penned rock to the UK's stages.

Sat 20 May

Free / 020 7739 7033

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