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 12 events at this location

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Scruff of the Neck presents

Wed 9 Aug

Free / 020 7739 7033

As Lions

Five-piece rock and metal outfit from London.

Sat 30 Sep

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 020 7739 7033

Avalanche Party

Garage-rock outfit from North Yorkshire. With support from Monk, Krush Puppies and Wayde.

Thu 20 Jul

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 00:00

Wed 5 Jul

Free / 020 7739 7033

Charly Bliss

Brooklyn power pop band.

Wed 13 Sep

£8.80 / 020 7739 7033


Alt-rock five-piece with members from Berlin and Melbourne. With support from Vilde.

Sat 29 Jul

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:30

Future Horizons

Progressive hardcore four-piece from Hartlepool.

Tue 15 Aug

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 020 7739 7033

Grieved (last London Show!)

Punktastic presents… Swedish hardcore punks GRIEVED are doing one last run of shows before calling it a day, we've hooked up a show at our favourite small London venue for this one, it'll be hot. Also on board for the tour are Brighton noiseniks ROUGH HANDS who we had a blast with on their last Punktastic show in…

Wed 19 Jul

£6.60 / 020 7739 7033

The Kominas

American indie-rock four-piece. With support from The Tuts, Nikesh Shukla, Nerm and Rabiah Hussain. Hosted by Yasmeen Khan and Bobby Friction

Sun 20 Aug

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:00 – 00:00

Mada Presents - MOWBECK And Sugarhouse At Old Blue Last

Mada present the amazingly talented Mowbeck and the extraordinary Sugarhouse.

Tue 1 Aug

£6 / 020 7739 7033

  • 19:30 – 23:00

Matthew Logan Vasquez

The Delta Spirit frontman supports the follow up to his album Solicitor Returns, Does What He Wants, that showcases his indie style and covers a wide range of topics from financial troubles, departed friends and lovers, mental illness, fatherhood and beyond.

Wed 12 Jul

£13.25 / 020 7739 7033

Only Sun

Indie-rock five-piece from High Wycombe. With support from Undo and Disorder DJs.

Fri 14 Jul

Free / 020 7739 7033

  • 20:00 – 02:00

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