Open The Gate is a cultural venue dedicated to the promotion and celebration of African and black culture through art, music, cultural and social activities.

The centre has a restaurant offering unique cuisine combining home-made authentic African cuisine, as well as Caribbean and Mediterranean dishes.

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33-35 Stoke Newington Road
N16 8BJ
+44 (0)20 7503 6099
Yelp Reviews

3.0 out of 5 based on 20 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Birthdays

2.0 out of 5 25 July 2016
by Hannah M.

I've really enjoyed poutine and really excellent burgers here, but those are just pop ups. They pop ups in there that I have been to have been quality, but you can't go expecting a certain thing.

It's a bit rowdy, and the time we were there for burgers, there was an odd queue for people to meet some youtube star? Boozy slushies, and okay drinks, mid priced I guess, it's a bit of a grotty club...more

3.0 out of 5 16 January 2016
by Livi S.

It's a Friday night and what is a girl to do, except to party? My friend recently had her birthday, so what better reason than to go for a hip hop dancing club night!

Venue wise it's not the prettiest place, it's kinda what you called a grimy club, I guess. Toilets were kinda bad and the service wasn't exactly fast. I did however like the massive choice of bottled beers, including one of my...more

2.0 out of 5 28 October 2015
by Alex S.

Oh Birthdays.

Here's what I really like about you: your food. You run some amazing pop-ups and the food is great. I've had poutine and wings and burgers and it's all been great.

And then I pretty much dislike everything else.

Birthday's is not going to be my scene. It's loud, it's packed, it's a boozer spot for people who like to drink and drink hard. But more than that, there are so many...more

2.0 out of 5 16 August 2015
by Andy G.

Well, the place itself is nice, and convenient. Drinks here are expensive, as is the food.

The food is lucky chip burgers so I ordered the royale with cheese, then realised fries are extra so went for the chilli cheese fries.

Burger was overdone and the chilli cheese fries are about half the portion I get from meat mission. Also, it was all really salty, I rarely add salt to any meals so...more

5.0 out of 5 12 March 2015
by Chris B.

As a Canadian, I am obliged to attend any event/venue that provides poutine, especially when it comes free with the purchase of £3 beer. Stacks at Birthdays has been fantastic, and will be missed!

All poutine aside, Birthdays is a great venue, with very helpful and friendly people working behind the bar. I would recommend it to anybody looking for after work drinks in the area.more

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