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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Venue Details & Map


33-35 Stoke Newington Road
N16 8BJ
+44 (0)20 7503 6099
Public transport:
Dalston Kingsland, National Railway
Book a taxi on +44 (0)844 556 0706 or with London's biggest car service app
Yelp Reviews


4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Birthdays

4.0 out of 5 13 February 2015
by Alex S.

Canadians basically have a poutine radar: oh, I smell fries in the air...but do I smell accompanying cheese curds and gravy? Thisaway, folks!

So, within Birthdays (a great venue in and of itself) is Stacks poutine. It's super solid poutine consumed off to the side of the more opened-up space of Birthdays. The fries are right size, and crisp. The chicken-based gravy (vegetarian also an...more

4.0 out of 5 16 January 2015
by Michelle G.

Went here last night to watch Toby's friend play (his name is Hard Fact and he's very good). Toby had the classic poutine and I had the skin on fries (yummy). We each had 2 "cocavinos" which was red wine, lime, coke, and an orange slice. Toby & I both thought it tasted liked sangria with a twist!

After the food, we went downstairs for the show in a dark room. It was a good sized space but a...more

3.0 out of 5 10 January 2015
by Sunny K.

It feels churlish to be critical of free food. And well, full disclosure, the veggie poutine I got came gratis when I ordered a drink. But I presume that they do these promotions to encourage people to come back and I don't think I will, sadly. The chips were dry (the type that implies they were frozen and then perhaps microwaved?) even though soaked in gravy. The gravy itself was plentiful...more

5.0 out of 5 13 October 2014
by Thomas A.

The poutine residency is what wins me over here. Brunch poutine: poached egg, sausage, black pudding, bacon, gravy, cheese, fries, £3 bloody mary.

I don't know what else you could ask for from the universe.

They've got some other variations and some non-gravy ones like the bulgogi/kimchi ones.

If you're a fan of poutine and hate the strange fake versions you get at the maple leaf, then...more

4.0 out of 5 20 August 2014
by Mark T.

Came here just for the Psychic burger and I was impressed. Burger was cooked slightly less than medium however it was still enjoyable but the standout was the chilli cheese fries. I'd eat that every day if I could!

Drinks are a little on the expensive side but well worth a visitmore

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