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

3 out of 5 based on 16 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Birthdays

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

2.0 out of 5 5 July 2015
by Mark T.

Specifically asked the price of drinks before ordering and was told the wrong price and then was served a pint after asking for a taste.

Service definitely leaves a lot to be desired!more

3.0 out of 5 14 May 2015
by Ira P.

As if Bushwick had taken over a bar in London.

We ventured up to Birthdays in search of a good Dalston burger. Ordered 2 cheeseburgers at the bar, along with a (small) basket of fries and 2 beers. For a hipster bar, the beer selection was not very strong, and I just went with 2 Blue Moons, a good beer for sitting outside on a nice evening.

There were some seats available at outdoor...more

3.0 out of 5 16 March 2015
by Leanne H.

Birthdays, God love ya and the free poutine parties Stacks has thrown recently.

We, a group of four Canadians and a Brit, attended the Stacks farewell party last night. It was great fun! However, it was the staff who gave it a sour note.

Let me say, I always expect to get what I pay for, so a free poutine party is fair game. We all cashed in our free tickets for poutine and ordered drinks...more

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

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