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 RoadDalstonLondonN16 8BJ
- +44 (0)20 7503 6099
- Public transport:
- Dalston Kingsland, National Railway
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
Food is catered mainly towards people that love greasy American shit and there's a duck burger with Foie Grois on it. In my mind that is too excessive. The drinks are expensive and they charge two pounds for soda water, something which is usually free or at the bare minimum 50 pence in most other places. Staff look bored and jaded, even though they're probably about 12. Bouncers can be a bit...more
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
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
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