THE GEORGE & DRAGON
|Address||2-4 Hackney Road,; London E2 7NS|
|Neighbourhood||Shoreditch | See on map|
|Tube||Old Street [Northern]|
|Telephone||+44 20 7012 1100|
Usually packed out by trendy kids with daft, Shoreditchian hair, this is also one of the kitschest pubs in the East End – and thanks to its combination of daft interiors (who really needs a rhinestone studded cowboy hat or a life-size cut out of Kim Wilde?) and cheesy music, attracts a large gay following.
DJ nights have included residencies from the fabulous ‘Madame’ (Ponystep alum and one-time shop girl at the now-defunct Maison Bertaux), with the space getting rammed to the rafters with fashion folk and trendsetters come the weekend. Pints are served in plastic glasses, nobody takes anything too seriously, and the toilet queues are just silly – but then so are the clientele.
Closing time comes early, but do not despair. Follow the boys making a beeline for The Joiners Arms and let the show go on.