The Garage & The General Store

By Ben
20-22 Highbury Cres, Highbury East, London N5 1RD
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The Garage in Islington has been a music-lovers’ haven since it opened over 20 years ago. Once upon a time, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were rocking the stage, but nowadays, after getting a big refurb this year, its more of a springboard venue for up-and-coming acts such as apathetic young rapper Lil Yachty and the incredible queer-punk pioneers PWR BTTM.

The refurb has primarily focused on the areas surrounding the central stage area, with two lively bars added in. Upstairs, there is the Thousand Islands bar, and its a crackin spot for a boogie, with Djs spinning some 80s funk classic into the early hours on any given night.

Downstairs The General Store is the place to head for a quiet drink pre-show. The bar is decked out like an American all-purpose store, and delicious cocktails are served up in bizarre receptacles such as giant light bulbs and Campbells soup cans, because… Well, aren’t glasses just so boring?