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Set within the brick-lined Truman Brewery complex, the Vibe Bar’s cobbled courtyard is where students, off-duty clothing-rail scourers & the too-chillaxed-to-shop posse descend – especially in
September, when the venue’s four rooms host the eclectic Brick Lane Music Festival. Inside, the scuffed main bar is ‘more shabby than chic’, with its weathered sofas, mismatched café furniture
& cartoon murals. Drinking generally means strong lager (Hoegaarden & Staropramen), bargain wines & cheap-as-you-like cocktails with familiar names. Food runs to slices of pizza (from
£3), weekend Caribbean barbecues & ‘six for £8’ bites – sweet chilli prawns, ribs, mini Thai fishcakes, baby Cumberland sausages & tirimisu [sic]. Be warned: the live bands are invariably
‘loud’, & token door charges may apply.
Wandering down Brick Lane, a sprained ankle resulted in a decision to head to the first bar we found – for both a sit down and some medicinal drinking. This actually turned up a doozy, surprisingly enough, with ‘Vibe bar’.Having walked past several times on my moochings around East London, I had always assumed it was just part and parcel of Brick Lane’s Sunday market – having never been there any other day. There’s a large courtyard with stalls, so a safe assumption I guess. However, once the market had packed up and we noticed people were still drinking merrily, we felt that warranted some investigation...
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