Cafe OTO Dalston Reviews
Nice cafe/music venue in a not so nice area. Dec 07, 2008
Cafe oto is a bit of a mixed bag, I'm still undecided on my true feelings for this place, maybe I'll figure it by the end of this review.
First up is the area. If your visiting London i doubt very much that Dalston will be on your list of places to visit. The only to two things of interest that i know in the area are the giant Mural of jazz musicians that is on the side of a building just around the corner from cafe oto and the cafe it's self. I would liked to have have included a photo of the mural but was afraid that I'd get my camera nicked in the process, i think that gives you an idea of the area.
Once in the safety of the venue it's self you'll be greeted by a large open plan room that doesn't really have the warmth and charm you'd expect from a cafe, it's quite minimal. During the morning and afternoon when they are a cafe they serve a wide variety of beverages, including all types of tea and coffee and they have a selection of cakes and biscuits to accompany. If your prefer something a little stronger they also serve alcohol including many types of beer form big names like corona and asahi to ones that I've never heard of that are organic. All food and drink seems to be priced reasonably for London, they also have a free wifi connection for those of you who make it there without having your laptop stolen on route.
After 8pm the cafe becomes a music venue, the bands/musicians that perform here aren't mainstream acts they tend to be smaller lesser known acts but that's how i like it. The types of music played are mainly jazz, blues, electronica, ambient and experimental they sometimes have visual artists displaying their video artistry sometime accompanied by live music. Tickets can be bought in advance for most nights or purchased on the door some advents will sell out if the performer is very popular but most the time you should be okay if you just turn up out of the blue. The sound quality at the venue is very good mainly due to it being a fairly small venue.
All in all it's a very nice place to go for a drink or see some live music. The first time i went i saw some great acts and the staff were very nice and friendly, the second time the music was great but some of the staff were a little bit rude and came across as being arrogant. I think i do like this place just not the area it's in.
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