Dattch Top 5 Dates: PROWL Takeover

Our friends at badass new arts and culture mag PROWL have taken over our Top 5 Dates this week.  They’re telling us the coolest hidden gems in London that maybe you didn’t know about that you should take a date to so you can show off how friggin’ cool you are. It’s never too late to go to an underground 1970’s themed Jamaican bar to inhale cocktails fumes and eat Alaskan-style Tapas. Look beyond every map and guide you’ve read, take some tips from real Londoners and go out and live!
 
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Tonkotsu East – This super cool Japanese bar and restaurant makes for an impressive date location. Located under the railway arches in Haggerston, the industrial setting is a stylish backdrop and the low-key lighting put everyone in soft focus. They serve up incredible ramen though we don’t advise getting the dipping ramen on a first date unless you want to spend the evening sucking spilt broth off one another’s chins. Get a selection of starters, a few Japanese inspired cocktails and do that teaching-each-other-how-to-use-chopsticks thing.
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Doomed Gallery – Take your girl to an underground gallery/bar on Ridley Road. Thursday nights are often openings for groovy exhibitions or launches of cool publications. With a long but cosy garden area where you can keep each other warm by candle light on the mismatched furniture. Most events are free entry which gives you more cash to splash on owner Ken’s homemade sangria. Check the website for their next event.
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No Exit – Second Skin Theatre takes Jean Paul Sartre’s existential masterpiece to the depths of White Rabbit’s Rabbit Hole on Church Street. Meet early for Ginger Bread Daquiri’s in the upstairs cocktail bar first. For those who don’t know, No Exit is a proto-feminist approach to hell featuring a cracking evil lesbian character who was based on Simone de Beauvoir. Go for a memorable date that’ll give you plenty to talk about. Opening night on 20th November, check the website for performance dates and ticket information.
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Genesis Cinema – An independent cinema in Stepney Green. On a Sunday afternoon they play classics such as Old Boy and A Bout de Souffle though weekday evenings cater to commercial cinema fans with all the big blockbusters available for viewing. Keep your eyes peeled for the independent premieres too. If you don’t fancy a film, the coffee shop and sofas are a cool place to chill out and chat.
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Sleaze – An outrageous NYC style cabaret night at Camden’s Lockside Lounge. Sleaze is a free monthly celebration subversive sexualities through song, dance, skits, strips and games. It’s dirty and darkly humorous so could be the most raucous date imaginable – not suitable for prudes. Don’t forget to get your photo taken together in the Glam Shotz “photo booth”. Next one is Wednesday 6th November.