Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1HE
Hackney’s newest music venue is right at the top of the beautifully renovated Picturehouse, with arched windows looking down to the town hall. The elongated space has a long bar and a small stage, and plays host to an imaginative programme of folk, jazz, reggae, Latin and African music. There’s also comedy on the bill, plus open mic nights, DJs and a film quiz. The admission price is refreshingly low – meaning you can take a punt on a band you’ve never heard of – and the vibe is welcoming. Combine a live event with a movie and a meal in the bar/restaurant downstairs for a great night out in Hackney.