The 229 Venue Guestlis and Table Bookings
229 is a multi-purpose entertainments venue which first opened its doors waaaaaaay back in 1965 (seriously ask your Dad). Since then the venue has played host to numerous gigs, club nights, weekend festivals and countless music related events. Leave the high heels at home and don those converse stuffed in the back of your wardrobe, things are going to get messy once the snakebite (lage, cider and blackcurrent juice obvs) starts flowing. Besides, as much as we like to believe we could we've yet to field test mosh pits with our Louboutins on.
After a major refurbishment and a technical overhaul in 2007, 229 launched once more as a dedicated live music and entertainments venue and in its early days, hosted the likes of Florence and the Machine, Primal Scream and Example
to name but a few. Major technical improvements have been made to improve the two room, 760 capacity venue over the past two years including, most recently, the ingenious installation of a D&B PA system (which will blow your bloody ears off) in Venue 1 (620 capacity) and a new stage, PA and lighting in Venue 2 (140 capacity). Over £250k has been invested in the PA and lighting in both rooms and it has certainly paid off, standing next to the speakers is like sitting on the washing machine, titillating for sure, but impossible to hold your drink steady. 229's multi-faceted layout and extensive technical capabilities means it is capable of handling a wide range of events including live music gigs, club nights, private corporate events, live comedy nights, fashion shows, filming, photo shoots and much more. Basically they've been there, done that, and got the T-shirt.
Creating a venue that is respected by clubbers and music lovers alike is a tough task (why are you lot so fussy huh?), but 229 seem to have cracked it as an array of DJs and top bands take turns to play different nights at this low key Great Portland Street club. As a result of this a hugely diversified crowd of partygoers attend 229 on a regular basis and the place is always soaring with energetic boozy ravers. The atmosphere in 229 varies according to which night you go, from a chilled 'Magic Numbers' session to a noisy Tinie Tempah bassline vibe; FYI don't get these two confused whatever you do. Aside from that the vibe is always easy going and friendly while the large space means that there is room for everyone to dance like no ones watching. Although we might be.
As the 229 club is largely known as a live music venue the artists it attracts are usually globally recognized musicians and artists. Some of those to who have played at 229 to date include: Example, Friendly Fires, Foals, Gnarls Barkley, Biffy Clyro and The Magic Numbers. The blank canvas feel allows both rooms to showcase a whole host of live bands, DJs or both. Club nights range from soul & ska, to electro and rock.
Both rooms have decent sized bars and the staff are always friendly. A standard range of beers and spirits are available while lagers and other favourites that are sure to whet your whistle are reasonably priced. Since your here you may as well did the gig ordering move with the drinks. Three beers at a time (drink responsibly - we won't, but you should), down one and carry the other two, one in each hand. You're welcome.