Since the Covid-19 crisis we have adapted and done everything we can to try and hold onto our space. Fortunately we have some outdoor space and have been able to open the bar again to a limited degree, however we are sliding further into debt. We have lost our sub-let tenants and our rent is eye-wateringly expensive. Socially distanced live music events are not feasible with the size of our live music room. We're Crowdfunding to help pay our costs and keep our business alive in these challenging times - do support us if you can!
Hannah started Paper Dress as a vintage shop in 2007 and over the years has added a coffee shop, bar, music venue and a yoga studio - not to mention a husband, Steve, to the business. Paper Dress was, until recently, a thriving grassroots music venue supported by Arts Council England and recognised as an important cultural destination in Hackney, a place where all are welcome, the beer is tasty and the people friendly...
With our signature black & white flooring and red curtains we've stamped our personal taste and passions all over the business; lovingly-curated vintage delights line the walls, the fridges are packed with local independent breweries and we throw all our love and dedication into every event. Imagine the elegance and style of an art deco prohibition bar with the pop art fun of 60s Biba....our trademark is a friendly house party atmosphere but with a world class sound system and plenty of psychedelic lights!
“A bit like stumbling into the house party of someone with an exceptionally curated wardrobe… a place to catch future stars at their most formative period”(Time Out London)
Next door to the venue we've built a fantastic community of yoga teachers and students with our welcoming studio - who'd have thought quiet yoga haven (shhh!) and a LOUD venue could co-exist hand-in-hand!
Your donations will be used to help us keep hold of our building and to survive the troubled months we have ahead of us.
Even if you've never visited but like the sound of what we're doing and support arts, culture, underground music and good vibes then consider supporting us, and make sure you put that right when we're-open! #SaveOurVenues
Thank you for reading.
We will be back!
Here's a few quotes from some of our community:
"Just brilliant. A fabulous, small, friendly venue with a wide range of live entertainment. You will not get this close to the stage in many other places." (Neil T.)
"Love this place. Truly authentic and cool bit of East London. Great music. Fairly priced booze. Been a bunch of times and love it." (Bioux H.)
"Fantastic venue and shop run by great people trying to make a positive impact in hackney. Paper dress also hosts my favourite open mic every Sunday. Staff is knowledgeable, kind and professional. If you haven't already been, go check it out" (Jules B.)
"One of the best small venues to visit and host at with great local breweries on draught and in the fridges! (Steve G.)
"I've been here for two gigs now and both times the atmosphere and staff were sublime." (Andrew W.)
"Had a great time performing at the Paper Dress Vintage with @Halfpenny. really quirky and different. great atmosphere and fun night out." (Ian G.)
"So cute! Great drinks, lovely clothes, friendly staff and a really quirky and intimate music venue complete with a nice big shiny disco ball. LOVE !" (Jolanta K.)
"Very inspiring and feel at home place. Love the music and ambience." (Gabriel M.)
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