Brand new venue Far Rockaway, named after the buzzing Queens NY resort of the late Fifties and early Sixties, occupies a 400-capacity space on Shoreditch’s lively Curtain Road. Under the curatorial eye of Ben Oakley’s Gallery and Kevin Martin Hoxton Gallery, a roster of top-flight street artists including Xenz, Above, Lucas Price, Cranio, Cept and Guy Denning have created unique works of art from hand-painted totem poles to murals and sculptures.
Neon artist Andy Doig has re-interpreted Far Rockaway amusement park’s signage in a new original work using 100 feet of coloured glass requiring 30,000 volts of electricity but artwork isn’t just limited to the walls – just look up and you’ll see that ceilings are covered with hundreds of eclectic skateboard decks from cutting edge brands such as Alien Workshop and Consolidated.
Cocktails come on draught with additional Frozen Margarita and locally sourced beers while bar food is NY snack-style, featuring pizza by the slice (eat in or take away). Organic chicken and suckling pig are spit roasted on a rotisserie grill and other menu highlights include Slow roasted baby back cola ribs, Blackened salmon fillets, Pulled five-spice duck and retro Knickerbocker Glory for dessert.
Music maestro, Dom Chung oversees a selection of DJs: Friday nights are soul and funk, Saturdays rock to a Shoreditch bloc-party vibe, Sundays are for kicking back with a ‘reggae roast’ flavour, while Thursdays are all about entertainment from bingo, to art salons and quizzes.
There’s even a 4000-strong library of DC and Marvel comic books and guests are free to use the super-fast wi-fi and wireless printers too. The venue has been specially designed in a modular layout to cater for loved-up couples to larger groups and has full AV kit for private screenings.