Hackney Wick used to be the place you found yourself at six in the morning at some dirty squat party. At best, you could drink a can of Red Stripe by the canal and try not to get lost in the industrial wasteland. Then the Olympics happened and now you can go to places like Crate. Where have all the crawling K heads gone now?
Who cares. Hackney Wick is going up in the world. Created by the same brother and sister duo that opened alternative Counter Café around the corner, Crate is part of a culture center called The White Building that still looks a little like someone’s private warehouse lot.
The bar is made of salvaged railway sleepers and with sandbag sofas, reclaimed wood tables, bare bulbs and some obligatory upcycled crates, it’s kept true to the Wick’s industrial vibe. But the high ceilings, wall of windows and buzzy atmosphere warm it up nicely. It gets packed out with hot creative types from local art studios or the smart lot who bought up the new builds in the area. Not a dreadlock in sight.
The pizzas are delicious with interesting flavours like laksa chicken or sage & truffle. As a microbrewery they’ve got some awesome draughts and you can see the gleaming tanks and pipes of the brewing gear in a side room. Grab a pint of Crate Golden Ale, sit at a table in the sunshine by the canal, watch the swans float by and reminisce about that awesome rave you once went to here.