LONDON | Ballie Ballerson’s concept is simple: Guests get boozy upstairs with some of their crazy cocktails before heading underground to flounder around in a giant ball pit while listening to some good tunes. It’s basic, but effective as tickets for the Dalston-based bar have been booked out for months in advance. But that doesn’t stop these guys from shaking things up even more. The City Lane was lucky enough to get invited to the ‘GlowyMcGlow’ opening night to see their 250,000 new clear balls lit up by over 10,000 LED lights.
The glow-in-the-dark theme hits you right when you walk in. The ground floor boasts an enormous glow in the dark mural that is charged with UV light blasts every hour – sending the venue into a 5-minute light rave. Why, you ask? Ballie Ballerson simply replies with: Why not? Nothing is too much for these guys and this flows right into their cocktails, each named after a planet in our solar system.
The sweet gin based cocktail, Saturn, glows in the UV light and comes with a freshly blown helium balloon for some nonsensical childish fun. Uranus is an incredibly sour bev but comes with a shifty looking pill attached to the glass. But fear not, you’re not being rooffied. When you drink the cocktail with the pill is in your mouth, the flavour miraculously transforms so it tastes more like a margarita. But the fun doesn’t end there. Mars is set on fire, The Sun comes with glow in the dark sticks and Neptune is filled with dry ice.
But these aren’t what you’ve come for. They’re just an added bonus. The real fun stuff is downstairs. Drop all your valuables in the cloak room and get straight into London’s biggest ball pit dancefloor. Wade through the sea of coloured balls, taking selfie upon selfie before diving beneath to swim around this surreal kaleidoscope playground surrounded by mirrors. And do prepare to exhaust yourself during this entire process. Ball pit parties don’t seem to have been created for us unfit souls.
And if you feel like going even deeper into the Ballie Ballerson experience, then pick up some of their foam fighting toys, get in on a game of hide and seek or go all out with one of their weekend bottomless brunches or even stranger bottomless spaghetti and meatballs sessions. And they’re even looking into the possibility of buying a double decker bus, filling it up with balls and taking it to music festivals… the Ballie Ballerson possibilities are endless.
They offer everything you need to escape from the high-paced, stressful London life. Because being an adult is hard and we all need to feel like kids every now and then. Ballie Ballerson just makes it more acceptable and throws alcohol into the mix for a bit of extra fun.
79 Stoke Newington Road
London N16 8AD
Mon – Thu: 6:00pm to 12:00am
Fri: 6:00pm to 2:00am
Sat: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Sun: 1:00pm to 7:00pm