Isn’t it funny how you can live in a place for 10 years or so, and still there are locations you haven’t explored properly.

La Sera has always been one of those places for me. Tucked in between the Coach & Horses and the 24/7 Turkish supermarket, two of my favourite haunts in Stoke Newington, this seafood restaurant has gone unnoticed in the eight or so years of its existence – at least to me. I occasionally hear that the food is quite good actually, and Luca, the manager, is certainly one of the friendliest people in the Coach a lot of nights, but I’ve never made it inside.

But recently things have started changing, and now La Sera has the potential to become one of the more interesting locations in Stokey. You might have seen tables appearing outside, and every once in a while a large crowd of people seems to appear from out of nowhere. So I just had to ask… and Luca was more than happy to show me around.

The club below La Sera

The owners (who also run the Bricklayers Arms down in Shoreditch) have recently made some changes… opened the place up so that the downstairs bar is accessible from the restaurant, added a few nice touches like a big sofa in the front… and very soon now, with its new late license, you will find that there are some rather interesting club nights going on down in the bar. Well, actually, there have been a couple already… the Urban Voodoo Machine had a NYE party down there, and last Saturday Julien from Loser Superhero kicked things off with a Latin Rock party.

Of course La Sera’s main focus will still be their rather lovely food (including breakfasts from 11:30am), but – similar to the Jackalope below the Trattoria Luigi – on Fridays and Saturdays (for now) you will also be able to shake your booty.

The bar at La Sera

We will of course list all the nights in our What’s On section (as long as the promoters submit their events), and so far it’s looking promising. Portishead’s Andy Smith starts things out with a little Jam Up Twist, and on Saturday Version Excursion is launching here in its new venue.

I’ll be there to check it out, and I can’t wait to see if La Sera can match the Jackalope, The Drop, and the Question Mark Bar as Stokey’s newest party venue.