The Ace Cafe

Tonight was a different night out for the missus and me as we went to see a band called the Roomates at the legendary Ace Cafe on the North Circular.

The Cafe is well known as a meeting place for motorcyclist and rock ‘n’ roll aficionados and was opened in 1938. The original venue closed in 1969 and was reopened in ’01. It’s a fabulous place with a great atmosphere, everyone was really friendly – a world away from homogenised, sterile, global corporate establishments that populate every High Street.

It has a great atmosphere. It’s funny how the world moves on – I’d never have expected latte’s and Mediterranean Quiche on the menu at a bikers caff! I opted for the Ace bangers and mash which was fabulous – it put many a gastro pub to shame.

It’s been a few years since I sold my motorbike (after child number two came along) so you can imagine I felt a bit of a pilchard arriving in my Volvo estate :)

The Roomates play fifties/sixties doowop and rock ‘n’ roll – an amazing sound, very tight vocal harmonies influenced by the Del-Vikings (Come Go with Me), Danny and the Juniors (At the Hop), Penguins (Earth Angel) etc. No mere pastiche or novelty act, these guys are really into this style of music and have been playing quite a while. Check out this vid of the Roomates (filmed a few years ago).

It was a bit packed and sweaty but a terrific night out. A different kind of evening but great fun. It was a little tricky to get some decent pictures but I took a few snaps anyway:

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