EDITED BY JANE MULKERRINS London Lite Friday, 9 October 2009 25 GUANABARAS FIFTH BIRTHDAY AUTUMN may be here, but up the stairs on Parker Street its always drenched in Brazilian sunshine. Grab a happy hour mojito and shake your bits to celebrate Guanabaras fifth birthday. Gilles Peterson, left, will be spinning the tunes, the London School Of Samba will be demonstrating how to shake said bits properly, plus theres a carnival parade, capoeira and plenty of caipirinhas. Tonight, Guanabara, Parker Street, corner of Drury Lane, WC2; 5pm-2.30am, 15, 10 in advance. LIVINGFORTHEWEEKENDER sforbingo! D GIVE GRANNYS FAVOURITE GAME A MAKEOVER Graces place TAKING over the premises formerly occupied by Sugar Reef, Grace (42-44 Great Windmill St, W1) is a 1,000-capacity haunt inspired by actress Grace Kelly. Opening its doors next Thursday, the venue will include a ground-floor restaurant and bar and a lower-ground floor cocktail bar and club called the Milk Bar and Cocoa Club. Beat the blues BLUES bars are enjoying something of a revival in our city at the moment. Hot on the heels of Round Midnights launch in Islington, Blues Kitchen (111-113 Camden High BarFly Whatsnew intown Street, NW1), offers live entertainment seven nights a week. With more than 40 different types of Kentucky bourbon, youll find it open until late every week night and till 3am at weekends. New Northcote THE Northcote (2 Northcote Road, SW11) in Battersea has re-opened after a rocknroll makeover. The walls are hung with iconic record album sleeves and Union flag chairs. A rotating booze line-up showcases British ales and other drinks. DAVID HUDSON Wereall goingto... Tonight IF YOU enjoy the dirty machine funk of breakbeat, then tonights party at Matter should be on your radar. The massive venue plays host to Krafty (voted Best New DJ for the last three years at the Breakspoll awards) wholl be dropping a mix of hip hop, breaks and electro while MC Dynamite spits the rhymes. The line-up also includes Freestylers, Drummatic Twins, A Skillz and deebee hero Shy FX. Old school hip hop heroes the Jungle Brothers, who have a long- standing love affair with dance music, will also be dropping in. An Evening With Krafty Kuts @ Matter, Peninsula Square, SE10 (020 7549 6686) 10pm-6am, 12. Tube: North Greenwich Saturday TONIGHT sees club promoter Allez Allez finally stop wandering around the citys various venues and settle down to a monthly residency at east Londons Cargo. Its a quality line-up for its opening session, including a live PA from rising tech-house star Nathan Fake, who counts James Holden and Steve Lawler among his fans, plus Bristols dubstep superstar Appleblim. As a neat, recession-friendly measure, theyre also installing an honesty box at the door, leaving it up to clubbers to decide what they want to pay to get in. Allez Allez @ Cargo, 83 Rivington Street, EC2 (0872 148 3666), 7pm-3am, pay what you want. Tube: Old Street Sunday THE ultra-hip BoomBox may be no more but Ponystep, another fashionable party, has taken its place. Those whove checked out Richard Mortimers Ponystep blog will know what to expect: polysexual punters in left- field gear and make-up that took most of the day to complete. Expect excellent electro and new disco, courtesy of DJs Hanna Hanra, Pippa Brooks, Matthew Stone and more. Ponystep @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, E1 (020 7613 0709), 8pm-1am, free but get on the list by mailing ponystep@ ml-pr.com. Tube: Old Street SCOTT MANSON Star: Nathan Fake is at Cargo he place will rock to ound of Herve and s Urban Nerds, Riva himself: three rooms m, guaranteed. Also ndles tomorrow Bugged Out, with at Vauxhalls Fire f new talent they n to hit it big is a whos who of electronica. Daft Punk, ages before the masks, talking dogs and robots, played live in 1995. They also championed Green Velvet, Badly Drawn Boy and Scissor Sisters long before fame, and bravely gave fierce techno DJ Jeff Mills his first ever Ibiza headline slot. Plus they made perhaps the finest ever clubbing T-shirt: Cmon you (very bad word), lets rave. Among tomorrows spinners are Erol Alkan, Justin Robertson (whos played for the club since it began) and batty bass specialist Hannah Holland. Top electronica label Ed Banger Records take over a room with Busy P leading the charge. The Work It DJs, Disco Bloodbaths Dan Beaumont and many more complete a cracking night. On Sunday head to Ministry Of Sounds courtyard where Secretsundaze, long- time champions of up-and-coming European electronica DJs, welcome two highly original artists -- Berlins Seth Troxler and Osunlade (Yoruba Records) -- plus Disco Bloodbath and Frank Tope at this consistently great party. From Detroit-style techno to Brazilian and African percussion-led house, the 12- hour event is something special. Advance tickets are sold out so be early (it starts at 3pm) to ensure entry. All these clubs are top of the nightlife table, so go support them this weekend. clubland@thelondonlite.co.uk GUANABARAS FIFTH BIRTHDAY stairs on Parker Street its always drenched in Brazilian sunshine. Grab a happy hour mojito and shake your bits to celebrate Guanabaras fth birthday. Gilles Peterson, left,fi will be spinning the tunes, the London School Of Samba will be demonstrating how to shake said bits properly, plus theres a carnival parade, up-and-comingofchampionstime AfricanandBraziliantotechno special.somethingiseventhour ach others skin with silly pictures and ude quotes. Comparing the drawings on our arms, chatted with a girl called Emma who ave me some surprising news: We come own every week! A lot of the people ere are regulars. When did bingo get ool, I wondered. 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Now Im raging against the machine of conventional bingo wherever theres a game on. No messing around. This definitely wasnt conventional. As the music blared, the callers yelled out wicked (and sometimes downright gross) sexual rhymes that cant be repeated in case your grans reading, and when a completed bingo was finally called and a potential winner made it forward, the youre fired music from The Apprentice built up the suspense while the girls checked the card. This was nerve-wrack- ing, as you were dealt a merciless shaming if you got it wrong, as one girl was to find out. Instead of win- ning a bespoke space hopper, she was ban- ished back to her friends in fits of laughter for not getting two rows in the same box. As I said, this game is not as easy as it sounds. The hilarity continued over three raucous rounds, until the final prize of an iPod dock was handed out. The music -- a heady mixture of electro, rock and hardcore -- contin- ued to 3am until we were pushed unceremoniously towards the exit. Still covered in graffiti we made our way discreetly back into the respectable society of Upper Street, on a high after a night of such surprisingly cool, illicit activity. Grab your marker, its game on tonight... just leave grandma at Mecca. Underground Rebel Bingo Club, secret location (see rebelbingo.com), every Friday, 10.30pm-3am. 6 adv, 8 on the door. e on to a winning formula at f these top-of-the-table clubs index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html