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Review: Barrio Brixton

Brixton has been crying out for a new venue.

When you meet the founder/director of the Barrio bars, Ferdie, you know why the bars are such a success. Not only is he a passionate man but he knows his stuff, and it really showed at the launch of the Barrio Brixton - just the latest venture in the small but growing chain. 

Just like its sister bars, Barrio Brixton has taken inspiration from the local markets, arcades and brewers to create a fun, local hangout with delicious food and drink offerings, and it's only a short walk from Brixton tube, but just far enough away from the hub-bub of the station for it to be a great location.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is the decor. It's stylish,colourful and a decent size with enough tables that you can enjoy time catching up with friends or having tapas on a date.

Eco-friendly up-cycling is definitely the 'in' thing at the moment but it's not done in an thrown-together kind of way, they actually make it work. The walls of the bar will work as a showcase for local artists, giving it a personal touch that we rather like.

We tasted a sample of the menu which ticked all the boxes. There was chicken and pork for the meat lovers, cerviche for the fish lovers and plenty of options for the veggies.
There were so many delicious flavours but we fell in love with some of the 'sides', the broccoli with garlic and chilli cream and the sweet potato fries, to be exact. Well it's not a good night out if you don't load up on your carbs!

The cocktail menu gives you too much choice or a sore head in the morning if you dare to try all the ones you like the sound of. You'll notice there are some old favourites but there are also some great additions. We loved the Voodo Mama with coffee liqueur. They are all served up in funky glasses and they really don't disappoint when it comes to generous measure of alcohol. Don't be fooled into thinking it's your typical watered down cocktail...

Fear not if you're more of a pint drinker though. The Brewery fresh tank beer, will take pride of place alongside local and Latin craft brews, we just spent way too much time enjoying the cocktails to try them.

A high-five has to go to the staff. On a busy press night they were running around delivering trays of drink and food with ease, not only that, they were super-friendly. This definitely feels like a place you'll go because you love the staff as well as the loving the venue. 

Barrio Brixton is located on the very easy-to-find, Acre Lane and will feature an outside 'El Patio' area for those long summer days we are keeping our fingers-crossed for, and with it being open 7 days a week, with a 2am license at the weekends, plenty of time to enjoy all that's on offer. 

We highly recommend you give it a visit but pace yourself on those cocktails ladies...

Barrio Brixton, 30 Acre Lane, London SW2





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