An ex-mechanics turned Hackney drinking den, Mick's Garage is an offshoot from the crazy popular Crate Brewery. Mixing things up from the tried and tested 'booze-up in a Hackney warehouse' formula, Mick's will also house its own coffee roastery, a Middle Eastern smokehouse and a kombucha bar - if you're not familiar with kombucha, it's a type of miracle working fermented tea which claims to harness properties which are used in the treatment of many illnesses, including cancer. Food goodies include mezze boards, merguez sausages and smoked chicken shwarma.
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Mirth, Marvel & Maud
It's always refreshing to see a venue that's taken on something laid to waste and moulded it into something new whilst retaining that faded grandeur. Mirth, Marvel & Maud is one such gem. In a Grade-II listed old cinema that Hitchcock used to come to, it's been converted into a community hub, bar and arts space. Amongst the grand chandeliers, William Morris-inspired decor, ornate mirrors and grand sweeping central staircase, it's a real nice setting for a drink. Mirth is the foyer bar and restaurant; Maud the screening room and arts space that hosts gigs, films and general performance-y related bits and pieces.
The vibes are strong at this sunny little slice of Jamaican cool in the arches under Deptford rail station. It grew from one man’s dream to create a relaxed, inclusive bar that paid tribute to his own heritage and the neighbourhood’s Jamaican diaspora; now, local movers and shakers pack the place on a Saturday night, getting loose to R&B, soul, reggae, and the occasional live band. But when patrons aren’t dutty wine-ing on the dance floor, they’re stuffing their gullets with a vegan take on Jamaican fare. Try goodies like braised aubergine with gungo rice 'n' peas or a smokey jackfruit burger that we’re still thinking about. Wash it all down with some choice bevvies, like the light ’n’ fresh Cucumber Cocktail.
The Clarendon Cocktail Cellar
This building is no stranger to getting boozy. It was once a Victorian pub wining the ladies and gents of the 19th century. Now it is a lavish underground lair below an arty, boutique hotel serving libations inspired by famous artworks. For example, there's the Andy Warhol “Campbell’s Tomato Soup" (basically a very posh Bloody Mary) and the Edvard Munch “Scream” (Mezcal, Lime, Cassis, Agave, Habanero). Keeping things steady are a bevy of small plates inspired by the great British pub - Crispy Pork Belly with Sauerkraut and Apple Sauce and Soft Shell Crab with Kale & Lime Mayo. Definitely a sweet addition to Pimlico's drinking scene.
Knowles of Norwood
A sprawling beer sanctuary housed in an old Victorian hardware store, Knowles of Norwood sells the mothers of all beers. Stocked with regionally sourced ales, draught and bottled beers, beer sourced from London's greatest microbreweries and their very own Volden beer, the choice here is pretty ridiculous. Keeping things ticking over on the food front, is the kitchen pumping out seasonal, modern British grub. Plus they host the occasional foodie pop up like Miss P's Barbecue.