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NEW OPENINGS

Bull In a China Shop You had us at Japanese whisky Inspired by ‘Oriental curiosities’ this new Shoreditch hangout will be an all-day restaurant and Japanese whisky bar from the guys behind The Drunken Monkey. Fill your face with Chinese-spiced, whisky-glazed rotisserie chicken and wash it down with some of the best whiskies in the world. Opens: 8th April 196 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6LG bull Foxlow - Stoke Newington Hawksmoor’s new little bro The second Foxlow will be a 100 cover restaurant in Stoke Newington, set over two floors with a terrace for soaking up the sun (rain) on. We’re already big fans of the 10 hour beef shortrib with kimchi and their legendary fried chicken and eggs with croissant waffles brunch. See you there. Sign up for softlaunch here. 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS Queenswood Veggie heaven From the guys behind Soho’s Damson & Co, Queenswood have got a menu jampacked full of globe-wide grub. Bringing dishes like almond milk souffle and wasabi-coated cod to Battersea, the food will do you some good as well as taste totally epic. Vegans and veggies will be well looked after here too so round ‘em up and get involved. Opens: 1st April 15 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA queenswood Berber & Q Hummus heaven This Middle Eastern and North African grillhouse will be bringing some insane food to East London. The chef has taken inspiration from Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Turkey and we’re totally hyped up about it. Arch 338, Acton Mews, London, E8 4EA  Joe’s Southern Kitchen & Bar Happy hour happiness Hungry North Londoners: Joe’s has landed with all the usual fried chicken greatness, creamy whipped potatoes and crazy good mac’n’cheese that the Covent Garden spot offers up. Sip on Sazeracs and go cheapskate by hitting them up for 50% off at the soft launch ‘til 12th April! Opens: 6th April 300 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TG  joes Smokehouse Chiswick Lick those fingers Islington’s Smokehouse is set to take over a pimped up Chiswick pub and take some of that finger lickin’ BBQ goodness west. Neil Rankin is behind the menu and it’ll be all local produce from small farms and rare breeds. Here for the booze? You can get your craft beer fix here too. Pow! Opens: 6th April 12 Sutton Lane, London, W4 4DL 

THINGS TO BOOK

Balls to Dating - DoingSomething - 5th April It’s out with the awkward dating interview scenario and in with thrashing some poor singleton at table tennis and grabbing some balls. Games Makers will be on hand to head up the round Robin tournament, there’ll even be a spin the bottle ping pong special and DJ Pete Pong will be getting the party started. It’s a date. Tickets £10 per person balls Cognac Masterclass at 69 Colebrooke Row - 12th April Classic cocktails are king, and where better to learn how to shake them that at one of Colebrooke’s masterclasses? Tony’s kind of a big deal in the boozing world so if anyone’s gonna show you how to do it right, it’s this guy. Cognac cocktails? You got this one. Tickets £40 per person. Seasons in the Sky at Sky Pod - 17th April Go and get your head in the clouds for some seasonal action at Sky Pod. It’ll be shedding it’s winter garden coat and springing into deckchairs, daffodils and lush green lawns! The cocktail menu has had a bit of a shake up too so get sky high. sky.pod

POP-UPS

The Billingsfield Kitchen Sharing’s caring From a group of friends looking to share fresh, seasonal, British produce, the name comes the amalgamation of Smithfield meat market and Billingsgate fish market - clever, hey? Book in for a seven dish sharing menu of delicious plates, which includes a welcome cocktail. BYO - don’t forget! 11 Beehive Place, London SW9 7QR // Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th April // £35 per person + £5 corkage FryHard Deep fried everything What’s better than cakes, cheese and chocolate bars? Deep-fried cakes, cheese and chocolate bars, that’s what. This pop-up of battered glory is down to Messhead who will be sending all kinds of food to their oily death in the name of Easter dinner. This is not for the sugar-free gluten-free raw-food organic-only almond milk drinkers. This six person feast will be clogging up your arteries with deep fried lamb joints, roast potatoes and veggies too. Go FryHard or go fryhome. Box Park, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 11am - 7pm  FryHard (1) Lights Out Classic cocktails in a speakeasy salon This 1920s-inspired bar has popped up in Reece 79 hair salon in Clapham for some high-quality, central London secret bar atmos that SW has been lacking. They’ll be serving up twists on some classic cocktails as well as some imaginative mixes alongside some live 20s-style tunes for some killer old school speakeasy vibes. 79 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW4 9JN // 25th April  Edible Playground Quinoa castles and chocolate lego Indulge your inner child and hit the Edible Playground for some board games and playing with your food. Build your own quinoa castle (seriously) before stuffing your face with it, paint a goddamn chicken then wrap your tastebuds around it and play chocolate ganache Lego and shortbread Jenga before filling your chops. Get nostalgic and get naughty - nobody will tell you off, you’re a grown up now. It’s BYOB though. Ugh, responsibilities. Secret N1 Location // Thursday 23rd April, 7pm - 10pm  edible.playground (1) The Nomad Cinema Cinema watching for a cause Y’know cinemas pop up now, right? Well this travelling big screen is popping up at the Lexi Cinema for a showing of Blade Runner and the Hoxton Hotel for Napoleon Dynamite. Don’t get too excited about Blade Runner, it’s sold out. BUT Napoleon Dynamite still has stuff to give so get involved. All profits go to The Sustainability Institute, an environmental and education charity in South Africa, so go and watch a movie for a good cause… 81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3HU // Sunday 26th April, 5pm // Tickets £12 here  Lewisham Model Market Get loco in Lewisham (yes really) Who’d have guessed the party was in Lewisham these days? After a banging summer last year, Model Market has headed back to SE13 for street food, drinking, dancing and damn good south-side times. They’ve got six bars with craft beer and killer cocktails on tap and 10 micro diners with brownies, hotdogs and all of south’s best grub. This is perfect for whiling the summer nights away. 196 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6LS // 17th April – 25th September, 5pm – 1am  model.market" ["post_title"]=> string(16) "Your April Guide" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(16) "your-april-guide" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 18:10:30" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 17:10:30" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56141" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#400 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(56131) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 17:37:14" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-31 16:37:14" ["post_content"]=> string(12038) "

CRACKING COCKTAILS

Duck & Waffle - Nutella Negroni Thought the Negroni couldn’t get sexier? Nutella got involved. Served up in a retro glass Nutella jar this beast was first created for World Nutella Day (apparently a real thing) but everyone went so nutty for it that it’s making an Easter comeback, a resurrection you could say. Get high and get a taste of this crazy goodness from 31st March to 5th April. Want to hear more? Check it in our Evening Standard ‘cocktail of the week’ column. 40th Floor Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY Easter.Nutella The Botanist - Chocolate Cocktails The Botanist is shaking up some seriously chocolatey cocktails for Easter. Forget just having one egg, in here you get to have four cocktails. Boom. They will be shaken with tobacco, cognac, coffee and popping candy - all the good stuff - and will get Easter off to a cracking start. Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8EE // £10 each Rivington Grill - Cream Egg Flip Prefer a boozier version of your favourite Easter treat? The Cream Egg Flip is the best way to indulge. Made with rum, Bailey’s, coconut syrup, Coco Pop’s milk (true story) and topped with double cream and bee pollen. Only question is… how will you eat yours? 28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ cream.egg.flip Hot Cross Rum at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings The cocktail masterminds at B&H Buildings have created one of the ultimate boozy offerings this Easter has to give. Available as part of brunch over the bank holiday, Hot Cross Rum’s simple mix of dark rum, hot cross bun syrup (YUM), shaken with egg and topped with cinnamon will keep you buzzing all Easter. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, London EC1R 0HU Need less Easter-themed booze in your life? Check out our Evening Standard Cocktail of the Weeks and see how many you can check off over the weekend or hit our favourite pubs with cocktails to keep both your pint and fancy booze lovers happy.

FEASTER

Last Sipper: Easter Sunday Lunch Dram & Smoke’s Scottish winter pop up is so over and they’ve moved on for some Easter lovin’ with Brewdog for a one-off Sunday lunch. Their six-course menu will include Scottish delights such as haggis and beer-battered Mars bars but best of all it’ll all be paired with six Brewdog beers for all kindsa goodness of booze and fatty grub. The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP // Sunday 29th March, 11:30am – 1:30pm or 2:30pm – 4:30pm dram.and.smoke York & Albany You know that sweet Easter bunny that we all know and love? You can eat him here. Wild rabbit will be served three ways with saddle, braised leg and liver, delicious! There will also be the king of chocolate puddings as well as a petting zoo and an Easter egg hunt (meant to be just for the kids but we won’t tell if you wanna get involved). 127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS FryHard What’s better than an Easter filled with cakes, cheese and chocolate bars? An Easter filled with deep-fried cakes, cheese and chocolate bars, that’s what. This pop-up of battered glory will be sending all food to their oily death in the name of Easter dinner. This is not for the sugar-free, raw food, organic dieters; this six person feast will be clogging up your arteries with deep fried lamb joints, roast potatoes and veggies too. Go FryHard or go fryhome. Box Park, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 11am - 7pm FryHard (1) Easter at The Salt Yard This Spanish-Italian charcuterie joint is opening up for the first time ever on a Sunday for a selection of Sunday roast-inspired dishes. We’re talking roast porcetta with olive oil whipped mash and baked bream with fennel gratin and gremolata. They’re also shaking up some brand new cocktails including blood orange Mimosas and antique smoked Negronis. Now that’s a Sunday session. The Salt Yard, 54 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NA House of Ho Everyone loves a scotch eggs these days so what better than to stuff your faces with ‘em over Easter, the national holiday of eggs or something. The House of Ho’s Bobby Chin (aka. don of all things Vietnamese) has worked on a Vietnamese special to satisfy your savoury flex this weekend. All the normal egg action but with minced pork, cellophane noodles, fish sauce, panko breadcrumbs and Asian spices, this baby is only available for Easter so don’t miss it! 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1W 6HW // Tuesday 30th March - Monday 6th April, £5 ho.egg Need a brunch fix? Check out our favourite places in London for all your bacon and egg needs. Or for more roast/gravy porn, here's our pick of the best roasts in town.

BANK HOLIDAY PARTIES

Balls to Dating - DoingSomething - 5th April No more awkward dates in three minutes, it’s all about thrashing a fellow singleton at table tennis. Games Makers will be on hand to head up the tournament and there’ll even be a spin the bottle ping pong special. DJ Pete Pong will be spinning the decks so get this party started, it’s time to grab some balls. 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD Enter the Easter Time Warp Taking inspo from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Maggies are making you “stop and look around once in while” at their retro 80’s bank holiday party. From Thursday through to Monday you can go back in time for film screenings, cough medicine-flavoured cocktails - hmm… - and some old school shots as well as plenty of disco ball action. Get into the groove because it’s time to party. Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QL Maggies Easter Tipsy Tea Party This Easter, eggcentric Mr Fogg is inviting fellow adventure-seekers for an Easter edition of his famous tipsy tea. He’ll be feeding you with an array of typical easter goodies; hot cross buns and chocolate eggs by the bucketload, as well as Tanqueray and champagne teas. Lumbered with the parents this Easter? This one’s Mumma friendly so go get your boozy Easter fix. Mr Fogg’s, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD // Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th April, from 2:01pm Easter at Beaver Lodge Make your Easter an all-American one at Beaver Lodge this Bank Holiday weekend starting off with Cowboys in Space on Thursday; we’re talking UV paint and DJs aplenty. Then onto Dam Good Friday with a harmonica beatboxing champion hoedown, natch, Blame it on the Beaver for a Saturday night of DJs and funk and finishing off with an Easter Frat Party on Sunday. Sh*ts getting real. Beaver Lodge, 226 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9EL Beaver

EGG HUNTS

The Hunt for the Missing Moonshine Head to Barts for some secret speakeasy action this Bank Holiday for an Easter egg hunt like no other. Uncle Barts has hidden golden eggs, most holding some super sexy gifts inside them, all over his weird and wonderful apartment. He’s also lined up some great tunes from Jazz Jam musicians so get hunting down them eggs, grab a drink and soak up the speakeasy vibes. Barts, Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DW // Thursday 2nd - Sunday 5th April, 6pm - late What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander at Sketch Try saying that after a few cocktails. They’re going all out at Sketch and installing a 3 meter wide nest right next to their amazing egg pod loos with life-sized geese sitting on top of each egg. WHAT?! They are also hosting an egg hunt on Easter Sunday. It’s egging crazy over here. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG Sketch Easter at The Roof Gardens London gardens don’t get better than this one. For an egg hunt across the 1.5 acres of greenery rocking above Kensington High Street, get up to Roof Gardens and start the lookout for the huge Choccywoccydoodah egg of chocolate Easter joy. If you want the goodies without the work, send kids/big kids/chocolate slaves off to do the hunting whilst you prop up the bar with a cocktail or two. The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA Worried about what you're gonna do when it's all over? Take a look at our guide to April and get busy." ["post_title"]=> string(27) "The Ultimate Easter Weekend" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(27) "the-ultimate-easter-weekend" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-04-01 11:04:09" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-04-01 10:04:09" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=56131" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#401 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(55647) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-03-26 08:08:50" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-26 08:08:50" ["post_content"]=> string(4951) "

Above left, Ceviche's head bartender Miguel Arbe and right, Martin Morales

Ahead of the opening of his third restaurant, we sat down with Peruvian legend Martin Morales to chat ceviche, cocktails and how to party, Peruvian style.

A bit of background

Martin Morales, the brains behind London’s first pisco bar Ceviche, was been born in Peru and lived there for 11 years of his life. Fair to say this guy knows good ceviche. After leaving his job as Director for Disney (we questioned this too) Martin wanted to dedicate his life to his love and passion for Peruvian food, and boom - Ceviche was born. Martin opened Ceviche’s doors in 2012 and just as London got loco about Peruvian he followed its success with his second restaurant, Andina, in 2013. In 2015 Martin’s opening the doors of his hotly tipped third spot at the historic Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms in Old Street. We’re talking a 70-cover dining room, a ceviche bar, Peruvian chicken rotisserie and separate pisco (party) bar. Safe to say BarChick will be regulars. Who better to chat to about all things pisco, parting and Peruvian? Martin, tell us why you love pisco: When I lived in Peru, I grew up travelling to pisco distilleries as a child. An uncle of mine had his own pisco distillery so a few times a year we would visit and enjoy the full experience of watching the grapes grow and see the pisco being distilled. The smell of the vines, the taste of the different grapes, and the coastal dry countryside of the Ica region south of Lima were all seductive to me. Pisco is a complex spirit; as complex and exciting as wine and as sophisticated as any other spirit. It’s strong but light at the same time, so that’s why intellectually it’s fascinating and a whole world in itself. Above all, it makes you feel great. Those are the reasons why I love it. What’s your favourite pisco cocktail? My favourite cocktail changes regularly because our pisco bar team, headed by the brilliant Miguel Arbe, create some of the most ground-breaking and delicious pisco cocktails. We don’t just mix pisco, we pre-infuse it with a whole variety of fruits, or spices. My favourite at the moment is called Peru Bravo, and is a homage to a Peruvian funk music compilation on our own record label. It’s made with pineapple and limo chilli infused pisco, pomegranate juice, lime juice and Fever-Tree ginger ale. How do Peruvians party? There are 4 key elements to partying like a Peruvian, you’ll need: - a Pisco Sour in one hand - ceviche in the other - Peru Boom Bass electronic or Criollo music on the speakers - your best friends Tell us a Peruvian dish anyone can make at home? Ceviche of course. It’s the most exciting dish on earth for either a restaurant to serve or to make at home. It’s easy, you can freestyle and make your own interpretation. Just ensure you have super fresh fish, freshly squeezed limes (not too much – don’t make it bitter) and the right balance of chilli, salt and love. What are your favourite bars in London for pisco cocktails? Ceviche Soho, Andina and Little House (by Soho House). How do you make the perfect Pisco Sour? Ceviche’s Perfect Pisco Sour Serves 1 Ingredients: 50ml Pisco quebranta (quebranta is the variety of grape) 50ml sour mix (30ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup - made from sugar and a few drops of water) 1 egg white Ice to cool Angustura bitters (or preferably Peruvian Chuncho bitters) Method: For home making and parties of more than 4, you can put all the ingredients into a blender with 3 ice cubes and blend until smooth. Or, for the perfect serve, fill a shaker with 5 ice cubes, add the other ingredients and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Strain and serve. Add 2 drops of bitters in the centre of the drink before serving. Que rico!

Check out how to make the perfect Pisco Sour on Ceviche TV

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KICK OFF

Start the day right with a caffeine hit at Federation Coffee. Tucked away in Brixton Village, this spot is super popular and always rammed. They’ve got some pretty great cakes and tings going down too. If you want something more chilled then the Blue Turtle Cafe will rock your socks off with their great coffee and relaxed vibes. Raw food and smoothies more your thing? Hit Oracle’s Juice Bar for a juice and a morning cleanse. Federation Coffee, Unit 77-78 , Brixton Village Market, London, SW9 8PS // Blue Turtle Cafe, 210 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8SA // Oracles’s Juice Bar, Shop 90, 6th Avenue, Brixton Village, Brixton, Lonon SW9 8PS BRIXTON.FEDERATION.COFFEE

BRUNCH

Brunch in Brixton is all about the Duck Egg Cafe. These guys serve up eggs benedict, florentine, full English, omelettes… you get the picture. They rock eggs. And for an extra quid you can upgrade to duck egg. Do this. If you’re feeling the Mediterranean vibes then Wild Caper will do you right. We’re talking poached eggs, mozzarella and spinach on sourdough. Boom. If you’re looking for something a bit more low-key, hit Burnt Toast Cafe; they own the Brixton bread scene. With a load of the doughy stuff, coffees and toasters on the tables, the DIY thing means you might actually get burnt toast. Keep an eye on that. Duck Egg Café, 424 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LF // Wild Caper, 11A - 13 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB // Burnt Toast Cafe, 36 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PS BRIXTON.BURNT.TOAST

LIQUID LUNCH

Weekend afternoon boozing means Shrub & Shutter! More like chilling in your mate's kitchen, the drinks here are experimental, killer and served with tasty side snacks to keep your stomach lined, obv. Seven is where it’s at for cheap cocktails and tapas. They’ve got board games and old books to keep you entertained and the booze is always crazy good. If you’re flagging and need to fill your belly a little more, hit CHICKENLiquor, MEATliquor’s poultry-swingin’ sister for some wings and a pisco punch. Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8QH // Seven, Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton Market, London, SW9 8LB // Chicken Liquor, Unit 12 Market Row, Brixton Market, London SW9 8PR BRIXTON.SHRUB

AFTERNOON SESSION

For some secret bar action to see in the afternoon, The Courtesan is perfect. This total hidden gem is a cocktail and dim sum bar so expect the booze to have an oriental taste. Head down to their cute candlelit downstairs area and soak up the Orient vibes. Kaff Bar is a must for a bit of everything! They’ve got coffee, cake, art, booze and beats so whatever you’re looking for, they’ve got it here. If you’re craving some pub action, the Crown & Anchor is great for the unusual. With up to 25 taps of insane beers, real ales, ciders and craft beers, you’ll be here for an hour just trying to decide what to order. The Courtesan, 69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PU // Kaff Bar, 64-68 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PY // Crown & Anchor, 246 Brixton Road, London SW9 6AQ BRIXTON.CROWN

SUNDOWN

Summer calls for a terrace and the Prince of Wales has a beast of one. The vibe here is chilled and friendly with a side of funky, hip hop beats. This is where Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay spin party jams on the weekend. Probably Brixton’s sexiest bar, Three Eight Four is where you wanna be if you’re craving great cocktails. This is more civilised boozing than the Converse and carnage that is unfolding outside the door. Keep it here if you want to keep it sexy. Prince of Wales, 467- 469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH // Three Eight Four, 384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LF BRIXTON.PRINCE.OF.WALES

HOT DINNER DATE

Hidden under St Matthews Church is the f*cking sexy Gremio de Brixton. This cave-like bar and restaurant is probably as romantic as it gets. With a great gin selection, Spanish beers and wine, an amazing selection of tapas as well as dark corners and candlelight, this is a no brainer. What’s hotter than seeing your date tucking into some kickass meats? Nothing, that’s what. Hit The Joint and seduce your babe over a table of sticky ribs and massive burgers. Gremio De Brixton, St Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF // The Joint, 87, Brixton Village, Brixton village market, Brixton SW9 8PS BRIXTON.THE.JOINT

LATE NIGHT/PARTY

Grab all your mates and head to Dogstar for some gothic grunge, shabby chic vibes. This is basically the epitome of the urban cosmopolitan South London scene and is a must visit for those hankering for some true Brixton times. Another banging spot for party crowds is Plan B, ideal for those looking to throw some serious shapes to all kindsa garage, house and hip hop beats. Want something a bit more old school? Head to Brixton Jamm for cheap drinks, chilled vibes and a 6am licence. Hello. Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ // Plan B, 418 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AY // Brixton Jamm, 216 Brixton Road, London, SW9 6LH BRIXTON.PLAN.B

MIDNIGHT MUNCHIES

Midnight munchies are always gonna be cured at Refill, the Caribbean cuisine fast food joint that is ready for you 24/7. We’re talking ‘round the clock jerk chicken, curried goat, saltfish, rice and peas and patties, perfect when you spill out of a club and need a good feeding. 500A Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AW" ["post_title"]=> string(28) "Neighbourhood Guide: Brixton" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(27) "neighbourhood-guide-brixton" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-03-23 16:13:22" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-03-23 16:13:22" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(28) "http://barchick.com/?p=45328" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#391 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(56154) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2015-04-01 10:42:38" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-04-01 09:42:38" ["post_content"]=> string(1248) "Adding to the recent surge of "unusual animal bars", Ross from the rainforest charity Sloth Saviours, is launching a temporary ‘social sanctuary’ called Sloth 'n' Roll in Battersea Park. July 4th will be the first day of a month long sloth bar experience and sanctuary, where real life sloths will hang from the ceilings, as Rock 'n' Roll sets the tone for the place. This sanctuary will house orphan sloths who cannot return to the wild without the basic instincts they can only learn from their mothers. No alcohol will be served until you are out of the sloth sanctuary, when you can sip on a Sloth Gin Fizz, a Sloth on the Rocks and eat Central American jungle inspired snacks. Ross will be hosting regular Q&As, and some lucky visitors will even get to hold the resident super sloth named Suki! With the website launching next week, you can email pickme@barchick.com for a piece of these slow motion sensations.

rosstheslothman Ross with Suki at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 09/05/2013

Greeted at a lectern, and seated at pews or if you choose to eat alfresco, old Sunday school benches, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were attending church (until you catch sight of the spaceship styled oven that is). That said, the only thing you’ll be praising is the pizza and mon dieu it’s good.

Settle in amongst the hipsters and Soho types. Art on the walls changes, lamps have been pilfered from ships and factories and tiles sourced from somewhere in the Med, all in all the vibe is chilled and welcoming. Choose your pizza: they’re scrawled on a black board near the door: choose by the triangle or by the circle. We tucked into a Margarita (simply perfect) and a courgette & artichoke slice, our mess was testament to their deliciousness. Do smother them in the hotter of the chilli sauce, it comes in a skull shaped bottle… you have been warned.

We drank prosecco by the glass, drink wine if you don’t have much work to do after, a magnum is plonked in the middle of the table and at the end of the meal a ruler is held against it to see how much you owe. Dangerous but we loved it. They operate by a four rule in here, pizza slices are £4 as are glasses of vino… we say take four mates, stay four hours and drink four bottles.

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