30 Acre Ln
020 7749 3940
We headed south to check out the newest addition to the Barrio family, just a stone’s throw from the station and the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail. Barrio Brixton is the latest in the exotic chain’s London takeover, following Shoreditch, Soho and Angel.
On the left as you walk in is an absolutely stunning mural spanning the wall, drawing your eye from all corners of the bar. The striking colourful piece is the work of a local Brixton artist, as are some of the other pieces to be found all around. What’s more, they have saved a number of spots that are yet to be painted, all of which will be given to locals, championing the area and talent – a great idea. Make sure to check out the tiles at the back towards the restrooms on the left, each are individually painted pieces of art. We’re especially looking forward to seeing what will go on the pixellated section near the front.
Other design features that caught our eye, aside from the geometric yellow-wired lights scattered around the centre, is a cute caravan ‘parked’ in the middle of the space filled with banquettes and tables, which we gladly hopped inside. Greeted with the Cuban-themed Che Guava (a mixture of Santa Teresa Rum, Vida Mezcal, Guava, Passion fruit and Lime) we settled into our caravan. The drinks menu is varied enough to keep anyone satisfied, with everything from the Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s citrus bourbon kick to the fresh twisted mojito-style Green Grocer, with gin, coriander, lime and cucumber. Each of the drinks has a familiar Barrio-esque Caribbean twist, fun and flirty. You’re sure to find a variation on an old favourite among their list, but if cocktails aren’t your thing then there are plenty of Spanish and South American wines and beers to explore, as well as some local Brixton brews.
We were lucky enough to try some of the delicious plates they’ll be serving from the Cantina, and it was honestly difficult to choose a favourite. Cheese-filled wontons certainly hit the spot, but the Pork Sanguche pulled belly sliders were a winner all around. The Mi Corazón pork skewers were a personal favourite though, especially served with the Broccoli A La Parrilla’s amarillo chilli cream sauce (which we’ll let slip, also go very well with the sweet potato fries). If you have any space left over make sure to try the dreamy Peruvian Mess, a decadent blend of chocolate custard, caramel, dulce de leche and banana jam that will end all conversation until the last bite is done – you don’t even want to speak, it absorbs your entire attention.
The atmosphere is cosy and casual, the ideal place for a ‘get to know you’ drink with enough features to keep you talking, as well as a cocktail list with something for everyone and quick bites that leave you happily satisfied. Equally excellent for a catch up with friends, we’re expecting the place to be packed out with happy faces night after night and spilling out onto the front patio come warmer weather. An excellent addition to the Barrio flock, we’ll definitely be back for more.