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Date Night: London Beer Lab, Brixton

22 Aug

Last month I found the ideal date night solution on Groupon, a beer tasting session at the London Beer Lab, Brixton. So many a happy Friday I spend in the pub with my gorgeous one, but an activity that’s educational and drunken ticks all boxes!

Under one of the iconic Brixton rail arches, this microbrewery is tiny, but very interesting and the staff are friendly which is important at such an intimate gathering. Priced at £12 per person for 10 beer tastings (small glasses!) and costing even less on promotion on Groupon, it’s an affordable date.

We were early to arrive, and made our way up into the top floor, where benches and tables are laid out like a beer hall in the middle of plastic casks and brewing equipment. Snacks are laid out in little glasses (Thai crackers and the like) and a big bucket with a water jug allows you to swill your glass between rounds.  Some of the beers were quite strong (and a lot of IPA and pale ales to Matt’s delight!) so we were fairly tipsy by the end and made friends with another couple sat on our table. It gets a little hot in there in the summer so keep your day time attire on!

Customers get a 10% discount on bottles in the mini-shop to take home – so after our obligatory Wetherspoons jaegerbomb for the road we were clinking our way home on the bus very happy.

Verdict: 9 / 10

 

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London Happy Hour: The Oval Lounge

20 Aug

If you are looking for a little pub to chill on a weeknight – I would recommend The Oval Lounge in – you guessed it – Oval! It’s close to the station, and has a Happy hour until 7pm with £3 beers and £12 wine. A really cozy little venue (with twinkling lights in the beer garden!) to relax in.

The only let down is the food, pretty pricey for some average burgers (and one time I had the cheese board – it was boring and really not worth the money. No variation on the crackers and bread, just standard plain, no butter, no chutney. Basically a couple of slices of cheese and one segment of apple!) That said they do accept taste card on weeknights  which puts it more in the price range I would expect for the food.

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Verdict: 8 / 10

Nearest Tube: Oval, Northern line. Address: 24 Clapham Road (continuation of Kennington Park Road), Kennington, London SW9 0JG|

Opening times: Mon-Fri 12pm, Sat & Sun 10am. Closing times: Mon-Thu 10pm, Fri-Sat 11.00pm & Sun 9pm

Nights Out

10 Oct

Nights Out: Soho

Do you ever want to leave the old mans pub that you sit in with colleagues and head to a bar where you can actually just dance the night away with no concerns about being chatted up, spending 3 hours getting ready and then feeling pretentious or spending a fortune? Well I am in the search of the perfect after work dancing spot in London.

Club number one: Low Profile night club, Soho.

Ok the first mistake I think was being attracted to this bar solely for its neon lighted entrance. Like moths to a flame we dodged every other club and made a beeline for the pretty lights.

The entance is impressive, and after bartering the door price down from £8 to £4 we felt like a treat was surely in store. The bouncer lady was a little over friendly (after searching my bag and asking me about almost every single product I had inside I was a little near telling her to politely jog on) but this did not put us off.

The music was a little strange, a bit like eclectic electro with a jingly beat(?!) and the drinks were your standard ‘I am a gay bay therefore I sell alcopops and nowt else’ but all in all it had a good vibe. We were initially alarmed at the empty dancefloor, but to our refielf a team of Fresh Prince of Bel Air lookalikes arrived and filled the room. The only problem being, that they danced in a crazed synchrony like some kind of bizarre dance troop. There is nothing more offputting when busting some drunken moves than feeling that you have somehow fallen into an episode of glee…

I would definately go back (on a night with better music) but I certainly have not found my number one dance spot!

The quest continues!

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