Brick & Liquor: Review
Brick & Liquor is bringing liquid magic to its south London ‘hood. In this hidden cocktail spot, the foundations of a thriving local haunt are built from exposed brickwork and the exposure of a new breed of legendary drinks.
This intimate bar has only been open a few months yet it’s already buzzing. Despite aome initial set backs (such as the entire bar unit being stolen in transit), founder and local resident David Layton has built a loyal Brick & Liquor following. David’s passion and determination to create a site for all to relax and feel at home shines through in every detail from the service to the decor to the menu.
What sets this intimate bar apart from the often slick formality of other cocktail spots is the people behind it. David explained to us that he opened Brick & Liquor as a place that he himself would enjoy coming to. A strong sense of community is key to his philosophy and oh how this ethos shines through! From the moment we arrived our waitress Jules, whizzed us to our high perched seats and gave us a run through of the menu with the knowledgable enthusiasm that mirror’s David’s own. Her chatty, warm demeanour was the perfect intro for settling into a night of great company whilst working our way through the inventive drinks list.
Jules’ recommended we start on Thyme at The Bar, a refreshing mix of Vodka, lemon juice, tonic and homemade thyme syrup. This was a spot on choice as the perfect palette cleanser before moving on to further intriguing libations.
A menu with fragrant flair
From the sharing plates to the martinis, Brick & Liquor’s neighbourly ties abound. Most ingredients are sourced from local suppliers- tonic water is brought from Bermondsey, fresh produce comes courtesy of the nearby market and imaginative syrups are homemade every day. It is this sense of thought and care that enabled organic flavours to hit us with pungent flair. Particularly outstanding was the Dill or no Dill and Capulet’s Garden which tasted fragrant enough to be fresh from the fields.
All these sumptuous sips made for appetite building stuff. Not a problem at Brick & Liquor. The crisp zing of apple and elderflower bellinis met their match in the very instagrammable grub. Following their sharing is caring ethos, plates are made for trying together. Unlike the deep fried bonanzas found in many drinking spots, Brick & Liquor’s inclusive approach ensures veggies and healthy eaters can also be involved in some serious delectation devouring. The cauliflower couscous and Spiralised Courgette salad were filled with flavour and made our detoxing ambitions feel easy. No worries if you have a more retox approach though -favourites with a twist such as Rum & Coke Ribs and Sweet potato fries also sit on the varied menu.
We found every crevice of Brick & Liquor to be filled with love and attention. If people make a place then Brick & Liquor is impeccably made. Everyone around us seemed to feel at home with conversation lingering and folk connecting. Just as the stripped back walls have been pared down to their natural elements, the staff here share a core authenticity. With faultless sips, eats and top core values, whether you’re local or not Brick & Liquor is reason enough to venture south of the river. This truly is a place where everyone can drink, eat and be merry.
Get there: 82 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 9NG
Contact: 07984 426 842 | [email protected]
Opening: Sunday-Thursday: 5pm-midnight, Friday-Saturday: 5pm-2am
Words by Charlotte Brohier