Situated inside Brixton’s Market Row (which, with Brixton Village, was voted the UK’s best private market), Seven is a fantastic little spot for a few cocktails and afterwork tapas style nibbles. It was recommended by a friend, and I’m not hugely familiar with Brixton so it took a little bit of wandering about to find, as it’s set back off any main road – perhaps this is why it wasn’t anywhere near as busy as many other London bars at 6pm on a Friday evening.
The cocktails are a very reasonable £5, and as far as I could tell, that wasn’t a happy hour price, so in comparison to the standard cocktail bar, it was quite a fair bit cheaper. The cocktails were prepared freshly and really professionally with quality ingredients, which was surprising considering the cost.
I started off with a blueberry and apple teatini – refreshing and sweet (but not sickly sweet), served in a gorgeously elegant martini glass. I then decided to try the ginger beer basil mojito, which was a delicious twist on the classic mojito, replacing the soda water for ginger beer. Overall, great twists on classic cocktails and although the cocktail list is slightly limited, there’s pretty much something for everyone (and there’s a selection of beers, wines and ciders too)
Seven has all the components of a bar that’s painfully trendy – mismatched furniture, artwork from local artists, the bar also acts as a bookshelf and some tables made from vintage suitcases – but it’s really not. I think it’s due to a mixture of fantastic service (both friendly, knowledgeable and perfectly willing to explain what each cocktail contains, as it doesn’t say so on the menu) and such a diverse crowd of customers. If this bar was on Brick Lane, for example, I don’t think it would be half as good. It’s a little hidden and it doesn’t think too much of itself. It’s not painfully trendy, it’s just cool.
With plenty of tables downstairs and a five separate rooms upstairs, it’s a great place to go if you want delicious cocktails at a great price, without being packed like sardines.
Also, any bar that has both Prince and Joy Division on its playlist is a hit with me!