Cocktails south of the river at Brick & Liquor

When Brick and Liquor asked if we wanted to come down to Tooting to try some of their cocktails and sharing plates, we took one look at the menu and decided this was definitely worth the journey. Mr Kelly had already mentally ordered the Salted Caramel Old Fashioned and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Rum and Coke Ribs. When we stepped through the door, we knew we were in for a treat. With its exposed brick work, leather stools and copper accents, the whole place screams #interiorsgoals. The boys behind this place have really brought what feels like a neighbour bar you’d find in Brooklyn to us lucky Londoners. Come on in and I’ll show you around…

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The bar itself is beautiful. Interior designed to the max (in a really good way), you’d never believe it was once a Filipino supermarket.

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Exposed piping, hardwood floors and soft lighting, you’ll find it hard to stop at just one cocktail.

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We settled ourselves in at a cosy table for two and got stuck into the menus. Now this is no ordinary menu. If, like me, you’re in a bit of a cocktail rut and always go with what you know – Cosmopolitan, Elderflower Collins, Raspberry Daiquiri – this place will make you go rogue. There are a number of classics but all with an interesting twist. And there’s even a map to help you navigate the menu…

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Work out what you like about your go-to drinks – “Strong”? “Refreshing”? “Comforting”?And then decide how adventurous you’re prepared to go.

I eased myself in with the signature Bellini, Capulet’s Garden. A summer’s day in a champagne glass – homemade apple and elderflower purée (a thing of dreams), topped with prosecco…

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And Mr Kelly finally got his Salted Caramel Old Fashioned…

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I don’t normally like an Old Fashioned, but serve anything with a bite-size salted caramel brownie and I’m sold.

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With the first two underway, we headed back to the map, ready to be a bit more “adventurous”.

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I ordered the Mexican Wave. Come on, any drink with a name like that has got to be good, right?! A complex and delicious combination of tequila, Disaronno, lime juice, grapefruit juice and Crème de Muir…

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After getting a waft of something delicious through the peephole into the kitchen, we also ordered a few of the sharing plates.

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Our feast quickly appeared…

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Mozzarella and Chorizo Arancini, served with a white truffle mayo.

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Pincho Moruno Skewers: tender lamb in a lightly spiced Moroccan marinade.
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Rum and Coke Ribs…

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I don’t know what’s in that secret sauce but, oh my, it’s seriously good. And the homemade focaccia, which we clearly gobbled down way too quickly to take a photo.

We sat happily munching our way through the delicious bites, sipping our drinks and chatting away to David Layton, the founder of Brick and Liquor. What struck is both is how friendly everyone was. The team here really do make you feel like long lost friends. Always on hand to help with a cocktail recommendation or to share the story of how Brick and Liquor came to be.

We decided to have one final drink for the road and to get a bit closer to the action.

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The mixologists here are truly fantastic…

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What they deliver is way more than just a few spirits and mixers knocked together. It’s a work of art and you can see the passion that goes into it.

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Every detail is thought through. Even down to the brick work pattern spray painted through a bespoke stencil onto the top of your cocktail…

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That’s the Street Car Named Desire. Heavenly. And it looks pretty good too…

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If this place can make me drink whiskey and cognac, how adventurous would you be willing to go? With a new venue in Clapham popping up soon, Brick and Liquor is one to watch.

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