19 April 2014

Effra Social

89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF

Pubs Brixton, Streatham Hill
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The pub group behind similar ‘social’ ventures (Balham Bowls, Tooting Tram etc) have snapped up Brixton’s former Conservative Club, pitching it to a different party faithful. Comedy nights, live music, quizzes, craft fairs, camp bingo, disco dancing in the Club Room, and retro ‘cocktail and canapé’ shindigs are now part of the manifesto. Original decor appears to date back to Churchill’s youth, although a lounge bar named after him actually boasts ‘with-it’ touches circa Harold McMillan. Drink real ales, London microbrews and affordable wines while nibbling on sausage rolls and Scotch eggs. Otherwise graduate to the restaurant, where Private Eye covers line the walls and a roster of multicultural dishes vie for your vote – think wild mushroom risotto, salmon with pak choi in a Thai broth, rib-eye and chips, beef stew and Earl Grey cheesecake with G&T jelly.

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  1. Published : Thursday, 31st October 2013

    The List :: Effra Social

    The night was still fairly young when we left The Courtesan, so we decided to squeeze in a quick trip to nearby Effra Social. Team List visited here a couple of months ago, but a comedy night was well under way downstairs so we didn't get to see the main room. I'm glad I made a return visit as we had a grand old time dancing away to obscure soul music & drinking pints of Truman Lazarus and bottles of Beavertown 8-Ball, with sheet music hanging above our heads on washing lines. There seemed to be 4 DJs all working at once having an absolute blast on the small stage, which added to the already very relaxed atmosphere. It almost has a wedding / student union type feel to it which is infinitely preferable to going clubbing in my opinion. There's dancing, it's open late, it's free to get in, you get pints rather than £6 bottles of Sol, you can still have a conversation and there is space for all of your friends! What's not to love?...
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  2. Published : Monday, 13th May 2013

    Dog Friendly UK :: Effra Social – Brixton

    Effra Social is the latest boozer to hit the streets of Brixton and as well as being the talk of town, housing an eclectic mix of musical acts, comedy and DJs, they boast of superb Sunday lunches and claim to be to be incredibly dog friendly. We thought we’d try it out for size and as usual found we were visiting for Sunday lunch… Seems to be a bit of a Dog Friendly trend!...
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