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London’s most soulful suburb is the no-brainer location for Barrio’s fourth outing. Fans of the firm’s Soho, Shoreditch and Islington bars will know what to expect: colour-clash carnival decor, kick-ass Carib-cocktails (created in conjunction with local drinks consultants, Shrub & Shutter), lively Lima-style ‘anticuchos’ (traditional meaty skewers) and big brassy beats (Latin, black American and funky). Order rum-based tropi-coolers, Zombies and Hurricanes from £8.50; Port Of Call (a pisco and port Sour); Latin and local craft beers; and wine from £18. In an up-cycled 1960s caravan – a Barrio trademark – or in alfresco ‘cabanas’, you can snack on chicken and lemon popcorn; sea bream ceviche; quesadillas; pork belly or beef skirt sliders; octopus with crispy potatoes and the more substantial likes of flame-grilled lamb with chilli cream and a mint and coriander dip, or griddled tofu marinated in flavours Peruvian. Anticipate generous happy hours and happy house party vibes until 2am.