205A Lower Clapton Road , London, E5 8EG

SquareMeal Review of Blondies

Music is intrinsic to the appeal of this unpretentious Clapton Pond party bar. When we show up one Saturday, live indie guitar rockers and urban, hip-hop and rap DJs take the stage until 3am. The premises have the raw-edged look of a New York East Village punk liquor lounge – which might explain the name (Ms Harry’s band doubtless played such venues on her way to stardom). Brewed locally, the eponymous house IPA, Innis & Gunn lager and Pistonhead Full Amber beer are what to neck. Alternatively, sample the keenly priced wines – available by the glass, bottle or carafe. A bottle of Prosecco costs just £18 while an Alsace Pinot Gris is top whack at £20. Cocktails (£7.50) pay homage to famous blondes including Dolly (a Strawberry Daiquiri), a Courtneys ‘Sour’ and Cindy, a Grapefruit Margarita. Disappointingly, no tribute to Debbie makes the list.

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