SquareMeal Review of
Brick & Liquor
Tooting Broadway’s stock continues to rise with this cool New York-style bar, converted in 2016 from a clapped-out Filipino store near The Antelope. DJs play chunky beats here until late at weekends, providing a soundtrack for the charming bar staff to mix original house cocktails. Side Car Named Desire is one such stir: a riff on the 1920s brandy-based Sidecar that replaces triple sec with yellow Chartreuse and pineapple gomme. Try also Cream of the Crop (a vodka-doctored, minty-creamy Grasshopper manqué). But whether the addition of basil syrup is an improvement on a Pisco Sour is a matter of taste; and for every convert to a Chivas Regal Whisky Sour made with salted caramel, cinnamon and milk whey, there will be a sceptic exclaiming ‘no whey!’ Otherwise, plump for the pocket-friendly vino or a mocktail, and to stave off hunger pangs, order chicken lollipops, arancini, or rum and Coke-glazed ribs.