The Holy Drinker, Clapham Junction

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There is a certain chunk of Battersea/Clapham that is completely and utterly in love with the Holy Drinker to an almost X-rated degree. Virtually every night the tight interior is crammed with the trendy set who lap up the candlelit tables, the-ever-so-edgy dcor that comes complete with battered cinema chairs and exposed brick walls, and the mle of expensive foreign beers etched on a blackboard above the central bar arch. And it would take a fairly miserable old soul not to concede that the Holy Drinker has a touch a class and deserves a pat on the back for offering a selection of bottled tipples that don't appear in your standard boozer. However, it is equally true that a touch of pretension hangs in the air, both in the form of the exceptionally trendy clientele and the overall arthouse atmosphere that falls someway short of being genuine. The staff could also do with concentrating a bit more on serving and a little less on adjusting the often throbbing music and winking at the female section of their customer base. This is not to deny that the Holy Drinker is a nice, fun place that makes an effort to be different and stylish. It's just not quite as fantastic as it believes itself to be.
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05 Aug 2009
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Went to Clapham Junction last night on a recon mission to find the most appropriate bar to go on Friday night with friends over from Ireland. I had a shortlist of 6 bars and had high hopes for The Holy Drinker as it had good reviews and a really good website.

We didn’t choose it in the end as it was too small (bordering on pokey – the cinema seats were tiny), too expensive (£7.40 for a beer and a whisky/soda), not much in the way of draft beer (Guinness only) and closed too early for us (midnight).

On the plus side it was pleasantly quirky and the more fashionable girls in my crowd would have loved the atmosphere and music. Staff were amiable enough.

Overall I’d say it was fine but not quite the religious experience I was hoping for.

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59 Northcote Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 1NP
020 7801 0544

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