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Southsider Cocktail Club, Battersea Rise, SW11
Without doubt Southsider is one of the most exciting new cocktail bars to open in South London in recent times. Close to Clapham Junction railway station, the younger sibling of the popular 64th & Social provides the same high quality drinks and service but with its own distinct personality. But this isn't a bar review, there's quite enough of those out there already! What I want to discuss here is how the drinks were presented.
Also refreshing was the beer... the way they served the beer that is! Drinking from a quality pewter tankard made right here in the UK is a real treat. There's something almost medieval about it, and drinking from this would surely help you pluck up the dutch courage to rescue the damsel in distress, whether she's locked away in the castle or being pestered at the bar by a lesser knight!
My favourite cocktail of the evening was the deservedly award winning “Grandma Sloane's Teatime Tipple” served in authentic vintage tea cups. If you're gran wont let you borrow her set, have a scout down at you're local market or car boot sale for a set of these.
The little stemmed glass next to the jar in this photo is a real gem. It's simple, has a vintage feel about it, and somehow manages to give the cocktail more of a presence. If you want the cocktail to be the focus rather than some kind of elaborate garnish, then this is the perfect vessel.
The guys at Southsider certainly know their stuff and the drinks were top notch. But the care in the presentation was what really put the experience on to the next level. Every drink was served in a unique vessel, with a lot of thought put into getting it right. Pop down and have a look for yourselves!
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By Thom Robertson
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