We tried to have one quick drink here before heading home (we live locally) as we only had a babysitter until midnight - The head bouncer dragged us out after the girl on the door waivered the £5 entry fee as we were only gonijng to be 20 minutes. What a wanker! Such a shame as the venue itself is quite good compared to what else if offered in the local area.
123 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5UA
- Clapham North Tube Station (0.6 km)
- Clapham Common Tube Station (0.8 km)
- Clapham High Street Station (0.7 km)
- Contact us:
020 7274 1787
- Opening hours:
Mon - Thu, Sun: 11:00 - 1:00
Fri - Sat: 11:30 - 2:30
306 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9BA
“Welcome to Mango Lounge, an intimate late night bar and club, conveniently situated minutes from Earls Court underground station & Exhibition Centre. You’ll find an inviting, relaxed and unpretentious cocktail bar on the ground floor. In the...” more...
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We came here on Saturday night for Gaz and Beth's party. It was ok, if I was in the area I might go again but its not worth travelling for.
I thought the layout of the downstairs bar was poor, it didn't take very many people to make the open spaces really crowded and difficult to move around, and you needed to move around to get to the bar or outside to the smoking area.
The upstairs bar was laid out better but lacked atmosphere.
As for the drinks - both the Heineken and Red Stripe tasted watered down, warm and flat
This place is like an oasis, you wander along average streets, get to the outside of an average looking pub, step inside and find yourself looking out into one of the largest outdoor areas I have seen in a London pub to date.
Friends had told me to come to this "beach bar near Brixton" and I have to say I wrinkled my nose. I had no idea they were referring to a huge outdoor area, sunny, with swinging paper lanterns and screen everywhere (for those that cared about football) but not too loud or dominant (for those that didn't give a hoot).
The outdoor area boasts an outdoor bar, rentable huts, on stilts with private TV's and a view of the whole outdoor area.
Meals were massive and arrived quickly, the chicken wings and blue cheese dressing, as well as fries and pizza were easily recommendable.
SO what was wrong? Well I went out to the outdoor bar, and was told the guy had no ice yet, no limes (for the corona) and then actually no bottle opener. Bit confused as to why he had opened that bar then :) The toilets were a mess, I told the girl behind the bar, she shrugged and said 'hmmm what's new'. We tried to order a sharing platter, but were told they didn't have them unless you booked ahead (shame cause we booked the table, they didn't mention it, and also didn't mention that on the menu) so we went off, confirmed something new and came back to the same guy to order. He said "Kitchen is closed for 10 minutes". I asked would he take our order down and put it through in a moment. He said no.
So not the greatest in customer service, but this place could be so great... I'll come back and keep my fingers crossed.
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deb75, 14 November 2010:
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I took advantage of GU’s 2 for 1 burger offer for joining its mailing list, and headed there this avo for some sun, cider and an attempt to finally get this HPL burger quest going.
Grand Union Brixton has a very good and large beer garden which was rammed full of happy smiley (and some slightly tipsy) people. I ordered cheese burger and chips, with coleslaw on the side.
The chips were nice but there was REALLY disappointing tastleless coleslaw. And the burger. Woweee. It was bigger than I remembered it. The cheese burger at Grand Union is huge – ridiculously huge. Stuffed with all the good stuff – huge juicy meaty burger, tons of yummy melted cheese, cheesy mayonnaisey relish at the bottom, tomato relishy stuff at the top, half a frickin’ lettuce, and a giant slice of beef tomato. Awesome.
Apart from you just can’t eat it!!! Take 1/5th of the burger and smear it on my chin, dump 1/5th on my lap, the lettuce just EVERYWHERE, the burger in small pieces, the bun spread like breadcrumbs liberally over the plate and table, and only about 3/5ths in my mouth. I was forced to eat small chunks of what had fallen onto my plate like a chipmunk or parrot fish, and then lick or wipe the various relishes off my hands, mouth and chin. It tasted really really good, but I just don’t like getting that messy when I’m eating, sorry GU.
For me, thats a #burgerfail. Great burger, just make it easier to eat, pleeeease??!
This is such a nice pub with one of the biggest beer gardens in London. I kid you not. It has about 4 little huts, or tree houses, a fire, loads of seating and then there’s the inside… cool decor and a brilliant place for hanging out with friends.
There’s loads of drinks on offer - cocktails, good beers and the food is typical pub grub and quite good it is too. Enjoy.
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