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Published March 18th 2013
Teapot cocktails and Cajun chicken
Anywhere that serves a Long Island Iced Tea in a tea-pot gets my vote.
Kaff Bar Brixton is an unassuming neighbourhood coffee shop during the day, but at nighttime their cocktail selection gleams like a beacon of beautiful served alcohol from the rest of Brixton's offerings.
I love Kaff Bar Brixton during the day, too. There are enough squishy leather sofas for my liking, the coffee is good and there's wi-fi. So far, so good. Then there's the staff, who can be a little too-cool-to bother themselves with you, but there are others who are just laid back, friendly and pretty happy to give great service.
It's a place that takes its customers seriously, and you can tell this because the website is excellent. It tells you what you want to know, from forthcoming events right down to what track is currently being played in the bar right now. Essentially, you can live the Kaff Life from your own kitchen.
In terms of food, Kaff Brixton have embraced southern American style food with open arms, not surprising given that Brixton is in the heart of Afro-Caribbean community. However, they seem particularly proud of their Charbeque, which from what I can tell is charred meat but done really well and, according to my hungry friend, coated with lots of incredible spicing. Their Sunday menu boasts Cajun chicken, traditional jambalaya and tender beef brisket.
If all this talk of food gets you salivating, it's probably worthwhile letting you know about some of Kaff Bar's opportunities to burn off the calories at Whiskey Kittens, a chance to drink 1950's inspired cocktails and to dance dance dance the night away. There's also Dodeca, another night at which to go wild, and just general fun and games on a nightly basis with their incredible selection of cocktails.
Oh wow, did I mention their cocktails? I walked an epic 500 metres from my home to come to Kaff Brixton just for their cocktails (and there are some dark and assuming corners of suspiciousness on my route if I need to make it sound more like an ordeal). They are tasty (good), whimsical (excellent), and well thought through (the best). The only issue is that occasionally somebody new will be serving you who has not yet been taught how to make an 'Engineer's Martini' and will flounder and ask you to choose something else. This is an incredibly gingery, spicy and very alcoholic drink, so don't flounder yourself, and encourage the server to hunt down that recipe.
Otherwise, my friends recommend The Knickerbocker Glory, which really does look like an enormous sundae. My boyfriend is a little in love with the 10p mix. He's not sure what goes into it, but it's served with a fun 1950's style sweetie bag with a 10p mix. Expect cola bottles, gummy sweets and laces to accompany your ever-so-sweet day at the beach cocktail.
My favourite will always be the Long island Iced Hi Tea. I love tea so much that if you put any alcohol in a tea pot it will taste incredible no matter what. And the coke is served in a milk jug. I love gimmicks almost as much as I know you will love Kaff Bar Brixton if you go visit.