Say it's a lovely day, the sun is enthusiastically shining down on London. Or a more likely scenario: it's another typical day, and the rain is pouring down enthusiastically. Either way, you're out, strolling around in Camden (or wherever, really).
Do not refrain from a short walk or tube ride to Ferdinand Street in Chalk Farm. The Spiritual Caipirinha bar there will make your troubles worthwhile.
This three year old Brazilian cocktail bar/restaurant seems to be a bit of a hidden gem with its relatively small proportions. The vivid and colourful window paintings give the outside a quirky and inviting appearance.
One step inside shows that this bar breaths creativity.
This picture seems to be a bit old, by now the walls jam-packed with drawings, paintings, polaroids and pretty much anything you can think of.
There is seating for about 20. Just the look of the bar itself deserves a fair bit of your attention, as there is enough decoration to distract yourself from possibly the awkward silences on a first date.
With its relaxed and intimate atmosphere you instantly feel at ease. And if the venue doesn't already do that for you - the spirits will.
For about £7, you can treat yourself (and your friends/date/attractive stranger sitting in the corner) to a good quality cocktail, made with fresh ingredients and let's not forget to mention: the alcohol is generously poured.
Only after a bit of research, I discovered they also serve Brazilian food here, but unfortunately I would not be able to speak from personal experience. The menu includes a variety of snacks, sandwiches, and salads alongside main courses, burgers and puddings. Go and have a try, because the drinks they serve and the atmosphere alone certainly make it worth it.
Staff was very friendly and takes the time to make some small-talk with their customers. After asking after the original and interesting decorations everywhere, it was explained to me that the paintings on the tables are made by an artist and every customer is welcome to leave their trace. The bartender will gladly provide you with some markers and you can go wild and let out your artistic, poetic and cheeky side.
It shows many have gladly used this opportunity and the wall is filled with wise quotes, saucy comments, love declarations and drawings of whatnot.
This is what makes this bar stand out; artists regularly come by and leave behind pieces of their artwork. Musicians come and play live music. Subtly the scene of the bar changes constantly by everyone leaving a bit of themselves behind.
All-in all, a one of a kind bar with great personal customer service, don't forget to check it out!
Oh, and a little bird told me that they do happy hours 5pm-7pm during on weekdays. This means a real Brazilian cocktail made with fresh fruit for only £3. Not bad eh?
Some general information:
The bar is open 16:00 till 00:00 on Tuesday – Thursday, 16:00 – 02:00 Friday – Saturday and 12:00 – 00:00 on Sundays. During the week (Brazilian) lounge music is played, and there are DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.