Tuesday, 18 December 2012

I don’t know how to put this, but the new Adventure Bar on Clapham High Street is kind of a big deal

By Claire Williams.

Ron Burgundy (in Anchorman) said: “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal”. I’m not going to lie, I sometimes have that same mentality. So imagine my usual disappointment when, on entering the bars and nightclubs of London, I don’t get treated like the big deal I feel I am when I’ve got my full face of make up and little black dress on. Where are the admiring glances? The people wanting to talk to me? The hordes of men at my stilettoed feet?
Stepping out of the party bus at the opening launch of the new Adventure Bar in Clapham, I got the reaction I’ve always wanted. Photographers crowded around the door of the bus, trying to get a sneaky snap of us as we piled out and assembled on the red carpet. As we queued outside (clutching VIP tickets under our coats), photographers continued to take our pictures while a crowd of screaming females (okay, members of Adventure Bar staff) surrounded us. Now that was an entrance.
I’m a fan of the Adventure Bar chain. There are currently four different bars around the capital – in Covent Garden, Clapham Junction, East Dulwich, and now Clapham High Street – and each one is slightly different from the other. The Covent Garden bar is the closest to me, and I go there monthly with my girlfriends to drink cocktails and dance on the tables. But I’ll be changing my route and be going home via Clapham as of now.
The new Adventure Bar is trendier than the other three, with a New York-style exposed brick loft feel. It’s more daring, with tongue-in-cheek cocktail menus contained within risqué old-school VHS covers. There’s a new food menu and a refreshed and exciting cocktail selection. I hadn’t realised it before, but the Adventure Bar chain needed a facelift, and a facelift it got. The Clapham High Street venue is the younger, hotter, sexier sister that you slink off to meet whenever possible.
My favourite of the new cocktails is the Lemon Cheeseshake Martini. It’s essentially pudding in a glass. With a salted biscuit rim and a whole load of mascarpone cheese, it’s the naughtiest and most satisfying cocktail I’ve probably ever tasted. If I wasn’t so concerned about early heart disease/fitting into my tiny black dress for the work Christmas do, I’d have ordered enough of the lemony cocktails to bathe in. Another stand out cocktail is the Morning Glory, a tequila and lime based cocktail served in a saucepan and decorated with mozzarella and chorizo on a cocktail stick. Now, I’m not sure about you, but that is better than any greasy fry up.

Okay, so I’m not really that much of a big deal. But the words of Ron Burgundy have never been so fitting than when applied to the new Adventure Bar on Clapham High Street. I don’t know how else to put it, it’s kind of a big deal.

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