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Soft launch parties for Off The Cuff - OTC Bar - in Herne Hill

Smick

Strictly Second Class
Growing up in Belfast, you used to get a choice of Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks or Carlsberg on draught and that was it. All cost the same as each other. I remember around then listening to Talk Sport and it was sponsored by Carling, which I thought sounded sophisticated. I thought Stella was very sophisticated when I first visited London.
 

editor

hiraethified
The quest for an after hours drinking hole must continue then.
How late? If you're after a regular pub that;s open past 1am, the Albert goes till 2am Fri/Sat and if you can handle a walk, the Royal Oak, 10 Clapham High St, SW4 7UT is open till 2.30am every night. I've not tried it yet, but it's now the latest pub-like place in the week. The Hand in Hand up Brixton Hill can go late sometimes too. My weekdays have never recovered since the loads of the Queens Head and the Grosvenor is sorely missed on weekends.

The all nighter’s guide to Brixton – local pubs, clubs and bars that stay open after 3am at the weekend

Where can you get a late drink in Brixton on a Thursday night?
 

friendofdorothy

Solidarity against neoliberalism!
This is a -bar-in-herne-hill thread - I meant a local Herne Hill after hours drinking hole, you know somewhere I can literally crawl home from. Somewhere I can can see the usual suspects that I know, but don't see much since demise of so many of the illegal places around here (yes that was a while ago). There is only the 127 and its usually a bit lively for me and none of the old crowd go there.

Most late places in Brixton have the problem of crowds and the need for ID, even the Hootahob and the Effra social. And I rarely see anyone I know there (- except your good self).

This isn't just about beer, or music even, it's about the company.
 

friendofdorothy

Solidarity against neoliberalism!
I heard a certain local artist say he might open a bar in one of his arches a while ago. Anyone heard anything more of this?
 

editor

hiraethified
This is a -bar-in-herne-hill thread - I meant a local Herne Hill after hours drinking hole, you know somewhere I can literally crawl home from.
I think you've got no chance on that, sadly. Even in Brixton there's no real late after hours pubs left in the week - that's why I'll probably end up in that boozer in bloody Clapham soon, and that will be awful.
 

friendofdorothy

Solidarity against neoliberalism!
I think you've got no chance on that, sadly. Even in Brixton there's no real late after hours pubs left in the week - that's why I'll probably end up in that boozer in bloody Clapham soon, and that will be awful.
Its strange that 24hr licencing laws have in effect killed off late night drinking in a lot of places.
Even the Florence which has a licence to 1am is often closed before then.
 

editor

hiraethified
And less able to afford beer and to live in places like Herne Hill. Pub drinkers are definitely getting more middle aged though I agree (generalising there obviously).
It was refreshing to see such a young crowd at OTC earlier this week but that was mainly due to the band that was playing.
 

ViolentPanda

Hardly getting over it.
The increasing availability of decent ale in pubs over the past five years or so has been a bit of a revelation for me...I didn't know how nice beer can actually be. Unfortunately this has coincided with a rapidly declining ability to drink beer without disproportionate negative consequences in the following days.

Anyway, having got more into "proper" beer, the standard pub lagers that I used to drink happily enough before now taste sickly sweet and feeble and whatever the price I don't consider it money well spent. I'd rather have a half of grown-ups' beer than a pint of Carling and I'll measure value for money based on what it tastes like rather than anything else thanks.

Actually what I'd like to see is greater availability of nice ales that are under, say, 4%. Or even the return of small beer although maybe that never tasted of much.
If you see a pub selling Manns' Brown Ale, try it. It's only 2.7%, but is rich and flavourful in a way that other brown ales - especially what nowadays passes as Newky - isn't.
 

ska invita

back on the other side
This is a -bar-in-herne-hill thread - I meant a local Herne Hill after hours drinking hole, you know somewhere I can literally crawl home from. Somewhere I can can see the usual suspects that I know, but don't see much since demise of so many of the illegal places around here (yes that was a while ago). There is only the 127 and its usually a bit lively for me and none of the old crowd go there.

Most late places in Brixton have the problem of crowds and the need for ID, even the Hootahob and the Effra social. And I rarely see anyone I know there (- except your good self).

This isn't just about beer, or music even, it's about the company.
What's 127?
 

trashpony

Ovaries and tings
Not sure they are- now I spend more time with mid-late twenties lots are what would once have been radical, but just don't make a fuss about it. They go to each other's flats rather than being 'out' a lot too
I don't suppose they can afford to go out, what with not being able to buy a pint of women's beer for under a fiver ...
 

Winot

I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint
Not sure they are- now I spend more time with mid-late twenties lots are what would once have been radical, but just don't make a fuss about it. They go to each other's flats rather than being 'out' a lot too
I thought I read that young people are drinking less, taking fewer drugs etc.? Maybe they're just poorer though.
 

ska invita

back on the other side
I thought I read that young people are drinking less, taking fewer drugs etc.? Maybe they're just poorer though.
Offy prices are similar but I can only recently afford to go to the pub... Very expensive for most young people i expect
 

innit

c'mon, little life giver
I thought I read that young people are drinking less, taking fewer drugs etc.? Maybe they're just poorer though.
Lots of young people are teetotal (about a third supposedly). I don't know about drugs. Mr innit works with stacks of grads and lots and lots of them don't drink, which he finds a challenge in arranging team events that all will find appealing.
 

Manter

Lunch Mob
I thought I read that young people are drinking less, taking fewer drugs etc.? Maybe they're just poorer though.
Dunno. Difficult to answer without resorting to anecdata or giving too much information about others I guess. But it strikes me that drugs are more mainstream now- they are in no way rebellious. Ditto quite a lot of things that used to be considered alternative lifestyles. Stuff that used to be a two fingers to the establishment coexists quite happily with a 9-5 (er, 9) corporate job
 
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