Effra

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Brixton

Four-pint pitchers of Red Stripe, ska turned up nice and loud, tip-top Guinness, jerk chicken and rice, unfeasibly friendly bar staff, two pull-down screens for sports – this is a real home from home for many Brixtonians, with more of an Afro-Caribbean community feel than many other watering holes found in the neighbourhood.

Touches of old-school pubbery – framed collections of cigarette cards (footballers, fops, racehorses), a horseshoe bar, globe-shaped light fittings – combine with more modern, stripped-back decorative touches to nice effect; smokers occupy the outdoor space at the back, done out like a garden centre.

Dominoes and the football provide diversions during the day; after dark, the Effra draws a younger crowd, some here to dine in the rear space near the garden with others showing up for the often excellent jazz.

Venue name: Effra
Contact:
Address: 38A Kellet Road
London
SW2 1EB
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri; 10am-midnight Sat; 10am-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-10pm Mon-Fri; 11am-10pm Sat; 11am-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Brixton tube/rail

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3.8 / 5

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Sophia D

I haven't had a chance to listen to the music yet, but mediocre surroundings and abysmal beer selection. I'd much rather pop over to the far superior Effra Social.

Gillian G

The proper name is The Effra Tavern by the way. Apparently confusing for the trustafarian newbies who often wander in thinking they have lost their mates......nah, that's the Effra Social up the road love (also a very nice bar as it happens) Fewer and fewer of the old boys slamming down the dominoes now tho - either they've cashed in and moved off, or gone up (or down !) a few floors to another 'destination' Still the best local to have in Brixton IMHO however

Judith

This is the best pub around. Every kind of person goes here, young , old, male female its an united nations of folk (only funkier and more dedicated to ensuring world peace.) Thursdays night is extra special. Where else would you see the cream of Jamaican jazz musicians for free? Legendary Eddie Tan Tan Thornton a contemporary of the great Don Drummond, the founders of Ska and Rocksteady. Proper music by proper musicians. Sublime. Great beer, great staff, great home cooked food,great people in there.

Ashwin

"for the often excellent jazz." ..ummm... gig details? That's what I came here looking for!