This part of Tooting seems to take an ultra-literal approach to naming businesses – just over the road from this new spot is the Long Room bar (pretty lengthy), and I spotted The Medical Centre (yes, a doctor’s) nearby. Boots had nothing in my size, I must say, but the new Little Bar certainly fits with this say-what-you-see approach: you’d struggle to sway a kitten in here, let alone swing a cat. There’s a little outdoor area through the back, and a couple of little tables on the street (Church Corner – yes, there is a church and it’s on a corner).
But that’s no bad thing. It’s on the former site of the ironically named (now closed) Immortal Hair and is intimate, rather than inhibiting, with a few tables arranged around the perhaps titular little bar. Blackboards list tastefully chosen beers (including one from Tooting), some nice wines by the glass and a few simple mixed drinks – there’s a list of negronis, including versions that replace the Campari with Aperol or sparkling wine, and a local gin and tonic.
Everyone seems to know each other here, which probably doesn’t take long to happen given its size. The Little Bar proves that bars don’t need to be complicated – simple food, straightforward but considered drinks, pleasant people. No small feat.
Reviewed by Euan Ferguson