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Café Kick

Bars and pubs, Sports bars Clerkenwell
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Photograph: Jonathan Perugia

Time Out says

Clerkenwell’s most likeable bar is this table football gem. The soccer paraphernalia is authentic, retro-cool and mainly Latin (you’ll find a Zenit St Petersburg scarf amid the St Etienne and Lusitanian gear); bar staff, beers and bites give the impression you could be in Lisbon. A modest open kitchen (‘we don’t microwave or deep-fry’) dishes out tapas, sandwiches and charcuterie platters. The Bar Kick on Shoreditch High Street is a bit more of a barn, but also good fun.




Address: 43 Exmouth Market
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Farringdon tube/rail
Opening hours: Open 11am-11pm Mon-Wed; 11am-midnight Thur-Sat; 11am-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-10pm Sat, Sun
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Users say (5)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

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I'm indifferent to football, but I love this place, which is scruffy enough to be homey. The staff and music are great. The cocktails are interesting and well-priced. And there's seating for both those who want a bit of privacy and those who want the full buzzy effect.

Rude and Aggressive

Not only was there no food available at 7pm but the bar staff were really rude and obnoxious.   After having spent a lot of money in there they served us some warm beers and when I complained the bar tender refused to change mine (the others didn't want to complain) - he chose instead to call me a liar and accuse me of sitting on that beer for 25 minutes even though we'd been served by 5 minutes earlier. He even decided to ridicule me in front of all his 'regulars' sitting at the bar.  Of all the options he could have chosen he chose this one, that pretty much sums this place up.

A favourite Clerkenwell staple - great cocktails, atmosphere and table football!


You might walk into this bar but you’ll certainly flamenco your way out.  The things I love about it are also the things I would normally hate - the narrow space, the throngs of people jeering at football on the TVs, getting constantly elbowed by excitable table football goers.  However it’s hard not to find this little bar endearing - the staff are super friendly and to put it simply, it's just ‘vibey’.  If you ever needed a reason to believe in the EU head down at happy hour.

Tiny and cramped yet amazing and lively bar. Sister of the one on Shoreditch High St. Table football for all!

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