Café Kick

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Café Kick
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This estimable landmark echoes the days when Europe was exotic and Eusebio was king, and a trip to France or Spain meant table football, odd beers and little plates of delicious snacks.

Staff dish out Estrella Damm, Nastro Azzurro, Super Bock and Sagres from a counter festooned with bright bottle labels and blackboard promises of tasty tapas (in the evening). Groups here for table-football tournaments, played out on tables filling the scarf-and-programme-lined space between bar counter and terrace, can opt for meat or vegetarian platters; other options include sandwiches, salads and cheese boards. There are wines and cocktails, though you’d fit in better with beer.

Oh, and who put that Shrewsbury Town scarf among the illustrious colours of Milan, Fiorentina and St Etienne?


Venue name: Café Kick
Address: 43 Exmouth Market
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-midnight Fri, Sat; 1-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-3pm, 6-10pm Mon-Thur; noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm Fri, Sat; 1-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel tube or Farringdon tube/rail
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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.   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!