A teensy bar/bottle shop in Tooting Broadway Market.
Ah, bless the bottle shop. These usually teeny, overwhelmingly independent bars-cum-stores have a particularly egalitarian vibe – there’s something heroically trampy about picking some booze off a shelf and drinking it immediately – as well as possessing the means to stock a greater range of decent beers than two or three pubs put together, and far less chance of queues come closing time. There’s very little to disparage.
Craft Tooting is no different. A miniscule unit in the less salubrious of Tooting’s two grotty markets, it’s a lovingly put together little spot. There’s a full wall of cans and bottles, a few choice brews on tap, a few anachronistic bits of ephemera dotted about (a retro back-lit sign on the bar, micro black-and-white TV, old board games… that sort of thing), some crappy plywood tables and a few lurid orange steel bar stools (given the purpose of the visit, we sit out of earshot under an intermittently active heater in the market alley outside). It screams ‘ersatz rural Scando dive bar’ and I like it a lot.
But rustic appeal would count for nothing without decent beer, and it’s got that by the gallon. Eschewing the usual suspects of Beavertown, Einstök, Brixton and the like, I ask for something ‘weird’; the girl behind the bar balks slightly, but I end up with a delicious can of Magic Rock Gooseberry Gose (4.1%), subtly salty and actively sharp with sea buckthorn and berry. A Northern Star Mocha Porter (5.9%) from Leeds’ Northern Monk Brew Co is more appropriate for the weather – heavy, bitter with the expected coffee and chocolate notes, warming in both strength and depth. Tap choices were fine: a Beavertown Lupuloid IPA (6.7%) is highly palatable, though I wish I’d plumped for a can of TailGate’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout. But no problem. This spot’s a gem: a welcome addition to the south London scene that I’ll certainly be returning to. So there’s always next time.
|Venue name:||Craft Tooting||Contact:|
Unit 1, Broadway Market
Tooting High St
|Transport:||Tube: Tooting Broadway|
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Great beer selection and wonderful staff. Good prices too. Plus the occasional weekend DJ, we always make new friends every time we go there!
Awesome little addition to Tooting's up and coming drinking scene. I was there on the opening weekend and had a top night with some great local people. Jen and Mark were really helpful in helping us decide what beers to try. There was so many to choose from! The bar itself is small and cosy with wood panelled walls and trendy scaffold board shelving and we loved the way customers were sprawling out into the market outside the bar/shop. It makes for a very unique space to have a few drinks. I can imagine it would also be a great place to have a drink during the day while watching market life go on around you. We'll be back for sure!
Superb little place - really gone from strength to strength since opening last year, super-friendly and knowledgable staff, unparalleled (in Tooting anyway) beer collection, and always a great vibe around the place.
Fab range of very local beers and constantly changing showcase of internationals - plus good draft, knowledge staff - cosy!
Great new addition to Tooting. An ever-changing bottled beer selection specialising in London beers and drinking-in option which is attractive given there are 2 excellent keg beers available. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
A truly independent shop, run by people who know what they're talking about and care for their punters. When the owners are customer-facing, you know you are valued. The taps change regularly and the stock expands weekly. Brilliant beer, brilliantly served. This is the genuine article. Up the independents.
I have been visiting Craft Tooting on a regular basis since it's opening weekend and have seen it grow in confidence and customer base. Whenever I decided it's time to enjoy something different than the local supermarket offers I pop along to pick something for their large selection of beers. It helps that everyone is so knowledgeable so that when I do not know exactly what I want they have a suggestion for me
Cosy, great beer selection and super friendly. This is one of the best places for a drink in Tooting.
An amazing use of a small space - jam packed with great craft beer, personality and its own charm! Craft Tooting are setting the trend in this market - watch this space!
The friendliest welcome, thoughtful staff who go the extra mile, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. If you like craft beer and good chat this is the place to go...
What a great addition to Tooting. Craft sells a huge mix of beers, some you know well and love, plus lots of new brands.