Del 74 (CLOSED)
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A Mexican-inspired bar and taqueria in Clapton.
Please note, Del 74 has now closed. Time Out Editors, November 2018.
Apart from a small, brightly-coloured sign, Del 74 – a pop-up bar and taqueria that’s gone permanent – is pretty inconspicuous from the outside. But once you step inside, it’s a different story. A green gnome and inflatable cactus sit on the bar, which is lit up with pink and purple lights, while the walls are adorned with even more inflatable things (a banana, naturally), a bike and prints with a Californian vibe. And while it’s not often that a bar’s toilet is worth mentioning, with bright, flashing fairy lights, an inflatable parrot and a radio pumping out the tunes, the loo is like a mini disco.
The booze menu is short and sweet, making things easy for indecisive orderers. The michelada (that’s a beer-y bloody mary, fyi) came in a huge glass tankard with a chilli rim, offering a fiery twist on the bar’s Mexican beer selection. But you can’t miss the margaritas: choose your booze – tequila or mezcal – and then pimp it with lime, watermelon or cucumber. Even if you’re the type of person who ducks out when someone suggests a round of shots, these bad boys will go down swimmingly.
They keep things simple on the food front, too, with a few well-crafted bar snacks. The fish taco came with a zingy slaw, while the pork pibil taco was stuffed with slow-cooked meat and topped with pickled onions – both were excellent. If you want something simple, opt for a quesadilla – oozing with melted cheese, it’s exactly the kind of food you want when you’ve been knocking back margaritas.
The bar itself is fairly small, so get there early if you want to nab a table. But with banging beats, good vibes and margaritas which slip down a little too easily – you might find it hard to stay in your seat.
87 Lower Clapton Rd
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Users say (6)
Average User Rating
3.8 / 5
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Best Mexican in London and even more amazing hosts! Tacos and margaritas were fantastic and very reasonably priced! I had a cucumber margarita which was just delicious, there were also a few others I will definitely be trying on my return. For food my favourite were the fish tacos and freshly made guacamole!
Such a great lively atmosphere, highly recommend! We will be returning :)
We went for brunch yesterday and were a bit confused to end up on Kingsland High St after heading for Clapton, to discover that one closed.
Anyway, we tucked in to Chilaquiles and Enfrijoladas with Margaritas after a cold Pacifico - so good to find my fave Mexican beer! The food was as authentic as anything we have found in London, though we didn't have the entire menu! My partner agreed; she's Mexican and always says she can't find a real Mexican breakfast in London. Apparently the new chefs are from Jalisco or somewhere west of Mexico City, rather than somewhere here, which has to help. Beans and Queso Fresco accompanied and were perfect. Fiery salsas and excellent, freshly made guacamole helped it all along.
The Margaritas were a little less lethal than I expected, but had one replaced for free when I said it was a little sweet.
Friendly service and good music. Quite low key but we enjoyed it. The food isn't 'fancy', but real and will deffo go back.
Met my friend for a drink after work and we weren't disappointed! We even ended up staying for food which I am so happy about the most delicious vegan cauliflower taco I'eve ever had! The staff are all such fun! Really make a fun evening, thank you!
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