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Bars and pubs, Café bars Brixton
4 out of 5 stars
(12user reviews)

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This Brixton live music venue and bar boasts a bit of a reputation for the diversity of its programme, with everything from roots and reggae to hip hop, underground Latin, European gypsy folk and ska. There are comedy nights, too. 

In addition to the music and live events, the street food coming from the kitchen does pretty brisk business. Three outfits - El Chingo Mexican Grill, Alchino Pizzeria and Tony's - showcase their wares, so expect tacos, burritos and quesedillas; wood-fired pizzas; jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish and plenty of plantain from Tony's. 

Hootananny shows many of the big football matches, as well as some other sports. 


Venue name: Hootananny
Address: 95
Effra Road
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Average User Rating

3.9 / 5

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Great place for a raucous unpretentious night out. Fun crowd, gets really packed though so try and get there a bit earlier to avoid a big queue. When I visited there were street food trucks in the outdoor area where you could grab some drunken snacks. Would recommend.


So I have always wanted to come to this venue and I think I did not go at the right time. There was meant to be some live music there and tacos on a Wednesday night. But the place was quite dead and not very inviting. I am sure on a friday it might be a fun place but on a weekday I would not go there. 


I decided to venture here for some drinks with friends for my birthday before heading to see a DJ at Brixton Jamm later in the evening. I had never been to Hootananny before, but lots of people had raved about having a great night there, so I assumed it would be a good spot for drinks. However, it wasn't really what I was looking for. We probably went too early, as many people told me later that it was the sort of venue people go when already drunk late at night! But when we walked in, there were just lots of people playing pool, who go quite irritated at us for just sitting / standing around having a drink while they weee trying to play. Food from the food trucks outside was fine. Things picked up later when the live music came on, but I didn't stay late enough to really appreciate it I'd say. I don't think I'll be back.

Variety that continues to be a mecca for live music - still manages to entertain both old and new Brixton.


I am not a Brixton fan. Since I moved to London, I've always lived either East or North and very rarely venture to far down. Sadly, my boyfriend is a big fan of South London and Brixton in particular. Now, 'sadly' is probably not the word I should use because, thanks to him, I've discovered quite a lot of new places and am becoming more open-minded and tolerant towards the far South. Hootananny is one of the places he's taken me to on a night out with his friends. I must say it was a fun one: live music, dancing, relatively-decently-priced drinks and, my favourite, street food stalls in the front court spreading their wonderful fumes...

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Brap! Brap! This place is great.  Very chilled vibes for a free night out!

I 've visited Hootananny three times and had three brilliant nights. Okay, they have quite a diversity of music on here, with everything from reggae to hip hop but if you choose the right night with the right music you won't do better in this part of London. 4.5 stars

One of the best live music venues i have been to! Friendly staff and wicked vibes everytime

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