Close to Clapham Common, next to the Picturehouse and set slightly back from the chavalcade of chain bars on the High Street, is a new vinyl-clad venue on Venn Street (hence the name).
The site that formerly housed Gilt has been remodelled into a rock and roll drinker bedecked in bare brick with splashes of neon, its walls adorned with retro album covers, flyers, music memorabilia and other bits of pop paraphernalia.
Even the gents toilets have been given a musical makeover with bawdy album covers featuring boobs and babes and ranging from Burt Bacharach to Bolero and Boy George.
Spread over two levels, its leather couches and velvet stools are usually filled with a typically comfortable-looking and not overly rock 'n' roll Clapham crowd. The whole place feels a little too designed and deliberate, like an English rugby player with a tattoo, and needs some serious scruffing-up.
But while it lacks the authentic down and dirty vibe of, say, a Dalston dive bar, the drinks more than delivered. Cocktails cover twists on some classics and tongue-in-cheek kitsch with options including the AC/Daiquiri, the Pina Colada and the Raisins ‘n’ Apricots made with apricot-infused Woodford Reserve bourbon and Pedro Ximenez sherry.
It's good to see a broader view of beers too with Brewdog’s Punk IPA and 77Lager available alongside Estaminet, a crisp pilsner from Belgium, and a kriek (cherry) beer. There are no eating options as yet but food, according to the staff, will be served from late March/early April – the plan being to serve US-style pizzas.
Each night, apart from Monday when it’s closed, there’s a different take on the tuneage. Tuesdays is indie night and 2-4-1 on cocktails. while it gets lively on Friday and Saturday nights. There's even live music on a Sunday.
|Venue name:||Venn Street Records||Contact:|
78 Venn Street
|Opening hours:||Open 5pm-midnight Tue, Wed; 5pm-1am Thur; 5pm-2am Fri, Sat; 5-11pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham Common tube|
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4.5 / 5
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Good cocktails, good vibes and love the open mic nights which sometimes have the staff behind the bar get in front of a crowd too! Favourite night is probably Thursday with the live band doing covers that you can't help dancing to. Pizzas are worth ordering too!
Best night out I've ever had, every time I go there. Great people, fun and awesome staff, and music that makes you want to dance sing and play air guitar all night long.
Quality location, great vibe, great music and even better drinks and service. A must go to place if you're in the area
The most fun night outs I have are always at Venn Street Records. Amazing, fun bar staff and brilliant live music. Always a great atmosphere.
Venn Street Records- A gem in Clapham . Wonderful ambiance and atmosphere with staff who make the most amazing cocktails. The live bands just make this the place to be.
A place to get lost in, careful if you start the night with the cocktail offers it goes hazy rather quickly from there on in - having a live band only added to the 'experience'. Bar staff are on top form, not just aforementioned cocktails but can talk with passion about all the drinks - discovered the beer 'estaminet' The newly pedestrianised street outside is a treat during this extended summer
hangover is hurting............ awsome night though..... Random but brilliant beat boxer with a band!
Had a drink in this place by mistake last thursday, ended up staying all night and had an awesome time! Live band on as well...... Will be returning again very soon!
Awesome bar and atmosphere. Group of us went on friday for the 7 peice funk band (last of the blue flamingoes?!) post wedding. Thanks to Tom and the team for making it a night to remember!
Really disappointing. When we arrived every table bar one was booked. The waitress got our drinks order wrong and then got rude about it. The prices were high and there was a charge for table service even though we were sitting half a metre from the bar. I loved the decor but the music wasn't that great (reminded me of a student night). The people there were the usual boring Clapham crowd - I was expecting something a bit more exciting! All in all, a big disappointment.
Fantastic place, genial atmosphere, superb drinks and great music! Tom the director was excellent for helping out organizing a great birthday party and the staff was wonderful!