The owners of Brixton Market's Seven have opened a new sister spot, Three Eight Four, that offers a selection of small plates and 'experimental' cocktails.
‘Horseflesh for human consumption’, the shop sign above 384 Coldharbour Lane once read. Not when it was an edgy popup, but way, way back in the post-war rationing era, when this Brixton Market premises really did sell horse meat. That sign’s long gone, and the butcher’s shop with it, to be replaced with this trendy bar, as heavingly busy as any contemporary meat market.
Getting in past the metal-grilled stable doors without a reservation proved tricky; the friendly doorman advised us to book a table online, and return. So we did. The sole bartender was kept at a gallop all evening; service was well-mannered throughout. Our Smoked Manhattan (£7) arrived in a solo-sized cocktail shaker; take the lid off to pour, and clove-scented smoke curled away from the Rittenhouse Rye within. Ice is used in copious quantities, notably in the Rum ’n’ Orange Julep (£7), served in a steel beaker beaded with condensation.
You can perch at the bar, but a table allows you the best vantage point for admiring the artfully distressed interior, with its building site walls, old bus seats and banquettes, and light fittings created out of supermarket baskets filled with spent light bulbs. Having a table also helps if you’re ordering some nibbles. The grazing menu chases every trend down to create on-trend small plates. Among our favourites were the sticky ribs, the reuben slider, and the ’nduja with ricotta and quail’s egg on toast, all costing around a fiver.
You know Brixton’s changing when you need to book a table to get into a bar that looks like a squat. But both food and drinks are decent, and the bill won’t amount to a pound of flesh.
|Venue name:||Three Eight Four|
384 Coldharbour Lane
|Opening hours:||5pm-late, Mon-Sun.|
|Price:||Meal for two with wine and service: around £60|
|Do you own this business?|
Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
- 5 star:10
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:5
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
This bar does a Ziggy Stardust cocktail with edible glitter. Need I saw more?
(I do actually - happy hour runs from 6-8pm which later than other places nearby)
I booked a table here for bottomless brunch for my bf's birthday. The food was pretty damn delicious and cheap (would especially recommend the huevos rotos - 10/10!). And when they say bottomless, they mean BOTTOMLESS. Don't think I ever even got halfway through my glass before being speedily topped up again. Within the 2 hours we are all happily smashed and well fed. Great vibes, great music, great food - would definitely recommend for a tipsy weekend!
Great place for cocktails. Plus nice tapas dishes to enjoy while making your way through the cocktail list!
Wonderful drinks, smashing decor, it's a two minute walk from ritzy and feels private and familiar compared to other cocktail bars.
The wings here are UNREAL! They come in a cute little takeaway box and are seriously good! I really like this place. They have a wicked cocktail menu too filled with ancient photos from people in London. Awesome
Never been here for drinks or dinner but brunch is rather average. Staff were really friendly and the setting is nice... but with so much good food around, I wouldn't bother with their limited pancake menu
We stumbled upon Three Eight Four by chance this weekend and what a welcome surprise to the hustle and bustle of Brixton Village. We sat by the bar which I was so please with as the bar tenders were so friendly and knowledgeable. We particularly loved the Chimmi-churri Flip - served inside a bell jar brimming with smoke - what theatre!!
The food arrived promptly and we loved sharing all the little plates. The Arancini was definately our favourite and worth a try!
All in all, fantastic experience and will certainly be going back! I would absolutely recommend it - as we left it seemed to be getting quite busy, so maybe book ahead!!
Really nice vine and excellent small plates. Great addition to already bustling brixton scene. Really enjoyed the squid, ribs and chimichuri (can't spell it) steak. Great place for a date and fantastic value for money cocktails! Thank you!
Just tried this place for the first time ands I'm not impressed at all.I have been to bar 7 before and have never had any issues but this place definitely isn't in the same league.We were the first customers and there were around 7 members of staff.We ordered the steak and sticky ribs and sweet potato fries.The person who took the order either didn't seem to care or had no interest in what he was doing.I wasn't.t asked how I wanted the steak which is normally always asked and we weren't asked if we wanted any drinks.He just took the food order and walked off.We then had to call someone else over and ask for drinks.The steak and fries arrived and we waited for the ribs but they never came so we both had to eat my order.We were then asked how the food was and I pointed out that we hadn't received the ribs.We were told they were on their way.They arrived finally about 15 minutes after the first course and they looked awful.They were dry and overlooked and thrown into a Chinese takeaway box.I think the ran and got them from the local takeaway.We didn't eat them and I told a member of staff about how poor they were and the very poor service.she just said sorry.I can't see this place lasting long if this is the kind of service that the first 2 customers get with an abundance of staff!
Three Eight Four is fun and very Instagram-able - sliders served on ping pong bats, and super sweet cocktails inspired by Bakewell Tarts. The décor and the vibe are really cool (an impressive date spot), but the small plates of food were a little hit and miss. Full details and lots of photos on my blog here: http://hyhoi.com/2014/11/three-eight-four-brixton/
Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com
Snap up exclusive discounts in London
Time Out's handpicked deals — hurry, they won't be around for long...