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Three Eight Four

Bars and pubs, Tapas bars Brixton
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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.

By: Guy Dimond

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Venue name: Three Eight Four
Contact:
Address: 384 Coldharbour Lane
London
SW9 8LF
Opening hours: 5pm-late, Mon-Sun.
Transport: Tube: Brixton
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £60
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Average User Rating

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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)

tastemaker

Despite the pretence of a bottomless brunch, with choosing between coffee or Prosecco being a top attraction, the coffee machine was broken today. Very trendy and busy for a Sunday Brunch - although it felt like 384 were understaffed. Accommodating with babies and pushchair was a serious plus! The food was delicious, particularly the Bacon/egg bap. Perhaps we were too old for this place, being 30, but shot glasses for water vessels are probably just a young-fad. Would go back!


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!

Tastemaker

Lightbulb-filled shopping baskets stand in for wall-sconces at this achingly urban brunch and cocktail spot in Brixton. The decor is wonderful if you like warehouse-chic, with a beautiful bar and bare walls. There are some lovely touches, from the adorable mini milk bottles to the "mana-tea" infusers, all of which add to the fun of the experience.

It makes for a relaxing brunch spot, and the menu, though short, is filled with all you really need. We went for the berry-laden French toast and the smashed avocado mains, both of which were yummy. I was bemoaning the lack of maple syrup, only to find (having wolfed down my food) an ample jug on the table, hidden from view by the napkins. The portion sizes aren't massive, but perfectly adequate, and French toast for £6.50 is pretty good value.

A few downsides that 384 should really pick up on: the website advertises 'pancakes and bottomless coffee' for £5, but this was nowhere on the menu and would have cost £7 if bought separately. Not a huge difference, but still, no-one likes false advertising. Check your bill, as there were discrepancies between the menu prices and what we were charged, and this happened to the table next to us too. The service was very friendly, but it took us an age to get our (incorrect) bill. All of these things led to a less-than-perfect but still fine experience, and are easily remedied.

In all, I'll return to try their cocktails. One last tip: if you type "384 Brixton" into Google it sends you to 384 Brixton Road, not 384 Coldharbour Lane - so don't end up at the wrong end of town like we did!


Fun late night drinks and interesting food. Have had some fun nights there with the girls...


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

Tastemaker

I have 2 hours before my gig, I walk by a bar that was giving me the eye, a hipster eye but an eye all the same. It’s mysterious. Dark. Unassuming. No sign…. I’m intrigued. The cocktail menu is small and to the point, and 6/8 of them have egg in them. I hate eggy cocktails. So what did I order? An eggy cocktail. I soon get some water and free spicy popcorn. I ask for a bigger cocktail list and I get handed what looks like an old Victorian photo album. It’s brilliant. It has actual old timey photos and each page had a different theme of drinks. I watch the barman make my cocktail, the whole egg made me upset. But suddenly he takes it away and I’m lost. Where has he taken my drink? I’m dying of alcoholic thirst here!? 2 minutes later, the server brings me what is essentially an experiment gone wrong. My drink is engulfed in smoke and covered in a glass lid. The server lifts the lid and a surge of woodchip smoke hits me. I was not expecting that. It was a little bland but then again I was trying my utmost not think of the egg. The food did not match the excitement of the drinks menu, maybe I didn't order the right thing. It’s not a main meal kind of place but I would go again for drinks and maybe food to pick at.

Tastemaker

Love this place!  Very similar vibe to Spuntino (my absolute fave in London).  Food is quick, tasty and good portion sizes.  Cocktails are cheap and strong. What more could you want!  Definitely a great new addition to the Brixton scene!


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/


- Nina

Have You Heard Of It? London bar & restaurant blogger | HYHOI.com

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