The Nines

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Another solid Peckham offering to add to locals' hit-lists, this time set in a convivial garage lot behind the ever-popular Bussey Building.

‘Peckham for the peckish!’ as Alexei Sayle once sang. It may have seemed farcical at the time, but the comedian’s throwaway line has come true as SE15 is turning into a destination for the adventurous diner. And if you don’t explore the area’s nooks and crannies, you miss out on some of its liveliest offerings.

It’s not easy to find The Nines, an unprepossessing garage lot tucked behind the Bussey Building, a thriving events space and nightclub; you wonder how anyone finds it. But even though we were among only a handful of diners at the restaurant’s communal tables when we visited on a Wednesday night, the owners assured us the place is heaving at weekends. That’s when the area’s clued-up, plugged-in, social-media-savvy set comes out to play.

The menu’s as eclectic as The Nines’s wide-ranging list of events. Rich duck rillettes and tangy macaroni cheese rubbed shoulders with delectably crisp tempura lemon sole and garlicky pearl barley, red cabbage and pickled grape salad. High-quality ingredients and adroitly balanced flavours pointed to a steady hand in the kitchen. The only slight disappointment was the tiny dessert, a thimble of lemon posset that left us wanting more.

But hey: prices are reasonable, staff earnest, and the attractive space is warm, welcoming and utilitarian enough to host events ranging from indie baby discos to psychedelic guitar gigs.

By: Nicola Arencibia

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I rocked up to Peckham with the hopes of grabbing something to eat before catching a viewing of Romeo & Juliet at The Rooftop Film Club. Having not been to Peckham the only thing that caught my eye on the high street was McDonalds...after wandering around I find the pathway that lead the way to The Bussey Building where the film was to be shown and I stumbled across a vibrant and colourful car-park like setting and there, right in front of me was The Nines! Painfully cool but with a welcoming and friendly charm, I texted my friend to say I had found a hidden gem and we didn't need to resort to Maccy D's!

Lucky for us it was happy hour and my goodness, the cocktails we had were delicious! Not a fan of gin but these beautifully pink hibiscus gin cocktails really hit the spot! We ordered a feast for two and it was certainly a feast for the eyes as well as our taste buds. If you're in the area, please promise me you'll go, you'll love it!

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I like this place. Its charming even though you are conscious that its exactly aimed at  people just like you, who'll pay over the odds for a beer, seat and to be near the nightlife venues... Lets just say they know their target audience.

Tucked in the car park of the bussey building it has lots of outdoor seating and a ping pong table which is always occupied but in my experience people are friendly enough to play with strangers or pass the table over.


Nice cocktails that arent mega expensive too. The inside is a bit of a noise trap and there is only two unisex toilets which means the men have to queue behind the girls, sorry lads welcome to our world!


The night-club-ish space off the main bar often has good nights on from young and new promoter, worth checking out.

Tastemaker

Great place in Peckham, especially when the weather is nice! 

Good happy hour deal of 2 cocktails for £9.50 (or 4 beers, or a carefe of wine) but they are very strict about the cut off point, and the line is long so make sure you get your last round in before it runs out.


Due to being a cocktail bar the line takes a really long time which is unfortunate if you just want a beer. Outside they have a lot of seats and a ping pong table which is great fun, but their license ends at 12 to drink outside so you will very quickly be forced inside where it is quite cramped on a busy night.


Brunch here is awesome! When the weather is nice the outside atmosphere and fresh smoothies make for a great start to the weekend.

Tastemaker

Recently refurbed Nines is looking much slicker than it’s shabby past.  New signage, tables, and an all round cleansing has brought Nines more in line with its self assured Peckham counterparts.  I was however pleased to see that the back room has still retained the psychedelic vibes which made it big night out territory.  So, if you’re after a casual drink on a Wednesday or a grimy night out on a Saturday Nines is here to accommodate everyone.


Since its revamp the Nines has become a fixture on my Peckham calendar. The cocktails are killer and the events line up has repeatedly impressed a couple of my 'east London is better than south' friends. 


I they have really nice ales as well and also THAT MAC AND CHEESE. Only downside is its a little hard to describe where it is to friends so I normally meet them at the station. 


Red Stripe cans fresh from the "four for four pounds" wrapper, served warm, for £3.50 a pop. They confiscate the can if you want to take it outside (into the car park). Standard faux-industrial knocked together decor. Filled with people who look like they work in marketing or media or something. This sort of place is turning South London into a laughing stock.


My toddler loves this place on a Thursday. Paper on the walls to draw on is the dream!

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Probably the most ill concieved, unoriginal, boring place i've been in a while. If your idea of a good time is to waste it, watch paint dry or by beginning to hate yourself go here, otherwise go some where good... Lerryns, Refreshment rooms, Brick, Forza win, Bar Story, Ali Ba Bar  …KFC