As many of you know, I’m an Angophile and always on the lookout for ways to insert my love of England into my daily life. I also love to look for new places to eat and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, so when I heard about The Brixton opening, I could hardly contain myself. Before you could say “Prince William,” I had already contacted my friend Kate (an Anglophile like me) to meet me in the Marina to check out the latest Brit-inspired pub in the City.
The Brixton is inspired by The Brixton Academy in London, a concert venue that has witnessed the likes of New Order, Faith No More, The Police, John Lennon and The Who. The concert posters you see along the wall are all from artists who have actually played there. The front of house is a warm brick color, with typical pub-inspired wooden tables and chairs. It’s a welcome alternative to sitting at the bar. The back of the Brixton is more cozy and comfortable, with booths and banquets, highlighted by black and white flocked wallpaper that was designed by Shepard Fairey. The main focus of The Brixton by far is the U-shaped bar in the center of the room. Here, you can belly up for a nice selection of beers, or order more elegant fare.
First off, no matter what you do, you must order the pretzels as soon as you sit down. Don’t even look at a menu. Trust me on this. They are little bits of heaven with two dipping sauces (sweet mustard and spicy cheese). They’re not your typical pretzels either. They start out a little sweet and finish with a bit of salt, so it will satisfy that “I want something sweet and something salty” urge that seems to happen to me when I get hungry. Their sweet potato fries are also quite good and worth ordering. For my meal, I ordered their house burger with a salad instead of fries (since I already had sweet potato fries, it didn’t seem necessary to have more). The burger was juicy, flavorful and well proportioned. Kate had their fried chicken salad, which was cornmeal breaded. It was also quite generously proportioned and welcome lighter fare after the pretzels and fries.
We both had Bloody Marys (since this was Sunday brunch) and they were a tasty, spicy treat. It’s a very vodka-friendly drink menu (which I don’t mind at all). I’m a big fan of Arnold Palmers (iced tea and lemonade), so I’m looking forward to their Citron John Daly (Stoli Citrus Vodka, Lemonade, Iced Tea). The Strawberry Don Royale (Don Julio Tequila, muddled mint, strawberry puree, simple syrup, champagne float) and the Vodka Cucumber Basil Gimlet (Ketel Vodka, Veev Acai liquor, muddled cucumber and basil, lime juice, simple syrup) were also highly recommended, so I look forward to going back and sampling the other drinks on the menu.
As we sat and took in the crowd, it definitely drew the typical Marina scene, but there was also quite a bit of variety. Most people were circulating around the bar, which is quite large and can accommodate quite a few customers. While the main courses were good, I think that the appetizer menu is going to draw more fans. The fully stocked bar and extensive house drink menu is definitely the crown jewel for The Brixton, and based on it’s size in proportion to anything else, I’m pretty sure the owners know this. Whether you’re a fellow Anglophile like me, or someone who loves to check out new restaurants in The City, or someone looking for a new place to grab a drink with friends, The Brixton is worth checking out to fill any and all of those needs.
See you there!
Until next week (and my next obsession)!
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