18 August 2006
Escape Art and Bar
214 - 216 Railton Road
Herne Hill, SE24
Tel: 020 7737 0333
This groovy bar mixes contemporary art gallery with hip drinking hole. The walls are lined with a variety of modern art that changes on a regular basis. All the works gracing the interior are for sale so for those who love the décor, you can always have the chance to take a little home with you.
The tables, artworks within themselves, are made from cool slabs of pebbles set in resin that light up at night and the retro wooden chairs are almost a flashback to old school days. For lazy afternoons there are books to peruse and a few games to play including chess. For days when your desk is just too depressing Escape has free internet and WiFi to help you get to work.
It's a cool, laid back café bar by day and a hip artistic local by night. There is a diverse, mostly local, music listing featuring music from around the world, psychedelic treats, urban sounds, some hip hop, funk and electronic depending on which night you visit. Fat Nancy's Happy Mondays is a jovial gay night where everyone's welcome to let their hair down.
There are a few beers on tap, the popular choices are Stella (£2.80 a pint) or Beck's
(£2.85 a pint). Bottled beers from far and wide include Tiger, Sol Budweiser and Asahi.
Clock in to the 'essential hours' 6.00 to 9.00pm Monday to Thursday for two-for-one
The shooters (£2.50 to £3.00) are a good start to the weekend. Escape has created a drink for the publicly voted Bacardi cocktail contest, Escapade, and is encouraging people to get in and test it out.
Open seven days, the kitchen cooks up bar snacks such as bruschetta, meze plate or nachos (around £4.50) and more elaborate fare like stone baked pizzas for lunch and dinner. Even kids are catered for during the day so mums and dads can drop in and kick back for a 'cuppa'.
General Manager: Lewis Tildesley
“It's somewhere completely different. It's a showcase for local artists and the art is on the contemporary side, which blends into the bar's pitch to customers. It is somewhere pretty chilled out and relaxed. Herne Hill is a very arty place, we get a lot of photographers, artists, fashion designers, a real bohemian mix.”
Regular: Claudia Ogbaro
“I come here because it's a nice friendly place that I can come to locally. They make nice drinks and have cool pictures. It's a nice stop between Dulwich and Brixton for me. Not as fast as Brixton but not as baby central as Dulwich.”
Head Bartender: Amy Sharpe
“I love the people I'm working with. Working here is like a hobby that I get paid to do and it's close to home. You get your regulars that you know, you know what they drink and they're really friendly, it's great.”
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