16a Clapham Common South Side, London, SW4 7AB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 207 627 6257
Website: View bar's website
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Fun/atmosphere
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
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This little slice of Americana mixes dive bar with diner on the edge of Clapham Common. Unfinished wood and bare brick meet utilitarian seating; food and drink specials are listed on a blackboard wall; and the tables have been scrawled all over, just like back in school - clearly this is casual drinking and dining, no high-falutin' fancy ways round here, y'all.
An all-American drinks list is predictably heavy on bourbon, with gentle twists given to Uncle Sam classics that range from the Marmalade Margarita to a Herbal Julep and Maple Old Fashioned. With a tip of the hat to vogueish bartending trends there's also a four-strong range of barrel-aged cocktails, with a Sazerac made to the original cognac recipe. The beer list has the star-spangled banner draped all over it, but the wine list is curiously international.
For a relaxed night out, Honky Tonk is fun place to find yourself, but we rather found the casual nature of the operation tipped over into the prowess of the drinks (all £8.50) though the service was neighbourhood friendly.