64th&Social certainly lives up to its name. It’s Clapham’s coolest cocktail bar and steak house, constantly rammed with trendy socialites enjoying great food, great conversation and great cocktails. Walk in and expect to be looked after; it’s the kind of place where the bartenders remember not only your name but your drink of choice. I went for a bite on a Friday night to find out why this local gem has stood the test of time with Clapham’s raving residents…
Half way up Clapham High Street, 64th&Social is easy to spot with its black and yellow striped frontage. The floor-to-ceiling windows are usually open, allowing customers to sit and enjoy a drink or a bite alfresco-style and there are a few popular tables dotted outside too. Inside expect exposed brick walls, industrial pipes on display and dim, romantic lighting; it’s surprisingly cosy and you’ll often find couples snuggled up in the leather booths. There’s also a downstairs dance floor complete with resident DJ which is usually heaving with trendy twenty-somethings on a Friday and Saturday night.
We clambered into one of the big booths and were immediately greeted by a young, friendly waitress who handed us a menu. The place is famous for their award-winning cocktails, so we asked for two Miss Bloombergs/my now new favourite cocktail. It’s a delicious blend of gin, elderflower liquor, lychee juice and Kopparberg’s Elderflower and lime cider and looked the part in a trendy jam jar. As it was happy hour two cocktails cost just £9, so we would have been content even if they hadn’t have tasted as good.
As someone who’s terribly indecisive, the two dish menu at 64th&Social was a welcome surprise. Mulling was therefore kept to a minimum and we opted for the Long Horn Breed Australian Beef (£15) which came with a choice of two sides, a sauce and either a half pint of Asahi or a house wine - another bargain. The other choice was Grilled Half Spatchcooked Chicken which we are looking forward to trying on our next visit.
When there’s only two dishes on the menu, there’s a good chance both will be good, but we weren’t prepared for just how good. My fillet steak was served sizzling with a flavoursome roasted garlic, chive and black pepper butter, accompanied by crispy sweet potato fries and crunchy grilled asparagus topped with shaved Grana Padano and drizzled with garlic oil. Everything was fresh and faultless. 64th&social’s vision is one of simplicity and the steaks really do take centre stage.
It wasn’t until we’d finished our meal that Robin, the owner, said he should have recommended the Kentucky bourbon glaze sauce. He told us he even took it with him to Tennessee when he was competing in a Jack Daniels cocktail competition and the master distiller couldn’t get enough of it… just another reason for a return visit I guess!
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