Three Eight Four: Über hipster cocktails & small plates in Brixton

In a former life, 384 Coldharbour Lane was home to a horse meat butcher’s, back in the post-war rationing period.  Thankfully the current residents have very different ideas of how to tempt customers through the door, instead serving up original cocktails and quirkily presented small plates.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
I passed Three Eight Four one night, on the way to The Joint, and the unassuming frontage, warm glow and buzzing bar full of hipster drinkers caught my eye.  I resolved to return at the earliest opportunity – last week.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
I met two girlfriends on a Tuesday evening, and we sat on old leather bus seats at a riveted stainless steel diner table.  Über hipster light fitting are fashioned from wire shopping baskets and mattress springs, walls are heavily distressed, and even on a Tuesday evening the place was pleasantly buzzing.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
There’s a cocktail menu (we tried a Bombay Kitchen and a Cherry Bakewell, both delicious) or you can go off-piste and talk to the bar staff, who’ve got all the classics covered – my Don Papa Old Fashioned was served with a cricket ball-sized orb of ice and went down a treat.  Retro soda cans make up the alcohol-free offering.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
The food menu is a fairly succinct list of small plates – which we found to be a little hit and miss.  Reuben Sliders (£5.50) were presented on a ping pong bat for added hipster appeal, but were sadly served cold; Salt & Pepper Squid (£6) was a hit, whereas the Beef Brisket in a brioche bun (£7.50) was definitely a miss; Mozzarella Arancini (£4.50) were comforting balls of cheesy goodness.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Retro American candy bars make up the dessert menu at £2.50 a pop – a cute touch to finish your meal.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four, like sister bar/restaurant Seven inside  the market, succeeds in making a venue that looks like a squat a most sought-after spot to be seen in (reservations are recommended).  Both number-named bars are good choices, thanks to an overall vibe that shuns all things mainstream, without a hefty price tag.
Three Eight Four, Brixton | Recommended by HYHOI.com | Have You Heard Of It? bar & restaurant blog
Three Eight Four
384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF
Reservations