Last year I attended Brixton’s South Pole Saloon, so when I heard that the same team was bring a new pop up venue to Brixton I had high expectations. Brixton Beach Boulevard is described as ‘a pop up neon beach town in the heart of Brixton, transporting guests to back in time to the beating heart of glittering 80’s Miami’. It sounded right up my alley as I love a good immersive theatre experience and a cool new drinking venue with great street food and amazing cocktails. Set in the same location in Brixton’s Valentia Place Brixton Beach Boulevard also promises to give guests a series of immersive day and night parties, surprise DJ sets, live broadcasting of this summer’s amazing sporting events and outdoor screenings of classic 80’s films.
Upon arrival at the Press Launch on the 26th of May 2016, I managed to get lost as the entrance is different from last year’s bar. This wasn’t too much of an inconvenience, however, and my friend and I soon found our way into the fun. Arriving we were greeted by actors with fake American accents, bright costumes and full of energy. The outdoor bar space is pretty impressive and the design team certainly did a brilliant job transforming an open area in Brixton into an 80’s Miami Beach scene. Make sure you wear flip flops or other comfortable shoes for this outdoor venue as the sand isn’t designed for high heels. My friend and I did find that there was a lack of seating available and not having an option for sand or non-sand, plus a non-smoking area outside was a bit of a disappointment.
MIAMI BASS, LUCKY PIERRE, THE OTHER SIDE, NANNY BILL’S and MAC TO THE FUTURE are serving food throughout Brixton Beach Boulevard’s opening. We tried The Other Side’s Buttermilk Chicken Burgers and were impressed with the flavours of these burgers. Honey Butter and should always be served with buttermilk chicken in my opinion. Washing down our food we got to try a number of different frozen slushies which are priced from £7. These were definitely refreshing on a summer’s day and perfect for a beach themed venue.
Unfortunately when we asked to see inside the nightclub venue and the VIP rooms, staff stated we weren’t allowed to enter at the launch. Given this, I can only comment on what I’ve seen on other sites but the night club bar does look spectacular with its excessive amounts of Neon Lights. I may have to head back down on another night to check out the night club and enjoy a few of the other different cocktails on offer. Here’s hoping Brixton Beach Boulevard also brings back their bottomless prosecco brunches this summer.
Open Thursday to Saturdays until the 28th of August, entry to Brixton Beach Boulevard starts at £4. Tickets are available now from BrixtonBeachBoulevard.com with a limited number of tickets available each night on the door. A range of group booking packages are also available, including early bird ticketing offers and private room hire.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon ¦ @toogs1
Brixton Beach Boulevard
London SW9 8JH