The cocktails are yummy (and rather strong) and the staff always attentive. I was fairly surprised when I got ID'd here a few weeks ago, especially when compared to the age of the people inside, on a rather quiet Friday night!
I don't really get what goes on in London with lounge places playing mainstream music - Get it right people, chillax is the atmosphere, keep it cool!
This kind of bar, cocktail bar, is never going to be my kind of place. But a certain measure of grudging respect was owed once I saw Flying Doggie Doggie style at a more reasonable price than I generally see in London. It was gooooood!
The cocktails seemed to worth it in happy hour, according to the ladies present!
I always find the Loft a bit of an ordeal based mainly on the fact it takes forever to get served in there. The queues would be easily shortened if they sold beer on tap but instead the bar staff are usually messing around making cocktails.
Having said that when you do get served they have a good selection of bottled beers to choose from which don't break the bank by London standards. Although the Loft is usually busy it never feels too overcrowded compared with some venues in Clapham.
Not a bad place, todo for one beers before 9pm is always a good start to the night! It's long and a little cramped the main bar area but scent Music the staff are friendly the area to the right of the club turns into a bit of an ad- hoc dancing area after hours which is a good pre-empt for infernos afterwards. Decent place to kick off a night out.
I came here on a Friday night with a friend and we had so much fun!
The location is... funny. It's literally the "loft" above a Tesco Express haha. Once you come up the stairs/lift, you enter a much swankier space. The venue is closer to a lounge than a traditional bar, minus the pretentiousness. There are groups of cozy couches on one side of the space and tables on the other side. You can make reservations for either. The bar is really long (and kind of high), but it only has two stools. I hope that they add more stools, because the bar is *really* long.
I highly recommend the happy hour. It runs until 9pm on Fridays. You get two of the same drink for the listed price (£8-£8.50). The bartenders (who were all male) were friendly and knowledgeable. My friend and I had the pink swizzle, pom cosmo, and moscow mule. All of them were relatively large and delicious :)
A pleasantly surprisingly element of The Loft is the food. My friend ordered the chicken skewers and they were actually quite tasty. I usually reserve judgement for bar food and just hope that it's edible. But the chicken was pretty juicy and the kabobs even had vegetables. Yes, veggies in a bar lol.
The most underrated part is the DJ. Located at the end of the bar, the DJ spun ALL of my old school jams. I literally yelled "this used to be my jam!" at the start of every song (much to the chagrin of my neighbors, I'm sure). My friend and I made a dance floor near the booth, and a couple people joined us but not many. In a more pretentious environment I might have felt uncomfortable, but here I just kept dancing!
I had my Birthday party in The Loft on Friday night and i must say it was Fabulous.
The Atmosphere is lovely, Nice and calm and really up lifting. The sofa's are quiet low but comfortable once i sat down i didn't want to get back up again.
The service is very good, the staff are caring and very helpful.
I had a bottle of champagne and a few cocktails... they taste very nice but on that note sorry i cant recommend a Pacific flavor as i have no idea what there called again blame it on the "Good times" LOL
Awesome experience for a first time visit.... Im impressed!
You know when you walk into a club and they search you for weapons? Well okay, that hasn't actually happened to me, but I have seen it in terrible American shows about delinquent teenagers. So, The Loft has it all backwards, they actually give you the weapon. Well, a huge ball of ice that is.
If you haven't noticed already, today is a day for over exaggeration. So there we are missioning it down Clapham High street to make it to this bar when we arrive and ... tumble weed. Seriously! Even my friends had said they'd never seen it this quite. Normally on a Friday night there are queues out the door and you have to be dressed like a slapper or a pimp to get in! We decided to take full advantage of this and got them to make us some seriously yummy cocktails, one of which was a short drink in a whiskey glass with a ball of ice in it. Just look at the pictures I've uploaded. I will say that these are some fabulous cocktails, well they should be at around £8 a pop. Maybe that's why they only let the Slappers and pimps in. As I mentioned, exaggeration.
So if you are looking for a classy drink, or even a classy meal, pop into the loft. It's a winner in the South. Who'da thought Clapham High Street had so much to offer.
Oh my the cocktails at the Loft are deee, wait for it... 'licious!!!!
Simply said you can get some great cocktails at this trendy lovely designed spot in the middle of Clapham High Street without paying through the nose (hip hip hooray!). That being said it IS a trendy place best not gone to during their busy nights (Friday/Sat) unless you like that sort of over-crowded waiting in ques kind of thing.
For me and my crowd, The Loft is best enjoyed in more of those off nights where you can really enjoy their comfy leather couches and chairs and take part in their 2for1 cocktail offers (Sunday, Tuesday all night, think until 8pm the rest of the workweek). It's a great deal and I don't think you can go wrong with what they have available (I had a Loft passionfruit cocktail which was out of this world and a yummy margarita).
I haven't tried their food yet but I'll be back for dinner sometime and will offer my thoughts... regardless a fantastic spot for cocktails!
The Loft has a strong South London following, which is probably one of the reasons why it was recently voted 'Best Bar in London' by Time Out Magazine. I've got to agree, it's certainly a great night out here. There's also a restaurant area that, although I haven't tried, my friends think is just as good as the bar.
It's in an unlikely spot above the Tesco on busy Clapham High Street, but once up the stairs, you find yourself in a stylish and comfortable bar with a little area to shake your thing in at one end. The crowed is mixed, but all are on the party side of life and they're ready to enjoy the full list of The Loft's superb cocktails, which gives a real buzz to the place. For somewhere that serves such fabulous drinks (I don't know what they do to them, but everything tastes that little bit more special that in other bars) it's completely unpretentious and although it's just won such a prestigious award on the street they certainly haven't begun to rest on their laurels: they're still as great as ever.
The bar tenders have real fun as they work their magic on the upbeat crowd and they've definitely had amazing training on their mixology. The Vanilla Espresso Martini is the best I've ever had. They're all under £8 too!
A jazzy night out, and if your a cocktail drinker The Loft makes getting tipsy about as much fun as it can be.
Although The Loft is perched in a pretty unlikely location, for what was recently voted the best bar in London by Time Out, it certainly verifies the expression that one should never judge a book by its cover. The interior is lush and spacious and offers excellent views of the London skyline. Comfy leather sofas and elegant interior design make this place the perfect location to unwind.
To help you in your quest for relaxation the bar staff here are friendly and attentive to detail and certainly know their way round the bottles. As well as an excellent range of ales, lagers and spirits there is a fantastic cocktail selection at fairly reasonable prices.
The Loft, in spite of the excellent choice and service, does not feel remotely pretentious or elitist ensuring that everyone receives a warm welcome. A great night out for any occasion.
I don't mind the loft at all. I don't come here all that often, but when I've been dragged for whatever reason - bithdays, hangover brunches etc, it has always done well by me.
It's a busy old place on the weekend with a queue outside and a game of sardines inside. Try and reserve a table if coming on a Friday or Saturday - make a night of it.
The cocktails are excellent here. And they've got a strong selection of spritis behind the bar too. Thumns up.
And very surprisingly, their food is really rather good. It's all too easy for bars like this to churn out average food to the masses, but they've made themselves a bit of a go-to place in Clapham for a tasty brunch or midweek eating.
I don't know when I'll get here again, but I'll be happy to go back. It is at the end of my street afterall.
Their house made lemongrass liqueur is delicious. Definitely try one of the cocktails with this in it.
A bit hard to find... for a while I thought the googlemaps on my phone was leading me astray, but no. It just isn't that obviously signed (it is more subtle and not neon, which is a good thing most of the time).
They have a '2 cocktails for £8.50' happy hour special, which is pretty amazing since their drinks are tasty, strong, and pretty looking (considering ONE drink at any of Shoreditch's famed cocktail bars are £8 or more a piece!). Lots of nice, sweet (but not too sweet) girly ones, but more straight up ones for the manly men as well (not to stereotype or anything...). Swank vibe, but not overly douchy, friendly bartenders, and lots of windows. What's not to like?
Great first floor bar on Clapham High Street with glass walls overlooking the hoi-polloi below. The feel of the place is spacious, with high ceilings, the afore-mentioned glass walls giving great light and depth to the place, and it never seems to get too crowded. The drinks are a pretty standard selection, and about what you'd expect to pay in a slightly 'cool' place in Clapham.
Also, the bar is so high that you feel like a hobbit at all times, peering up at the beer taps as though you've just learnt to walk, the staff seeming like giants among men. I like it. Some people aren't so sure.
You can have 2 very different experiences at the Loft Bar in Clapham.
Experience 1 (the preferred option) - Sunday Roast and a bottle of South African Red. The roasts are 50% off on Sunday and the wine selection is actually very good. If i had 1 complaint, they do seem to run out of roast chicken around 4pm every Sunday. Order more chickens guys! The atmosphere is very chilled out on Sundays and you're guaranteed a seat. This isn't traditional pub dining, but it's decent nonetheless.
Experience 2 (only for the brave) - Friday night at the Loft are pretty hectic. It attracts a relatively chic crowd (compared to Inferno's) and the do good cocktails. Unfortunately, seating areas are limited so it gets VERY busy in here. It's even pretty tough to get enough room on the dance floor to throw down some decent shapes.
All in all, a solid 4 stars.
Loft gives me another reason to shed my prejudices and venture out of Zone 1 more, something I am not usually inclined to do.
I went there last sunday with a friend. It's located quite close to Clapham North Station, on the first floor. The ground floor is dominated by a Tesco and so it's quite easy to miss this little gem while walking past. The layout of the bar is fabulous. The counter extends almost all the way along the length, and the side overlooking the road has a floor to ceiling glass wall. You can drink while watching the world walk by beneath you :)
Loft satisfied all of the basic stuff that I like in a watering hole. Soft and soothing music ... Not something so loud that you can't hear yourself speak. I am glad that I was there on a Sunday evening and not on the Saturday. The drinks were good ... There was a decent snack spread and the servers were attentive. Add to that the Sunday evening 2 for the price of 1 cocktail offer. I pretty much had to have a good time after that ;)
We started with a cocktail that has become a recent favourite of mine ... Dark and Stormy. They had added a generous amount of the ginger beer and it tasted better than i had expected.
We followed this up with (at the recommendation of the cute waitress) with the Spring Daisy. It was vodka with Cointreau, along with lime juice and raspberry syrup. After having forgotten our order for sometime, when they finally got it to us, i felt it was a tad sweeter than what's ideal. Again ... the taste of ginger was evident. I would love a version of this that use some syrup other than raspberry.
The third drink was also similar ... sweet but very tasty. Unfortunately i cannot recall its name at the moment (by then, i had been drinking there for more than 2 hours and was decidedly tipsy). There was a drink in the menu called "drink with no name". Wish i had tried that ... at least i wouldn't have had to be embarrassed about forgetting the name.
In the meantime we had ordered some snacks to share. The chicken liver pate with toast and onion marmalade was standard French fare ... but the lentils on the liver seemed an interesting touch. However the highlight of the evening was the dish called "pigs in blankets". Given the name, i could not resist ordering one. What appeared was six small pieces of sausage carefully wrapped in bacon ... all on a bed of mashed potatoes. The taste was as awesome as the looks. I will not be forgetting this dish in a hurry :)
We spent almost 3 hours there ... and all of this cost only £17 per person ... indeed a great place to go to if you want to cheer yourself up on a sunday evening.
Finally a yelp event on the other sided of river. And the best place to start.. The Loft. My first time here and won't be the last..! Great long bar, comfortable sitting areas, beautiful view of clapham high street. I would surggested the all star cocktail, Cause the by time i left I was see all star.
I have been to the loft twice, the first time was on a Saturday night where the queue outside was colossal and inside you could hardly move. It was packed to the rim and getting a drink was like climbing Everest. This all sounds negative, it clearly is a great venue for the amount of people that it attracts, it played good music and has a good vibe, but it is just too busy.
My second visit was much better, I had a friend who hired out the back for her birthday, and only her guests were allowed in it, so I had space to move and breath and do the Macarena if I wanted to. I had free Champagne and cocktails all night as her Dad put money behind the bar for us. But when it came to buying her a birthday drink, it took me 45 minutes to get back to our private section. I hate queues. It was supposedly voted the best bar in London, I would never go as far in saying that, but it is something different and a good night out.
I had heard a great deal about The Loft and it had been described to me as being full of cheap brown leather sofas and breeze-block walls, huge, airy space decorated more in the style of the nineties. My close friends also warned me this restaurant/cocktail bar is more than busy on Friday and Saturday night crammed full of people form all over London as well as many locals. So I thought in order to avoid the crowds I would take my mates and treat them to a hungover Sunday brunch which I heard was really good. What better way to kick-start the whole event than to launch it with some stylish cocktails. I am rather glad I chose this intrepid method because The Loft's real strength lies in its clearly labelled innovative 26-page drinks list and trust me this bar takes getting smashed very seriously.
My peachy Fig Leaf Surprise blended stewed rhubarb and Earl Grey tea sugar syrup with passionfruit vodka tasted divine. The cocktails are good value at £6.80.
As for my Breakfast Martini (well, it was early in the day): why can't every day start with a zingy mix of marmalade and gin? After that we could have happily eaten anything but I found the food less tempting.
I went for the Welsh rarebit (£4.50) looked very unappetising but once I had happilytaken one bite the taste was completely different.. The Neal's Yard cheese was soft, the accompanying grapes firm and succulent and the bread super fluffy. Eggs Florentine (£4.90) did float in on an algae-like puddle, but the yolks were the deepest free-range yellow.
A (very) full veggie English (£6.75) topped off with mighty fine tomato and basil sausages, and kedgeree with lentils and peppers (£6) were from similarly high quality ingredients.
The Loft's show and finesse may be all in the cocktails, but its well-priced food is perfect too for some appetizing inexpensive fills. So all in all I would say I had mixed reaction to it all.
hmmm, I persuaded my housemate try this place out the other day, we were a bit wary given that we couldn't actually eye it up without climbing the stairs to get in...
It is one of these places you'd expect in Clapham, it is trying hard to be trendy and to be honest with you I think I quite like it, the bar staff were friendly and the seats were bloody comfortable, I could have stayed there for hours! There is a side resteraunt area which looks decent and worth trying out.
But it was quieter than that squeaky woman from police academy when I was there and given how long and thin it is I can only imagine it may be a nightmare when really busy but will give it another go....
One thing it is worth remembering is, no matter how cool you think you are sitting in this place trying to be the daddy with your trendy beanie and funky cocktail, you are basically sitting 5 feet above some old dear buying her spam and Daily Mail....
I recently celebrated my 25th birthday here and they let me reserve an area for 20 people, which was great as we took up a lot of room! My mates were allowed to prepare my cake out the back to surprise me and the staff had provided plates and cutlery. The atmosphere and crowd are on a good level in here - a fine balance between having a lively top night and a night where boundaries are crossed! Get the best of both worlds. Although the drinks are pretty pricey, especially the cocktails, it is worth it for a guaranteed good time. It is located in the middle of the high street, so it is a convenient place to go if you are looking to bar hop.
Building on Maverick's two experiences of The Loft bar, you have the third mid-week option: an acceptable place to go for a drink somewhere between a too-laid-back bar with good cocktails, whilst not being hugely busy. Summary: fine.
I had my birthday here and I hired out the back section which could fit about 30 people. Great view of Clapham (ok, so not much to see out of the window) but in summer months the big windows can have alot of sunlight come through. We had to get the staff to close the curtains. The bar staff were really friendly and I got a free glass of champagne. They do some nice cocktails but the bar was busy around 9.30pm.
I went again later after being voted best bar and got there early. There was no queue and the girl on the door asked if we were on the guest list and we said no so the bouncer made us stand to one side for a minute. Then he asked us for ID after waiting and then we decided it took too long so we crossed the road to 64th and social and got in straight away with no problem.
The queues outside this bar Friday and Saturday night, and recent and numerous positive reviews by Time Out among others, has perhaps built up this place so much that to actually visit it proves something of an anti-climax. Although The Loft regularly offers good value drinks and food specials, the atmostphere mid-week is lacklustre to say the least, partly due to the venues well, lofty, feel. In short it's just too big. However, packed to the rafters on a Friday or Saturday night, with DJ's and dancing the place does liven up. I think the biggest problem with The Loft is a lack of synergy between venue and clientele - the crowd it attracts just doesn't measure up to its sophisticated New York feel.
A very mediocre 3*s. People below have been saying Clapham has been crying out for this kind of thing. REALLY!? Call me a traditionalist, but this place is trying to be way too cool for school. Ok, they do good cocktails and the staff were quite friendly, it's just a bit soulless.
Nice place, plenty of space inside for a drink or two. The restaurant area is well laid out even if u can still feel the buzz of the bar area. Food is quite good for a "non restaurant" i have to say the steak is great, decent choice of wines.
i would recommend it.
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