8 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH
020 3632 6426 http://www.bridgewinebar.com
It’s not hard to find The Bridge wine bar. If you’re coming from Clapham Common, along Clapham High Street, just go straight and then turn gay. Or left. Tucked under the railway arches, the stylish nightspot is a thriving gay hub, which officially came out last November after initially launching as a regular bar that was incidentally frequented by Clapham’s gay community (on a Saturday night spotting a hetero is like finding a needle in a gay-stack!).
When ordering a round of G&Ts, the bartender in the tight black tee-shirt informs us that single shots would be £4.50 each while double-shots are £5 “so you may as well get a double”. I immediately like this place. The cocktail menu has more innuendos than a Leslie Nielsen movie. The mojito (£6.50) is said to be “like a cabana boy, it just keeps giving” while the Sakerinha is described as “Mardi Gras in Tokyo in your mouth”. The pink boy (£7) is tipped as “a simple twinkie pinky”. There’s really something for everyone.
The Bridge has recently introduced a light snacks menu with around six choices of tapas that changes on a weekly basis. You can expect sharing platters and appetisers along the lines of prawns, chorizo or patatas bravas.
A dark, cool modern space, The Bridge is fitted out with exposed brick walls, white arched ceiling, cosy booths, chandeliers made from wine glasses and a DJ playing live. The front is decked out with tables and chairs for those who want to bring someone on a lead. Toilets are unisex.
By Laura Burgoine