What? Created by the award-winning team behind Brixton’s South Pole Saloon and the Brixton Beach Boulevard, Big Apple Brixton is their 2016 winter pop-up taking over the Brixton rooftop bringing a slice of New York City circa 1977 to South London.
New? Yes, it opened at the end of October following on from their summer Beach Boulevard pop-up.
Where? The Brixton Rooftop, Popes Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH, www.bigapplebrixton.com
On the Menu: Street food. You’ll find four vendors; Mac to the Future, Burger Bear, Grandmaster Slice and Plucky’s. It’s simple – the sort you want when you’ve had a drink or two so think mac ‘n’ cheese, pizza, burgers and fried chicken. Of course with the standard of London street food being what it is, it isn’t just some limp burger or greasy piece of chicken, it’s the Mega Triple Stack chicken burger made from double buttermilk fried chicken, maple cured smoked bacon, Red Leicester cheese, red pepper and smoked paprika mayo, baby gem, tomato, red onion and a brioche bun.
First Impressions: What always strikes me is how quiet it is, approaching Big Apple Brixton if you didn’t know what was going on upstairs then you would have no idea what was happening on the roof. Yes, there are the bouncers standing outside, but somehow the noise is contained. First impressions are surprise at just how big it is – as well as the main space where there are three bars, a club and four rooms for private hire including a barbershop, record store, Latino chapel and peep show.
The Look: The industrial space is adorned with strings of fairy lights, fake snow dusts the floor and Christmas trees twinkle. Father Christmas sits in a yellow cab which looks as if he is about to plough straight into oversized candy canes and presents and in the middle of the space are an eclectic mix vintage NYC street signs pointing the way to Broadway, Chevy dealers and Gulf signs. Long wooden benches are joined by a mix of smaller tables, leather chairs and red booths. Towering above everyone on a high rise platform is the DJ playing hip hop – the music emerging from 1970s NYC.
What We Ate: With their big pots of oozing, comforting mac ‘n’ cheese it was Mac to the Future that won us round. Offerings included the DeLorean – classic mac ‘n’ cheese topped with pancetta, chorizo and spinach; the Giga Watts – deep fried mac ‘n’ cheese balls with dipping sauces and the Marty Mcfly – a mac ‘n’ cheese sourdough toastie. Their Christmas version is a pot of mac ‘n’ cheese topped with camembert (because we know Christmas means its fine to top cheese with cheese) and sweet cranberry sauce. We also went for the more savoury, salty (and divisive option) mac ‘n’ cheese with Marmite with crispy onions, breadcrumbs and Parmesan.
What We Drank: We kept it celebratory and stuck with Prosecco but there are plenty of cocktails on offer including a spiced mai tai made with Havana rum, spiced almond syrup, orange sherbet and lime and Floradora made from Plymouth gin, ginger syrup, lime and raspberry.
Go With: It’s one for a big group of friends – grab everyone together before you all go home for Christmas and have one final 2016 get together.
Final Word: It’s only open until 1st January so you don’t have long left to check it out!
Like This? Try These: Check out our pop-up page here for all the winter pop-ups.