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The Little Bar (Bar)

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145 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London, SW17 9PE
Cuisine: Bar
Tel: 020 8672 7317 | Email to The Little Bar | Transport: Tooting Broadway | Write review

The Little Bar Review

The Top 10 things we discovered about The Little Bar when we visited:

1) The Little Bar is small, no surprises there. The space inside can accommodate a couple of dozen guests, so keep your gossip catch-ups to a hush just in case the wrong ears are listening. It’s even a lovely spot for that elusive date night you keep threatening to go on.

2) Or, you could just go on your own, sit at the bar and chat to the owners, Martin and Madeleine, both long-time locals. Before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re one of their closest friends.

3) It’s located in the heart of Tooting, South West London’s most up and coming suburb, famous for its curries and, increasingly, its gastro pubs and drinking holes.

4) The cocktail menu is, like the bar, short and sweet. As well as a heady Negroni, The Little Bar’s signature cocktail is the charmingly named ‘SW17’ cocktail made with Somerset apple brandy, Prosecco, bitters and a lump of sugar.

5) It’s also the only London bar, besides Mark Hix’s own ventures, to serve the Hix Fizz.

6) The wine menu provides real competition for other local bars. Far from little, it is entirely supplied by the Caves de Pyrene, the same company that sources wine for the Terroirs restaurants. With a good range of price points, and even a Tracey Emin labelled vintage, it covers all tastes. Will just one more glass really do any harm?

7) If you are a few drinks in and need a snack to keep you from falling off your barstool, The Little Bar has a simple menu of delicious bar food. The charcuterie board, at only £5, is more than worthy of your hard-earned pennies, as is the terrine.

8) It’ll only take a little (pardon the pun!) coercion, or the promise to buy another round, to get singer-songwriter and self-professed ‘music-whore’ Martin to pick up his guitar and serenade you with a Razorlight cover or two.

9) Venture out to the back of the bar and you’ll discover another miniature space, a walled garden with a handful of tables. Unsurprisingly, you’ll be lucky to bag one if the sun is shining.

10) Word is already spreading like wildfire. We even spotted celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott across the bar, so get there fast before a queue starts forming! more

Sophie Kelk

Customer Reviews for The Little Bar

Average (based on 3 votes): 3 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“been living in tooting 30 years cooking in london and far east this bar is fantastic just what tooting needs some other venues in tooting are run very badly these people know what there doing martin and staff are great not like some zombie bartenders in tooting g.”
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gareth williams, tooting (7 months 20 days ago)

“I really want to like The Little Bar, Tooting is in desperate need of a small perfectly formed bar. We have been several times and each time, I am sorry to say, leave feeling a little disappointed and unfulfilled. Its sad, because what does not sit well could be so easily fixed: have an up to date wine list, if something is not available take it off the blackboard menu (the advantage of having a blackboard is that it can be quickly and easily updated), be pleasant and welcoming to all your guests and speed the service up. I don’t want to stand at the bar waiting for my order while the barman chats to those sitting in front of him. These may seem like petty grips but add up to feeling unwelcome and a little frustrated with the lack of service and warmth. We do support our local businesses but for the time being other places will be getting our custom. Sorry Little Bar.”
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Amanda, Tooting (1 years 5 months 16 days ago)

“I visited the little bar last week and had a fantastic time. The cocktails were amazing and the food overtook any 'bar snacks' I've had before. If you live in the area (or even if you don't) and haven't had the chance to visit yet, I heartily recommend that you do. I'm not sure there's anywhere friendly in South london.”
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Harad Smith, Tooting (1 years 11 months 13 days ago)

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