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Adventure Bar (East Dulwich) (Bar)

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72 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, Dulwich, London, SE22 8HF
Cuisine: Bar
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Adventure Bar (East Dulwich) Review

Best for: sweet cocktails; loud singalong tunes; and boozy parties for Londoners in their early 20s to early 30s.

Great: for anyone who hearts the movie Cocktail.

Adventure: there couldn’t be a more apposite name for this incongruent cocktail bar on Dulwich high street. It defiantly muscles in amongst the white middle class, baby clothes boutiques and shops selling all things coffee-flavoured and quaint. It’s simply an excuse for working class, multi-ethnic London to get shitfaced on lolly water and leave with streamers in their hair; God love ‘em.

As can be observed at the sister Adventure playgrounds across London (Balham, Clapham Junction, Covent Garden), this bar is not filled with locals; more likely, the New Cross crew. Even so, all intrepid voyagers present have the requisite tools and skills for an adventurous and enjoyable expedition.

The Birthday Girl, for example. She’s easy to spot. She’s the one wearing leopard print, surrounded by mates in party hats, awaiting the arrival of a pyrotechnic cake, kindly supplied by the amiable staff who serve food, fireworks and flaming cocktails, and occasionally offer a wink to make her feel special.

Then there’s The Texter. He’s a tall, chiseled, Australian unit, able to carry a paddle of six tuaca shots without spilling, simultaneously negotiating the dangerous dancefloor AND texting a friend, no doubt to gloat about how awesome Adventure bar is, or to encourage them to join him forthwith; although he probably wouldn’t use the word forthwith.

Then there’s The Bar Fly who is stationed, as the name suggests, permanently at the bar, face fixed in a constant grin, the romantic glint in her eye a result of staring at the bar tender who believes he’s Tom Cruise but is most definitely not Tom Cruise, although we admire the attempt.

Then there’s The Oligarchs; a couple of slick, slightly older gentlemen, possibly of Russian persuasion, perusing the shenanigans of a full-power hen party from the fringes of the dancefloor, perhaps chaperoning their daughters, or admiring someone else’s.

Then there’s The X-Ray Spex Massive, a fluoro-heavy students wearing large dayglo sunglasses, inside, who think nothing of necking a couple of cream-topped shots each before continuing to dance, or flail, wildly.

Then there’s The Groin, stood plum in the middle of the dancefloor. His chosen method of social discourse is to point his nether region at every passing girl.

The Groin is friends with The Hugger, who’s moves are like Jäger, not Jagger. This friendly voyager’s objective is to eschew all notions of responsible drinking and to shout “Here he is! Way-hay-heeeey!” before embracing the ‘he’ he thought was some other ‘he’, then realising that, hang on, ‘he’ is not the ‘he’ he thought he was.

The short end of the bar is exclusively inhabited by The Buffet Diners; so called because they openly demonstrate their skills for all-you-can-eat, throughout the night, all night, and not in matters pertaining to food, if you catch my drift (for those that don’t, it means there’s a LOT of snogging).

A word about music. “Peaks and troughs, peaks and fucking troughs”. So says my female companion who, fuelled by many fruity, pink, sugary cocktails and a pun-tastic Cheesus Crust Superstar pizza, also mentioned the following: “If I was a single man, I’d come to Adventure frequently because all of the women are drunk and loose; in a good way. They’re loud and shouty and wearing slutty clothes. This is not a bad thing.”

So, about that music, which is key to Adventure’s excited atmosphere. The Spotify dukebox, at times, veers into the middle of the road where Lady Marmalade, Elvis, Duck Sauce, and Sir Mixalot reside. However, the playlist also ventures into nostalgic, best Glastonbury line-up that never was, territory featuring the likes of The Rapture, Libertines, Daft Punk, Outcast, Vampire Weekend, and Blondie. If we could make a request, Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon would cover all bases.

A word about cocktails. There is a list as long as your face the next morning of colourful ways to ruin yourself. For the girls, the vodka-based, sherbety Uncle Vanya is as memorable as the Chekhov play it is presumably named after; and the rum and schnapps Monkey Midget’s Briefcase is, according aforementioned female companion, “so delicious I cant tell you how delicious it is, so there’s no point explaining it.” For the chaps, I’d personally recommend the nothing-but-booze Cuban Orange or the coca liqueur, Midori, and elderflower Agwa Kadabra. Boom!

The cocktails, the music, the ever upbeat bar tenders who’ll line dance to Nutbush City Limits whilst a guy wearing a stripy jumper and a confused look on his face - probably called Steve - endeavours to copy their movements with little success; these are the elements that create Adventure bar’s atmosphere. I would call it a Walkabout for girls, only there’s no sawdust on the floor. It is the people, however, that provide the adventure as a whole. It is they that take the coy out of Coyote Ugly, and, in some cases, provide the ugly too (Steve, you know who you are).
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Customer Reviews for Adventure Bar (East Dulwich)

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“Amazing night, we all had a brilliant time, lovely staff especially Richmond!!”
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Melanie, London (6 years 4 months 11 days ago)

“The Staff were very friendly and made my birthday celerbrations a big success, the only thing was it was a abit crowded but it could not be helped”
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Christopher Mckenzie, Belvedere (6 years 10 months 1 days ago)

“Great bar great staff good happy hour (although not long enough) I love Adventure!”
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laura jane romer-ormiston, London (6 years 11 months 22 days ago)

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“Personally I always have a great time when I go to Adventure bar! There are always people there to make friends with by the end of the night,cocktails are amazing the staff are very friendly and the whole atmosphere is laid back, as opposed to the increasingly intimidating feel to the bars opening up around London recently.”
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Kemi Martins, [ Unknown ] (7 years 13 days ago)

“The best bar in Dulwich and one of the best bars in the whoole of London! Great cocktails and great fun, i love coming here.”
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Flo, London (7 years 5 months 22 days ago)

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Adventure Bar (East Dulwich) Opening Hours

Monday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am    

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Adventure Bar (East Dulwich) Food & Drinks

Adventure Bar (East Dulwich) Drinks Menu

Cocktails are the speciality at Adventure and the offering is plentiful. The cocktails are made quickly, consistantly and with a smile. Choose a tempter from the menu or ask for your favourite classic and you'll never be disappointed.
If cocktails aren't your thing, Adventure offers beers and wines from around the world to cater for any taste and a collection of non-alcoholic drinks to please any driver.
Adventure does drinking professionally!

Updated 19/02/2010

Item Description Price
Porn Star Martini Try not to fall in love with our Porn Star as it'll only break your heart! Vanilla Vodka, Passion Fruit Liqueur and Puree, served with fresh Passionfruit and a shot of Prosecco on the side. Delicious! £ 7.30
Adventure Metropolitan Our take on the classic Cosmopolitan. We mix Berry Vodka, Cointreau, Fresh Lime Juice, Cranberry Juice and Raspberry Puree, shaken to perfection and spruced up with a flaming Orange Twist! £ 6.80

Special offers, discounts and deals at Adventure Bar (East Dulwich)

Adventure Bar & Lounge like to offer great value as well as great service, drinks and atmosphere. Enjoy our popular Happy Hours or take advantage of Sunday Sessions and Bartenders' Choice!

Updated 19/02/2010

Adventure Bar (East Dulwich) Hire Details

Adventure Bar & Lounge is a cocktail bar that creates the party and is a great venue to start, finish or look after your entire night. The staff do all the hard work so you can just enjoy yourselves!

Updated 18/09/2009

Name: Adventure Bar & Lounge
Type: Entire Venue
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Seating Available,
DJ: Provided
Capacity: 250
Notes: Book a party for any amount to guarantee you space. Book early to receive a free bottle of Champagne* to kick start your celebrations! <br />*conditions apply.

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