London-South West London
May 11, 2018
Battersea’s Doodle Bar is more than just a place to down a pint or two. It’s something of a creative hub, a place for the artistically minded to mingle. Hidden down a side street, with a generic neon sign to alert you to its presence, the place looks faintly industrial and unappealing on the outside. Inside you’ll find a rough and ready pop-up bar (though one more permanent than most) with a raw walled, warehouse-y kind of vibe. Despite its off-the-beaten-track location midway between Battersea Bridge and Albert Bridge, it attracts a hip young crowd, including lots of arts students, thanks to its proximity to the Royal College of Art campus. The spacious venue, a Victorian dairy in a past life, is dominated by a doodle wall on which you are free to let your creative juices flow and a Test Bed area designed for the interchange of ideas: exhibitions, readings and the like. They have comedy nights, film screenings, ‘draw-athons’ and regular gastro-residencies from local businesses like Pocket Bakery and the Mussel Men. A decent range of beer and wine are served and bar food comes care of neighbouring Street Kitchen.