The year is 1982, we’re strolling along a sun kissed boulevard in Miami. Lifeguards are patrolling the white sandy beach nearby and the cocktails are on ice. High above our heads, the delayed 1849 service from Orpington rumbles slowly across a bridge. No, we haven’t lost our minds. This is Brixton Beach Boulevard, an experiential pop-up in the heart of Brixton serving up a healthy dose of palm trees, neon and bucket loads of 1980s nostalgia every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from now until 28th August.
From the second you walk up to the rooftop, every effort is made to get you into the spirit of things. Performers in the form of lifeguards, policemen and night club owners are all on hand to remind you that modern day Brixton is very much a thing of the
past future (well, the eighties was full of confusing time travel movies).
A large bar area at the back of the beach serves up the drinks – we particularly enjoyed the 80s themed cocktails; only here it seems can you enjoy ‘The John McClane’ or a ‘Goddamit Maverick!’, although our particular favourite was of course ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley’ (recommended for those with a sweet tooth). Food is provided by a range of local street food vendors; although be warned, there didn’t seem to be a great deal on offer if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option. After much deliberation, we opted for a sweet honey butter burger from The Other Side, which was a delicious and surprisingly light fried chicken burger served with fresh slaw and pickles. Definitely recommended.
The back of the venue is reserved for a themed area which is available for hire throughout the summer. This area reminded us a lot of the Back to the Future Secret Cinema set from a few years ago and we can imagine it would be a fun way to spend the evening with a few friends!
Which brings us nicely onto the main summer attractions. Throughout it’s run, Brixton Beach Boulevard will be home to classic 80s film screenings (the details on this are still to be announced), as well as showing all the summer sporting action, from the Euros and Wimbledon, right through to the Olympics. If you love your sport, or just want to spend an hour or two sat on the beach with a couple of cocktails and a few friends for company, we can’t think of many better venues than this!
You can buy tickets for Brixton Beach Boulevard from their website: http://brixtonbeachboulevard.com. Walk-ins are also welcome, so next time the sun is shining why not roll up your suit sleeves and check it out!
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