Published on March 3, 2014 | by Emma Francis

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Bar review: Redemption

★★★★★ 

Redemption bar

Redemption Bar is London’s first non-alcoholic cocktail bar. [Benjamin Bishop]

You enjoyed the clear head and avoided the embarrassing pictures posted on to your timeline after a night out. However, you are left with few places to go, to avoid the temptation of having a drink or two…or five or six.

In the aftermath of what many proclaimed a ‘dry January’, ALN went to check out Redemption – London’s first alcohol-free bar, to see if it can compete with its alcohol-based competitors.

Situated in Westbourne Park at the Goldfinger factory, the bar oozes up-cycling with mis-matched vintage furniture and cosy lighting, to create a warm and relaxed atmosphere. If it weren’t called a ‘bar’ you would probably describe it as more of a trendy café.

As a dry bar, I thought the mocktails would be expensive as they are a specialty, but all are very reasonably priced at £3. My next fear was that they would have ridiculous names like the classic kids cocktails, the ‘Cinderella’ or ‘Raspberry Fizzler’ but again, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were named just like regular cocktails.

Upcycle

The Coco-Rita, the Coco-Tini, the Spiced Cranberry Sour, all served in old jam jars to continue their up-cycle style.

Redemption also serves super-healthy food such as homemade curries and vegetable sharing platters. Even their deserts are healthy; you could try the plantain pancakes, or luxury granola. But if you’re looking for an alternative for a naughty night out then the purity of redemption may not satisfy your needs.

At weekends they have live music so it could make a nice evening out with a group of friends, or alternatively a great spot to get lunch and a refreshing drink as we enter in to spring.

The atmosphere was great, however I don’t think it works as an alternative to a night out, as Redemption is only open until 10pm. If you’re used to staying out until the sun comes up, then this won’t be the place for you.

Redemption, 13-15 Golborne Rd, London W10 5NY

 

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