Dogstar owners to open two new Brixton venues in 2013

Sociable: The former Conservative club, Effra Road, is to become the Effra Social, owned by Antic London. Picture from Google Streetview.

The owners of the Dogstar pub, Antic London, are preparing to open two new venues in Brixton early this year.

The bar group announced today that it hopes to open the Effra Social pub, next to Hootananny’s on Effra Road, in mid-February.

They are also renovating the bar in the crypt of St Matthews church, Brixton Hill, though have not yet confirmed the name or plans for that project.

Fi Cowllett, head of marketing at Antic London, told the Brixton Blog today: “The Effra Social will be a bit like the Balham Bowls Club.”

Antic London currently run 27 pubs in London, including the Balham Bowls Club in Balham and the Tiger in Camberwell Green.

The new Effra Social bar has taken the place of the old Conservative Club. It will have two bars, run events and have said they will be family and dog friendly.

Plans for the former Babalou space have yet to be revealed, though contractors have begun gutting and rebuilding the crypt space under St Matthews Church.

Last year a group related to Antic failed in an attempt to open a pub on Railton in the former Harmony Bar when Lambeth council rejected the plan, which included a number of flats above the bar.




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