Colourful and comfortable, this Brixton bar and club is a worthy late night destination post-gig or post-pub.
Club 414 is one of a great deal of bars and clubs on Coldharbour Lane, just off the intersection with Brixton Road and tube station. The small ground floor is colourful to the point of garishness, from the chess-pattern dancefloor to the DJ booth and supporting pillars which have been covered in CDs. More current decoration comes in the form of LED lights and intricate mirror displays lining the walls. A handful of leather sofas make up the seating, while the main bar is compact and well lit. A narrow, wrought iron spiral staircase provides a treacherous route upstairs into an anteroom complete with an impressive pastoral mural on all four walls, and a couple of fruit machines. From there, customers can access the second-floor bar – with an ostentatious aquarium, mood lighting and red leather booths – or head out onto the modest roof terrace, which doesn't offer much of a view but is equipped with a gazebo and benches for smoking.
There are certainly worse late night venues in Brixton than Club 414, and despite the seemingly indifferent door and bar staff, the two floors represent a fun, secluded place to dance the night away in peace.
House, trance and techno are the usual suspects as far as music is concerned, with an impressive roster of DJs taking to the decks from Thursday to Sunday. After parties for nearby gigs or private functions are commonplace, and the cover charge is often waived before 12pm (rising to £5-10 after that, until dawn).
Magners, Guinness and Becks are available on draught (£3.50-4) and prices aren't too taxing across the board – combinations of spirits and mixers (£4-6) are plentiful, red and white wine is passable, and there's even a rather charming selection of soft drinks on offer (including Ribena), although this may be to mask the bar's refusal to serve tap water.
The Last Word
Quirky and intimate, Club 414 isn't going to win any awards but is a perfectly pleasant after party and late night venue in a vibrant neighbourhood.