Albion & East, part of the Imbiba Leisure EIS Fund, to open Cattivo in Brixton
Opening on Tuesday 16th October 2018, on the site that was previously Cabana on Ferndale Road, Cattivo will be the groups second opening in Brixton and will precede the launch of Serata Hall, which will open at The Bower, Old Street (early 2019). Located adjacent to sister site Canova Hall, Cattivo will comprise of a laid-back Italian style café at street level, with a decadent subterranean cocktail bar below.
Cattivo will be the first concept of its type from the Albion & East team, offering a departure from the popular voluminous all day dining model occupied by Martello, Canova and Serata Halls. Instead, guests will be able to graze on Cicchetti whilst being entertained by regular performers.
Albion & East Managing Director, Sarah Weir, says “We’re super excited to introduce Cattivo to the vibrant Brixton neighbourhood. It complements our sister bar Canova Hall but offers something different and continues to add to the energetic Brixton nightlife and restaurant scene.”
Taste of Italy
Expanding upon the group’s Italian-American culinary influence, Cattivo offers delicacies from the southern part of Italy. The menu offers a range of Italian delicacies including Nduja & Taleggio Arancini, an indulgent range of focaccia, home-cooked ragu, meatballs and filled pasta.
To wet the pallet the drinks menu embraces classic Italian favourites such as Aperol Spritz and Prosecco whilst curating their own signatures such as homemade Cattivo Lager. Designed to complement the atmosphere of Cattivo’s decadent below ground bar, cocktails have been developed to engage the senses, using a mix of concentrates, mists and infusions.
Cattivo also benefits from having its own gin still, named ‘Victor’ which makes the Cattivo small batch gin. Albion & East have introduced a speciality Gin blending and cocktail masterclass, great for those wanting more from their dining experience. Guests can blend and bottle their own small-batch gin, learn its history and then mix, shake and stir their own gin cocktails with our Small Batch Cattivo gin.
Cattivo will host an eclectic mix of entertainment including changing shows and activities, with an emphasis on experiential event led activity.
Evening shows, as well as daytime weekend events, are hosted below ground.
- Showtime Brunch (£50/ticket, for an all afternoon party): This ticket includes a weekly-changing roster of immersive shows including Disco, Drag Queen and Cabaret through to Latin, Swing and Hip Hop. Guests book an area for the afternoon, with sharing plates and accompanying drinks from the Showtime Brunch menu or mix-and-match for the table. Each Saturday from 12pm until 5pm.
- Super Soul Sundays: A 5-hour (3-8pm) Live Soul spectacular, features performances from the likes of the Nihilism Band and Tashomi Balfour.
- The Gin Blending (£80) and Gin Cocktail Making Masterclasses (£40): Offered Thursdays to Saturdays, and led by Head Distiller Jack Mannering, guests are invited to learn the craft behind mixing, blending and creating small batch gin.
- The Liquor Club (£30 for 2 hours): On Tuesdays to Thursdays, take a seat at the bar where Cattivo’s bartenders; armed with a host of homemade syrups, sherbets, bitters and juices, will shake and stir cocktails for guests, from the monthly shortlist.
- Friday Band Night: Every Friday Cattivo will host music performances from the likes of King Lagoon’s Flying Swordfish Dance Band and Smooth Sailors, and DJ sets to take guests into the early hours.
- Bad-A-Bad-A Bingo: Wednesdays will be a trivia-head’s dream; combining a mix of music, picture, and visual sections, with a Cards-Against-Humanity round thrown in.
For the night owl, if a midnight close is too early, on Friday and Saturday Cattivo will stay open until 2 am.
Behind Cattivo’s interiors are designers Red Deer (Lina Stores, Bourne & Hollingsworth), who have brought their creative vision to repurpose the space; channelling a Continental atmosphere on street level; and a louche subterranean cocktail bar.
The street level harnesses light touches of pub vernacular in a stripped-back shell, with some Art Nouveau inspiration. The floor to ceiling windows, rustic textures and fabrics, invite guests to relax into the leather banquettes lining the walls, or sit at the zinc-topped bar to watch the chefs at work in an open kitchen.
Below ground, the cocktail club has low-level lighting, whilst grand ceiling-high curtains divide the space into private booths. Richly coloured velvets contrast with playful neon light casting. Private areas include mini-bars stocked as per guests’ requests, or for a more bespoke experience, guests can opt for their own bartender to create cocktails of their choice.
The Albion & East concept was originally backed by the Imbiba Leisure EIS Fund. The portfolio includes Martello Hall opened in December 2016, followed by Canova Hall in May 2017 and due to open in early 2019, Serata Hall which will be within The Bower development at Old Street.