By Matt Stevenson
BabyFoot is the name of the game here (that’s table football to you and I). The appropriately named Bar Kick on Shoreditch High Street is the second of the Kick family, its older brother sitting in Exmouth Market. By day this continental bar/restaurant is a place to relax with a coffee, by evening it becomes a lively venue where dressed down professionals and students brush shoulders and ping tiny footballs around.
Walk into this frankly eccentric bar and you will immediately notice the walls. Cladded with an eclectic range of football memorabilia- scarfs, shirts and flags from around the world, it might leave you feeling rather overawed. The bar is spread over two floors; the ground floor forms the dimly lit bar scattered with vintage furniture and numerous ‘BabyFoot’ tables, whilst the basement acts as a café/restaurant that opens up to form a second bar the evening.It gets busy but don’t worry, tables can be reserved. The bar’s relaxed vibe is completed by the friendly staff who can be seen sneaking in games of table football in between serving drinks.
The bar is stocked with a range of concoctions to suit all tastes. It has a plethora of worldwide draught and imported bottled beers and an extensive cocktail menu which features both classics and its own house ‘Shoreditch Cocks’. If you’re not already tempted, there is a generous happy hour from 4pm-7pm were you can buy bottled beer for only £2 and cocktails for £4.85. If you’re feeling peckish, the kitchen hidden at the back of the bar serves made to order snacks all day alongside the À La Carte menu, guaranteeing fresh seasonal ingredients from local suppliers that won’t break the bank with a main courses costing no more than £10.
As well as live sports on TV,Bar Kick also plays host to a variety of events including live music, comedy, poetry and even ‘A Game of Two Halves’ – speed dating revolving around table football. Competitive tournaments of Table Football are also held on the last Thursday of each month if you are feeling confident enough to enter a team.
Bar Kick is a true celebration of international football. If you were not a Baby Foot enthusiast before entering Bar Kick, then you certainly will be by the time you leave.