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Design My Night - Following in the footsteps of sister venue Canova Hall, new Brixton watering hole, Cattivo, will be setting up shop on Ferndale Road this October. While a relation of the renowned Italian restaurant, as well as that of its sibling over in Hackney, this cocktail bar and cafe is definitely the black sheep of the family. read more
Just Opened London - Located conveniently next to Canova Hall, Cattivo channels a casual ambiance in its rustic café, while downstairs feels like a speakeasy cocktail club with low-level lighting and plush private booths. I mean, you can have your very own mini bar (stocked however you want), or cocktails crafted especially for for you. read more
The Nudge - That industrial aesthetic has been put in pole position here – you’ll enter to find yourself in a vast, high-ceilinged, open-plan space with bare plastered walls, stripped-back cement columns and floor-to-ceiling windows. They’ve filled the void with cosy candlelit tables and chairs, plus stools around higher tables for bigger groups; an open kitchen behind a zinc-topped counter; and a retro-style bar stacked with Italian spirits. read more
London On the Inside - The team behind Martello Hall (Hackney) and Canova Hall (Brixton) is opening Italian bar and cafe, Cattivo in Brixton this October. The ground floor cafe will serve up a southern Italian inspired menu, while in the basement cocktail bar there’ll be spritzes and other concoctions. Cattivo is doing more than just food and drink though – they’ve got a packed events programme so you can enjoy a showtime brunch, a Bad-A-Bad-A Bingo quiz, and live music on super soul Sunday or Friday band night. read more
London List - Cattivo. It's Italian for 'bad' — an ominous name for a bar-restaurant — or 'naughty', which is ominous in a much more promising way. Sister venue to Martello Hall in Hackney, and Canova Hall. Gin, Cocktail-centric drinks menu, Friendly buzz. High-ceilinged, low-lit charmer of a spot. The service at Cattivo is both relaxed and seamless. We throw a few lesser-spotted allergen questions at our waitress and they're met with a wealth of preparedness and helpfulness. We get some honest and on-point advice when we're torn between multiple cocktails. read more

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