Despite serving the kind of drinks you’d expect from a top-quality cocktail bar, Funkidory’s the kind of place where you can walk in and be greeted by name.
Assuming you’ve been there before, of course. They’re not clairvoyant.
Italian-born local Sergio Leanza and his partner Anna Fairhead opened Funkidory as a bar with local spirit and a strong emphasis on top-quality cocktails. The result is a destination bar with a neighbourhood feel.
True to form, Funkidory is every inch the modish bar you’d hope to find yourself in at 7pm on a Thursday. The vibe is laid-back with warm, inviting lighting and avocado-hued walls reminiscent of a 70s bathroom suite. There’s a subtle whiff of incense, absolutely banging tunes and behind the bar, and the shelves are stacked with bottles of spirits, poised and ready to be measured into stellar signature cocktails.
The menu is as slick as Nile Rogers in a silver suit. There’s consideration in every flavour combination with drinks incorporating local ingredients such as Gosnells mead that’s brewed in Peckham. Try it in their Meaditini, or cool down with a frosé paloma that’s popular even in winter. As well as knock-out cocktails, there’s also wine by the glass on offer with an emphasis on natural producers.
Don’t see one you like? Pluck whatever takes your fancy off the shelves for a small corkage fee, because Funkidory also operates as a bottle and vinyl record shop, a savvy move born out of necessity when the pandemic hit. As well as booze and tunes, the shop also has delicious local products and pre-batched cocktails to take home…
…and sachet away.
Words by Immy Smith
NOTE: Funkidory is open Tues-Sat from 5pm. There are no bookings; just turn up.
Funkidory | 42 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR
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