Mama Funki | Camberwell Cocktail Bar
Allow us to introduce you to South London’s excellent new subterranean cocktail bar.
She’s called Mama Funki, and, in a somewhat Game Of Thrones-y family tree, this mamma is also the sibling to the bar that spawned her: Funkidory.
Those who’ve been to it will know Funkidory as one of the best bars in Peckham (or South of the River full stop, frankly), and the team have now set down roots for their new venue deep underground below Camberwell Church Street. Like her predecessor, though, Mama Funki manages to strike that impressive combination of top-tier drinks with a neighbourhood feel – thanks, in part, to a no bookings policy, which ensures a lively local crowd most nights.
Head to the new Forza Win spot on Camberwell Church Street, and keep an eye out for the Mama Funki symbol above the door to the left – which, in a spooky twist, is also an eye. From here, you’ll descend into a buzzy, subterranean dive bar filled with Persian rugs, leather studded banquettes and a cluster of stools lining the bar. It’s about three times the size of Funkidory – which should allow the team to put their plans to host live gigs & DJ nights into action – and the whole place feels just a touch debaucherous thanks to the deep red walls and dramatic uplighting.
The drinks, you’ll be pleased to know, are every bit as inventive and delicious as their forebears. A concise but regularly changing line-up keeps the offering fresh without being overwhelming: opening numbers include the tequila-laced Mama Rita; the rum-heavy Crocodile; and a little nod to the local area with the Camberwell Green. But if you somehow don’t see anything you like? They’ll happily knock up something bespoke and off-menu for you there and then.
And, given that they have all that space, it would be strange if the team decided not to include some of their other more uncommon offerings too, including their bottled cocktails, natural wines (available to open and enjoy right there if you choose, or take home) and vinyl store…
…just for the record.
NOTE: Mama Funki is open Tues-Thurs 6pm-12am, and Fri-Sat 6pm-1am. There are no bookings, just turn up. Check out their website here.
Mama Funki | 31 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
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