An all new music-led wine bar and restaurant has set up shop in the heart of London‘s E8 neighbourhood, Bambi Bar — a new project from Frank’s Café co-owner, James Dye — located in the former Bright restaurant site at Netil House.
Named in honour of James’ great-grandmother, Bambi is an alluringly designed little spot that will serve as a café by day, transforming into a pulsating neighbourhood destination come night with a vinyl collection curated by Run Dem Crew founder, Charlie Dark MBE, that resident selectors will play on a sound system from hi-fi specialists Friendly Pressure.
A place for audiophiles and lovers of good food and drink alike, the wine list champions natural, low-intervention wines from around the world alongside a food menu headed up by chef, Henry Freestone, whose bar snacks, larger plates, Sunday lunch and Oyster happy hour not only reflect his passion for casual, fun food, but provide the perfect accompaniment for the wines served by the glass or bottle.
Having undergone a full refurb since the space was acquired, Bambi is a bright and airy venue by day with high ceilings and plenty of natural light, a place to sip a coffee and devour a deli-style sanger, before things take a sleeker turn at night with soft, warm lighting and wooden wall panels chosen to create a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere throughout. Audiophiles will be taken aback by the sound system, record shelves and DJ booth which are installed on the back wall and face out to the entire bar; the booth itself part of a bar-top seating area, heightening the intimate vibe that will be shared between selectors and diners.
With a beautiful heritage hi-fi system, harmonious environment and great food and drink, Bambi Bar is set to shake up both the capital’s audiophile and hospitality scenes.