"For some reason, 'babyfoot' has long been neglected on this side of the channel, so Bar Kick scores kudos for bringing this continental obsession to the streets of the capital.
With half a dozen coupon-operated Bonzini tables along one side of the bar, this energetic but easygoing watering hole is table-footie heaven. They even run their own babyfoot league, with tournaments against rival international teams. Unsurprisingly, there's a European flavour to proceedings, with dangling Ricard bottles and vintage French advertising splashed all over the walls beneath a canopy of world flags.
The global spirit continues behind the bar. Chalkboards advertise a raft of imported beers (1) and the bar vibrates to the rattle of maracas from funky Spanish and Brazilian beats. At the back is a bustling open kitchen, serving Euro-themed platters, salads, bangers and sides to those lucky enough to nab one of the formica tables at the back. Of course, if you sit, you can't play foosball.
(1) Our advice? Swing by straight after work for a chorizo sandwich and a bottle of Brahma then load up the pound coins for the footie tables. It's better exercise than watching Match of the Day, but gentler on the knees than a kick around the park."
'Good quality food, beautifully executed and reasonably priced at a popular Shoreditch bar. An ideal place to spend an evening with friends over a few bottles of beer, some excellent food and table football. Highly recommended. Review by The London Foodie http://www.thelondonfoodie.co.uk/2011/07/london-restaurant-reviews-bar-kick-food.html
"The beautiful game shrinks to charmingly modest proportions at this easy-going Shoreditch bar: out go the WAGs, the inflated salaries & the tabloid headlines, & in come some table football, imported beers such as Cruzcampo, Moretti and Super Bock, & a menu of simple but wholesome, broadly Mediterranean food."
Customer Review Square Meal
"Whoever I take to this bar ALWAYS absolutely loves it. "It's a cool bar in Shoreditch" sounds frightening. It's cool, but in a good way. It's got a retro feel and is really comfortable. The staff are international and the table football enthusiasts all seem very civilized so maybe that's why the atmosphere is so pleasant. Also the food is fresh and top quality.
Customer Review in view London
Bar Kick is friendly and happy - a ray of sunshine in an area infested with humourless 'style' bars.
Customer review London eating
'Summery whatever the weather and you'll never be stuck for conversation'
'A bright and breezy bar - the boss thrashing potential of a table footy game'
'It'll remind you what fun really means'