"Café Kick is where the libertine values of the European café rule. Eating, drinking and football are not segregated pastimes. The holy trinity play in perfect harmony alongside cigarette smoke, laughter and Latin music. Here, in this converted shop with its chrome bar, tabac colour scheme and formica tables, you'll find all the social skills needed for France '98- for this is the London home of baby foot, or table football"
Evening standard 3.11.1997
"Its scratched and scruffed surface gives it the appeal of a much loved and worn-out wooden toy. In fact the atmosphere feels slightly like that of an old fairytale toy shop"
"It's hard not to fall head-over-heals in love with a place like this (!) The narrow bar is a hive of activity, with beaming staff mixing cocktails and chatting with the customers in front of a glittering array of drinks and some impressive chalk board drink and food menu.£
"The sweetest of venues, Café Kick is a multi-hued, worn and weathered shack, long and thin and dotted with football memorabilia."
Time out, Eating and Drinking Guide
'Tucked away in the heart of Clerkenwell for over ten years, Café Kick has established itself as one of the 'must visit' bars. Renowned for its cocktails and wide range of beers and spirits, Angel also takes a lot of pleasure in playing table football there (!) the original concept always makes for an enjoyable visit.'
"Clerkenwell's most likeable bar is this table-football themed gem, now ten years old. The soccer paraphernalia is authentic, retro-cool and mainly Latin (though you'll find a Zenit St Petersburg scarf amid the St Etienne and Lusitanian gear); equally, bar staff, beers and bites give the impression you could easily be in Lisbon. Vitor and his crew plonk bottled Sagres, Super Bock, Brahma, Cusqueña and Krombacher on to the zinc counter, at the end of which a modest open kitchen ('we don't microwave or deep-fry') dishes out tapas, sandwiches and charcuterie platters. Kick cocktails (£6.50), two dozen martinis and drinks long and short, involve football-related names shaken to the background rattle of table football and victorious whooping."
Time Out Bars, Pubs & Clubs Guide 2008/9