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Viva Cafe Bar, Balham - pub details

Viva Cafe Bar
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Address: 238 Balham High Rd, Balham, London, SW17 7AW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7005) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest tube stations Balham (0.2 miles), Tooting Bec (0.4 miles)

Nearest train stations Balham (0.3 miles), Wandsworth Common (0.6 miles), Streatham Hill (1.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 7.0/10 (rated by 10 users)
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user reviews of Viva Cafe Bar, Balham

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5 most recent reviews of 9 shown - see all reviews

It is definitely has indeed seen off the competition fomr the dreadful bar Lumiere opposite, even getting some furniture from the place when it closed. I must agree with other comments saying that this is a difficult place to leave, it is very easy to settle in for a long seession here. The owner is a great chap and good for a chat, definitely worth a visit even when its quiet. Beer is bog standard however, and only got draft last year I think.
A great place to round off the night though for its mellow atmosphere.
oldhorizontal - 24 Oct 2008 17:55

Not a bar at all. This is a restaurant that just happens to have a handful of bar stools and tables outside on Balham High Road - very nice...

It is closing down soon (it's been for sale for a while now) so it is wind-down mode...
asnootyfox - 25 Aug 2007 08:34
Fine bar, slightly off the main Balham drag so pleasingly doesn't get too busy, even at the weekend - though sometimes there's a private party, which can be well lively (if you're invited to stay)

most of the time it's a really relaxing joint, with ultra-friendly staff, and decent food and drinks. Slightly tatty furnishings add to the vibe - reminds me of a large comfy lounge in a student house
anonymous - 1 Jun 2007 11:20
Nice down to earth bar with good cocktails and bottled beer choice - bargain in happy hour.

Food is really cheap and if you want big portions and nice wholesome grub, it's a good option.

Feels very friendly
anonymous - 2 Nov 2006 12:38
Great vibe in here. Looks a bit tatty, but I seem to find it impossible to leave until very late, even when I've gone in for just a quick drink. The wine list, music, and service all conspire to make me feel more comfortable than I expect to, given that it's got a look more of a cafe than bar (all tables laid out for eating).
im_johnny_cash - 22 Mar 2006 13:15

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