Deano Moncrieffe and Emma Murphy are bringing their agave spirits bar Hacha to south London with the opening of a second site in Brixton. The bar will be located in Market Row and will build on the agave-focused offering of the original Dalston location, which opened in 2019 and created the now iconic Mirror Margarita.
Set to open in August, the two-floor Hacha Brixton will feature a ground floor bottle shop, where guests can sample variations of the Mirror Margarita for the purposes of takeaway. The upstairs cocktail bar will play home to a 50-cover bar and an open kitchen run by Maiz Azul, who are also behind the food at the Dalston location. It will offer a rotating selection of 25 agave spirits, each paired with an ingredient that highlights its flavor profile.
Murphy designed the new space herself and it draws on the aesthetics of the original east London site. It will be decked out with rattan sofas, low concrete tables and low lighting.
On top of the Mirror Marg, Moncrieffehas developed a new drink for the Brixton location known as La Bandera, which will serve as the bar’s signature cocktail. A twist on the classic Mexican three-shot drink, the drink features three mini cocktails, each with a different agave spirit base, in the colors of the Mexican flag.
“We are truly excited to bring Hacha to Brixton, there’s a synergy to Dalston and Brixton that drew us here,” Murphy explained. “Both are such eclectic areas with a strong sense of community, a mass of independent businesses and an openness to try new things.
“Lockdown has really highlighted our long-held belief that bars, pubs and restaurants are essential cornerstones of local communities so Brixton felt the obvious and perfect place.”
On top of the new location, Moncrieffe and Murphy plan on contributing to the neighborhood by closing the bar one day per week and host a community day in partnership with Moncrieffe’s non-profit organisation Equal Measures, which fosters diversity in the hospitality industry.
“Community Day is all about providing opportunities for people who want to grow, learn, share and help others,” said Moncrieffe. “We will run seminars, educational courses, workshops, cooking lessons, spirits master classes, mentorship sessions, networking events as well as providing a venue for other Black businesses to showcase their businesses.”
For more information, head over to Hacha Bar’s official website.