If you’ve never set foot inside Arlo’s before there’s every chance you’ll miss it on first attempt. Defining the idea of big things coming in little packages, this micro-yet-mighty neighbourhood deli and wine bar is the filling between a sandwich of Corner Boy and Wilson’s Street Social, and a post-pandemic lockdown addition to a Stevenson Square that has grown into an epicentre of the Northern Quarter overall. Location aside, step through the door on any given morning, afternoon or evening and bask in the red glow of a bar-branded neon light fixed to a wall of ply-wood, then head to the glass-fronted food counter to check out the abundant food options. And believe us when we say there are plenty.
Designed to be an all-day hangout, if you’re around in the AM check the pastries and patisserie options by esteemed resident bakery Half Dozen Other and cinnamon bun specialists, Gooey. Later in the day, try poppyseed bagels with an impressive range of cream cheese-based fillings, while evening visitors can concentrate on a mouthwatering selection of cured meats, cheeses and breads from a wealth of local specialists. It’s definitely worth noting that these guys also pride themselves on serving up proper coffee, although it might be more important to reference the natural wines and craft beers brought in from expert oenophiles It’s Alive. All of which is before we’ve found space to mention the courtyard out back, perfect for sipping nature’s nectar — boozy or not — under the sun.