Antic, the south London-based pub operator, has acquired the Walkabout Bar in Clapham, from Intertain, the bar group formed following the collapse of Regents Inns, as it nears its target of operating 24 sites by the end of this year. The property, which becomes Antic’s 17th site, was the location of the first Jongleurs Comedy Club, and more recently traded as a Highlights comedy club on the first floor and a Walkabout sports bar on the ground floor. The free of tie leasehold premises will reopen this autumn after a period of refurbishment as the Battersea Mess & Music Hall and will become Antic’s 21st pub. Intertain currently operates 60-plus sites throughout the UK, under the Old Orleans and Walkabout brands, plus a number of Highlights comedy clubs. Antic, which is led by founder Anthony Thomas, revealed plans at the start of the year to expand from 16 to 24 sites. The majority of its sites are based south of the River Thames. Thomas said that the expansion would be paid for out of cash reserves rather than debt, and would help take turnover from £14m to £17m this year. The group will open its latest site, the Red Lion in Leytonstone, next week. A further site, the Clapton Hart in Lower Clapton Road, is scheduled to open this summer. The company also plans to open the Greyhound in Sydenham this winter. The group has also reportedly bought equipment from the Meantime Brewing Company to produce its own bitter. Christie + Co acted on behalf of Intertain.