Bars in South London
Ranging from quirky Clapham to beautiful Battersea, South London is an exciting area filled with restaurant boozers, a fantastic prohibition-era bar selection and late night party bars. Submerge yourself in Brixton Village's diverse cultural mix, enjoy the bustle of Clapham's night-life or explore the hidden gems of Battersea's neighbourhood. Check out our recommended Bars in South London.
Last updated on 1st September 2017
Suburb SW11 serves a carefully curated drinks list and a variety of dining options against an industrial chic backdrop in Clapham. An independent bar with a relaxed attitude, expect to hear everything from some soulful sounds to the best in chart-topping beats on the speakers, with Happy Hour and a Half allowing discounts on selected drinks for 90 minutes, Monday to Saturday.
Sit back in a vaulted conservatory covered in plants and sip cocktails from a teapot at Powder Keg Diplomacy. The quirky Clapham bar is a top spot for fancy cocktails and if you're feeling peckish, order food from their hearty menu of British classics.
Wimbledon has plenty to its name, including Tennis, and some of the most sought after suburbs in the business, but they also know a thing or two about burgers and bars. Join The Fire Stables branch for craft drinks alongside stunning, handmade patties.
Cabana's up-cycled design of denim banquettes, pipe lights and Sao Paulo 'fly posters' stands it out as one of the most playful bars in Brixton. The fun extends to their cocktail list, which is filled with the most popular drinks from the country, including Caipirinhas or blended Batidas (and some house originals). While you're there, why not feast on the delicious array of Rio street food on offer?
Despite sitting in the middle of Britain's ever-running political scene, the Loose Box manages to remain calm and detached from the haze of hectic activity happening around it. Serving a range of delicious dishes and mouth-watering meals, the team of chefs only use the freshest, finest ingredients available that have been sourced from nearby farms just outside of London. After dark, the venue kicks into life and the bar opens, serving a range of craft beers, fine wines and international spirits to Westminster's weary workers.
A slice of Ibiza in Clapham South, Gigalum has beautiful white seating and outside it really plays homage to the party islands with the beer garden filled with palm trees, parasols, and heaters for all year-round enjoyment. This is a great party bar in London, with DJs keeping you up on your feet till close.
A South London beauty for unique flavours and a penchant for pisco, Mommi is a Clapham stalwart for atmospheric dining and drinking. An international hybrid of both Japanese and South American cultures, expect a food and liquor fusion of these fragrant countries. The cocktails come punchy and the food delectable here.
Greenwich's Davy's Wine Vaults, as the name might suggest is one of the capital's finest wine bars. Awash with over 100 wines, as well as an array of exquisite seasonal British cuisine, Davy's Wine Vaults is overflowing with charm and character and is an attractive South London centre for anyone wishing to expand their vino knowledge or just in search of a sumptuous snifter.
Brought to us by the same team behind Venn Street Records, this is a fun-time party bar with a penchant for some live music and delicious cocktails. Report to Northcote Records for live tunes six nights of the week, raucous house party vibes and great value pizza starting from just £6 a go.
A cool cocktail bar with a literary twist. Tequila Mockingbird is an awesome three-floored cocktail bar in the heart of Putney. Head down after work with friends to enjoy the 2-4-1 happy hour deals that last from 5-9pm every night! And once the night really gets going, dance into the earliest hours as local DJs spin the biggest party tunes in town!
Inspired by the rustic, traditional bistros of Madrid, Camino is Southwark's newest Tapas and wine bar. From delectable exe cheeses, mouth-watering prawns in a garlic sauce and succulent steak served with a potent portobello mushroom, this South London hotspot will definitely leave you well-fed and wanting more. Sit back with a wonderfully large glass of wine and bask in everything Camino has to offer.
Lost & Co is a fun bar and restaurant that's quickly established itself in Battersea. Serving breakfast, dinner and everything in between, the venue's hand-crafted cocktails and ice-cold craft beers are certain to appeal to even the most cynical punter. Breakfast during the weekdays, dinner every night, brunch on Saturdays and a hearty roast dinner on Sunday, the kitchen is constantly on its toes here.
Calling itself the ultimate summer pop-up location, Brixton Rooftop throws caution to the wind by coupling a fun-loving beachfront theme with all the vibrant flair that comes with a rooftop bar in London. Alongside a handful of London's best mixologists and street food vendors, the team have pulled in huge DJ names to whip their crowds into a frenzy. Pull up a deck chair, grab a cocktail and soak up some sun on South London's best beachfront.
Venn Street Records brings the best in alternative nightlife to the heart of Clapham Common. Found behind a statement neon sign, this vinyl-clad, rock ‘n’ roll drinkers den is kitted out with vintage music memorabilia, and regularly hosts live acts and DJ sets throughout the week. Come for the music but stay for the drinks; happy hour runs every day between 5 and 8pm.
How about a little trip down memory lane? The Schoolhouse is a nostalgic reminder of the best parts of your school days, serving up delicious plates from classic dinner trays and cocktails whipped up in the science lab. There’s a list of over 60 confiscated beers too, as well as a hugely popular boozy brunch session held on a monthly basis.
Taking a prized position in the heart of London’s famous O2 Arena, the NY-Lon Lounge is a celebration of two of the world’s greatest cities. A cosmopolitan fusion of NYC and London-town, this collaboration from Virgin Atlantic and Delta offers cocktails and nibbles with first-rate service. It’s the perfect stage for a glamorous private party, and has three separate bookable spaces available throughout the week.
Based in Wandsworth, Stillwater is a fun-loving cocktail bar and kitchen that serve some of the best flavours in South London. While chef Brett Milligan plates up Cajun food in the kitchen, Dan Priseman (previously of NOLA Bar in Shoreditch) and Simon Webster are the masterminds behind the bar, mixing together a range of signature cocktails for guests to sink into.
Head down to South London's leafy corner, Wimbledon, and transport your winter evening into a warm Arabian night. With vibrant wall-art and luxurious cushion sofas, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in the heart of Marrakech when visiting Smash Wimbledon. This Moroccan-inspired bar offers delectable exotic cocktails at pocket prices - punchy concoctions start off at just £6.45. Belly dance the night away as the resident DJ spins soul and funk throughout the night.
The Exhibit is Balham’s go-to neighbourhood hangout. It’s the venue for all occasions, and delivers the goods whether you’re coming for some cocktails, a spot of dinner, a dance on Friday night or a film in their very own cinema space. There are comedy nights at the weekends, life drawing classes and cutting edge art exhibitions, and plenty of private hire options.
Bringing laidback lounging and independent boozing to Battersea is Out Of Office, a diverse cafe and bar space for the neighbourhood. Designed as a hot-desk hub during the working hours, settle in to a contemporary space and complete those important projects while you sip away at specialty coffees and other refreshing beverages. Come quitting time, Out Of Office becomes a micro pub worth seeking out, with up to 50 independent beers, artisan spirits and wines to celebrate the end of the working day.
This homely venue, complete with soft sofa seats, nautical rope hangings and warming hues, is a cosy little haunt for your noshing quaffing needs. Order a tipple and get intimate with a date or catch up with a mate, and if you do get peckish, there's an array of foodie fun just sitting on the menu.
A fabulous diner and beer hall in the cultural community of Brixton, Market House serves mouth-watering, hearty grub and offers ales and cocktails. In the evenings the venue is a pumping late night bar to dancing and party-worthy DJ sets, with a capactiy for 450 dancers. Or relax on the sofas amongst the vintage decor in home-like comfort.
Nestled 5 minutes away from Tooting Broadway is The Trafalgar Arms, a wonderfully inviting home-away-from-home, with grand proportions but a welcoming vibe. Run by a team who thrive in creating your perfect bespoke event, the pub has made a name for itself by complementing its fresh and artisanal cooking with delicious wines and exquisite cocktails. The Hut is the venue’s outdoor space - complete with private bar and pizza oven - for those hazy summer evenings.
A dark cavern of old-fashioned interiors and deep south style, the Blues Kitchen is one our favourite places for dinner and drinks in Brixton. There’s a menu over-flowing with slow ‘n’ low Texan meats if you’re dining, or you could head straight to the bar if it’s the bourbon and rum-laced cocktails that you’re after. Come after work and soak up the lively atmosphere, there’s live bands and DJs playing vintage funk & soul until 2am at the weekends.
The O2 can be a hectic place, but it really needn't be. Ditch the crowds and head over to All Bar One O2 for delicious plates of food, signature interior style, and plenty of drinks deals to get stuck into as well.
Mixing old-fashioned charm with historical prestige, the Catford Constitutional Club is a beloved local boozer near Catford Broadway. It’s housed inside a grand old building that’s brimming with vaulted ceilings and imposing chandeliers, and is a haven for locals who come back time and again thanks to the lush list of ales and comforting gastro food.
Barrio is a fusion of the local neighbourhood and Latin America on Brixton’s Acre Lane. A vibrant and lively hangout, interiors feature everything from a vintage caravan to local artworks and hand-painted tiles, which come together to create a quirky and colourful feel. The kitchen team serves up Peruvian anticuchos, there’s plenty of tequila, pisco and rum-laced cocktails and the venue stays open for drinks and dancing until 2am come the weekends.
Go to Southsider Cocktail Club for innovative cocktails and fun times in a South London. Southsider boasts welcoming staff and a buzzing atmosphere that’ll make you never want to leave. Get your friends here before heading up to London on a night out, or spend the night propping up the bar chatting to the knowledgeable barmen. Avoid missing out; book your table online now.
Taking residency of a former public conveniences, The Bermondsey Arts Club is more than just your usual cocktail bar. The unique basement space has been completely redesigned in true art deco fashion with bespoke bar and furniture fittings. Sup on their renowned cocktails mixed with teh freshest ingredients and crafted with innovation.
When it comes to hidden gems in the heart of South London, there's one name that rings more than true. Not only can you enjoy an unrivaled amount of arcade games, consoles and machines at The Four Quarters, there's an American food menu, quirky cocktails and a secret basement venue to boot.
Looking for a hidden gem on Brixton’s Acre Lane? The Beast might not be the most famous nightspot in the neighbourhood but it’s one of our unassuming favourites, serving up customised cocktails and comfort foods to an in-the-know crowd. Settle in with a homemade frozen Margarita or just swing by for some grub; the Beast of Brixton welcomes a different street food specialist to their kitchen every week!
Mixing retro with contemporary, Club 88 Degrees is a vibrant bar in the heart of Croydon. Known for their fun-loving club nights and generous drinks deals, the resident DJs regularly mix together all your favourite Hip Hop, House and RnB tracks long into the early hours. Grab a drink, head to the dance floor and twirl away your worries at this fun spot in South London.
Setting up shop in Clapham, The Walrus Room is like taking a step back into the Victorian era with their vintage inspired bar. Humble in size and decorated with all manner of vintage delights from taxidermy to old birdcages, this cocktail den is one of masterful mixology, seafood eats and low-lit ambiance.
Phonox is Brixton’s fresh new bar and club destination. It’s brought to us by the team behind XOYO and The Nest, who put the focus on the community by giving SW9’s up-and-coming DJs the chance to drop their sets to packed out dance floors. Open from 6pm and offering free entry if you book an area before 8.30pm, Phonox’s Funktion One sound system and friendly approach offers a raucous yet personal nightout, and it’s only moments from the station if you need to catch the last tube home.
Find yourself south of the river and you can walk upon one of the coolest bars in the capital. Nine Lives not only is awash with muted aesthetics and awash with greenery, but its draped in greenery to give it a fresh edge. The cocktails are cool too, with a zero-waste philosophy that doesn’t compromise on taste.
For a South London bar that does it all; wines, dines and gets you dancing, head to SO.UK in Clapham. A sensual and atmospheric mix of dark tones in a chic setting, pan-Asain food and moorish cocktails mean that this is a favourite haunt of South London partiers. With a late license till 3.30am Friday and Saturday nights, a wild house mix hitting the decks every Friday and only £5 entry after 11pm you'd be foolish to miss out. Check out the fun; book your table here now.
A right royal gem of a cocktail bar in the heart of bustling Balham, there’s plenty to like about this funky hangout. It’s a venue rife with live music, a fun-time party atmosphere and a vast cocktail list that caters for all tastes. Enjoy a minty fresh Red Haired Mojito, a sweet and velvety Candy Bar or get the whole wolfpack down to share an Alice in Wonderland; a mix made for 3-5 people served in a top hat.
Part of a large and successful chain, yet Be At One has managed to avoid the commercial and recycled vibes given off by other similar bars. In the heart of Clapham has a vibrant crowd supping on delicious cocktails and getting ready to party on late in the South of London. Head to the Be At One Balham for raucous nights and friendly service on the other side of the common. Or for those wanting to spend more time in the up-and-coming Battersea area, the original Be At One Battersea Rise is always keeping the party going till late. To get ahead of the party crowd, book online now.
Head on down to South East London as this cocktail bar churns out glamour and drinks in a fun, party setting. A homage to all things stylish and sophisticated, start with the cocktails and stay for the late night partying.
Fu Manchu is a vibrant social experience found in the heart of Clapham. Make a point of coming early; washing down exciting cocktails that fuse Asian spices, Chinese teas and potent liquors with lip-smacking results. Finish your night on the dance floor, where DJs play a party mix until 3am at the weekends.
For a great time out in South London, join the trendy crowd and get social at 64th; the Clapham party place to make friends. Their happy hour deals are amazing and give you towering cocktails for just £5! For both great food and friendly faces you are sorted at this Clapham bar! Relax in the leather booths with your friends, or join the partiers at the bar. They have DJs every Friday and Saturday night and live music on Thursdays. Guarantee yourself a great night out; book yourself guest list here.
Looking to booze in Battersea? Love that humble life? Then head on down to one of the best pubs just South of the river. From gastro plates and craft beer, to all your favourites on draught, The Lighthouse is a top South London bar to wile away the evening in.
Located in the heart of Lee, The Crown Tavern is one of our favourite pubs in south London. Come when the sun’s out and you’ll find a vibrant front garden space to unwind in, or make your way inside where there’s a familiar feel to the main bar and a beauty of a function room upstairs with its own balcony. There’s a great range of drinks spanning cask ales to world-class wines, and the kitchen team specialise in crowd-pleasing, inventive modern dishes.
From magic tricks at the bar, to drinks served up in a mini frying-pan, Adventure Bar on Clapham High Street, is the destination for the unexpected and fun, in South London. For those exploring the collection of Bars in Clapham, then a stop off at Adventure is a definite must-do! This South London club is in high demand so make sure you book online to avoid missing out.
Arguably the quirkiest bar in South London, Little Nan's bar in Deptford has been making waves since opening its doors. Decorated to match your grandma's vintage living room with chesterfield sofas, cocktails served in teapots and suede-covered everything, the venue specialises in serving unforgettable nights out in London. With a sister venue, Little Nan's Broadway Theatre Saloon, based down the road in Catford, you won't be disappointed by a night out here.
This quirky cocktail bar in Croydon offers a drinks menu brimming with fascinating, new-fangled alcoholic creations. The master mixologists here combine fresh ingredients with some of the finest spirits to create an exciting list of experimental cocktails - nothing here is ever out of a pouch. And to truly exhibit their science-sodden skillset, the bartenders at Playground will create drinks using molecular gastronomy - serving up cocktails as a large droplet on the end of a spoon.
Looking for a sports bar in South London? Roll right up. Heralded for their live screenings of some of the biggest games in the business, to a darts zone, table football and pool tables to boot, head on down for affordable drinks and a fun night on the Twickenham tiles.
What's in a name? Obviously location. South London Pacific is conveniently located in (you guessed it!) South London's Oval. This cocktail bar boasts affordable tiki drinks, a pacific inspired interior, and an environment that cannot be beat.