Best Bars in South London

Boasting one of the most thriving nightlife ecosystems in the city, South London is home to a stellar range of bars, pubs and clubs ready to show you a great time. From the adult playgrounds of Clapham to the hidden gems of Camberwell and Peckham and Brixton's boisterous club scene, we've chalked up our top reasons for why you should head south of the river with our guide to the best bars in South London. 

Last updated on 5th May 2022

Bar Elba

2501 user reviews 4

Bar Elba is a rooftop bar in London Waterloo with picturesque views of The Shard, The London Eye and St Paul's Cathedral. Decked out in tropical colours with a cocktail list of punchy signature mixes, it's one of South London's best bars for after-work tipples, date nights and group drinks. 

Peckham Riviera

11 user reviews 4

One of the best bars in South London, this unique venue nestled under the Peckham Rye arches is the place to head if you're looking for craft beer, cocktails and some excellent evening events, including live music, DJs and art exhibitions. 

Balham Bowls Club

401 user reviews 4

A South London fave, Balham Bowls Club is like a flashback to your village town hall with its retro finished interiors and traditional character. With a rustic heart, you'll find all manner of socialising, drinking and dining going down here where their Sunday Roasts are something pretty special.

Bussey Rooftop Bar

19 user reviews 3

In need of a watering hole to head to? South London is coming to you with its gorgeous spot, Bussey Rooftop Bar. This stunner showcases tropical vibes and botanical décor in its alfresco space. Plus, they're whipping up top-notch cocktails and pizzas.

The Corin

83 user reviews 3

If you're on the hunt for somewhere pretty to wet your whistle, we know just the place. Found in the heart of Tooting Broadway, The Corin is an elegantly styled boozer that's also home to a rooftop garden - a stunning spot to indulge in fun cocktails and delicious pan-Asian grub.


104 user reviews 4

Sitting pretty in pink in the heart of Battersea Rise, this unique South London cocktail bar has got you covered for slick drinks and some very aesthetic interiors. Deck out in plush seating and marble topped tables it's definitely got the look to match the goods on offer.

Old Bank

23 user reviews 4

Not only is Old Bank a bit of an eye-pleaser, but the Northcote Road beaut also boasts one heck of a drinks list. Whether you go for one of the beers, cask ales or wines, you'll get to enjoy it in the stunning surrounds of this gorgeous haunt.

Diogenes The Dog

161 user reviews 5

This gorgeous wine bar and bottle shop near Elephant and Castle places a particular emphasis on up-and-coming creators and unique grain making styles. The carefully-curated menu features a dynamic selection of bottles and glasses, to enjoy while grazing on sharing plates.  

Effra Social

291 user reviews 4

Effra Social is a top South London bar that blends its historic location and old school feel with modern touches and packed event schedule. Head to the Brixton fave where drinks are cheap and cheerful, while the bingo, live music and quizzes will keep you entertained throughout the week.