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.
Find SAMA Bankside in Southwark, where it offers 6000 square feet over two floors of fun time hangout. Perfect for after work drinks, business meetings and general hangouts, they have a great selection of alcohol on offer for you all.
This huge venue, complete with main bar terrace, basement bar and VIP mezzanine level overlooking all, enjoy the swankiest venue south of the river and get down low to the best in chart topping hits and house tunes on these pulsing packed out dance floors. With regular events such as burlesque performances, fire-eating and special guest DJs, let loose and enjoy the best in southern nights out.
With its neon signs, bare bricked walls and shelves full of vinyl records, you can practically feel the rock 'n' roll vibes flowing through Clapham Bar, Venn St. Records. Expect an extensive collection of intricate cocktails, friendly staff, regular happy hours and, of course, that all-important eclectic soundtrack. Fun and unpretentious, it's unsurprising that music lovers flock there in droves.
Little Nan's is moving to SW8 with a proper pub full of kitsch heirlooms and kooky decor. Pop on down and have a taste of some award-winning cocktails, an all-new food menu, legendary boozy brunches and afternoon teas, along with a Speakeasy-style private hire ballroom.
64th & Social is one of South London's hottest bars - with a sexy New York City feel inside, join your friends propping up the bar, or snuggle up with someone special in the private high-backed booths with the speciality exotic cocktails towering over you. On Fridays and Saturday nights theDJ cranks up the energy with sets of soulful house music, Breaks, Funk and Nu-Disco classics and of course the odd bit of cheese!
Smuggling a little slice of the historic Empire of China into the heart of Brixton, The Courtesan is one of the area's hidden gems serving up traditional dim sum with modern twists in an opulent setting. Dine in their Royal Court before slipping into the gilded Birdcage Bar to sip on avant-garde tea based 'Liquid Seduction' cocktails. There's even a private room for relaxed games of mah jong. Book your spot 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.
Sitting pretty in pink in the heart of Battersea Rise, this unique 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.
Bringing seasonal tapas dishes, mouthwatering charcuterie and an impressive selection of thirst-quenching wines to SW11, Vagabond is a top choice for drinks in Battersea. Take a seat in the charming wine bar or head out to the terrace for cosy corners and fairy lights.
Be at One have a great reputation for bringing brilliantly crafted and executed cocktails to the streets of London and that is no different with their South London branch - Be at One Battersea. There are great happy hours throughout the week and a fun time party vibe to boot. You can also book a mixology class with their cocktail masterclasses, taught by their professional staff and learn all about your favourites while learning more.
Adventure Bar Clapham High Street is a great South London bar complete with top cocktails and a great party vibe. Adventure Bar Clapham High Street also has a kitchen serving up great dishes aiming to be with customers quickly and without any drop in quality. Expect some cracking snack platters and tasty main dishes. Looking for a cracking Clapham alternative? Check out Adventure Bar Clapham Junction.
A favourite among South London locals, Balham Bowls Club is like a flashback to your village town hall with its retro finished interiors and traditional boozer 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.
Nestled away in the heart of Clapham, London Cocktail Club is a hidden den of 90's Hollywood nostalgia and blockbuster cocktails. Swing by and explore their menu of cult classics while partying like it's 1999 with the fun-loving bar staff.
Sister bar to Balham's Exhibit, join Exhibit B for the same atmosphere, antics and entertainment as these guys not only promise brunch and cocktails, they're churning out a roster of live entertainment, casual drinks and more.
Living life as a local conservative club since the late 1800s before it was reopened early in 2013, Effra Social is retro in the very realist sense of the word. Whilst the old social club still has the feel of a village hall, modern touches and a great entertainment programme have breathed new life into it making it a top destination in Brixton. The drinks are cheap and cheerful and there's even bingo, live music and quizzes to join in on throughout the week.
Southsider Cocktail bar is a fun time party bar, from the owners of 64th & Social, that styles itself on classy New York Cocktail bars of Manhattan. With a focus on top quality, this place packed with great cocktails. With modern takes on classics, experimental mixing and tailoring to perfection this South London bar is one to watch. Southsider promises the ambience and coolness of a Shoreditch cocktail bar, sans the pretention and sky-high prices.
Nestled in the heart of Vauxhall, Brunswick House & Garden is a botanical beauty serving seasonal plates and refreshing cocktails in one of London's most picturesque spaces. To top it off, the floral haven comes complete with a gorgeous garden that's perfect for alfresco dining.
Adventure Bar is one of Clapham Junction's best loved haunts for its quirky style of interior decor that makes you feel like you're travelling back in a time machine where 50s diner themes, Victorian finishes and a workshop of cocktail goodies reign supreme. Sup on over 50 different concoctions and grab some delicious Americana influenced foods at this cheeky South London hangout.
Housed in the heart of Croyden, Basil & Grape serves a varied menu of fresh Italian eats and handpicked wines. From fresh artisan pizzas to meat and cheese sharing boards, each dish is a great accompaniment to the handpicked selection of Italian and worldwide wines.
Head Balans in Clapham where their mix of great British dishes and slinky interiors make it a top night out whether you're looking for dinner with the other half or a catch up with the gang.
Humble Grape is an elegant wine bar in Battersea. This industrial-inspired hangout is oozing with charm, boasting charmingly rugged wooden tables and cork-laced walls. But more than just its delightful interior, Humble Grape stocks a breathtaking selection of the best organic wines too. Vino connoisseurs and the curious alike will be sure to enjoy a glass in this chic venue.
Head just south of the river and you'll find Omeara, who have a bit of something for everyone. There's a live music venue featuring everyone from world-class acts to rising stars, a terrace offering beautiful views of Southwark Cathedral and the Shard, and there's a cantina delivering tequila, cocktails and light snacks.
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.