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 20th October 2021

Basil & Grape

167 user reviews 4

Housed in the heart of Croydon, 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. 

Three Little Birds Brixton

129 user reviews 4

Three Little Birds is one of South London's best bars for rum-based cocktails, delicious Jamaican small plates and banging boozy brunches. With locations in Clapham and Brixton, the venue is a got-to for its laid-back vibes and £6 classic cocktails between 4pm and 6pm. 

Balham Bowls Club

315 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.

Diogenes The Dog

125 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.  

Peckham Riviera

10 user reviews 3

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. 

Bar Elba

2224 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. 

Unwined In Tooting

275 user reviews 5

Venturing into new territory and aiming to give South London a try? Too right, it's great down here, and this is one of the many reasons why. Join Unwined In Tooting for some of the very best charcuterie and bottles of wine in the business.

One of the best bars in South West London, this Tooting cocktail spot bears the same tasty cocktails and slick style as its Clapham and Putney sister sites. With the added bonus of being slap bang on the Northern Line, the bar is a firm choice for after-work antics. 

Effra Social

260 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.