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 29th November 2022

Balham Bowls Club

460 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.

Unwined In Tooting

308 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.

Effra Social

313 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.

Sugar Cane Bar

99 user reviews 5

Nestled on Clapham's Lavender Hill, Sugar Cane Bar is a bit of a hidden gem. It exudes tropical tiki vibes, with fabulously flamboyant interiors, including verdant palms, cool statues and banana leaf-laden walls. Pop by for late-night DJ sets, delicious drinks and tapas-style food.

Diogenes The Dog

188 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.  

Bussey Rooftop Bar

111 user reviews 4

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

257 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.

Bar Elba

2805 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. 

The Arch House

1 user review 5

Ideally located on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, The Arch House is pouring some of the best craft brews from Anspach & Hobday. Pop along to sample some of London's finest pints, fizz and wine. You can also bring your puppy pal with you to keep you company.