Best Bars in Brixton
Brixton is one of the London Borough's that has raised the stakes in becoming an epicentre of all things music, food, culture and night life. Laying claim to many a craft beer joint, warehouse style digs, rustic haunts and even stylish cocktail dens, Brixton has built a name for itself as one hell of a place for a cheeky night out on the lash. Always busy, buzzing and full of bright night life, SW2 never looked so good. DJs, dancing, live music and lots of drinking - let us introduce you to all of the very best bars in Brixton.
Last updated on 29th July 2016
A top drinking hub in South London with more than just the one bar to its name, Pop Brixton is an amalgamation of the very best that the local community has to offer in a re-purposed selection of steel containers. Head on down for street food, DJ events, cocktail bars and more.
Bringing that trademark trio of texan BBQ, bourbon cocktails and big blues tunes to the neighbourhood, it’s always buzzing when you’re partying at Blues, one of the best party bars in Brixton. Come for a feast of pulled pork and banging burgers, get a round of Clover Club cocktails in and prep yourself for plenty of dancing; live bands and DJs play sweet soul music until 2am every Friday and Saturday.
Boasting one of the city's best beer gardens yet, Grand Union Brixton is a wonderland of quirky charm, pubbing pleasures and unique decor. The outside is dubbed as 'The Pleasure Garden' which becomes a fairy lit land of al fresco drinking and dining come night fall. With chapters of cocktails to choose from, plenty of beer and a cosy, comfy interior, this pub is a great spot to settle down for the night.
Venture to the hidden dim sum and cocktail bar, The Courtesan, for a taste of Imperial China right in the heart of Brixton. There's traditional dim sum dishes but the real magic is in the cocktail craft. Take up a seat at the gilded Birdcage Bar Sip to innovative tea cocktails and other luxuriant liquors in this lair of oriental charm and elegance.
One of the true hidden gems on the Brixton scene, the Beast is tucked away somewhere on Acre Lane. Make your way inside, follow the staircase up to the first floor and you’ll find a real unassuming favourite, where customised cocktails and a regularly rotating menu of street food is up for grabs.
Brixton’s latest clubbing concept comes to us courtesy of the team behind XOYO and The Nest. Open from 6pm and offering free entry for those who book a table before 8.30, the venue seamlessly transitions from cool lounge bar to pulsing dancing spot, with resident Jasper James and local SW9 DJs behind the decks. The Funktion One system offers unrivalled sound, and the venue is within moments of the station for those needing to catch the last tube.
Barrio is a fun and vibrant hangout which brings a taste of Latin America to Acre Lane. Open seven days a week (until 2am at the weekends), Barrio’s local artworks, hand-painted tiles and vintage caravan make this a quirky place to enjoy some cocktails and dancing. Expect a menu that brims with tequilas, mescals, piscos and rums, there’s Peruvian food if you’re peckish and those Latin-inspired tunes ring out into the night.
Sat underneath a popular South London club, Phonox Below is a sleek cocktail bar that offers it's visitors the perfect way to ease into a night out in town. Elegantly decorated, with neon lights mounted on exposed brick walls, the team of bartenders use their years on experience to create a line-up of impressive cocktails. With a whole load of international spirits and fresh fruits to choose from, sip your way into a state of bliss at this charming little den in Brixton.
A playground for Brixton's movers and shakers looking for a comfy boozer with 2 floors of bars, DJs and dancing to an eclectic mix of music. Decked out in dark finishes and bursting with frat party vibes, Market House quite literally feels like one big house party. Dance to DJs playing a hot mix of Island Disco, Old Skool Classics and party anthems when this place gets heaving over a weekend.
Tucked into Coldharbour Lane, Three Eight Four is an intimate space of cold, industrial style with exposed plaster and brickwork cladding the walls and eccentric light fixtures on the walls. This cool little bar focusses on knocking up some almighty crafty cocktail concoctions with tasty small plates (should you fancy a nibble) making Three Eight Four a perfect hangout for date night or chilling with mates.
Innovative, unique and one of the best cocktail bars in Brixton, Shrub & Shutter isn't the location for measly mojitos thanks to their unique roster of botanical drinks and ingredients. Head on down for the booze, but stay for the chilled atmosphere and fresh interiors.
Dogstar is a quirky 3 floor pad of games, fun, DJs, dancing and arcade games. This places attracts a weekend following so you can always count on a buzzing atmosphere of people who've come to see their latest DJ behind the decks or just down for a cheeky bevvy and game session. Stand-up comedy nights, live bands performing, quizzes, sports and even cabaret has been known to strut its stuff in Dogstar.
Tuck into this delightful hub of Spanish tapas and tasty cocktails. Seven is a space of urban cool in Brixton Market surrounded by a buzzing atmosphere and doling of lashings of cheap and oh-so-cheerful drinks. With a rugged edge, quirky graffiti and a relaxed shared dining setting Seven poses as the perfect start to your Brixton evening.
The craft beer conquest has taken to South London with all its hop-toting madness and by-gum, we lav it. A top Brixton bar that boasts a 2 floor corner plot, it's humble in size but always thriving with guzzlers of the golden stuff who are looking to try the latest and greatest offerings on tap. With a shiny brass bar and seating that feels somewhat like saloon style, this Craft Beer is a warm and cosy space perfect for beer lovers.