Best Clapham Bars
Guess what folks, it's no longer the deterring name that you thought it once was. On the up and boasting its own creative community, Clapham is now known for its youthful crowd, cracking pop-ups, a renowned chippie and one darn lovely Picture House. South London's best spots are on show here. From hipster-heavy haunts and half-price cocktails, to lush beer gardens and off-kilter boozers, we've cultivated a list some of the best bars to go to in Clapham. Can we count you in?
Last updated on 30th January 2017
The Jam Tree is there for those lazy summer days where all you want to do is grab a quality drink and kick back in a beer garden. The venue boasts one of the best alfresco spaces in South London, and there's an extensive choice of chilled wines, beers and cocktails to enjoy while you're at it. Try their signature Jam Mojito or head over at the weekends when DJs get everybody moving and shaking.
With top-notch cocktails and a really personal atmosphere to match, the Southsider Cocktail Club is another of Clapham's big-hitters. Climb into one of their comfy booths, familiarise yourself with the NYC-inspired decor and get to work on sampling some delicious cocktails. Can't decide what to have? No worries, just have a word with the bartender and they'll conjure up something special just for you.
Sitting undoubtedly pretty just shy of Clapham Junction Station, Three Six Six is one of the most charming and beautiful bars in Clapham. Not only a menagerie of trinkets and charming nitbits, the cocktails here are some of the most creative in the business.
Teasing cocktails on the terrace, boozy brunches on the weekend and hearty plates come dinner; if you're looking for Clapham's all-rounder, you've found it. Not just a New England babe with interiors that impress, No. 32's Old Town plot is prime for sunshine drinks and nights out with friends.
Out Of Office is Battersea’s must-try, multi-space venue where laidback lounging and independent boozing are the norm. Designed as a hot-desk hub throughout working hours, bring your laptop and crack out those deadlines while you enjoy great coffees and other refreshing beverages. After 5 PM it’s time to loosen that tie and let your hair down, as this cool and contemporary hangout toasts the end of the working day with a fine spread of independent beers, artisan spirits and wines.
Ok ok, so this one's a bit far out, but we'll argue the case that it's well worth making the short bus ride to check this place out. The beer garden is something to behold; you can rent your own Thai-styled private hut, chill in a hammock or keep warm by the fire pit once the sun has gone down. All the while you're joined by good food, cocktails and company.
One of the leading options for a slightly alternative night out in Clapham, Venn Street Records is a vinyl-clad, rock ‘n’ roll drinkers den. Noticeable for the large neon sign outside, the venue hosts regular live acts and DJs while the team at the bar mix up cocktails like the AC/Daquiri. #CheapDate night offers 2 drinks and 2 pizzas for £15 and happy hour runs every day at this fun-time bar that refuses to take itself too seriously.
Question: Where can you find an authentic 1920's basement bar, with brilliant live music and expertly crafted cocktails? Answer: Rise 46. Check out their chic downstairs room if you're looking to host a private function or come on Wednesday's, where you can catch Clapham's up-and-coming musicians doing their thing free of charge.
Looking for a hidden bar in Clapham that comes up as one of the finest gems in South London's cocktail crown? Then you best be making a visit to King of Ladies Man. Notable for its retro and luxe interiors, this sophisticated bar offers some of the finest in unique cocktails.
Emanating an unmistakably cool New York City vibe, 64th & Social is a party bar to be reckoned with. Drop in between 6-9pm to take advantage of their generous happy hour deals - think towering cocktails for £5 - or come at the weekend and see the DJs make the place their own with toe-tapping tunes. We haven't even mentioned their famed Steak Club yet either.
This Clapham joint champions one quirky cool atmosphere of workshop wonders from it's scientific formula scribbled walls, to its eccentric colours and the 50s style diner area where Americana fusion foods are dished out. Adventure Bar is a playground of kooky artwork, delicious cocktails and a fun party vibe that boats some raucous revellers come the weekend.
When you step into the Walrus Room it feels like you step back in time to the Victorian era as you enter an emporium of vintage trinkets, cabinets stuffed with taxidermy and a cosy atmosphere fit for kicking back with a cocktail. Definitely fronting more of an after work, chill vibe, The Walrus Room is a retro beau on the Clapham drinking scene.
Fu Manchu offers a little bit of everything. Head in early if it’s the mouth-watering Dim Sum treats that tickle your fancy, there’s a lovely spread of steamed dumplings to try in the company of authentic Jing Teas. Cocktails are mixed using Asian spices, Chinese teas and potent liquors, and there’s pumping DJ sets until late (3am at weekends) so there’s every reason to bust some shapes.
Party palace Gigalum welcomes all its guests with a warm embrace and wins everyone over with its charming character. Those feeling famished can tuck into a high-quality menu, while those looking for liquid refreshment soon feel at home while surveying the plethora of cocktails, wines and champagnes that are on the agenda.
A stylish bar with an extensive choice of cocktails and top DJs, SO-UK is where Clapham comes to throw some shapes. It's usually populated by a trendy South London crowd keen to let loose and party the night away. Looking to host a private party? Reserve an area for 12 people or more and pocket yourself a complimentary bottle of champers!
Expect to taste both flavours and spices from the far corners of the world at Mommi where the cultures of Japan and South America collide for cocktails and cuisine that is ultimately ingenious. With a bar well versed in exotic tipples and lush liquors, their pisco packs a punch if you're looking for some original mixology.
A cracking den in the heart of Clapham, those looking to save on the pounds but pile on the fun will be more than chuffed with laid-back haunt, Bison and Bird. Whether you're hankering over their £9 Squealer burger with smoked bacon and chorizo, or knocking back 2-4-1 cocktails from 5 PM every day, this fun time frolic has it all.
Be At One is where you go if you're looking to mix with friendly faces either side of the bar. You might also feel inclined to visit if you enjoy sipping on expertly made cocktails at knock down rates, which is something you can do if you're visiting between 5-8 PM every day. Party anthems keep this vibrant Clapham party crowd in good spirits until 2 AM at the weekends.
Suburb SW11 specialises in a carefully curated list of drinks and a variety of dining options against an industrial chic backdrop in Clapham. An independent bar with a relaxed attitude, dig into fondue, burgers or sizzling hot stone dishes in the dining area or make straight for the bar, where selected drinks are available at discounted rates for Happy Hour and a Half, between Mondays and Saturdays.
Scratch Bar in Clapham Junction prides itself on catering for a wide range of different moods. Serving both homemade lunch and dinner dishes, the venue's bar steals the limelight here, serving a range of fresh cocktails, craft beers and fine wines. Whether you're meeting friends after work, having a working lunch or simply looking for a cosy place to start a night out, the team at Scratch bar will be able to help.
A legendary venue on the Clapham scene, The Grand is one of the most historic and beautiful spaces to party in South London. The venue dates back to 1900 and is majestic in every sense of the word, welcoming revellers for an eclectic events programme that features club nights, live gigs, comedy shows, theatre performances and more. With all kinds of private party options available, it’s a top spot for a special occasion.
This glamorous club in the heart of Clapham, coolest party destination south of the river, is a buzzing venue with a basement bar and a split level VIP lounge overlooking the main dance floor. With great special guest DJs playing the best in party mash up tunes, regular burlesque performances and even fire eaters, this is a night out with a difference, so enjoy a memorable knees up with your favourite mates.
With pizzas from £6 and live music six nights a week, Northcote Records is a serious contender for best bar in Clapham. Dedicated to the best music, the venue is decorated with gig posters and vinyl records and stays open til late ensuring you have an amazing party spot south of the river.