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 markedly now known for its youthful crowd, cracking pop-ups, a renowned chippie and one darn lovely Picture House. So where to go for a tipple or three? 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 10th October 2016
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.
Taking over the London drinking scene and flooding mouths with some of the lushest cocktails around has to be Dirty Martini. Taking to the SW post code, they're bringing their recipe for delicious drinks and a fun party atmosphere to Clapham. Get ready for DJs, dancing and some of the finest made Martini's in this here City.
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.
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.
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.
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 sip at specialty coffees and other refreshing beverages. After 5pm it’s time to loosen that tie and let that 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.
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.
A cracking cavort 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 5pm every day, this fun time frolic has it all.
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.
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.
Wrap your lips around a long list of indulgent American eats at this cocktail bar near Clapham Common. Guests sup at exquisite aged-in-the-barrel cocktails and craft beers from London's first ever beer trolley, while taking in an eclectic live music programme with a particular focus on blues and jazz.
Lotus is a unique haunt which combines the exploration of different tastes, ingredients and flavours to create signature cocktails and the freshest Italian cuisine. The drinks menu of Lotus incorporates different edible flowers into its mixology to create an individual approach to cocktail making that centres around the nutrients and unusual use of plants.
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.
Emanating an unmistakably cool New York City vibe, 64th & Social is a party bar to be reckoned with. Drop in between 6 and 9pm to take advantage of their generous happy hour deals (we're talking towering cocktails for a fiver) or come at the weekend when DJs make the place their own with toe-tapping tunes. We haven't even mentioned their famed Steak Club yet either...
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.
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.
Teasing cocktails on the terrace, boozy brunches on the weekend and hunking plates come dinner; if you're looking for Clapham's all-rounder, you've found it. Not only a New England babe with interiors that impress, No 32's Old Town plot is prime for sunshine drinks and nights out with friends.
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.
Mist on Rocks is a cracking Clapham venue that blends London's 'cool' with New York's 'style' - an exotic cocktail bar with a beautiful secret garden. Sporting a vintage vibe with an antique fireplace and luxurious high-backed black leather booths, this super swanky venue keeps the party going all night with it's late night licence!
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.
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.
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 supping expertly made cocktails at knock down rates, which is something you can do if you're visiting between 5 and 8pm every day. Party anthems keep this vibrant Clapham party crowd in good spirits until 2am at the weekends.
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.
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.
The latest addition to the burgeoning brand, the Chicago Rib Shack in Clapham offers its guests an evening of delicious American inspired food alongside a selection of flavoursome drinks. As you'd expect from the name, Ribs are central here, with the Applewood smoked ribs forming the centrepiece of the menu. Including various pulled pork dishes, succulent burgers and a selection of fine wines from across the glob, you really can't go wrong at this quaint spot.