London's Best Craft Beer Bars
Increasing numbers of London beer aficionados are turning to artisan brewers’s “golden fuel”. Younger, cooler crowds are rediscovering IPAs, Stouts and Casks. London Real Ale pubs and microbreweries’ rocketing popularity follows a precise developing new trend among drinkers weary of mass-marked produced beers. Britain's ever-growing number of brew pubs suggest that the revolution is only at the beginning. Here our list of recommended London craft beer pubs.
If you're a lover of craft beer, then Signature Brew Blackhorse Road, and its Haggerston bar, should be on your radar. Found just a stone's throw from Walthamstow, the brewery and taproom boasts a huge array of brews, with wings and burgers provided by the gang at We Serve Humans.
Another Fullers pub hits the streets of City with The Hydrant opening in Monument. Sticking to Fullers tradition and satisfying classic British boozer style, you'll find nothing but the best beers behind this bar and traditional pub grub coming out of the kitchen. Set up camp at this boozer and see the night away in comfort with a pint in hand.
One of the best craft beer bars in West London, this unique offering over on Ealing Broadway is fronting an extensive line-up of delicious brews from the local area and further afield. Grab a pint fresh out the tap wall, and pair it with one of their excellent sourdough pizzas.
With 24 taps loaded with international and own-brewed beers, The Barrel Project is a strong choice when it comes to places to drink craft brews in London. Head over to the Bermondsey taproom and see for yourself why it's such a popular place for a pint or two.
Plonked right next to the Walthamstow Wetlands, this fun and friendly taproom is the home of Exale Brewing. Serving up 10 lines of quality pints, alongside cocktails from Victory, they're treating you to more than a few bevvies as Saturday nights see DJs take to the decks.
Brewhouse comes equipped with its own micro-brewery, but they don't stop there. Teaming their home-brewed pints with a varied selection of beers from around the world, this is right up there with the best pubs in Islington. There's a relaxed atmosphere and a fine spread of pub grub to consider while you're here.
Attached to the famous old Grade II listed Whitbread Brewery, The Jugged Hare boasts amazing craft beer to go along with its gastro pub cuisine. The bar area is comfortable and speakeasy style if you're just going to enjoy some drinks.
Perfect for a group dinner in London or a team night out, Royal Oak in Willesden is a traditional gastro pub that's full of charm and character. The old mahogany bar serves all the usual suspects, alongside a selection of fine wines and locally sourced ales. To sweeten the deal, the venue serves up delicious plates of gastro dishes, including hearty roast dinners, crispy fish and chips and belly-warming steak pies.
Championing craft brews and creative ventures, JuJu's Bar & Stage is our pick for quirky places to drink beer in London. Grab a table inside or out in its large beer garden and sample all sorts of local pints, before watching a live music set, theatrical act or dance performance.
Radicals & Victuallers has the only thing needed to make a juicy burger even better - craft beers. Their selection of craft beers accompanies their menu of sizzling American classics and live music to dance to after you crack open a few.
Drawing in craft beer enthusiasts from all over the capital, the Temple Brew House is a charming venue in the middle of town that offers a relaxed dining and drinking experience to all its patrons. Armed with a menu of traditional British recipes and showcasing the finest creations of London's most well-known brewers, the venue deals only in complex flavours and carefree vibes.
Conspiring with your friends this weekend to drinks some of the best craft beers in London? You should, especially when you get to see Heist Bank's offering. Not only toting draught and bottles, join Heist Bank for the cool interiors and the wood-fired pizzas.
Bit of a beer buff? Then head over to William the Fourth in Leyton, where they showcase an excellent array of artisan pints and craft ales. While you enjoy the drinks, you can also dig into hearty Greek street food and watch live sports.
The Crooked Billet is one of the oldest pubs in Wimbledon, feeding weary travellers and guests since 1881. The team behind this venue have worked tirelessly to create a welcoming, cosy atmosphere for visitors to unwind in; think homely fires, quaint antiques and huge armchairs. To complete the experience, guests can get stuck into their exquisite drink and food menu. From cask ales and craft beers to tender British steak and fresh, pan-fried fish, expect to leave this cosy spot a few pounds heavier and with a huge smile etched on your face.
Hosting the perfect atmosphere to kick back with a chilled craft beer, WM Barker & Co is something of a hidden treasure beneath the streets of Bishopsgate. Decked out in old world style, sink into one of their arm chairs and peruse the menu of internationally sourced craft and draught beers.
One of the best places for craft beer in London, The King of Prussia offers a rotating selection of exciting sips and interesting ales which are perfect for brew lovers. Head over to Finchley pub for some incredible pints soaked up with burgers, pizzas and bar snacks.
Sipping your craft beer, gazing ponderously out onto the river whilst surrounded by eccentric knick knacks. How spot on is that image? Enact the fantasy by heading down to The Bull's Head in Barnes for a craft beer and some proper pub grub. You won't find a more idyllic location or homely atmosphere anywhere!
Among the coolest craft beer bars in London, Kill The Cat is the Brick Lane bottle shop and taproom stocking a huge selection of international brews. Head over to the slick haunt for a few pints with pals while you peruse the fridges.
Tucked away in Paddington Basin, Lockhouse is a must for those of you that lust over craft beer in London. Bringing you the best in bottles and draught, hunker down for a pint or two with a roster of award-winning burgers from the kitchen.
With onsite operations ran by London's Laine Brewing Compay, Aeronaut has mastered the art of barrel to bar tapping out fresh pints of their lovely stuff straight to the punters. If you have a taste for hops and a homegrown flavour then Aeronaut will definitely quench your thirst with their long bar showcasing real, crafty ales.
Based a stone's throw away from the Palace of Westminster, the Morpeth Arms acts as a metropolitan sanctuary, offering escape from the constantly bustling world outside. Full of regal decor and vibrant decorations, it's the food and drinks menu that really stands out. The bar showcases the very best that London's breweries have to offer, including smooth craft lagers, flavoursome real ales and dark, fiery stouts. To keep things afloat, the chefs dabbles in traditional recipes, plating up delectable catch-of-the-day treats and serving succulent cuts of seasoned meat.
If you're looking for one of the best German beer collections in London, this Bermondsey bar is just the place. Inspired by the bierkellers of Bavaria, this fun spot promises traditional brews, freshly made street food and whole host of fun activities.
Based in London's Victoria, Greenwood has drawn in crowds from across London with its offering of stunning dishes and ice cold craft beers. The chefs plate up a menu of both traditional British dishes and new, daring plates. But it's the bar that's really caught our eye. The bar staff have pulled together some of the finest craft beers and real ales from London's most prestigious breweries, including the famous Long Arm Brewing company.
Grab a pint of craft beer, sink into one of the softer-than-soft armchairs and wash yourself with the heat of a crackling fire at the East Hill pub. Armed by the freshest ingredients and the finest cuts of meat, the chefs at this homely pub have skillfully curated a menu of hearty British dishes. Perfectly seasoned steaks are plated up beside delicious salads and chips, while hearty sausages produced on Britain's finest farms are placed on top of a portion of light mash potatoes. To help wash it down, there's a fantastic line up of locally brewed craft beers and real ales to sink into.
BrewDog pride themselves on serving only the best, most exciting and most flavoursome craft beers we can get our paws on from all corners of the planet. This Scottish Brewer has 18 draft lines and a selection of the best bottled beers at the majority of their bars; find them across London.
With over 50 different home-brewed small batch craft beers on offer, Brewhouse & Kitchen is the place to visit if you fancy yourself as a bit of a beer connoisseur. An on-site micro-brewery and huge metallic vats allows their guests to sample the brewer's latest seasonal, hop-based venture. To accompany the refreshing pints, their impressive menu offers a huge array of international dishes, such as a delicious Mezze Platter and perfectly cooked Arancini Risotto Balls.
With Laine Brewing's London head brewer Jim Wilson at the helm using IPA, ESB, RPA and Porter recipes, there will be a veritable waterfall of craft ales going down at The Four Thieves. A keg ale and Czech style pilsner are also in the pipeline for your enjoyment! If it's gin you want, gin you shall have! Growing lavender on their beer garden roof to distil into gin in their own distillery, this is seriously home-grown stuff!
St Bart's Brewery is Smithfield's eclectic bar and restaurant serving up a rich choice of craft beers, guest ales and their own ciders from Kent. The venue even features its own especially installed stainless steel tanks which pour unpasteurised, unfiltered Meantime lager direct from their brewery and into your glass.
Beer Hawk's craft beer and bottle shop in Charterhouse boasts an impressive collection of over 150 world-class beers in the fridge, 12 lines on draught, 2 cask ales and a pour your own beer wall. It's not just the drinks that make this place a haven fir beer-lovers, check out their eclectic events calendar.
The Victoria has been setting the standard for live music rooms in East London for decades, but there's much more of a focus on the pubby part of the venue these days. The atmosphere is serene and familiar, and the pub serves a sturdy range of locally brewed craft beers.
Street food and craft beers come together at The Phoenix, a cool eating and drinking spot in Shepherd's Bush. As well as stocking some of London's most popular brews - think Neck Oil, Jubel Peach Beer and Budvar Tank Beer - it also shakes up a range of quirky cocktails.
Offering escape from the constant London bustle, the Smugglers Tavern on Warren Street is a charming pub that's stocked with the best craft beer in town. The talented chefs in the kitchen are on hand to deliver fresh gastro dishes and brunch classics, all made using the freshest ingredients available. Better still, the bar showcases the finest bottles and brews that over 20 different British breweries have to offer.
With a bar well versed in hops, The Queen Adelaide is your Putney go-to for some of the best craft beer in London. Hosting both Meantime ales and Camden brewery ales by draught you can kick back with a pint of the good stuff at this charming South London pub. There's even a secret garden to enjoy some alfresco drinks in.
Take in the incredible atmosphere The Sindercombe Social has to offer with vintage records, a stunning bar area, live music, and a rotating craft beer selection to curated to impress. Get a craft beer in that hand as you sway to the beat or bite into a fried buttermilk chicken burger at this London bar.
Spit & Sawdust is a contemporary boozer located in the heart of Borough. Boasting twenty dedicated craft lines, this place has a regularly revolving list of beers, with favourites from the likes of Wylam Brewery, Arbor and Brighton Bier amongst many more.
With a mighty impressive line-up of craft beer that changes regularly and showcases an exclusive selection from some of London's coolest breweries, WGT is one of the finest places to head for a decent pint in south-east London. Take your pick between a pint from all kinds of interesting breweries, with a vinyl-only music policy on the speakers and a spacious suntrap of a beer garden out back.
Tower Bridge Arms is a renowned pub taking on an American diner theme with bottle-green booths and retro pictures. Grab a burger and beer and sit back with friends at this chilled spot.
If you're after a selection of great beers, try The Stag, as they boast over 24 taps and over 100 bottles and cans of beer. These are sourced from local brewers in the capital and across the country, and the pub often teams up with their favourite brewers to deliver excellent beer experiences. Meanwhile, their food is a seasonal pub affair – and their Sunday roast is known across the globe.
Head up to Tottenham Hale where you'll find one of London's coolest craft beer bars. Located in an industrial park, ORA Brewing is providing you with DJ sets, local live music and a range of bazaar and brilliant beers, including limoncello IPAs and tiramisu stouts.
Looking for a craft beer bar with classic pub charm? The Oxford Tavern is a Kentish Town favourite, bursting with an eclectic mix of beer from regional, local and international talent. Swing by for a cold brew before a gig or pass the time by pairing your pint with one of their hearty meals.