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.
Last updated on 17th October 2016
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.
With an ethos for good quality cocktails, organic wines and locally crafted beer, Machine No.3 is Homerton’s latest hotspot for after-work drinks. It’s a quirky little number based in a former launderette - original washing machine covers still adorn the bathrooms - and the raw brickwork and low lighting creates a stripped-back, easy-going vibe. Enjoy a pint of the good stuff and return at the weekends, when DJs play until 1am.
The Draft House promise to bring you, and we quote, “an extraordinary range of wonderful beer” from their Old Street digs. Come by to check out a list of beers that has been carefully curated to please all palates, with great music overhead and a food menu featuring sharing plates, burgers and hot dogs galore.
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.
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.
At this beautiful Notting Hill pub they sell delicious, unique dishes and a brilliant range of craft beers. There are plenty of interesting events including beer discussions and a Wednesday’s pub quiz with an irresistible £5 burger deal. Don’t miss out, book your table at this craft beer haven online.
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.
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. Book your table online!
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 yo leave this cosy spot a few pounds heavier and with a huge smile etched on your face.
If you think you know boozy brunches, you don't or at least they're about to get a whole lot better. The Draft House on Charlotte Street invite you to partake in their Beer Brunch extravaganza which starts off with a big, 28-day dry-aged Scottish Aberdeen Angus burger (with fries, duh) and finishes with six different craft beers for you to wash everything down. Splendid.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tucked away in the heart of Leadenhall Market lies Old Tom’s Bar, one of the best places to get your hands on a craft beer in the city. Head downstairs and into this basement space of 19th century charm and friendly service, you’ll find an extensive range of different bottles to cater for all tastes and preferences here.
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!
Any claims that you can't get a high quality yet affordable drink in Chelsea quickly go out of the window here. The Chelsea Pensioner offer quality beer and some of the best happy hour deals in the area, so you can enjoy a drink or 4 without breaking the bank!
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.
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.
Nothing quite says a night in the pub nowadays than a craft pint, and it's oh so easy to get your hands on some in the heart of Mile End. Head on down for a roster of London favourites in the pub before heading for a top British meal.
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.
The craft revolution is in full flow at 28 West, where guests pick between a strong range of favourites from right across the globe. Come after work and perch yourself next to the Thames, there’s classic American grill fare to partner with your pint too!
A must-try, multi-space in the heart of Battersea, Out of Office is both a hot-desk hub and a micro pub at the same time. Come during working hours and relax with a range of specialty coffees and refreshing drinks, or return into the evening when this alternative boozer serves up to 50 independent beers as well as artisan spirits and wines to the people of Battersea and Clapham.
The Southampton Arms is one of the best real ale pubs in London, selling ale and cider from independent breweries only. They offer at least seven rotating ales on tap, from the likes of Dark Star, Brewdog and a number of London-based outfits like Brodie’s and Camden Town.
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.
Euston Tap is one of the most famous London craft beer pubs. Their motto is : Quality, Variety and Integrity. This brew pub's objective is not about stocking the wackiest beers from around the globe nor the biggest list, but a mission to bring to London the best craft beer available.
Powder Keg Diplomacy offers a variety of craft beers from all over the world. The nine draft pumps include the seasonal Meantime Pacific Pale Ale and two Dark Star brews; then try something from the innovative Bristol Beer Company or Lovibonds from Henley.
The Rookery is a Clapham pub with an impressive drink menu. It showcases smaller producers and quality beers and wine. The beer list includes some exciting draught beers,such as Anchor Steam, Sambrook’s Junction and some Meantime ales, all supplemented by a great choice of bottled beers.
The Edinboro Castle is a welcoming place with a whole host of traditional craft ales for you to enjoy. The range incorporates some of the finest craft beers in the world. From Camden Lager to Brooklyn Lager, Brew Dog 5am Saint to Sierra Nevada, the draught range reads like a who's who of brewing brilliance.
With the size of a minicab, it is probably the smallest London pub with the widest selection of craft beers possible. The Rake is just next doors to Borough Market and is an ideal place to chill out with your mates sampling the genuine taste of a locally produced craft beer.
There’s a deep-lying passion for craft beer at the Hack & Hop that’s well worth seeking out. The spotlight falls firmly on their excellent range, and the friendly staff are always keen to educate their customers wherever they can. Matched with a creative food menu and really relaxed vibes, you’ve got a cracking craft beer package in an ideal Fleet Street location.
The Railway Tavern is a popular Clapham pub with three cask ales, eight world beers and lagers & ciders on tap. Their top selling ales for this winter are Doom Bar and Wandle. They are proud to say that their specialty draught range can satisfy even the most fastidious of beer fans.
Cask Pub & Kitchen with one of the most bountiful collection of beers in London is a must among beer's lovers. Sister of The Craft Beer co. in Clerkenwell, Cask boasts around 4-5 craft beers on tap, 10 real ales and further 10 keg options, and more than 400 bottled varieties.
Don't be fooled by the name, for Peters & Co. Gin Palace also sell local craft beers. Located on Broadway Market, this 1930's style gin palace/pie and mash shop (yes, it's all very confusing!) offers a very chilled night out, where there's something for everybody.