The BFI is legendary, so why not stop there for a tipple when looking for a bar near Waterloo? The venue is a complete mix of spaces, from an old library style bar through to floor-to-ceiling windows, this is a top choice for a cocktail or bottle of wine.
Bars Near Waterloo
With cosy gastropubs, dynamic cocktail bars and glorious riverside steakhouses, it's no wonder more and more people are considering Waterloo a great place to go out and enjoy themselves. And if not for that? There are plenty of great places to take off the load after the working week. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in Waterloo whatever the weather.
For the peckish? Check out some great restaurants in Waterloo.
With views out over The Thames, Skylon is a slick restaurant and bar in Waterloo. This is a great choice for everything from dates to mates and client meetings, with all-day dining that includes smart dinners, vegan dishes, weekend brunch and seasonal menus.
Strolling distance from Waterloo is The Riverfront, a spacious and modern restaurant and bar located in the BFI on the South Bank. The stylish venue is perfect for every occasion, from drinks and cocktails in their outdoor seating area come summer, to a hearty meal at lunch.
Atrio Restaurant & Bar is one of the best places for drinks near Waterloo, thanks to its snazzy decor, sun-soaked terrace (which is ideal for people-watching) and excellent selection of boozy sips. And if you get hungry? The menu is enough to make any stomach rumble.
Nestled on the banks of the River Thames, Founders Arms is a gorgeous little spot for a refreshing drink with a view. The vast array of tasty tipples includes craft beers, award-winning real ales, local gins and international wines.
All Bar One should be your number one stop if you are around the area. Whether you want to drink some cocktails with friends, or are craving an after-work feast from their menu of classic British dishes, they can provide everything in a fun, care-free environment.
This Waterloo bar is unlike any other in town; inspired by the golden age of travel, Sea Containers is a ship-like spot with a great steel bar, polished wood and incredible views. Come for a glass of Champagne and if you're feeling peckish, try one of their seasonal small plates.
Found under the formerly disused railway arches in Waterloo, Draughts is the activity bar that offers one of the biggest selections of board games you ever did see. And while you play? Sip delicious craft beers or cocktails and chow down on top grub.
With a focus on sustainability and award-winning architecture, The Green Room is the perfect spot for a late-evening tipple or a spot of pre-theatre dining. The menu is made up of slow-cooked meat, tasty burgers, gourmet desserts and quaffable cocktails.
Head over to Mercato Metropolitano where you'll find one of the best bars near Waterloo. The German Kraft Brewery will be serving up fresh pint of authentic beer, so all you have to do is nab a spot in the massive beer garden and let the sun shine down upon you.
Tonight Josephine has set tongues wagging with its neon decor, bad-ass slogan signs and brilliant cocktails. Decorated in bright pink, find this basement bar moments from Waterloo for a night of dancing, drinking and causing all sorts of trouble.
You need only wander from Waterloo to find this drinking and dining gem in the heart of London. Hailed for their fun, foliage inspired interiors and botanical charm, head on down for gastro plates alongside some of the best cocktails in the business.
The clinking of Champagne glasses, the chattering of city folk and the scoffing of grand gastro grub? It can only be Champagne Charlie's. Heralded for its classic interiors, exposed barrels, worldwide bottles of bubbly and bespoke plates, this is a must-try.
Topolski is the Waterloo bar that's oozing with charm, as it's home to a jaw-dropping 600-foot long mural created by its namesake. On top of that, there are live music nights, a cracking selection of flatbread pizzas and wicked cocktails.
You don't need to head far from Waterloo to find a proper local's drinking spot; The Duke of Sussex is a boozer that serves up pints of real ale, wine and seasonal cocktails. As well as a huge beer garden perfect for summer, the pub is winter-friendly with roaring fireplaces and hearty roasts.
Situated in the new station, BrewDog Waterloo is a first-class bar ideal for sinking bevvies with pals. Make your way in and you'll be met with industrial-style interiors, a cool bowling alley alongside a menu touting American-inspired plates or lip-smacking concoctions. Need we say more?
If you're in need of a new watering hole in SE1, this station-side eatery could be it. With a successful outpost in Tooting already, Unwined knows a thing or two about grapes. Expect English sparkling wines and a special selection of bottles from all over the world.
Hop off the train at Waterloo and over to Slug & Lettuce, where you'll encounter a venue that offers great value for money and a dynamic party atmosphere. Perfect for a pit-stop on a day of sight-seeing, the venue serves up everything from burgers through to super salads.