South Pole Saloon

South Pole Saloon

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18:00 - 23:00
Pop-Up, Cabaret/Burlesque, Festival, Food & Drink
Funk & Soul, House Music, Live Music
Over 18

This winter will see a covered rooftop in the heart of Brixton transformed into a surreal Christmas spectacle like no other: The South Pole Saloon. For legend has it that deep in the snow drifts of the South Pole there is a Saloon; a cosy and other worldly dive bar where the elves who have forsaken Father Christmas come out to play.

The creative teams behind a number of top UK festivals and the sell-out success of the Heartbreak Hotel in London have come together to create the ultimate drinking, dining and immersive theatre experience to help Londoners celebrate the dark side of Christmas. The 500 capacity venue will be fully heated and covered, with every corner designed to cater to the whims of the most fantastical, playful and debaucherous guests.


1800-2300 (except Saturdays: 1600-2300)


This is not a fully ticketed event, however if you wish to guarantee entry you can buy queue jump tickets for each event date. There will be a limited number available each evening, you can book these through Design My Night or our website. If you do not buy queue jump to guarantee your entry you are able to pay entry fee of £3 on the door. Saturdays are free entry until 1800. 


Fully-themed private booths are available for hire:

  • 8-12 capacity
  • Free queue jump entry for all guests
  • Minimum spend on drinks
  • Deposit upon booking (to be deducted from final bill)


There will be a host of Christmas themed cocktails including sharers served up in smoking barrels containing either a fruity Hendricks Gin punch, or a spicy Barcardi rum punch. We will also be serving up winter cocktails such as Hot Tennessee Toddy’s, Chocolate Old Fashioneds and many more. 

Brooklyn Brewery will be providing the beer throughout the venue, with South Pole Saloon being one of the first places in the UK to serve the brand new, Brooklyn American Ale. 


Some of London’s most exciting street food traders such as Dip & Flip, Crust Conductor, Butchies and social enterprise Papi’s Pickles will be serving up their finest dishes for visitors. 


Having spent most of their time on Broadway Street Market, Butchies have established themselves as London’s experts in deep fried buttermilk chicken buns. At South Pole Saloon they will be centring their menu around exactly that: their speciality of brioche buns packed with fried chicken and a wide range of fillings, including homemade guacamole, pickles and smoked streaky bacon. They will also have a vegetarian option of halloumi in a brioche bun.

Crust Conductor

South London based pizza chefs Crust Conductor have been touring the country in their infamous big red bus over the past few years, a highlight of which was their summer residency at Banksy’s Dismaland in northern Somerset. This time around they will be leaving their red bus to rest for the winter to bring along their own custom built wood fired oven. They will be serving up a range of their interesting bread-base starters as well as a wide range of homemade wood-fired pizzas.


For all corporate booking enquiries, please email: 

Twitter: @SPoleSaloon

Instagram: southpolesaloon

Facebook: South Pole Saloon

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South Pole Saloon
Valentia Place, Brixton, London, SW9

South London

Nearest station:
Brixton (Tube)


1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight (WFL Media Ltd) and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
3. Please check your tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
5. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
6. Every effort to admit latecomers will be made at a suitable break in the event, but admission cannot always be guaranteed.
7. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
9. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be
refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
10. The venue may operate a No Smoking Policy.
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12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.


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It was such a shame this was just a pop up. Had a really good time. It was pretty busy, but the acts were great.
23 Jan 2017 by

What a dreadful waste of time and money. Totally oversold in the ad; what live music, what street food(2 poorly stocked food stands do not a street food stall make). Tanya visited South Pole Saloon on 23 Dec 2015
25 Dec 2015 by

It did not match the description! Cue jump ticket not needed, no entertainment, only 2 food stalls, overpriced drinks . Not worth the £3 or even going full stop! Sounds harsh but go somewhere else
25 Dec 2015 by

Don't bother! Went on Sunday at 7.30pm, didn't need the queue jump we'd paid for, only three food stalls and three bars. Nowhere to sit, and no sign of immersive theatre. Julia visited South Pole Saloon on 20 Dec 2015
22 Dec 2015 by

I don't really get it? The drinks are very expensive (£8 for a mulled cider?) and the staff are all ridiculously rude. Like really rude. The food options are good, shame about Dip and Flip, however there aren't many places to sit and eat so it's a little awkward, especially if you have a drink.I like the idea behind the whole thing, a grown up and smaller Winter Wonderland ( and how close it is to my flat) but other than that I think the marketing is better than the reality. Emma visited South Pole Saloon on 03 Dec 2015
15 Dec 2015 by

Great place to hang out with friends. It's got a Christmas market/wood cabin feel. I recommend the Rum sharing bucket it was so tasty and meant to serve 4 people for £30 - I shared it with my boyfriend and it didn't last long! I was looking forward to some Dip'n'Flip from the street food but apparently they'd left early which was disappointing! The place was buzzing with some great music - I recommend venturing through the saloon doors! Laura visited South Pole Saloon on 12 Dec 2015
15 Dec 2015 by

It's a great venue (once you find it..!!) and I loved all of the different areas. The drinks were pretty expensive but the bar staff were really friendly and there's such a good vibe there. Music could have been a bit more varied but the DJ was fab. Definitely worth a visit - especially if you're with a big group.
14 Dec 2015 by

South Pole Saloon is a great place to go and "chill" with your friends, meet people and dance. Great street food and drinks available, not to mention the private rooms, which you may want to try if you are a big party or for a special occasion! Recommended! Guglielmo visited South Pole Saloon on 12 Dec 2015
14 Dec 2015 by

A complete WASTE OF money. Venue was tiny, overcrowded with drinks, hardly any food choices and overpriced drinks. It was basically liked a packed disgusting student bar. Pictures are disceiving on the site. My advise do not go and just have a pint in your local pub pauline visited South Pole Saloon on 11 Dec 2015
13 Dec 2015 by

There's definitely not enough here to charge an entry fee. The saloon surroundings are pretty cool, but otherwise its just overpriced junk-food and a 375ml can of lager for £4. There are pop-ups all over London that do offer a better range of food and drinks...and don't charge you to get in... Joe visited South Pole Saloon on 09 Dec 2015
11 Dec 2015 by

Great night out! The drinks are really reasonably priced and the set up is quite cool. Did feel like we'd gone the wrong way when we were trying to find it though. Definitely plug it into your map. Little bit sad dip and flip weren't there. The bar staff are really fun. jvrazzell visited South Pole Saloon on 05 Dec 2015
08 Dec 2015 by

I booked queue jump tickets for South Pole Saloon on Thursday 3rd December for a date night. On arrival, security were friendly and welcoming and we walked straight in after getting the obligatory hand stamp. We were early 7:30pm but there was still a friendly crowd already enjoying the Jack Daniels hot mulled cocktails in the smaller heated outdoor covered area. We moved into the main Saloon to explore and got another round in at the bar and settled in watching the visuals and listening to dj mixing a selection of dance tunes until the main act took to the stage for an impressive performance of dance and live vocals. Needing to soak up some of the alcohol consumed, weaved on into the food court and tried the pork belly and beef brisket which were delicious and another Jack Daniels cocktail before heading back to main Saloon. Very mixed but friendly crowd and the outdoor cover with heating made the experience worth doing again. If you haven't booked already, this is a great evening out as an alternative to Pop or Village if you fancy a great night out in Brixton. Alexx45 visited South Pole Saloon on 03 Dec 2015
07 Dec 2015 by

This wasn't amazing, really small venue. Only one bar which sold a real selection of drinks, the other bar was mainly Jack Daniels! We stayed for a couple of drinks then left to find a better bar. When we arrived around 7pm, the toilets already had no loo roll or paper towels, however to told staff and they soon rectified the situation. maddielou4 visited South Pole Saloon on 05 Dec 2015
07 Dec 2015 by

A really good date night spot - great pizza and mulled wine in a cozy atmosphere with good music and vibes! A welcome change from the bigger, crowded Christmas popups and small enough to explore it all in a couple of hours! Vivian visited South Pole Saloon on 02 Dec 2015
07 Dec 2015 by

Fun night. Great burger. Great mulled wine. Just don't order rum and coke or you will be given Bacardi white and coke *shudder*. Not as immersive as I thought it would be. Some people just walked through the crowds then got onstage for one song every now and then. Unless there was something I missed? If it hadn't been sold as immersive performances that would have been better. Rachel visited South Pole Saloon on 05 Dec 2015
07 Dec 2015 by

Nice set up not too expensive and djs great! Really fun night out! Music was on point and the entertaining was different but very enjoyable especially the tap dancers! The jack Daniels cocktails were divine! Nina visited South Pole Saloon on 03 Dec 2015
05 Dec 2015 by

DJ Zinc smashed it! Awesome spot to go for a casual night out. Love the Brooklyn beer. The capacity was just right - too many venues in Brixton manage the capacity badly, but this place was spot on. Crowds of people seemed happy and chilled - unusual for a London venue... Top marks! James visited South Pole Saloon on 28 Nov 2015
30 Nov 2015 by

Went over the weekend and had a great night. Thought it was only the outdoor covered areas until we found the big inside party which was so much fun and warm!!! Emma visited South Pole Saloon on 28 Nov 2015
30 Nov 2015 by

We went on 20th Nov. There were no queue so our queue jump ticket was a waste. It was pretty quiet throughout the night but possibly because it was cold. They kept running out of hot Toddy and we had to wait for 10mins. This eventually ran out. I feel they were very unprepared. Hot drinks would be in demand in a cold season and good heating should be provided for outdoor. The outside was pretty open and the heating wasn't working. Its a nice concept and very similar to other street feast but smaller. The only difference is this one had performance throughout the night. There were mix review on the performance when speaking amongst friends. Overall I think the place can be improved but I would try it at least once. I do recommend the big crate of punch for four people. Jennifer visited South Pole Saloon on 21 Nov 2015
26 Nov 2015 by

Paid for queue jump tickets - no queue. The grumpy elf girls were just rude and added nothing to the experience. The interpretive dance was almost as pretentious as the people who had turned up for the opening, all more concerned with being seen than anything else. There was one place serving half decent burgers, but the pizza was some of the worst I've had. It's as though someone looked at Pop and thought "I know, lets strip it of all the good food and atmosphere, fill it with dicks, and ask all our friends to gush about it in the most hyperbolic way possible. Then maybe we'll be able to cover our costs and ride out the winter." ceaudley1 visited South Pole Saloon on 20 Nov 2015
23 Nov 2015 by

Sound new pop-up for Brixton. Went down on Sat night, mostly stayed in the saloon bar. Music was really good and wasn't too packed out. Didn't manage to hit up the food but it all looked awesome. Shame about the 'cunningly concealed' step - I'd watch out for that. isabellaw visited South Pole Saloon on 21 Nov 2015
23 Nov 2015 by

Over-priced and nothing special. Not enough seating and not nearly enough heating, the place was style over substance throughout, including a 12" step cunningly concealed directly behind curtain on the way into the bar. Joe visited South Pole Saloon on 21 Nov 2015
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