After receiving several requests from readers asking where they could get a late night drink around Brixton on a Thursday night, we decided to put together what we hope is a handy guide for night owls.
Although there’s usually several clubs open, this listing is for places where you can usually get in for free. be sure
We had a few ideas of our own but also put the question to the urban75 community and together we came up with this list:
Open till 2am or later:
Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LQ Tel: 0207 733 7515 – 2am
Offering reasonably priced beers and lagers (and a fine line in shots) this can be a lively place on a Thursday night. There’s usually DJs playing and some folks busting a few moves on the dance floor. The staff are lovely and the music is usually a jaunty enough mix for a Thursday night, although attendances can wildly vary. Word of warning though: you will need produce valid photo ID or you won’t get in. The Dogstar is listed as staying open till 3am but sometimes closes earlier.
[Dogstar What’s On]
Eckovision, 15 Atlantic Road Brixton, London SW9 8HX. Tel: 020 7737 6777 – 3am
Nestling in a railway arch under Brixton railway station, this bar has undergone endless rebrands. Now part of the sprawling Antic empire (Dogstar/Effra Social etc), it’sbeing billed as a ‘café, late-night bar and den, serving handcrafted cocktails in an intimate 1920’s speakeasy setting.’ Cocktail prices go upwards of £7, with beer steeply priced. The bar stays open till 2.30am on Thursdays – but can close earlier.
Prince of Wales, 67- 469 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 8HH – 3am
This new addition to the late night line up is open till 3am and serves up live jazz. It’s free to get in (huzzah!) and thew band are fantastic – which more than makes up for the slight lack of atmosphere in the Prince’s rather cavernous ground floor. Photo ID is required.
[Prince of Wales website]
Hootananny, 95 Effra Road Brixton, Greater London SW2 1DF. Tel: 020 7737 7273 – 2am
A short walk out of Brixton, this large pub stays open until 2am (sometimes 3am) and often has free live gigs on a Thursday night – but check first because it’s not always free. There’s a big outdoors area for smoking. The standard of the bands is usually high, the main downside being the beer prices and the preponderance of bouncers. Note: you will need valid photo ID to get in after 11pm.
Royal Oak, 10 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UT – 2.30am
It’s not on Brixton, but it’s open till late. The Royal Oak is located across the road from Clapham North tube station is open till 2.30 am, seven days a week. Thirsty drinkers should be able to hotfoot it from Brixton tube in about 15 minutes – see walking directions here.
Queen’s Head, 144 Stockwell Road, Stockwell SW9 9TQ
After a change of management, this one famously chaotic late bar has become somewhat Puritanical and closes around midnight (if not before).
Bars open to around 1am:
Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, Stockwell, SW9 0TP. Tel: 020 7733 1799 (Now closed)
Cafe Cairo, 88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE. Tel: 0207 207 0926.
Wonderfully eclectic and cosy cafe/bar/club with an unusual Egyptian theme. Inside, there’s loads of cubby holes to relax in and there’s live music/performance on some nights. Bar is open till 1.30am on Thursdays.
[Cafe Cairo website]
Bars open to around midnight:
It’s not unusual for bars advertising a late night opening to pack up early, so if you can give them a call before you set off. If the worse comes to the worse, there’s several late-night/all night Off Licences on Coldharbour Lane to quench your thirst!
Have we missed something?
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