Where can you get a late drink in Brixton on a Thursday night?

Where can you get a late drink in Brixton on a Thursday night?

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

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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]

CURRENTLY CLOSED – 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

Prince of Wales, 67- 469 Brixton Road, Brixton SW9 8HH

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.
[Hootannany website]

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.
[Royal Oak]

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.

Cafe Cairo, 88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE

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:

There’s several pubs & bars that stay open a little later on a Thursday night. These include the Prince Albert, Market House, Electric Social, White Horse and the Craft Beer Co.


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?

Please use the comments box below to add any other late night bars in Brixton.