A real ale pub crawl around Brixton – five great pubs for serious drinkers

A real ale pub crawl around Brixton #1

You can’t beat a night out on the town enjoying some of the finest ales Brixton has to offer, so we’re putting together a number of pub crawls that will take you to some splendid, well stocked hostelries .

We realised that trying to cover all the pubs would be a bit of a challenge for one night (there’d be too much walking and too little drinking), so we’re going to produce several pub crawls covering the area.

Here’s the first selection, courtesy of our editor, Mike, and we’ve included a handy map at the bottom of this page:



1Craft Beer Co
11-13 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8PA (30 seconds from the tube)
020 7274 8383

Offering a fantastic selection of cask ales, small batch craft keg beers and bottles, this is a great place to warm up for a pub crawl.

The choice of ales is really formidable, and it’s almost a Godsend that the interior is so un-pub-like that you’re unlikely to want to tarry all night long, despite the superb brews on offer.

Some of the beers can be a bit pricey, so if you’re mindful of getting tanked up, I’d recommend waiting until the next stop off on our alcoholic tour.

[Craft Bar review]

2. Beehive
407-409 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London, SW9 7DG

A real ale pub crawl around Brixton #1

A short jaunt around the corner can be found this long established Brixton institution, famed for its mixed clientèle and no-nonsense approach to food and drink.

Being a Wetherspoon pub, the prices are cheap as chips, and there’a always a good selection of real ales on offer, with a regular rotation of new beers. If you can find it, I recommend the mighty Brains SA (known as ‘Skull Attack’ in its native south Wales).

One thing to look out for – this place gets absolutely rammed if there’s a band playing at the nearby Academy, so perhaps check what’s on before booking your pub crawl night.

 3. Queen’s Head
144 Stockwell Road, Stockwell, London SW9 9TQ

Review: Morton Valence at the Queens Head, Stockwell

Drifting out to the Brixton/Stockwell borders can be found the Queen’s Head.

Sporting an eclectic and friendly crowd, there’s often some brilliant/weird/awful/WTF  entertainment going on, and although it’s not as big on ale or cider selections it’s still well worth a visit.

4. Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, Stockwell, SW9 0TP. Tel: 020 7733 1799 (Now closed)

5. Crown and Anchor
246 Brixton Road SW9 6AQ

A real ale pub crawl around Brixton #1

Serving up one of the best beer selections to be found anywhere in south London, this is a fantastic way to end a real ale pub crawl.

There’s a vast range of  real ale, cider, craft beer and premium lager on offer, and the stripped down, no-music ambience lets you fully concentrate on the task on hand.

The Crown and Anchor, 246 Brixton Road, London SW9 - a new real ale bar for Brixton

Some of the beers are fearsomely strong – as are some of the prices – but there’s always a good range of reasonably priced ales to keep you going.

The pub shuts at midnight from Mon -Thurs (1am Fri/Sat), but if your thirst still isn’t quenched, you could try revisiting the Grosvenor or Queen’s Head for that last pint or two.  [Photo feature on the Crown & Anchor]

Map of the pub crawl:

The entire route is about 0.86 miles/1.4km long so shouldn’t prove too demanding (click on the map below for more detail).

There’s loads of buses running to all destinations from outside the Crown & Anchor, or you can just grab a bus back to Brixton tube.

Oh, and if you’re going to give this pub crawl a go, please post up and tell us about your experiences – and maybe tell us before you set off as we might come along and join you (any excuse, etc etc).

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