Midweek drinking in Brixton – Monday to Wednesday pub and bar guide

Midweek drinking in Brixton - Monday to Wednesday pub and bar guide

Let’s face it, midweek drinking can be a real hit or miss affair and if you get it wrong, your big night on the town may end up as a depressing trudge from one empty pub to the next.

Photos of the Effra Social pub launch party, Effra Road, Brixton, 28th February 2013
[Top photo: Crown & Anchor. Photo above: Effra Social]

Unless there’s a big night on at the Academy – or there’s some special events going on around town – some of the pubs are going to be disappointingly quiet affairs earlier in the week, with many folks still recovering after the weekend’s excesses (or waiting to rev up for the next weekend).

However, there’s still some mighty fine nights out to be had from Monday to Wednesday, and here’s a few places we’d recommend giving a go.

Venues nearest to the tube station are listed first, and the opening times are for Monday to Wednesday – many will stay open for longer hours later in the week.

Please note: it’s not unusual for bars to close early if there’s not many punters about, so we recommend calling ahead before setting off.

Eckovision Bar, 15 Atlantic Rd, SW9 9HX
Pros: Right in the middle of town, mixed crowd, unpretentious.
Cons: Not that cheap, can be hit or miss – read our review

Prince of Wales, 467 – 469 Brixton Road, SW9 8HH. Tel: 020 7095 1978
Pros: Lots of space, very central location.
Cons: Can feel a bit soulless, hard to keep up with venue rebrands and relaunches.

Ritzy Bar, Windrush Square, SW2
OPEN TILL 1AM (Upstairs bar)
Pros: Outdoor seating (if sunny) lets you watch the sun set over Windrush Square, usually quite busy inside
Cons: Expensive, glacial-moving bar staff, Upstairs bar often not free entry, can close early.

Market House, 443 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LN. Tel: 020 7095 9443
Pros: Food till 9pm, good cocktail list.
Cons: Feels like a Clapham bar with little local character. Pricey beers.

The Prince Albert, 418 Coldharbour Lane, SW9. Tel: 020 7274 3771
Pros: Usually reasonably lively, even on a Monday, back garden never short of characters, mixed crowd, exceptionally friendly clientele, cheap Sambuca, good music.
Cons: Not much real ale on tap, hard to leave once you get settled in.

Dogstar,  389 Coldharbour Lane, London, SW9 8LQ (*closed Mondays). Tel: 0207 733 7515
OPEN TILL 11PM (closed Mons)
Pros: Lovely bar staff, pool table, lively atmosphere on some nights, loads of space, good pizzas, good music
Cons: Not open on Mondays.

Effra Tavern, 38 Kellett Road, London, SW2 1EB. Tel: 020 7274 4180
Pros: Proper old school Brixton pub, nice laid back vibe, mixed crowd.
Cons: service can be slow, limited beers, shuts at 11pm.

Satay Cocktail Bar & Restaurant, 447 Coldharbour Lane SW9 8LP. Tel: 0844 474 6080
Pros: Mixed crowd, good grub and some excellent cocktails
Cons: Not  the cheapest option for beer drinkers

Effra Social, 89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF. Tel: 020 7737 6800
Pros: Attractively retro interior styling, untouched since the 1970s.
Cons:  Hipster levels can hit critical on some nights.

Hootananny, 95 Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF
Pros: Big outside area that catches the last of the sun, free live acts on Weds.
Cons: Over 21s only, pricey beers, can lack atmosphere.

Queen’s Head, 144 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9TQ
Closed (Sept 2015)

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

Duke of Edinburgh, Ferndale Rd, SW9
Pros: Lovely big beer garden, pool table, table football and good ale selection.
Cons: A fair walk out of central Brixton.

The Junction, 171 Coldharbour Lane, London SE5 9PA
Pros: Pleasingly down to earth bar with live folk on Monday nights and great live jazz sessions on Tues. Affordable and unpretentious
Cons: It’s a bus ride from Brixton (but close to Loughborough Junction station)

Hand In Hand,  61 New Park Road, SW2 4EN
Pros: Old school boozer, decent prices, football on TV
Cons: A fair walk out of the centre of town, can be quiet.

Crown and Anchor246 Brixton Road SW9 6AQ Tel: 020 7737 0060
Pros: The finest selection of real ales and ciders in Brixton, traditional pub decor.
Cons: Some of those lovely beers can be expensive, bar is a hie out of town.

The Joiners Arms, 35 Denmark Hill, SE5 8RS Tel: 020 770 11957
OPEN TILL MIDNIGHT  [read our review]
Pros: Traditional pub, great whiskey selection, pool table
Cons: It’s in Camberwell at the far end of Coldharbour Lane

And it’s not on Brixton. The Royal Oak 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
10 Clapham High St,
London SW4 7UT

Other pubs? 
Yes, we know we haven’t included every single bar in town, but we reckon these are the most likely to be a bit busy in the week. Others worth a look are the Beehive, Marquis of Lorne and Trinity, but please add your comment if we missed something obvious!

More Brixton pub and bar listings:
Brixton Academy – the ultimate list of bars and pubs for pre-gig drinks
Where can you get a late drink in Brixton on a Thursday night?