The ultimate Brixton Pub and Bar guide – all the bars, boozers, dives and cocktail bars

The ultimate Brixton Pub and Bar guide - all the boozers, dives and cocktail bars

We reckon that Brixton’s got the finest selection of bars and pubs to be found in London. There’s a hugely diverse range of places on offer, each with their own unique vibe, and we’ve tried to document as many as we can in this comprehensive guide.

Although we’ve listed well over 40 venues, this is very much in work in progress and other bars will be added, and we’ll soon be adding new features to the guide too.

If you think we’re missing anywhere that’s really good, please get in touch and let us know where.

THE BEEHIVE  – read our full review
407 Brixton Road, SW9 7DG [map]
Tel: 020 7738 3643
Nearest tube: Brixton
No fuss boozer, cheap as chips

A real ale pub crawl around Brixton #1

Surprisingly spacious, no-frills Wetherspoons pub on the main drag that’s always popular with all-day, old school drinkers.

There’s regular drink promotions on top of the already cheap prices, and with the kitchen knocking out decent, affordable food, this is the cheapest boozer in town.

Be sure to check what’s on at the Academy though, because the place can get rammed before a big gig, with lengthy queues and wobbly plastic glasses galore.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thu: 8am to 11pm, Fri – Sat: 8am to midnight, Sun: 8am to 11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes/ Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: yes Food: yes
[Website]

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BLUES KITCHEN
40 Acre Lane, SW2 5SP [map]
Formerly the Electric Social, this large-ish venue operates as an American-styled BBQ bar/restaurant with tiled and brick walls, booth seating and live, nightly blues and soul.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thu: 4pm to midnight, Fri – 4pm – 2am, Sat: 10am – to 2.30am, Sun: 10am to 10.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes/ Real ale: No. Cocktails: yes Food: yes
[Website]

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BROWN DERBY – read our review
336 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4PP [map]
Tel: 020 7735 5122
Cosy, retro-themed speakesy-styled bar

A look around the delightfully retro Brown Derby pub in Kennington, south London, February 2015

Stocking four locally brewed ales on rotation and a wide selection of cocktails, the Brown Derby has a delightfully laid back ambience and regularly puts on bands and DJs playing an excellent selection of ska, 50s, country, northern soul and R’n’B.

Opening hours:
Mon: 4pm to 11pm, Tues-Thurs: noon to midnight, Fri-Sat: noon to 1am, Sun: noon-10.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes/ Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: Yes Food: Full menu
[Website]

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Recommended Brixton bar
CAFE CAIRO – read our full review
88 Landor Road, SW9 9PE  [map]
Tel: 0207 207 0926
Nearest tube: Stockwell/Clapham North
Unique bar that’s fun and frivolous

Cafe Cairo review

Wonderfully eclectic and cosy cafe/bar/club with an unusual Egyptian theme plus shisha garden, board games and other curiosities.

Spread over two floors with an outdoor cinema area, this is a great place to relax and chat and it’s about as non-corporate as you can get. We love it.

Opening hours:
Mon – Wed: Closed, Thurs: 6pm – 1.30am, Fri – Sat: 6pm – 2am, Sunday: 4pm – 12pm
*Door charge may apply at weekends
Wi-Fi: No, Real ale: No, Cocktails: Yes, Food: Yes
[Website] – [Facebook page]

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THE CAMBRIA – read our full review
40 Kemerton Road  (Camberwell) SE5 9AR  [map]
Tel: 0207 7373 676
Nearest tube: Brixton/bus. Rail: Loughborough Junction
A stylish drinking oasis in Loughborough Junction

The Cambria, 40 Kemerton Rd, SE5 9AR - pub review

The gay-friendly Cambria is a pleasant and popular back street boozer situated a short walk from Loughborough Junction.

There’s a traditional downstairs bar while the upstairs function room is flamboyant enough to make Liberace feel right at home. The pub has a good food menu serving British and South American dishes, and there’s regular quizzes and occasional live entertainment. A real local gem.

Opening hours:
Mon-Weds: 4pm – 12am, Thurs: 12pm – 12am, Fri & Sat: 12pm – 1am, Sun: 12pm – 11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes/Real ale: Limited
[Website]

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CANTERBURY ARMS – see our full review
8 Canterbury Cres SW9 7QD [map]
Closed September 2015

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CRAFT BEER CO – read our full review here
11-13 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8PA [map]
020 7274 8383
Nearest tube: Brixton
Huge range of fantastic beers in rather soulless surroundings

The Craft Bar, Brixton Station Road Brixton - review

A magnetic attraction for beardy hipsters, beer monsters and ale aficionados, this bar has a formidable selection of beers on offer – some of a positively terrifying strength – but be warned as some come with a troubling price tag to match.

The beer may be good, but we’ve never warmed to the bar’s chilly ambience with harsh lighting, bare white walls and minimal furnishings making this a rather unwelcoming venue for a night on the pop.

Opening hours:
Mon – Weds: 4.30pm – 11pm, Thurs: 4:30pm-12am, Fri: 4:30pm – 1am, Sat: 12pm  – 1am, Sun: 12pm – 10.30pm.
Wi-Fi: No, Real ale: Vast vats of the stuff
[Website]

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THE COMMERCIAL
210-212 Railton Rd, SE24 0JT
Tel: 020 7733 8783
Nearest station: Herne Hill/bus ride out of Brixton
Straightforward affordable pub with food and decent beers

THE COMMERCIAL 210-212 Railton Rd, SE24 0JT

Conveniently close to Herne Hill railway station, this two room comfortable boozer offers enjoyed a stylish makeover a while back, and offers a good selection of bottled beers and beers on tap, with a small beer garden at the back.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: Noon – Midnight. Fri: Noon- 1am,  Sat: 11am – 1am, Sun: 11am – Midnight
Wi-Fi: Yes, Real ale: Yes, Food: yes
[Website]

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COOL CATS’ CAFE
149 Southampton Way, Camberwell SE5 7EW [map]
Nearest tube: none. See directions here
Friendly  cafe/restaurant/bar in Camberwell

Intimate venue serving British and European dishes, cocktails and wines, with displays of local artists and regular live gigs on the weekend.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: 5pm-11pm. Weekends till 1am.
Wi-Fi: Yes, Real ale: No, Food: yes
[Website]

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Recommended Brixton bar
CROWN & ANCHOR – read our full review here 
246 Brixton Road, SW9 6AQ [map]
Tel: 020 7737 7915
Nearest tube: Brixton/Oval/Stockwell
The best real ale pub in Brixton, bar none, and well worth the thirst-earnng hike out of central Brixton

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

With its long bar serving up no less than 25 beers and ciders (ten on hand pumps),  this is a CAMRA member’s wet dream.

The selection of beers is formidable – although some can be pricey – and there’s food served all week. The décor is plan and uncluttered and there’s a small outside area.

The only downside is that it can get very noisy inside when there’s loads of ale-loosened customers chatting loudly.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: 4.30pm – 12am, Fri: 4:30pm – 1am, Sat: 12pm  – 1am, Sun: 12pm – 11pm.
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: Oceans of the stuff. Cocktails: No. Food: Yes
[Website]

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DEE DEES
77 Herne Hill, Herne Hill, SE24 9NE
Tel: 020 7326 1155
Nearest station: Herne Hill
Small bar with regular DJ nights

Dee Dee’s Jazz is a lively bar hosting regular jazz, soul and funk DJ nights plus live acts. They have a formidable drinks selection (with a truly immense array of whiskies!), and food is served.

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 5pm-11.30pm, Sat: 1noon-11.30pm, Sun: 11am – 11pm.
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: Nof. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Yes
[Website]

 

Recommended Brixton bar
DOGSTAR – read our full review here

389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9
Tel:  020 7733 751
Nearest tube: Brixton
Loud, proud and insanely busy on weekends

Dogstar, 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton - bar review

Phenomenally busy on Friday and Saturday nights, the Dogstar can claim to be one of the very first DJ bars in the UK, but in functions more like a regular pub in the week, with regular comedy, quizzes and other live acts upstairs.

Admission is free on weekdays (although some ballroom events may charge), with a £5 admission charge on Fri/ Sat Nights after 10pm, when the club stays open till 4am. Note: You’ll photo ID to get in on Fri/Sat.

Opening hours:
Tues – Wed: 4pm to 11pm (*sometimes closes earlier), Thurs: 4pm to 2am, Fri: 4pm to 4am, Sat: Noon to 4am, Sun: Noon to 10.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes (The Cloud). Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Pizzas
[Website]

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DUKE OF EDINBURGH
204, Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG
Tel: 0207 326 0301
Nearest tube: Brixton
A great pub a short walk out of Brixton, can get busy on weekends

DUKE OF EDINBURGH 204, Ferndale Rd SW9

A little off the beaten track, this Grade II pub rewards with an immense garden hosting occasional barbecues that can lend it something of a mini-festival atmosphere.

There’s also a good selection of pub games on hand, including table football and a pool table – an increasingly rare treat in pubs – and there’s sports on TV.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thu 15.00-00.00, Fri 14.00-02am, Sat 12.00-02am, Sun 12.00-23.00
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Good selection. Cocktails: No. Food: Full menu  till 10pm

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ECKOVISION – CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURB
Read our full review here
15 Atlantic Road Brixton, London SW9 8HX
Late night cocktail bar still looking for an identity
Nearest tube: Brixton

Eckovision, Atlantic Road Brixton - a new cocktail bar for Brixton. Review -

Nestling in a railway arch under Brixton railway station, this bar has undergone endless rebrands over the years. Now part of the sprawling Antic empire (Dogstar/Effra Social etc), it’s being 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 priced sharply.
Opening hours:
Mon-Wed 5.30pm-midnight, Thurs 5.30pm-2.30am, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-3.30am, Sun 5.30pm-midnight
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full menu  till 10pm

[Website]

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Recommended Brixton bar
THE EFFRA HALL TAVERN

38a Kellett Rd SW2 1EB
Tel: 020 7274 4180
Nearest tube: Brixton
Fantastic Brixton boozer with some great live jazz nights

THE EFFRA HALL TAVERN 38a Kellett Rd SW2

A winning combination of great Guinness, a friendly, mixed crowd and live jazz performances make this a highly recommended Brixton pub, although service can be devilishly slow on busy nights.

The Sunday jazz sessions are wonderful- and we like the little beer garden out the back too.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: noon – 11pm, Fri – Sat: noon – midnight, Sun: 10am – 10.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes (BT). Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Yes
[Website]

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EFFRA SOCIAL – read our review
89, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1DF [map]
Tel: 020 7737 6800
Quirky and fun bar with lots of outdoor seating

Effra Social brixton

Taking over the former premises of a Conservative Club, this retro styled has a restaurant at the back, and a good range of real ales in the main bar to help you wipe out any lingering memories of Milk Snatcher Thatcher.

There’s regular DJ nights and occasional live acts, plus quiz nights and other entertainment.

Opening hours:
Mon – Thurs: 4pm – midnight, Fri – Sat: noon – 1am, Sun: noon – 11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: No. Food: Yes – restaurant review
[Website]

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THE ELM PARK TAVERN
376 Elm Park, Streatham SW2 2UB
Tel: 07852 345 974
Nearest tube: Brixton (plus bus up Brixton Hill)
Likeable local pub with comfy seats and good ales

THE ELM PARK TAVERN 376 Elm Park, Streatham SW2 2UB

Once a strong contender for the shabbiest pub in town, we feared for the survival of this fine hostelry.

Thankfully, an extensive refurb in 2011 has secured a bright future for this friendly neighbourhood pub – and the Thursday night pub quizzes go from strength to strength. There’s a great selection of ales and craft beers, enjoyedby  a good mix of locals.

Opening hours: 
Mon-Fri: 4pm – midnight, Sat: noon-midnight, Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: No. Food: No
[Website]

 

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THE FLORENCE 
31-133 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, SE24 0NG [map]
Tel: 020 7326 4987
Nearest train: Herne Hill (it’s a walk from Brixton tube)
Pleasant gastropub that’s very child friendly

There’s a traditional interior full of dark wood chair and tables with a big beer garden around the back. If you don’t like kids, avoid this bar on the weekends, but inside there’s an excellent kitchen and some fantastic real ales. The pub (formerly the Brockwell Park Tavern) also houses its own brewery, and you can view the activity through a glass partition.

Opening hours: 
Mon-Thurs: 11.30am – midnight, Fri: 11.30am-1am, Sat: 11am-1am, Sun: 11.30am-midnight
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Yes
[Website]

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FRIDGE BAR
1, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2
Tel: 020 7326 5100
Nearest tube: Brixton
Late bar for night owls

FRIDGE BAR 1, Town Hall Parade, Brixton Hill, SW2

Right next door to the Fridge, this is small and friendly joint (now under threat from Lambeth) comes with a busy street level bar and a downstairs room that’s usually jumping to the club tunes laid on by a rotation of resident DJs.

For hard core clubbers, there’s often ‘After Parties’ on Saturday and Sunday morning, running from 5.30am through to about 11am. Admission is free weekdays (open till 2am, 4am weekends).

Opening hours: 
Check website for details
Wi-Fi: Yes (The Cloud). Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Yes
[Website] – [Facebook]

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GRAND UNION
123, Acre Lane SW2 5UA [map]
Tel: (020) 7274 8794
Smart, upmarket bar with a huge back garden

Formerly the Hope & Anchor and now part of the Grand Union chain, this is now more of a bar and grill than a boozer, attracting a young professional crowd. There’s regular DJ nights, and the back garden is mahoosive.

Opening hours:
Mon-Weds: noon-midnight, Thu: noon-11pm – am, Fri-Sat: noon-1.30am, Sun , Sun: noon-midnight
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full kitchen
[website]

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HAND IN HAND 

61 New Park Road, SW2 4EN  [map]
Tel: 020 8674 8606
Nearest tube: Brixton and bus up Brixton Hill
Traditional pub a fair hike up Brixton Hill. Excellent Doom Bar on tap 

No nonsense boozer with generic selection of lagers, pool table and proper locals. It stays open later than just about every other pub in the area. Dogs welcome.

Opening hours: 
Check website for details, but usually noon-2am
Wi-Fi: Yes (The Cloud). Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub
[Website]

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HERMIT’S CAVE
28 Camberwell Church Street. SE5 8QU [map]
Tel: 020 7703 3188
Nearest tube: Brixton/bus, train: Denmark Hill
Hugely popular no-nonsense boozer that’s always worth a visit

A popular haunt for students, long-serving locals and interesting characters, this is a proper pub with an old fashioned interior and a good range of beers.

Your sports needs are catered for with a large TV in the saloon bar, but this is really the place to chat and sup some quality ales and ciders.

Opening hours: 
Mon-Wed: noon-midnight , Thurs-Sat; noon-2am, Sun: noon-1am
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub

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THE HERO OF SWITZERLAND – read our full review here
142 Loughborough Road, Stockwell, SW9 7LL [map]
Tel: 020 7274 2763
Nearest station: Loughborough Junction (Brixton tube and bus down Coldharbour Lane)
Frill-untroubled friendly estate pub with darts and pool

Support your local pub: the Hero Of Switzerland, Loughborough Junction, SW9

What you see is what you get with The Hero Of Switzerland, a traditional, two-room estate pub in Loughborough Junction with a friendly crowd, pool table and darts. There’s also occasional disco or karaoke, plus TV sports.

If you want to escape the much discussed ‘gentrification’ of Brixton, this is the pub to visit, but please note that it closes at 11pm/10.30pm Sundays. We like it a lot.

Opening hours: 
Mon-Sat: noon-11pm, Sun: noon-10.20pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub till 8pm

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HOOTANANNY
95 Effra Road  Brixton, SW2 1DF  [map]
Tel: 020 7737 7273
Busy, bustling boozer with gigs most nights of the week

A short walk out of Brixton, this large pub stays open and often has free live gigs and comedy throughout the week  – but check first because it’s not always free admission.

There’s a large live room and a second large bar inside, with a big outdoors area for smoking. The standard of the bands is usually high, the main downsides being the beer prices, the queues at the bar and the preponderance of bouncers on weekends. Note: you will need valid photo ID to get in after 11pm.

Opening hours:
Mon-Weds: 5pm-midnight, Thus: 5pm – 2am, Fri: 5pm-3am, Sat: midday-3am, Sun: noon to midnight
Wi-Fi: Yes . Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub
[website]

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Recommended Brixton bar
JOINERS ARMS – read our full review here

35 Denmark Hill, SE5 8RS [map]
Tel: 020 770 11957
Nearest tube: Brixton and bus
Friendly bar at the far end of Coldharbour Lane

Wednesday quiz nights at the Joiners Arms, 35 Denmark Hill, London SE5 8RS, south London

Open till midnight in the week (later on weekends), this traditional, smallish pub catches the eye with its formidable whiskey selection.

There’s a pool table in the back room which also hosts occasional live shows, often of an acoustic nature. We’ve had some good nights in the Joiners – it’s a bit of a hidden gem, and the Wednesday pub quiz is a real treat.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: noon-midnight, Fri-Sat: noon-1am, Sun: noon to midnight
Wi-Fi: Yes . Real ale: Great selection. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub
[website]

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THE JUNCTION – read our full review here
171 Coldharbour Lane, SE5 9PA
Tel: 020 3715 2762
Nearest station: Loughborough Junction
Much needed new bar for the area with strong live music focus

Jazz jam at The Junction bar in Coldharbour Lane, Loughborough Junction, south London, Tuesday 15th September 2015

Affordable and down to earth new bar run by jazz musicians. Operates as a laid back bar/cafe in the daytimes with regular live music nights.

Opening times:
Monday- 4pm – 11pm, Tues- Thurs noon – 11pm, Fri- Sat noon – midnight, Sun- noon to 11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: No. Food: Yes
[Website]

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KAFF BAR – CLOSED
64-68 Atlantic Road Brixton, London SW9 8PY [map]
Nearest tube: Brixton
Much loved  cafe/bar that closed after the landlords tripled the rent.

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THE LANDOR
70 Landor Rd SW9 9PH
Tel: 020 7737 3419
Nearest tube: Clapham North
Tastefully refurbished Victorian pub, comfortable and relaxed

Situated on Landor Road over the railway from the Duke of Edinburgh on the cusp of Cla’am, this is one of the last unfussy pubs around, with a wonderfuk original interior. There’s a big beer garden, pool table and even a theatre upstairs plus gigs. It’s a great place for a relaxing drink with a friendly crowd – but it can get busy on weekends.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: noon-11.30pm, Fri-Sat: noon-midnight, Sun: noon-10.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full menu
[website]

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THE MARKET HOUSE
443 Coldharbour Lane SW9
Tel: (020) 7095 9443
Nearest tube: Brixton
Bustling gastrobar and club attracting a younger crowd

Formerly the semi-notorious Living (and before that the Living Bar, IsoBar and old Coach and Horses), this venue has seen some big changes over the years, but its current iteration as the Market House seems to be the most successful.

Promising to “bring some speakeasy class to a new part of town with emphasis on traditional British with a modern twist,” the two floor bar serves food until 9pm and puts on some very lively club nights upstairs.

Opening hours:
Mon-Weds: noon-11pm, Thurs: noon-2am, Fri: noon-3am, Sat: 1pm-4am, Sun: 1pm-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full menu
[website]

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MARQUIS OF LORNE
49a Dalyell Road, SW9 9SA
Tel:020 7771 9409
Nearest tube: Stockwell
Old fashioned pub with a beautiful exterior

MARQUIS OF LORNE 49 Dalyell Road, SW9 9SA

Cruelly overlooked by most, this traditional, unmodernised Brixton boozer is well worth a visit, if only for its immaculate and beautifully preserved exterior with a stunning tile façade.

You should also have no problem getting served too as it’s somewhat off the beaten track and rarely troubled by big crowds. There’s TV screens for the sport and a pool table, but the beer choice is limited, as are your food options.

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: regular pub hours – please call to check
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No chance. Food: Limited

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PHONOX
418 Brixton Road, Brixton, London, SW9 7AY
Tel: 0207 733 0926
Two floor club with one of the finest sound systems in Brixton

Situated mere metres from the Academy, Plan B isn’t really a bar at all, but we’ve included it because it it often opens early for the pre/post gig Academy drinking crowd.

Inside you’ll find a large room with with a long bar stretching along the back wall. Prices area bit high but there’soften good DJs to get you in the mood for the gig next door.

Opening hours:
Usually 6pm before an Academy show  – please call to check
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: No

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Recommended Brixton bar
PRINCE ALBERT

418 Coldharbour La SW9
Tel:020 7274 3771
Wonderfully friendly and unpretentious Brixton pub with busy DJ/live music nights

Friday 25th April 2014: BRIXTON ROOTS ROCK REGGAE PARTY with THE MAJESTIC live, Brixton Offline Club, Prince Albert, 418 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9, plus DJs playing ska, electro, indie, punk, rock'n'roll, big band, rockabilly and skiffle

Unquestionably, the finest pub in Brixton! In fact, we love it so much we host our regular Offline Club nights there. Attracting a mixed and very friendly crowd, the Albert enjoys a fierce loyalty from its patrons who like to make the most of  the reasonable prices, extended hours and eclectic music selection.

Located next door to the 414 Club, this is a great place for a pre-club drink or just a pub night out. There’s also a lively and rather intimate smoking area around the back. We love it.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: noon-midnight, Fri-Sat: noon-2am, Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: LOL. Food: Yes
[Website]

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PRINCE OF WALES/POW
467-469 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8HH
Tel: 020 7326 4455
Large central gastro-pub with club nights

We’re almost unable to keep up with the amount of rebrands this bar has undergone in recent years (Harlem, The Prince, Lambeth), but they seem to have settled on the POW moniker (for now, at least). Now more of a gastropub/late bar, there’s usually quite a crowd on weekends. Upstairs there’s a popular club with a hot tub on the two-tiered roof terrace.

Opening hours:
Mon-Weds: noon-11pm, Thurs: noon-midnight, Fri-Sat: noon-3am, Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Yes
[Website]

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PRINCE OF WALES
169 Lyham Road, Brixton, SW2 5PY [map]
Tel: 0208 6711878
Old school boozer offering all you need in a traditional pub

A friendly, locals pub offering pool, darts, and television, the Prince of Wales has a traditional interior, small beer garden at the rear and there’s a good range of keenly priced bottled beers and a couple of ales.

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am-11pm, Sun: noon-10.30pm
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub
[Website]

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PRINCE REGENT
69 Dulwich Road, London SE24 0NJ
Tel: 020 7274 1567
Upmarket gastropub with a wonderful interior

Stuffed full of period charm with elegant wooden booths and cut glass windows, this relaxed and easy-going gastropub is located right next to Brockwell Park. There’s a function room upstairs and a large outdoor seating area, and an excellent selection of real ales on rotation.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 11-noon-11pm, Fri-Sat: noon-midnight, Sun: noon-10.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: No. Food: Full menu
[Website]

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QUEEN’S HEAD – read a review here
144 Stockwell Road, Stockwell SW9 9TQ  [map]
Tel: 020 7737 3519
Nearest tube: Brixton/Stockwell
CLOSED SEPTEMBER 2015

Open Mic Night at the Queen's Head, Stockwell Road, south London

 

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RITZY BAR/UPSTAIRS AT THE RITZY
1 Brixton Oval SW2
Tel: 020 7733 2229
Nearest tube: Brixton
Cinema bar and live venue in central Brixton 

The downstairs bar serves up a reasonable selection of beers for cinema goers with food until early evening, but the split level upstairs bar is the place to go with good beer, food and coffee – and there’s a great view over Windrush Square. Upstairs you’ll find regular DJ, live music and spoken word events, although there’s often an admission charge.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: noon-11pm, Fri-Sun: noon-midnight,
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: No. Cocktails: No. Food: Full menu (downstairs)
[Website]

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ST MATTHEWS BAR & SOCIAL CLUB
10 St Matthews Road, SW2 1NH
Tel: 020 7733 4912
Community social, with cheap prices

Community club, serving  Carlsberg, Fosters and Somersby, with prices from £2.60/pint. There’s also satellite sports TV, pool table and a weekly pool tournament on Monday nights. Membership costs £13/year or you can be signed in if you know a member.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 7pm-midnight, Fri: 7pm-2am, Sat: 2pm-2am, Sun: noon-10pm
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: No. Cocktails: No. Food: No
[Website]

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SATAY BAR
447 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8LP [map]
Tel: 0844 474 6080
Nearest tube: Brixton
Stylish restaurant/bar with a covered outdoor seating area to watch the world go by

SATAY BAR 447 Coldharbour Lane SW9

Busy, mixed, stylish restaurant/bar serving up tasty East Asian cuisine.

There’s a full bar and  lounge area with bar seating, with a focus on top notch cocktails. It can get a little bit busy for some, but it’s a fine Brixton institution.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: noon-11pm, Fri: noon-1am, Sat : 1pm-1am, Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full menu till late
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SEVEN AT BRIXTON
7 Market Row, Brixton SW9 8LB [map]
Tel: 020 7998 3309
Nearest tube: Brixton
Tapas and cocktails in the rapid gentrifying Market Row

A Spanish-ish themed style bar in one of Brixton’s covered markets, this friendly and unpretentious cocktail bar/restaurant is situated over two floors. Although sometimes suffering from glacially slow service, there’s a good range of cocktails starting at a reasonable £5 with Alhambra bottled beers starting at £3.50.

Opening hours:
Mon: 9am-6pm, Tues-Sat: 9am-11.30pm, Sun: 10am-11.30pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full menu till late
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SHRUB AND SHUTTER
3356, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 [map]
Tel: 0207 326 0643
Nearest tube: Brixton
Eye wateringly expensive cocktail bar

A conspicuous slice of gentrification targeting the affluent nu-Brixton Village crowd, this narrow, two room bar is located directly opposite the notorious Barrier Block.

The Shrub serves up well crafted cocktails (around £7- £10) that can sometimes border on the wrong side of novelty, and there’s tasty but expensive ‘small plate’ food. Unless your pockets are deeper than the Grand Canyon, don’t even think about trying to get drunk on beer here.

Opening hours:
Mon: closed, Tues-Weds: 5pm-1.30am. Thurs: 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat: 5pm-3am, Sun: noon-6pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: ‘contemporary bar snacks’
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SULTAN
37 New Park Road, Brixton, SW2 4DU
Tel: 020 8671 3171
Nearest tube: Brixton/bus
No-frills pub that covers the basics

Unassuming, affordable and unfussy, this is an old fashioned pub doing what old fashioned pubs do: serving up a decent selection of drinks and pub snacks. There’s also a beer garden.

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub food
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SUN OF CAMBERWELL
61-63 Coldharbour Ln, London SE5 9NS [map]
Tel: 020 7737 5861
Nearest tube: Brixton + bus
Laid back trendy pub with great choice of real ales

THE SUN OF CAMBERWELL Coldharbour Lane, Brixton

Formerly the Sun & Doves this large, softly-lit pub has a decent selection of real ales all priced at £3.70, and there’s good pub grub too.

There’s also regular live entertainment and garden barbecues in the summer, making this a great place to while away an evening.

Opening hours:
Mon: 4pm-11pm, Tues-Thurs: 4pm-midnight. Thurs: 5pm-2am, Fri: 4pm-1am, Sat: noon-1am, Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Good selection. Cocktails: No. Food: Pub grub’
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SW9 BAR 
11 Dorrell Place, Brixton, SW9 8EG [map]
Tel: 20 7738 3116‎
Nearest tube: Brixton
There’s cocktails galore at this gay-friendly bar right opposite the tube

Situated opposite Brixton tube station up a short alley by the side of Marks and Spencer, this is a handy place for pre-show drinks on a gig night. It’s quite a small bar but serves up tasty food and snacks and has a great selection of wines, spirits and cocktails. It’s not cheap though, so lager monsters may prefer to head off to the Beehive.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-1am, Sun: 10am-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Gastropub fare
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THREE EIGHT FOUR
384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF [map]
Tel: 0203 4177 309
Hipster-luring NY-style cocktail and snack bar 

THREE EIGHT FOUR 384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LF

A new branch of Seven, this is another of these ‘small plates restaurant and cocktail bars’ with bartenders apparently employing “experimental techniques and boutique spirits.”

Once you’ve successfully navigated past the clipboard-clutching bouncer, you’ll find a bar very much in the nu-Brixton mould (i.e. it looks like it’s in Brooklyn). Cocktails start from £6, with bottled beer around £4. Expect to make a reservation before being permitted in. It’s all a far cry from when horse meat for human consumption was traded on the premises.

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 5pm-late, Sat-Sun: 11am-late
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: No. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Those small plates
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TRINITY ARMS
45 Trinity Gardens, London SW9 8DR
Tel: 020 7274 4544
The quietest bar in central Brixton, with a good selection of wines and ales

TRINITY ARMS 45 Trinity Sq SW9

Situated in the most un-Brixton like tranquillity of Trinity Gardens, this traditional Youngs pub has a fine selection of the company’s real ales, and serves tasty food up until 10pm.

It wouldn’t be our first choice of boozer to put you in the mood for a night of death metal at the Academy, but it’s an unfussy, mellow kind of place to drink where you can guarantee a good pint.

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 11am-11pm, Fri: 11am-midnight, Sat: noon-midnight, Sun: noon-11pm
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full pub menu
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WHITE HORSE
94 Brixton Hill, Brixton, SW2 1QN
Tel: 020 8678 6666
Nearest tube: Brixton + bus
Lively DJ bar a brisk walk up the hill

The White Horse is a great midweek chilled out venue, with d’n’b, techno and house taking over on weekends. The pub serves a mixture of reasonably-priced Mexican and Italian food up to 10pm – and check out their excellent all-day Sunday Roast too!

Opening hours:
Mon-Thurs: 5pm-midnight, Fri: 4pm-3am, Sat: noon-3am, Sun: noon-midnight
Wi-Fi: Yes. Real ale: Yes. Cocktails: Yes. Food: Full pub menu
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Recommended Brixton bar
WINDMILL

22 Blenheim Gardens, Brixton Hill SW2 [map]
Tel: 020 8671 0700
Nearest tube: Brixton + bus
Legendary pub that is easily one of the best small live venues in London

Fat White Manson Family with Misty Miller at the Brixton Windmill

Putting on live music most nights of the week, the Windmill has rightfully earned a reputation as the place to see up and coming new bands, and if you’re lucky you might come across a well established band playing a low key gig.

Scruffy and tatty at the edges – like all good music venues should be – the Windmill has put on some well established names at some point in their career and is always worth a visit.

Opening hours:
Sun-Thurs: 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat: 5pm-1am
Wi-Fi: No. Real ale: Limited. Cocktails: No. Food: Snacks
[Website]