Should you find yourself in this part of the city, we’ve compiled a list of all the best bars in South East London for any and all occasions. Happy drinking!
Words Paola Peralta
Add some colour to your plans with the best bars in South East London
THE SHRUB AND SHUTTER
This rustic-modern eatery has raised the bar for the Brixton pub scene. Specializing in seasonal British cuisine and uniquely delicious inventive house cocktails, this bar is the ideal location for drinks year-round. Known to locals for its tastefully hip decor, friendly atmosphere, creative menu and tasty food, the Shrub and Shutter has a open door policy for any and all of all ages. Stop by a take a look at the menu, but be warned, once you go it’s destined to be a favourite.
CRYSTAL PALACE MARKET
For an innovative, healthy, fresh but still savoury alternative to the usual bar experience, head to The Crystal Palace Market. Everything offered, both food and drinks, is made from locally sourced products. And if that’s not enough, they prepare it right before your eyes. For those who don’t want to stray too far from their comfort zone, enjoy an original version of the classic cocktails that everyone loves, and for those feeling a more adventurous, try any of their signature cocktails.
Now transmitting from Lewisham Town Centre, this lively pub serves real ale, craft beer and all around friendly service seven days a week. Rock up to the bar for a well-chosen selection of drinks, serving local brewery favourites including Villages, Hop Stuff and Gipsy Hill with a weekly rotation of exciting guest beers so there’s never a dull moment. Accompany your drink with a selection of hearty, reasonably-priced high quality British seasonal faves through the week, with proper roasts grabbing all the attention on Sundays.
GREMIO DE BRIXTON
This cocktail bar and restaurant combo is not ideal for the superstitious, but fans of all things mysterious and deliciously strange will enjoy this Brixton hotspot. Tucked away in the crypt underneath St. Matthews Church, Gremio de Brixton is an authentic Spanish tapas restaurant and cocktail bar with resident DJs at weekends. A great place to head for a night out, this place is guaranteed to bring your weekend to life.
Hidden away on a stunning square in the heart of Brixton, just a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Brixton high street this local bar is right for any occasion. Whether you’re on the search for good live music, a family friendly environment, or just some place to pop in for a bite to eat with your friends, the Trinity Arms has it all. If the weather is nice, head to the back garden and enjoy your meal surrounded in the sunshine.
BEAST OF BRIXTON
From their zingy homemade frozen margaritas to their signature Peach Jam Sours, work your way through their customized cocktail menu over the sound of today’s hottest chart-toppers. Whether you’re in the market for a place to dance, a place to drink, or a place to simply enjoy a savoury Sunday Roast, head over to the Beast of Brixton for an experience that’s anything but tame.