If you’re heading for a night out on the tiles in south London, chances are you’ll be travelling to the epicentre of activity, where all the best bars and clubs in south London congregate: Clapham. Pah, who needs Brixton!? Who needs New Cross? All the real drinking and dancing is taking place in Clapham North, Clapham Common, Clapham South, and Clapham Junction. These four pillars of fun contain a healthy number of pubs for watching sport, but sometimes, just sometimes, the only thing on your mind is (happy hour) cocktails, shots, loud music, and lots of lots of sexy single people. Welcome to Clapham. Welcome to the best bars and clubs in south London.
Tags: South London
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
Gigalum is the closest thing to summer all year round, overlooking Clapham Common and just seconds from Clapham South tube. With parasols and heaters Gigalum's front garden (pictured above) remains a viable propostition for outdoor drinking. The menu is available from lunchtime until late, with weekend brunches available all day alongside their Sunday roasts. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays towarss the end of the evening, DJ's play house music as the bar fills with a stylish, sexy, single (??) South London crowd. Screw work tomorrow, let's party!
WC - Wine & Charcuterie
Clapham / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
After nearly two years of renovations, this derelict, 100 year old listed former public convenience, has been converted into an intimate, and secluded hideaway where guests can enjoy quality wines, delicious charcuterie boards, whilst listening to talented live music acts. This special location has been given a new lease of life and fresh purpose, but also adds something completely new to Clapham. The small booths and candlelit stools make it a great bar for date nights and small groups of conversational friends.
Powder Keg Diplomacy
Clapham / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Hidden away on St John's Hill, far from the maddening crowds on Northcote Road and Clapham High Street, this secret time portal of a bar exudes a Dickensian spirit that plants its flag very firmly in the past; a flag that's resolutely British. Nearly everything on the food and drinks menus is British sourced which makes for an unusual array of cheek-blushing cocktails, girth stretching meals, and hand crafted ales. We recommend an early arrival for a cocktails in the bar (note: the peculiar decor), and under no circumstances should you leave without retiring to the rear quarters for a meal in the verdant green conservatory restaurant. Queen Victoria would've approved, and we do too.
Venn Street Records
Clapham / Bar / Cuisine: Pizza
Jet, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Maximo Park, Beastie Boys, Jamie Liddell, Fleet Foxes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stevie Wonder, Bloc Party, Oasis; have we struck a chord yet? These artists are this bar's Top 10 and should give you an idea of what to expect. For anyone who prefers music memorabilia and a slice of retro in their nightlife sandwich (rather than cheese please), this bar offers a refreshing change to the homogeneous central London type bars so prevalent in Clapham. The al fresco area on the pedestrianised Venn Street, the 2-4-1 cocktails 5-7pm every day except Saturday, the unusual bottled beers, and the live music on Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays all scream: hangover cure at the ready!
No.32 The Old Town
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
No.32 The Old Town is an exciting neighborhood favourite bar in Clapham. Serving everything from a delicious breakfast/brunch menu, to a variety of small plates and main dishes, the bar boasts an extensive and extremely popular cocktail menu. What makes No.32 special is the spectacular roof terrace which is hands down the best terrace in Clapham. With beautiful outdoor space offering magnificent views over Clapham Common, it is the perfect place for a summer evening.
The Draft House Northcote
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Meat
This stretch of Clapham is overloaded with chain bars and restaurants, and although The Draft House is part of a small family, it is truly unique. Beer, in all its luscious guises, provides the cornerstone of this corner bar remit. Draught beers, craft beers, wheat beers, dark beers, weissebiers, pale ales, amber ales, stouts, lagers, porters; you name it, they serve it. The variety is astounding but thankfully measures also come in half and third pints. The retro fitted dining area is also a treat, especially when the word "burger" is uttered. Best beer: the rum cask Innis & Gunn.
Bar 366 St Johns Hill
Battersea / Bar /
A ridiculously kooky establishment, this is where you'd find the coolest ever grandma's knitting club. Vintage chairs, tables, books and accessories abound, but the drink selection brings bar 366 straight back to the 21stcentury. You'll find cocktails in plant pots, Marmite and mustard jars, decorated with icing sugar, chillies and flaming pomegranates. Tuck into a platter of locally-sourced cheese and ham while you're there - the Spanish family behind this joint definitely know their foods. If you're a cocktail fan, you cannot miss out on the incredible varieties offered by the team here - but recreate them at your peril. Very few can get the marmite: raspberry ration on the money
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Modern Eclectic
Arranged over three intimate levels, Bar Social offers exquisite, award winning cocktails in stylish and ambient surroundings. This concept bar in the middle of Lavender Hill in Clapham Junction is well designed and we recommend it for small, private or corporate parties, especially as bespoke canapes can be created for any event, along with free balloons and bottle of champagne when you book your birthday or engagement party.
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Dim Sum
Fu Manchu is a late night dim sum and cocktail bar in Clapham North. Hidden under railway arches and shrouded in mystery, Fu Manchu is as enigmatic as its moustachioed, villainous namesake. Taking its inspiration from the Chinese master criminal introduced by Sax Rohmer in his early 20th century cult novels, and subsequent films, Fu Manchu combines Victorian opium den with a modern graphic edge. Occupying an old railway arch, the venue's decor is dramatic and visually stunning, setting off raw brickwork with striking light installations.
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