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Top 10 Best Bars & Pubs in Balham, London

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Balham: Top 10 best bars and pubs. From cinema bars, to live stand-up comedy pubs, to disco dancing pubs, to large outdoor alfresco beer gardens, to former Evening Standard Best Bar of the Year winners, to raucous shot-filled hen party and birthday party cocktail bars, Balham has proved itself to be a hub for nearly everyone’s weekend entertainment. Here are the Top 10 best bars and pubs in South London's Balham suburb to keep you entertained every day of the week.

Tags: Pubs, South London, Bars

Balham Bowls Club (BBC)
Balham / Bar / Cuisine: Tapas

The BBC as it is affectionately know is a pub reclaimed from a former Bowls Club house. The Balham Bowls Club's history has been preserved over its Edwardian panelled wall with old rosettes and wooden scoreboards. Its cosy corners are ideal for a quiet pint with your date or just to catch up with friends. They offer a traditional British menu with their Sunday roasts being extremely popular. Their selection of ale is always on rotations and their wine list is extensive and varied. Contact Balham Bowls Club (BBC) directly

Hagen & Hyde
Balham / Bar / Cuisine: Bar

Located a hop, skip and jump from Balham tube station, Hagen & Hyde is a larger-than-life pub with an endearingly lived-in feel: old books and antiques line the rough brick walls, while comfortable booths and tables provide an intimate setting for get-togethers. The bar boasts a wide range of craft ales complemented by excellent, affordable victuals such as pan-fried sea bass and BBQ ribs. Coupled with friendly staff, amiable clientele and regular events (including live music and pub quizzes), the Hagen & Hyde is undoubtedly the place to be in Balham. Contact Hagen & Hyde directly

The Bedford
Balham / Bar /

Less of a mere bar and more of a multi-room behemoth of a venue, the Bedford is a Balham institution that packs a crowd every night of the week. As well as the main bar, which offers a wide range of traditional ales and lagers alongside thoughtfully prepared pub grub, the Bedford hosts regular comedy, theatre and live music nights in its many rooms, previously attended by some of the biggest names in the business. Head along and you're bound to be wined, dined, entertained and welcomed by the venerable venue's staff. Contact The Bedford directly

The Regent
Balham / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro

The Regent has been around for what seems like forever, and shows no sign of slowing down in the 21st century. Regular, well-attended events including quizzes, cocktail clubs and live gigs keep the regulars happy, while a raft of ales, lagers and wines help grease the wheels. The food is a little pricey but extremely tasty with locally-sourced ingredients, and the overall atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. In a neighbourhood increasingly spoilt for choice in pubs, the Regent still manages to stand out from the rest. The Regent is also the best pub in Balham for watching live sports like football and rugby. Contact The Regent directly

Lost & Found
Balham / Bar /

Lost & Found is a friendly, funky little cocktail bar in Balham taking the muddler to history, pouring in a stash of great music, and serving it up on a silver platter of good times. Whether you're after a classic cocktail or something new, the staff have a passion for making amazing cocktails in a great party atmosphere. Contact Lost & Found directly

The Exhibit
Balham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American

One of the most diverse venues around: it's a bar, it's a diner, it's a cinema and it's a private venue that you can hire for all types of functions. The venue is spread over 3 floors to accommodate the various events that happen on most nights. It is centrally located in the heart of Balham and it's especially fantastic in the summer months with its large terrace and decked garden. Their movie and dinner offers are particularly popular and if you join their membership scheme, you will be the first to find out about their special deals. Contact The Exhibit directly

The Devonshire
Balham / Bar /

Looking for a fantastic beer garden in South London that isn't overrun with Claphamites and rowdy Aussies (gawd bless 'em)? Then the secret 200-seater beer garden hidden at the back of The Devonshire pub along Balham High Street is a tranquil retreat for sun-filled, calming moments. The pub may not look like much to look at from the front, with it's small alfresco area, but venture inside and reveal the plush, spacious interior, the British focused hearty gastropub menu (slightly pricey), an inviting beer list and wine selection, and a regular pub quiz. Not every bar or pub in Balham is oonst-oonst you know?! Contact The Devonshire directly

Graffiti Bar
Balham / Bar / Cuisine: Bar

A vibrant, neighbourhood bar in cosmopolitan Balham, Graffiti has one of the most extensive cocktail menus in South London with most upgradeable to a sharing fish bowl or paint tins. They have a buy one get one free happy hour offer from the moment they open until late on most evenings. They offer party spaces with no minimum spends and even some free cocktails and also cocktail making masterclasses for you to channel your inner Tom Cruise. Contact Graffiti Bar directly

The Grove
Balham / Bar / Cuisine: Gastro

The Grove is a charming Victorian pub filled with dark woods, copper beer tanks and comfy seating. You?ll find a seasonal menu of pub classics, including fish and chips, Sunday roasts, burgers and sticky toffee puddings, plus locally brewed beer and spirits distilled in the old-fashioned way. Head out onto the terrace on a sunny day, or find a spot in the light-flooded dining room when it?s still chilly outside. The traditional pub also hosts a weekly pub quiz, as well as masterclasses and holiday activities. Contact The Grove directly

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