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Top 10 Best Pubs in Clapham, London

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Clapham is the epicentre of south London’s nightlife and weekend party shenanigans. It is overflowing with some of the best bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants in south London, if not the whole of London. This high density of eating and drinking options provides a glowing playground for the young professionals who flock to the area in their droves. But with so much choice, the predicament of deciding which bar or pub to visit can provoke much head scratching. From cosy, rugged up, leather couch-bound winter pubs offering gastro cuisine, to all-out alfresco beer garden summer party pub action, and big screen pubs for sports fans, the below guide offers a glimpse into the plentiful realm of pubs in Clapham. We give you the Top 10 best pubs in Clapham.

Tags: Pubs, South London

Grand Union Brixton
Brixton / Bar / Restaurant / Club / Cuisine: Bar

Clapham/Brixton - By virtue of the fact that this large pub is half way betwixt Clapham and Brixton, we're going to include it in this Top 10. Also, it easily has the best beer garden in London (see above). Outdoor bars and BBQs, several screens with shadow-creating visors for the sports (Euro 2012 football and the London Olympics, here we come), a table-top fire pit, a cinema screen (!!), a wealth of wooden picnic benches, and several Thai cabin huts for private parties and cocktail gatherings. And that?s just what they have outside! Inside: beautifully ornate decor, eccentric burger pub grub, and a £3.50 happy hour. Best beer: Young's Contact Grand Union Brixton directly

The Draft House Northcote
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Meat

Northcote Road - This stretch of Clapham is overloaded with chain bars, pubs 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 pub's remit, if indeed it is a pub as it could also claim to be a bar and a restaurant. 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. Contact The Draft House Northcote directly

The Avalon
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Gastro

Clapham South - Why have just one beer garden when you can have three? One rear beer garden, one side beer garden, and one front beer garden. There aren't many pubs in Clapham that have this much alfresco opportunity. Cometh the summer months, this pub will be swarmed by Clapham's young singles seeking high levels of vitamin D and summer BBQs. The stylish, classically decorated bistro restaurant provides ample excuse (and sustainable fayre) to arrive early, stay late. There is a choice of regional guest ales constantly on offer as well as huge array of wines (20 wines for less than £20) in glass, carafe or bottle formats. Best beer: Doom Bar. Contact The Avalon directly

The Four Thieves
Clapham / Bar / Cuisine: Pub

Just off trendy Lavender Hill, this raucous hangout is a melting pot of just about every person in London looking for a good time. Go for the food; a range of perfectly turned out British pub classics - all using local ingredients - but stay for the great vibes and performances from London's newest acts. And the venue takes their beverages very seriously - with their own on-site distillery and brewery, you know you're in for something special - including the possibility of tasting over 45 different types of gin. And there's something fun going on upstairs! Contact The Four Thieves directly

The Northcote
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British

Northcote Road - Positioned conveniently on the busy nightlife intersection of Northcote Road and Battersea Rise in Clapham Junction, this Geronimo pub is widely regarded as one of the best pubs in south-west London. It may not have a beer garden but the small sun-drenched terrace is a great spot for people-watching. Popular with sexy, young professionals, this pub has a prolific gastro cuisine menu and a wine list chosen by a Master of Wine, plus a neat little private upstairs bar. The rustic interior feels simultaneously open whilst providing adequate nooks. Also, if you're a fan of sport, this is one of the best pubs in Clapham for watching football and rugby. Best beer: Sambrooks Contact The Northcote directly

The Abbeville
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British

Abbeville Village - This wealthy little corner of Clapham requires high standards to keep the mix of families and young professionals in the area entertained. Hence, this proper village pub and restaurant is cosy almost to the point of crowded. Yes, it does get packed so book ahead. And you should eat, because the British menu is charming, especially if you're a carnivore; the roasts are superb and the burgers legendary (your food may take a while to arrive, but slow down London!). Lovely service, real ales, nooks and an open fire for winter, an outdoor terrace drenched in sunshine for alfresco summer drinking and dining, and Sky Sports when necessary. Best beer: Timothy Taylor Contact The Abbeville directly

The Alexandra
Clapham / Bar / Cuisine: Pub

Clapham Common - This huge pub next to Clapham Common tube station is of particular interest to those pub lovers who enjoy sport. There are TVs and HD projectors dotted throughout the pub and hardly an angle that isn't covered so if you're into football, rugby or the Olympics, this is the best pub in Clapham for a sporting atmosphere. The decor is very rustic, wooden, and full of unusual paraphernalia. There's also a balcony bar and open fireplace. The sharing platters are worth bringing friends along for and, at weekends, the pub stays open until 1am. There isn?t a great range of bitter or ales but if lager is your tipple, there are plenty to choose from. Best beer: Birra Morretti. Contact The Alexandra directly

The Falcon
Clapham / Bar / Cuisine: Thai

Clapham North - A summer pub if ever there was one. This isn't to say there's nothing wintery worth praising (21-day aged roast beef and the papers on a chilled out Sunday afternoon; midweek quiz nights; live music; a 'monster' collection of board games; real ales/specialty beers on tap) but even combined these pale in comparison to the rear beer garden (there's also a terrace out front). This alfresco bar and dining area has its own bar and summer BBQ, benches, parasols, heaters and space for about 300 sun-worshippers. It's immense. Fingers crossed the British weather holds out. Best beer: whichever American craft beer is available. Contact The Falcon directly

The Bolingbroke
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British

This bright, modern pub-restaurant caters mainly to the 'Nappy Valley' section of SW London: those with children hunting for brunch. This is not the restaurant for young Claphamites looking to eye up the talent (although there are plenty of yummy mummies). This is the baby/kid friendly restaurant you visit if you want the staff to provide bowls of water for your dog, to hold your baby whilst you eat lunch (if it's not busy), or to offer a high chair when you enter with your family entourage. The fresh, reasonably priced cuisine comes in huge portions and includes sea bream, ham hock, and salt and pepper squid. Best dish: scallops with curried lentils & a pint of Landlord beer. Contact The Bolingbroke directly

Stane Street Syndicate
Clapham / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American

A stone's throw from Clapham Common tube station, Stane Street Syndicate is a pub and all day diner, serving up brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. An extensive beer list takes in everything from London brews like Camden and Meantime, to US hits like Brooklyn Lager, with two heated alfresco areas perfect for outdoor drinking. Meanwhile, the US-inspired food menu is packed with comfort classics including chilli fries, nachos and beef, pulled pork and chipotle jam sliders and a thirteen-strong burger selection topped with everything from pastrami to peanut butter. Contact Stane Street Syndicate directly

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