Southwark Tavern

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© Rob Greig
The Borough

Another in the string of yoof boozers cannily conceived and marketed by the Mitchells & Butlers pubco (see also the Crown & Sceptre, the Carpenters Arms and the Green Man in Fitzrovia, among numerous others), this corner pub is a pretty sizeable place, but it’ll still be a struggle to get served after 6pm on a party-hearty Friday.

The main room is often thronged with lively twenty- and thirtysomethings on the post-work razzle, drawn by the Southwark Tavern’s easy mix of traditional pub style and youthful buzz in an area that’s rich in the former but otherwise lacking in the latter.

The other key to its appeal is the terrific range of beers, from British ales (some familiar, some rare) to continental and American imports. The choice of beers is much smaller in the downstairs bar (there are no handpumps, for one thing), but you’ll get served a lot quicker. The food is soak-it-up pub grub.

Venue name: Southwark Tavern
Address: 22 Southwark Street
Opening hours: Open 11am-midnight Mon-Wed; 11am-1am Thur, Fri; 10am-1am Sat; noon-midnight Sun. Food served 11am-10.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail

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Ros J

Southwark Tavern is a bit of a staple for me - I often meet people there for after work drinks and it's a goodie, right by London Bridge station and Borough Market. Surprisingly good munchies - some kind of cheesy dip thing which floats my boat. Always a good vibe, often busy but usually you'll get a table. Lovely old school pub feel and the staff are usually pretty friendly.

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Horrible, discriminatory bouncers that don't allow certain people to join friends for drinks depending on "their type". AVOID AT ALL COSTS