The Dogstar

Nightlife , Late-night bars Brixton
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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A Brixton institution from back when Coldharbour Lane was somewhere people feared to go, Dogstar is a big, three-floor street-corner pub exuding the urban authenticity loved by clubbers. Earning the accolade of being London’s first ever DJ bar, Dogstar has managed to sustain a loyal following over the decades. The most recent refurbishment has left the interior looking like a cross between the Old Blue Last and Loungelover. The atmosphere can be intense, but it’s never less than vibrant. A top tip for first-timers is to get there early – not only will you be able to bag space at the pool table but you can also evade the door tax. Dogstar’s music policy is varied with everything from hip hop to drum ’n’ bass and funk. There are often comedy nights and the food from the Mexican restaurant is popular with locals.

Venue name: The Dogstar
Address: 389 Coldharbour Lane
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri until 4am, Sat 12noon-4am, Sun 12noon-2am
Transport: Tube: Brixton
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Chelsey C

I've been put off from visiting this late night bar previously due to the chart-hit tripe that is blasted out of their speakers and the drunk students packing out the dance floor but I visited a week ago for a friend's private party and I was pleasantly surprised.

The Dogstar has two large function rooms at the top of the building and the party was in the slightly smaller room on the 3rd floor.

We had our own bar and toilets on the same level which saved us from walking up and down the many stairs. It was also equipped with its own sound system, which was slightly on the quiet side, but still a bonus to have CDJs and turntables in what is essentially a large pub.

Drinks were reasonable, as was the Hire fee, and the bar staff were really friendly and accommodating, especially since they were having to deal with around 100 drunk and rowdy customers.

Would definitely go back for a private party again and I'm even considering holding my birthday party here too!

Khadija-taj O

Had a good enough time until a rude staff member started yelling abuse at me and my friend. We did nothing to her but she just wanted to pick a fight. She kick us out but then security had to restrain her because she was trying to fight me. I don't want to go back to a place where members of staff act like that. On a whole, service is absolutely terrible. 


So many wicked nights here. We always end up at dogstar when we're out in brixton. Love it!

Mr Ape

Cant wait to see that amazing MonkeyMarc from Australia there tonight !!!


I go here often after work on a friday. Always a great night out - good tunes and friendly people. Love it, highly recommended!


Mega fun night out in very lively Brixton, extremely tasty pizzas, cool staff and party atmosphere later on. Good range of drinks, resonable 'pub' prices!!!