Time Out Eating & Drinking Awards 2012: Best new beer bar
Best New Beer Bar category: for the pubs that deliver great artisan beers
This has been a boom year for brewpubs – pubs that brew their own-brand, craft beer on the premises. These have been joined by a new wave of pubs selling brilliant selections of artisanal ales bursting with hoppy flavours. But which bar delivers service, atmosphere and good bar food as well as top brews?
Best new beer bar
Bars246 Brixton Rd, SW9 6AQ
Sibling to Stokey’s Jolly Butchers, this south London boozer has had a no-frills refurb (bare bricks, smart grey window frames) – the most exciting feature is the lengthy bar offering seven cask real ales plus 14 keg beers and ciders. Regularly featured breweries include Redemption, Dark Star, Magic Rock, Camden Town, Brewdog, Brooklyn and Kernel; bottles take a worldlier approach and include a fair few Belgians. Bridging the apparent divide between Camra-endorsed real ale and its hip young cousin, craft beer, this is a pub for all.
Read Crown & Anchor review
Bars113 Bayham St, NW1 0AG
The first London outpost of a Scottish craft brewery, where clued-up staff will gladly guide you through the groundbreaking list of beers available (keg, draught and bottle).
Read Brewdog review
Bars13 North Hill, N6 4AB
In addition to kegs offering the likes of Sierra Nevada Torpedo and Veltins Pilsas, The Bull dispenses the fine products of the London Brewing Company, made on the premises.
Read the Bull review
Bars2 St Jude St, N16 8JT
There’s live music and Thai food at this Islington local, but it’s the beer that makes it special. Sample six rotating real ales on tap (many brewed in London) or choose from keg and bottle.
Read Railway Tavern review