Bar Story

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Bar Story

A laid-back cocktail bar housed under a railway arch in Peckham.

You know those Shoreditch bars that have undergone a costly makeover to look so deliberately dump-like, it just seems desperate? They’re everything Bar Story is not. This rough-around-the-edges dive bar tucked beneath Peckham Rye station doesn’t care about pretence, and that’s what makes it so damn great.

It’s not the biggest of boozers and the loos are a bit ramshackle, but boy, has this place got atmosphere. The spacious outdoor seating areas make it – I’d imagine – an ideal spot for alfresco drinking when the sun’s out. That said, when we visited, cosy indoors environs filled with candles and low-lit lamps made it a welcome shelter from the snow.

Cocktails are the main event, and I was piddled after just two of them. A Hemingway daquiri packed a fruity punch, while a whisky sour was refreshing and bitter-sweet. They’re modestly priced between £6 and £8, or go between 6pm and 7pm and you’ll snap up an extra drink for £2. Warm, freshly baked sourdough with olives and hummus was pretty tasty, but I had my eye on the thin-crust pizzas being devoured by other punters – a steal at no more than £9 each. Be warned though: service is slow and happy hour queues assemble quickly.

It’s not much to look at, but Bar Story is trendy without being stuck up, and its charm has clearly made it a go-to haunt for locals. If you’re after booze, a buzz and a distinct lack of the posers you may get in other parts of town, this is a great place to start.

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Bar Story says
Bar Story has been South London's home of great value cocktails since 2003! Serving a quality offering of beers, spirits and wines, as well as a delicious range of pizzas, we've been keeping Peckham fed and watered for well over a decade. Come down for Happy Hour, 6pm-7pm everyday, stay for the atmosphere and the music.
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By: Emily Watson

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Venue name: Bar Story
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Address: 213 Blenheim Grove
London
SE15 4QL
Transport: Peckham Rye Overground
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tastemaker

Really great hipster bar right next to Peckham Rye station. This place has a really buzzing atmosphere, and has a lovely spacious outdoor area. Drinks are reasonably priced and the vibe is perfect for pre drinking on the weekend before hitting a club, or great if you're after a chilled one with a big group. It gets majorly packed though so head down early. 

tastemaker

One of my favorites bars in SE London. Cocktails are world class and very reasonable priced. Good music, friendly crowd - best season for visiting Bar Story is summer but it is worth going any time of the year. It gets very busy on Friday and Saturday which it usually not a problem in terms of space, but could be annoying as it takes ages to order a drink. 


Great in the summer, winter, autumn and spring! Beautiful cocktails and pizzas, always a good laugh - if you can get to the bar!


The first minimalist bar in Peckham and still a favourite after all these years! Great thin crust pizzas and the happy hour is always worth heading for!

Tastemaker

With the now famous Peckham arches bars baring a certain resemblance to one another it’s often hard to know which one to choose. What I can say about Bar Story is it’s usually pretty busy any night of the week, has a decent selection of pizzas, and some valuable indoor and outdoor seating. However the bar can get fairly busy later on and during happy hour so order in bulk.

Staff Writer

Great bar, with great reasonably priced cocktails that pack punch made well by attentive bar staff that know their game. Excellent party vibe come Saturday night that spills outside on to a nice lit terrace area.

Tastemaker

Great bar and great happy hour.  However be warned, when it is 10 minutes to go until the end of happy hour people will seem to appear out of nowhere and you can end up queuing for 45 minutes to get a drink!  Not sure why they don't put on extra staff around this time but hey ho, no where is perfect!  Perfect summer saturday afternoon vibes :) 

Tastemaker

Yeah this is a goodie under the archways of the peckham railway. Popular and busy on most nights and it serves a mean cocktail. Aperol Spritzers are deadly so don't expect to know how you got home.


Great for somewhere you want to sit and chill with friends, especially if it's sunny! Heaps of seating outside and buzzing atmosphere

Tastemaker

A nice bar moments away from Peckham Rye station, in fact it is directly under one of its platforms. The cosy outside area is a great place to relax with a drink in the Sun. Definitely best to visit between 6-7pm on weekdays, to make the most of happy hour!


It is relatively small and drinks are a bit pricey if you visit outside of happy hour. Not the sort of place you'd spend a whole night but none the less a great bar to have a couple of drinks. It shuts relatively early (10pm on weekdays/11pm Friday/Saturday) but across the road is Peckham Springs which is also a great vibe and is open a bit later, they even let you take your drinks across!


had a lot of fun in this bar, especially with such a great selection of cocktails.  Also there is prosecco on tap which is always a winner.  You can always get a seat, but the atmosphere is still fun and lively - definitely recommend. 

Staff Writertastemaker

Its a fine bar if you really need a place to sit down.


The sound can be a bit jarring as its in an archway (likewise with the sistered bar out the back) and you can sometimes be thrown out early 'just because'. the bar closes at 10pm most nights which can be a bit of a mood killer.

Go here if you're drinking early and want to take advantage of the 2-for-1 cocktail deal between 6-7pm otherwise its become a bit of an overspill bar in recent years as better bars have cropped up locally.