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.
|Venue name:||Bar Story|
213 Blenheim Grove
|Transport:||Peckham Rye Overground|
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Average User Rating
4.1 / 5
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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!
Great for somewhere you want to sit and chill with friends, especially if it's sunny! Heaps of seating outside and buzzing atmosphere
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.