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Doodle Bar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Bermondsey
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Bermondsey bar where you can write on the walls.

When Doodle Bar first opened in Battersea in 2009, it was a spot to cherish. Hidden in an industrial warehouse through a carpark, it was a pop-up when pop-ups weren’t de rigueur. And the drinks were properly cheap. Best of all, you could write on the walls, along the tables and even on the waiters’ whites. As time went on, the pop-up went perm, the prices went up and the doodling was limited to the walls, but it remained a gem. That was until it closed to make way for luxury flats (that old chestnut) in 2015. But now Doodle Bar is back, occupying a railway arch in Bermondsey. Three cheers for that.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, the weekend feels like it starts here while the other arches are shutting up shop. The concrete floor is high gloss, there’s a foosball table at the front of the bar and a street food van parks up at the entrance on weekends – Constancia on our trip, with its awesome Argentinian steak sandwiches. But the real action is at the back; a narrow arch of a room, with blackboards on both sides and ping pong tables down the middle.

A short list of decent cocktails is joined by a well curated wine list and the bar’s own pale ale. It obviously helped; by the end of the night the walls were covered in, er, ‘imaginative’ sketches. Doodle Bar has still got it.

Doodle Bar says
We are open Wednesdays 5pm - 11pm, Thursdays noon-11pm, Fridays & Saturdays noon-12am. Come down for a drink, a doodle & some delicious food.
The Doodle Bar is a bar and events space where people have the freedom to enjoy a good scribble, play a game of ping pong, and enjoy some street food.

Details

Address: 60 Druid St
London
SE1 2EZ
Transport: Tube: Bermondsey
Contact:
Opening hours: Thu-Sat midday-11pm; Sun midday-5pm; closed Mon-Wed
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Users say (6)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Tastemaker

Doodle Bar is just about my favourite new spot in South London. A bar where you can drink delicious drinks* (*aperol spritz) and draw on the wall AND play ping pong without leaving SE1? Certainly, sir.

Tastemaker

This modern and fun bar is located in the arches between London Bridge and Bermondsey tube stations. It features free table football, ping pong, and chalk-board lined walls for you to doodle your inner-most thoughts (or a funny picture). They have a wide range of drinks and if you like your dark ales there are some special stouts on offer. Certainly one to try if you are in the area, especially as it is located between Hawkes Cidery and Taphouse and the Southwark Brewing company, which are both also worth a visit.

tastemaker

Doodle Bar was a pleasant surprise that seemed somewhat lost in an area of London (Bermondsey) that I don't really know well at all. Located in a re-purposed railway arch, the space is huge offering a good selection of drinks (£4 pints, £5 small glasses of wine and £9-10 cocktails), street food, ping pong and chalk walls for all of your drunken doodling delights (from where I was sitting this mainly, and unsurprisingly, meant a whole array of artistic genitalia!) It also has its own Doodle Beer; a great and very affordable lager.


I'd highly recommend this venue for anything from an intimate drink for two to an exclusively rented space for a private party. It offers everything you could want and need for a great night out!

Tastemaker

The doodle bar's new home in bermondsey should be everyone's favourite London hang-out, located within the railway archways it's the perfect blend of fun and cool for an evening out! The bar also has a whole host of cool events, such as the recent AOI illustration evening. Two whole walls are covered in blackboard paint for plenty of free style doodling in between drinks, whilst their partner pizza place was pulled up in a vintage style van outside. I believe they also host a whole range of cool workshops and stuff! :) 

Tastemaker

Where else can you doodle on the wall while you enjoy a cocktail or pint?! Not a clue where the idea came from but its a good one.. there's something almost therapeutic about drawing someone else's walls!

The drinks are good too, if a little pricey. Interesting location, hidden within the railway arches. Good atmostphere and service to match. Definitely a quirky little place worth a visit for something a bit different.


Awesome space, super fun crowd, tasty street food and a great selection of drinks at the bar! Been to an exhibition (Mcbess + Allen Rhys Jones) and a workshop there too, really can't recommend it enough!

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