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Peckham bars

Get on the sauce in SE15, as we reveal the best bars for a drink beyond your standard pint in Peckham

By Laura Richards
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Peckham has got itself a serious drinking scene – from some of London’s most buzzing rooftop bars to achingly cool hangouts under the railway arches. You can still keep your drinking on budget by seeking out cocktails during happy hour. Or pick a bar for its on-trend craft beers instead. Many of the below watering holes are truly unique – from a games-arcade-turned-boozer to carpark pop-ups galore. Yep, in Peckham, multi-storey carparks are less about manoeuvering and more about boozing.

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The best bars in Peckham

Bar Story

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Peckham

Under a Peckham Rye railway arch you’ll find this spacious and perennially popular bar, although it’s never as busy as when it’s happy hour. Visit between 6pm and 7pm to snap up two cocktails for just £7 – the bar mixes accomplished cocktails and you can pair them with thin-crust pizzas. In the summer months, this is a truly memorable alfresco drinking spot.

Venue says Come down for Happy Hour, 6pm-7pm everyday, stay for the atmosphere and the music.

Beer Rebellion

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Peckham

Across Beer Rebellion’s 16 taps (six cask and 10 keg) you’ll find grog from south London regulars Fourpure, Siren and Gipsy Hill, plus some revered breweries from further afield in the UK. As well as familiar scuffed up furniture within, there’s a decent sized seating area out front where you can view the comings and goings of Queen’s Road.

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Begging Bowl

Restaurants Thai Peckham

Fresh from a refurb which put an uber-cool new bar in the back, Thai go-to Begging Bowl is now just as good for drinking as it is eating. Opt for one of their unique cocktails, replete with Thai basil, kaffir lime leaves and plenty of lemongrass.

Blake's at the Clock House

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs East Dulwich

Blake’s is ‘hidden’ behind a bookcase upstairs at the Clock House, an unexceptional Young’s pub at the Dulwich end of Peckham Rye. It has plush blue banquettes, smart dark wood furniture, modish light fixtures and a jazz-funk soundtrack. The drinks list is craft beer meets classic cocktails and bar snacks are pretty meaty and tempting, too.

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Brick Brewery

Bars and pubs Breweries Peckham

Another railway arch, another great bar. This craft brewery in Peckham throws open its doors from Tuesday to Sunday, letting locals drink directly from the source. There are 20 taps to sample from – don’t miss the ever-popular Peckham Pils – and a few picnic benches to fight over in the courtyard at the front. A kitchen residency from Slow Richie’s sees BBQ food on standby. 

Bussey Rooftop Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Peckham

Although this rooftop space is perhaps better known for its resident cinema (Rooftop Film Club), Bussey Rooftop Bar is visable from across the way at the ever-swarming Frank’s Café and should be considered as more than just a back-up plan when that rival rooftop is at capacity. Five storeys up, there’s bench seating, plenty of plant life and cocktails and craft ales to choose from. Take in the skyline a bit more at leisure.

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Copeland Social

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Café bars Peckham

Kiln rooms, artists’ studios, co-working spaces, a club in a record store and spaghetti in a shed: it’s hard to imagine a cooler bit of town than Peckham’s Copeland Park. And at the centre is Copeland Social, a youthful drinking spot with a banging soundsystem. Grab an outdoor picnic bench and soak up the artsy vibes.

El Segundo

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Peckham

Find some dangerous sherry-and-rosemary-infused cocktails on offer at El Segundo, along with the kind of warmth you’d hope for from a Spanish-styled bar. The wine list is worth exploring too, alongside must-order tapas; from anchovies on toast to scallops with saffron butter.

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Four Quarters South

Bars and pubs Sports bars Peckham

A dedicated classic and retro arcade games bar, The Four Quarters is the place to go if you want to brush up on your 'Street Fighter II' skills or just revel in nostalgia by playing 'Pac Man' until neon ghosts haunt your nightmares. Choose from craft beers and cocktails in between gaming tournaments.

Venue says Reopen for bookings from July 9th, with table service and very limited capacity. Booking strongly advised!

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Frank's Cafe

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Peckham

Londoners continue to make the annual pilgrimage to this Peckham multi-storey car park’s roof for a Campari. The summer pop–up (typically from May to September) plays host to hundreds and the bar’s striking red tarpaulin cover has become as iconic as those sunset views. All walks of life make the trip to tick Frank’s off their London bucket list, so come early to avoid disappointment.

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