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Venn Street Records

Bars and pubs Clapham
3 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(32user reviews)

Close to Clapham Common, next to the Picturehouse and set slightly back from the chavalcade of chain bars on the High Street, is a new vinyl-clad venue on Venn Street (hence the name).

The site that formerly housed Gilt has been remodelled into a rock and roll drinker bedecked in bare brick with splashes of neon, its walls adorned with retro album covers, flyers, music memorabilia and other bits of pop paraphernalia.

Even the gents toilets have been given a musical makeover with bawdy album covers featuring boobs and babes and ranging from Burt Bacharach to Bolero and Boy George.

Spread over two levels, its leather couches and velvet stools are usually filled with a typically comfortable-looking and not overly rock 'n' roll Clapham crowd. The whole place feels a little too designed and deliberate, like an English rugby player with a tattoo, and needs some serious scruffing-up.

But while it lacks the authentic down and dirty vibe of, say, a Dalston dive bar, the drinks more than delivered. Cocktails cover twists on some classics and tongue-in-cheek kitsch with options including the AC/Daiquiri, the Pina Colada and the Raisins ‘n’ Apricots made with apricot-infused Woodford Reserve bourbon and Pedro Ximenez sherry.

It's good to see a broader view of beers too with Brewdog’s Punk IPA and 77Lager available alongside Estaminet, a crisp pilsner from Belgium, and a kriek (cherry) beer. There are no eating options as yet but food, according to the staff, will be served from late March/early April – the plan being to serve US-style pizzas.

Each night, apart from Monday when it’s closed, there’s a different take on the tuneage. Tuesdays is indie night and 2-4-1 on cocktails. while it gets lively on Friday and Saturday nights. There's even live music on a Sunday.


Venue name: Venn Street Records
Address: 78 Venn Street
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Tue, Wed; 5pm-1am Thur; 5pm-2am Fri, Sat; 5-11pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common tube
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:25
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:1
  • 1 star:2
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Nice place with good cocktails! This place isn't the biggest, but then again Clapham is full of smaller intimate bars. The musics great and you can either stay there all night or head there for a few happy hour drinks!


The outdoor patio seating this place provides is ideal for when the weather is treating us right, and it obviously gets packed once the sun has his hat on. The bar itself is cool, with retro style neon lighting, shelves of old records, and tables for resting and dining at which overlook the dance-floor. There are quirks throughout the venue, but it’s subtle, cool and muso-casual. Descend to the ladies toilets and you’ll find yourself faced with a door to the “sex dungeon” which I can only imagine is set as a trap for those who may have enjoyed one too many upstairs. It's an obvious winner for the Instagram.

Drinks wise, their happy hour is ridiculous. my pal and I had 10 drinks between us for £50 and were pretty steaming by the time we left (it runs from 5-8pm daily) and the banoffee sazerac is pretty dreamy and potent, and their espresso martinis do the job nicely too! There's a good vibe and it fills up nicely as the evening gets going. They also have live music and open mic nights too.


A great alternative night out destination in the Clapham area. This place plays much better music than its local rivals and generally has a much more relaxed vibe, but you can still dance the night away here. Prices are standard for the area and drinks are tasty. Highly recommended!

Good cocktails, good vibes and love the open mic nights which sometimes have the staff behind the bar get in front of a crowd too! Favourite night is probably Thursday with the live band doing covers that you can't help dancing to. Pizzas are worth ordering too!


Venn Street Records is my new favourite Friday night haunt. Set away from the garish, red trouser clad chaos which swarms Clapham High Street on a weekend, this music venue is a hidden gem, providing a cooler spot for Friday night bevs.

The downside- Venn Street is small, and it means you often have to queue (I have never queued for more than 10 minutes, however) and it can get sardine-esque inside, so my advice would be to head there straight after five o’clock strikes. Don’t’ worry, there is plenty to keep you entertained all night. Start off your evening with one of their many delicious cocktails, prepared by efficient and knowledgeable staff who are also more than happy to create bespoke cocktails on request. The décor is chilled; think lots of exposed brick and edgey signs. Yet, what makes this venue special is the live music; their house band which start at 9pm on Friday nights are bloody fantastic! All the musicians are exceptional and they play a great mix of covers from a variety of genres, guaranteed to get you on your feet dancing, singing/shouting along. At this point, the fact it is super busy almost becomes part of this live music venue’s charm.

Drinks are reasonably priced and if you get peckish, their £6 pizzas are seriously tasty; the four cheese is particularly loaded with the good stuff and perfect if you are feeling like lunch was a long time ago. Head to Venn Street for a super fun night, but get there earlier rather than later to avoid the queues and so by the time you are having to push your way to loos, you’re a couple of mojitos down. 


I don’t really see what the fuss is about here. Despite the glowing reviews, I found Venn Street Records to be an over-stuffed, really small space with a sparse and over-priced drinks menu. Came here on Saturday night for a friend’s birthday and the evening kicked off with several disasters. First we couldn’t find her booked table, then we were told it was in an area it wasn’t (and had inadvertently gate-crashed a 40-year old’s birthday bash) and then a member of staff confessed he forgot to write the booking down in the book! After much waiting around, we were finally given an area next to the men’s toilets, but the space certainly could not hold the 15 people it was originally booked for. In fact, most of the seating area we were assigned had these sort of half-benches which one could only perch a few inches of their gluteus maximus if lucky! Most of our group were left awkwardly standing around, balancing coats, bags and pints as there was sparsely enough room to hold everyone’s drinks on the tiny tables.

The night soon picked up however after several units of alcohol were downed- and it took several more units before any of our party got up to dance to the tunes of the terrible DJ they had- and that’s the general consensus of our entire group. A redeeming factor is that it did have a great décor, the staff behind the bar knew their stuff and were very efficient and the bar is of course in a fantastic location. However, would I come in here again? Probably not.

Best night out I've ever had, every time I go there. Great people, fun and awesome staff, and music that makes you want to dance sing and play air guitar all night long.

Amazing venue. Friendly bar staff, supports live music, great vibe. What more could you want?!

Quality location, great vibe, great music and even better drinks and service. A must go to place if you're in the area

The most fun night outs I have are always at Venn Street Records. Amazing, fun bar staff and brilliant live music. Always a great atmosphere.

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This is right up my street in every way. Dark, atmospheric and stylish this is exactly the kind of place I love to hang out. The décor is cool, the staff are friendly and the cocktails are great. When I was there a live band was on which made the evening for me. I would highly recommend this, the location is easy to get too with the cinema, restaurants and other bars around if you want to make a whole night of it.

AWFUL place. Too small, dirty, NOT hygienic at all. Rude staff and very boring clientele. DON'T GO!

Venn Street Records- A gem in Clapham . Wonderful ambiance and atmosphere with staff who make the most amazing cocktails. The live bands just make this the place to be.

I adore Venn! Friendly, fun staff. Outstanding drinks. Great live music. Perfect Thursday night!

A place to get lost in, careful if you start the night with the cocktail offers it goes hazy rather quickly from there on in - having a live band only added to the 'experience'. Bar staff are on top form, not just aforementioned cocktails but can talk with passion about all the drinks - discovered the beer 'estaminet' The newly pedestrianised street outside is a treat during this extended summer

hangover is hurting............ awsome night though..... Random but brilliant beat boxer with a band!

Had a drink in this place by mistake last thursday, ended up staying all night and had an awesome time! Live band on as well...... Will be returning again very soon!

Awesome bar and atmosphere. Group of us went on friday for the 7 peice funk band (last of the blue flamingoes?!) post wedding. Thanks to Tom and the team for making it a night to remember!

Really disappointing. When we arrived every table bar one was booked. The waitress got our drinks order wrong and then got rude about it. The prices were high and there was a charge for table service even though we were sitting half a metre from the bar. I loved the decor but the music wasn't that great (reminded me of a student night). The people there were the usual boring Clapham crowd - I was expecting something a bit more exciting! All in all, a big disappointment.

Fantastic place, genial atmosphere, superb drinks and great music! Tom the director was excellent for helping out organizing a great birthday party and the staff was wonderful!

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