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Waterloo Tap

Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs Waterloo
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

New south-of-the-river outpost from London’s original craft beer pub.

A lot has changed in London in the six years since the Euston Tap opened, shifting the city’s beer scene away from Camra-pleasing alehouses and towards new-age, high-ABV brews in the process.

Thankfully, the Tap team has excluded half a decade’s worth of craft beer tropes from the aesthetic of its new outpost – you’ll find no filament bulbs or scruffily chalked-up beer lists here. Okay, okay, so it’s in a railway arch, but given that it’s just a short dash from Waterloo station, we’ll chalk that one up to architectural necessity.

Though European and American big-hitters (Konig, Lagunitas) do feature, the beer selection is British-focused, with the North especially well represented (no surprise, given the original Tap is in Sheffield). If it’s on, try anything from Manchester’s Cloudwater Brew Co, whose one-off, seasonal brews are never around for long.

The 20-strong keg selection (plus six on cask) is presented on big TV screens either side of the bar – a good idea in theory, except that each only displays half the list, so anyone ordering from the end of the bar may miss out on something brilliant.

Still, the Waterloo Tap is a bar that encourages a lingering visit, so there’s plenty of time to explore what’s on offer. Got a train to catch? Start thinking of excuses for your tardiness now.

Details

Address: Corner of Sutton Walk & Concert Hall Approach
London
SE1 8RL
Transport: Tube: Waterloo
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Users say (8)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

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tastemaker

This is a chilled out pub with non airs and graces and I think it's great.  There's always a good selection of beers and it is a must for anyone who likes their beers.  It does get busy, but you can normally get a seat if you bide your time.  If you're ever waiting for a train at Waterloo and have some time to kill, this is the place to be.


Great fuss free pub with a great selection of beers. What more can you want?


Great addition to the area. Regular rotation of cask and keg with lots of London breweries.


Great addition to the area. Regular rotation of cask and keg with lots of London breweries.

Tastemaker

The Euston Tap this is not unfortunately! Went here after a nice lunch along the Southbank and had some time to kill before the train. I think this place caters more to the commuting crowd, as it was deathly quiet on Sunday. Although they had a decent beer selection (I cannot comment about Seamus's disdain for their porters/browns as I did not sample any) it felt a bit soulless. It may be better when it has more people in it or if they had outdoor seating. Still-- it'll do if you are looking for a quick pint before your journey!

Tastemaker

This is the sister bar of the Euston Tap, and it definitely lives up to the reputation that has been set by its older brother. The range of beers here are excellent as well, and are affordably priced (bear in mind craft beers are at a premium and you can't compare them to 24 packs in Tesco). The staff are really friendly and I love the idea of having the beers on an LED display panel (two since the beer list is so long) rather than scribbled on a chalk board in illegible handwriting. This is the perfect stop for a quick pint before you rush off for your train or to the national theatre for a show! 


Mediocre beers & zero atmosphere.  I like stouts, porters & browns.  Upon first sip of the porter the barman recommended I felt mislead.  Comfortable to keep the beer I committed to despite disappointment, I asked to taste the others they offered for future reference.  All flavorless and closer to water than a legit porter.  I didn't feel like I was in a place that really appreciated beer, but perhaps was trying to find selections that would appeal to those who don't drink or like this style of beer.  That combined with a soulless atmosphere that felt like a church basement & I'm happy to never return.

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