Balls Brothers

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Balls Brothers
Though Balls Brothers wine bars could be seen as a more modern version of Davy’s, they are also dominated by hunting prints, brass rails and plenty of Burgundy and claret. The company is family-owned too (by Richard Balls), but it has more West End branches, with 15 wine bars overall. There’s also Gow’s, a restaurant and oyster bar near Liverpool Street station, and an Irish-themed venue, Mulligans of Mayfair. Food tends to be classic bar fare (skewers, fish cakes), but there are tastier main course options available, such as beer-battered haddock with chips and pea purée. A set of seven new, minimalist, banquette-filled bars called Lewis + Clarke has been recently rolled out – evidence that the owners are aware of recent bar trends.


Venue name: Balls Brothers
Address: Hay's Galleria, Tooley Street
Opening hours: Bar Open 11am-11pm Mon-Fri. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3.30pm, dinner served 5.30-9.30pm Mon-Fri.
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.75-£20. House wine £14.50 bottle, £3.90 glass.
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The bottomless brunch that doesn't include ANY food! Yes, you read it correctly, a brunch without food. I don't think this place understands what brunch is, so let me explain. It's a simple portmanteau. You've taken the word 'breakfast', yeah, and then you get the word 'lunch', and you whack them together to make BRUNCH! Genius. So, unless you're an alci, you'd hope one of those faithful meals might bring some food to the table.

Basically you pay £30 to be able to sit down and drink as much prosecco as you can in 90 minutes, served one glass at a time. If you actually want to eat anything you have to pay an extra tenner. We were the only people in the whole place and I can see why. Don't fall for the recommendation unless you're planning to get an AM session in.


Balls brothers could be a great bar but is let down a little by the service and space. It has a decent happy hour but the cocktails aren't particularly great (very sugary).


A bunch of us arrived at about 10pm on a busy Friday early December without having booked a table for drink however there was plenty of space to perch.

Drinks are pricey but staff are friendly and efficient. They had a DJ (who was awful) and therefore it was good as we could have a little drunken boogey without having to go to a club. 
Overall a good night out largely thanks to the drink and good company. The place is nothing special but there is nothing wrong with it!

Over the years I have held various corporate events at Balls Brothers and service levels have been hit and miss but last night really was the nail in the coffin. Booked a table for 6 to have drinks and nibbles and was given one for 4. Upon requesting a larger table the pleasant bar man asked his superior who promptly told him whilst I was in earshot to tell the customer that if an 'area' is booked, it's an 'area' and no seats are guaranteed. His approach to customer services was quite frankly 'rude' and it even appeared that he was training the bar man to treat customers in a similar fashion. No thank you, Balls Brothers. I will be taking my corporate business elsewhere.