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Brixton pubs

Discover the best pubs for a spot of drinking in Brixton, from old fashioned boozers to craft beer champions and gastropubs

By Time Out London editors
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Brixton is well known as a great place for late-night revelry. But its pubs double as cosy daytime venues, too. Discover great places to enjoy a drink in our list of Brixton’s best boozers – from old fashioned watering holes that have stood the test of time to modern gastropubs where the craft beer line-up is just as appealing. 

RECOMMENDED: Find more fun in the neighbourhood in our Brixton area guide

The best pubs in Brixton

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Commercial

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Herne Hill

The Commercial is a pleasurable pub in which to spend some time. It’s one of the more modern Mitchells & Butlers pubs, mixing old-fashioned pub culture with new school pub cooking – a Veganuary menu is a testament to that – and a comparatively enlightened approach to beer. 

Craft Beer Company

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Brixton

This second branch of the Craft Beer Company is on a busy street market next to Brixton rail station, facing the Brixton Recreation Centre. It’s a small bar, not very pub-like, with high stools to perch at small tables. If you prefer a bit more privacy, there’s space on the first floor where you can work your way through an array of lesser-known ales on tap, on keg, and by the bottle.

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Crown & Anchor

5 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Stockwell

Let the Cranchor’s bright sign lure you in. This smart pub with its long bar has one of the mightiest beer selections on show. Visiting at off-peak times will allow you to spend time googling the niche breweries which feature among the many brews on tap and in bottle (or asking the helpful staff). 

Effra Hall Tavern

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Brixton

Four-pint pitchers of Red Stripe, ska turned up nice and loud, tip-top Guinness, jerk chicken and rice, unfeasibly friendly bar staff, two pull-down screens for sports – this is a real home from home for many Brixtonians, with more of an Afro-Caribbean community feel than many other watering holes found in the neighbourhood. Don’t miss the pub’s live jazz nights.

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Florence

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Pubs Herne Hill

That the people behind the light, modern Florence care about beer is obvious from the phenomenal range on offer and the helpful tasting notes on all the pumps.

Lounge

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Brixton

Its open windows facing the Front Line Brixton Ltd grocery store across Atlantic Road, the Lounge offers a relaxed retreat amid buzzy Brixtonia.

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Prince Regent

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Gastropubs Herne Hill

Large airy pubs with an outdoor terrace (even one adjacent to a busy bus route) and plenty of room for pushchairs are always going to be popular in this area.

Trinity Arms

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Brixton

On a charmingly old-fashioned square backing the main drag of Brixton you'll find this Young's pub. It's primed for slightly more peaceful pre-gig pints, even if it doesn't match its old-timey setting.

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The Half Moon

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Craft beer pubs Herne Hill

Herne Hill’s The Half Moon pub – a cavernous pile and bona fide south London institution – has been given a sprucing by ubiquitous mega-brewery Fuller’s (though the live music aspect that made its name is conspicuously absent). It looks fab, and the selection of local craft beers is pretty strong, too.

White Horse

3 out of 5 stars
Nightlife Brixton

The White Horse attracts an adult, professional but as-yet-unnested clientele happy to enjoy the generous opening hours. It’s all slightly clubby yet laid-back.

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