Brixton pubs

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

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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 testament to that – and a comparatively enlightened approach to beer. 

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Craft Beer Company

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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

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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). 

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Effra Hall Tavern

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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

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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.

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Lounge

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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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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs

Prince Regent

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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.

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Trinity Arms

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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 quite live up to its old-timey setting. It does, however, have all the components of a reliable boozer – a heated patio out front for smokers, a horseshoe bar for perching and plush armchairs to settle into for longer sessions – although its adorably rugged pub carpet has been ditched, presumably in favour of getting with the times. 

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Bars and pubs, Craft beer pubs

The Half Moon

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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.

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White Horse

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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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