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The 100 best bars and pubs in London: after work drinks

Hitting the pub as soon as the clock strikes five? Let us steer you in the right direction with our list of bars and pubs for after work drinks in London

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Choosing the right bars and pubs for after work drinks in London can be a tricky task. You want to impress your co-workers, but you want to beat the post-work crowds. In our list below, we've selected trendy craft beer bars and pubs, popular wine bars and straightforward cool bars for you and your colleagues to settle in for an after work session. It's nearly 5pm, right?

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Bars and pubs for after work drinks in London

  • Gastropubs
  • Tooting
  • price 1 of 4
Antelope
Antelope

Beautifully retro eighteenth-century church hall meets exotic taxidermy showroom that attracts young drinkers.

  • Spanish
  • Goodge Street
  • price 2 of 4
Barrica
Barrica

A bright, modern bar with drinks and tapas straight out of Andalusia.

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  • Breweries
  • Goldhawk Road
  • price 2 of 4
Brewdog
Brewdog

A boisterous west London outpost for the Aberdeenshire-based brewer. Head along for a pre-Shepherd’s Bush Empire sharpener.

  • Craft beer pubs
  • Pimlico
  • price 2 of 4

At Cask you'll find a gathering of beer lovers celebrating all that’s brilliant about beer.

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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Angel
  • price 2 of 4
Craft Beer Company
Craft Beer Company

Dozens of taps means dozens of excuses to settle into this beer-heavy hideaway.

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  • Craft beer pubs
  • Islington
  • price 2 of 4

The Earl of Essex is geared up for a beery but refined evening - everything on tap is great.

  • Craft beer pubs
  • Euston
  • price 2 of 4
Euston Tap
Euston Tap

Former station gatehouse turned busy craft beer pub.

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  • Cocktail bars
  • King’s Cross
  • price 2 of 4
Grain Store Bar
Grain Store Bar

Aim for a sunny summer evening – Granary Square is quite lovely when the sun is setting.

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  • Pubs
  • Clerkenwell
  • price 2 of 4

An after-work favourite, although we also recommend visiting when the loyal regulars from surrounding ad agencies are stuck in pitch meetings.

  • Pubs
  • Covent Garden
  • price 1 of 4

Cramped, heaving, noisy – and loving every second of it. The Lamb & Flag always attracts an after-work crowd.

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  • Pubs
  • Southwark
  • price 1 of 4

This charming, characterful boozer is curiously unbothered by the crowds you’ll find in other Borough pubs. So it’s perfect for a quiet few pints. 

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  • Wine bars
  • Chiswick
  • price 2 of 4
Vinoteca
Vinoteca

Come on Monday nights, when all bottles of wine are sold at take-home prices.

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