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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

Antelope
  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Tooting
  • price 1 of 4

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

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

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

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Brewdog
  • Bars and pubs
  • Breweries
  • Goldhawk Road
  • price 2 of 4

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

  • Bars and pubs
  • 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 Company
  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Angel
  • price 2 of 4

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

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

Former station gatehouse turned busy craft beer pub.

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

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

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  • Bars and pubs
  • 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.

  • Bars and pubs
  • 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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  • Bars and pubs
  • 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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Vinoteca
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Chiswick
  • price 2 of 4

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

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