Tooting residents, rejoice! Gone are the days of needing to jump on a bus to Balham or Clapham Junction for a night out – Tooting is officially on the map. Whatever vibe you're looking for, from raucous live gigs to friendly wine tastings, there's something on offer for everyone. Not sure where to start? Try these.
It's exactly what it says on the tin. Run by the former food and drink editor of The Independent, this cosy outpost is the perfect place to snuggle up with pals on a drizzly day.
Housed in an old Victorian tram shed, this surprisingly beautiful venue is the spot in Tooting for live music and the chance to get a little bit messy on the weekends. 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA
Prepare to lose yourself in another world. Run by two brothers, the Imperial Durbar offers stunning signature spiced cocktails in a magical setting that harkens back to Colonial India. 14 Trinity Road, SW17 7RE
Come for the spacious beer garden, stay for the fresh decor and delicious grub. The Castle may be one of Tooting’s oldest pubs, but this place is nothing but modern. 38 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG
Giving Broadway Market a much-needed boost, the arrival of Tooting's first Craft Beer bar is definitely something to celebrate. Choose from a wide range of brews that you can enjoy on the spot or take home for later. Broadway Market, Tooting High Street, SW17 0RJ
Nestled in neighbouring Tooting Market, Unwined offers regular wine tastings, supperclubs and (most importantly) a killer wine selection. Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RH
Rose and Crown
One of the underdogs, this is an old-school gem for those who are determined to fight the good fight against Tooting’s rapid gentrification. Full of friendly locals who can’t get enough of their karaoke nights, this buzzing neighbourhood bar has its own Elvis impersonator and even hosts regular Psychic Nights. I mean, how could you not? 140 Tooting Bec Rd, SW17 8BH