Buzzy Brixton is home to a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and pubs, so there’s lots to do in the area. If you fancy bunkering down in a cosy pub or exploring some of London’s most impressive beer gardens, there’s a pub in Brixton where you can do exactly that. We can help you pick the right pub in the area for enjoying a few drinks along with a great atmosphere – this is our guide to the best pubs in Brixton.
Guide to the best pubs in Brixton
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The best pubs in Brixton
- Hootananny – Lively pub and club
- The Brickstone – Friendly and inclusive pub
- Dogstar – Long-standing Brixton venue
- The Prince of Wales – A lively local
- The Prince Albert – Vibrant boozer with a garden
- Effra Social – Reinvented modern pub
- The Hand in Hand – Energetic community pub
- Windmill Brixton – Top pub for music fans
- The Duke of Edinburgh – Enjoy drinks al fresco
- The Prince Regent – Drinks, food, and entertainment
- The Whiskey Tumbler – On-trend Irish pub
- White Horse – Colourful Victorian pub
- The Queen's Head – Homey local pub
- The Sultan – Lively and welcoming
- Trinity Arms – Traditional but modern
- The Marquis of Lorne – Old-school backstreet boozer
- Crown & Anchor – A Brixton crowdpleaser
- The Grosvenor Arms – Modern beer pub
- The Effra Hall Tavern – Warm and welcoming
The best pubs in Brixton
Lively pub and club
It’s all happening at Hootananny Brixton. Combining a pub, garden, and club venue, you can pop in for a peaceful drink during the day or come for a huge night out. The venue is spacious, with pool tables and a well-stocked bar inside, and a garden with lights and streetfood vendors.
Friendly and inclusive pub
Family-friendly pub and restaurant The Brickstone offers something for everyone. You can play pool, watch live sport, or get dancing to DJs. There’s a friendly atmosphere and warm service. A varied range of drinks are on offer and the food menu includes Eritrean dishes as well as pub favourites like burgers.
Long-standing Brixton venue
Classic venue Dogstar combines a pub and a late-night club. Spanning three floors, this large venue has a classic pub look. The bar offers a full range of drinks and food is available too. Later in the night, DJs play across a number of rooms to keep the party going.
A lively local
The Prince of Wales has the look of a classic pub and is a top local spot for a drink. On nicer days, the two-tiered roof terrace is a great destination. Food and drinks are served throughout the day. The venue also has an Art Deco-style club room with a varied playlist.
Vibrant boozer with a garden
Friendly pub The Prince Albert has a vibrant and traditional feel. This popular venue has a spacious beer garden and a classic interior. The tasty drinks available here include craft beer, international wines, and spritzes. The service is warm and welcoming and you're allowed to bring your dog in too.
Energetic community pub
For a friendly and lively atmosphere and a community feel at the pub, check out The Hand in Hand. This boozer is spacious with a traditional interior plus a garden. Drinks range from beers to cocktails and party shots, and you'll be kept entertained with live sport, pub quizzes, and music.
Top pub for music fans
If you want a pub that does live music, check out the Windmill Brixton. This venue has a rich history and has gained a reputation as one of the country’s top music venues. There’s a big choice of drinks and an eclectic line-up of gigs and performances to keep you entertained.
Enjoy drinks al fresco
The massive garden at The Duke of Edinburgh is one of the big attractions at this pub. Flanked by trees, it's one of the largest beer gardens in South London. There's a classic pub interior and a broad choice of drinks, including lots of draft beers. Live sport is shown here.
Drinks, food, and entertainment
Close to Brockwell Park, The Prince Regent is a popular independent pub. The interior has wood panelling and is filled with natural light, but there are outside tables too. Two private hire rooms are also on-site. The food here is sophisticated pub grub and drinks include a large selection of cask ales.
On-trend Irish pub
You’ll get a traditional welcome at modern Irish pub The Whiskey Tumbler. Whiskey fans will have a great time at this friendly establishment – there’s a huge choice of whiskeys and whiskey-based cocktails. Irish coffee and Guinness are also served, naturally. The venue also has regular performances from live music acts.
Colourful Victorian pub
Discover classic pub architecture at White Horse. This Victorian pub is vibrant and friendly, with regular live music and sport, pub quizzes, and special offers on food and drinks. Hearty pub food is on the menu, including a Sunday roast and meals for kids. A varied drinks range is available.
Homey local pub
At The Queen's Head you can feel at home. This cosy pub has a traditional bar area that's full of colour. There's a walled garden too. The drinks list is diverse, from fruit ciders and beer to cocktails. There's also a simple food menu with the likes of falafel and jerk chicken.
Lively and welcoming
There's plenty of entertainment at The Sultan, located between Brixton and Streatham. The pub has a red brick exterior and typical pub look inside. Music fans can enjoy DJs, live performances, and karaoke nights. Live sport is shown here too. It's known for its welcoming ambiance and friendly service.
Traditional but modern
The Trinity Arms blends a classic look with modern style. The main bar is full of colour and there's a spacious garden with covered areas. There's a broad choice of drinks but beer lovers are in luck - the bar offers a huge range from top breweries. There's food and entertainment here too.
Old-school backstreet boozer
In a quiet Brixton street, The Marquis of Lorne is a Grade II listed building with a distinctive tiled exterior. The interior is equally traditional with bar stools, pool tables, and patterned carpets. There are no pretensions about this place but there's a choice of drinks to satisfy every preference.
A Brixton crowdpleaser
Open for over 10 years, the Crown & Anchor is one of Brixton's most popular pubs. Beer is a big attraction here, with a wide range from diverse breweries. Food is served too and events like quizzes take place. The building has brick walls and there's a spacious beer garden as well.
Modern beer pub
On the edge of Brixton and Stockwell, The Grosvenor Arms is a top place for craft beer. This disused pub was revived by a local brewery. It now has 25 beer and cider taps, a large choice of craft brews, and pizza is served. This down-to-earth place also hosts events like pub quizzes.
Warm and welcoming
There's a warm and welcoming atmosphere at The Effra Hall Tavern. The venue has a traditional appearance and a classic horseshoe bar. From cocktails to draft beer, a varied set of drinks are on offer. Sports fixtures are shown too but one of the main attractions is weekly jazz music.
What are some of the best pubs in Brixton?
Brixton has a variety of pubs with different atmospheres, so it depends on what you're looking for. Some popular choices include traditional pubs with a cosy vibe, as well as more modern and trendy spots. Some highly recommended options include pubs with live music, craft beer offerings, and outdoor spaces for warm weather.
Can I book a table at a pub in Brixton?
It's always best to check with the individual pub, but many in Brixton do take reservations. During busy times, booking in advance can help you secure a spot. If you're planning to visit a popular pub or go with a group, it's worth calling ahead to see if you can book a table.
What's the typical price range for a pint at a pub in Brixton?
Prices can vary depending on the pub and the type of beer you're ordering, but a typical pint in Brixton can range from affordable to slightly more expensive. Some pubs may offer deals during certain times or have special pricing for specific beers, so it's worth checking out their menu and offerings before you go.
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