Peckham, or Pecknarm as it also known, has become one of the most popular destinations not just in South East London, not just South London, but all of London (we don’t normally like to think that big, it hurts). There’s plenty of things to do in this very edgy part of town (having called it edgy, it is no longer edgy), and one of those things is to have a drink. You might be meeting friends, new flames, or old/current flames, we don’t judge what kind of flame you might be meeting (if you are). Regardless, sharing a drink is one of the best ways of spending time with others, and with a plentiful supply of independent cafes and bars, you really are spoilt for choice for places to go for a drink in Peckham. So to keep you informed of where you might like to sip on a craft beer, or a cocktail, here is a list of the 7 best places to go for a drink in Peckham.
Bianca Road Brewery
Founded in 2016, Bianco Road Brewery is a craft beer bar specialising in West-Coast American style beers and is a recent addition to Peckham’s nightlife. Working in partnership with Sofar Sounds, they have weekly live-music sessions, where you can kick back with a crafty beverage and listen to the dulcet tones of whatever beardy man, or non-beardy lady, they have playing. Have a gander at their Twitter page (@biancaroad) for up-to-date information regarding these ever-popular sessions. Being a brewery, rather than a pub, their opening times are a little different to your standard establishment, and they open the taproom to the public every Friday afternoon from 3pm-8pm, and the third Saturday of every month - so keep an eye on their Twitter! If you have successfully negotiated their opening times, and find yourself inside the taproom, remember to show your South London Club card to get yourself 20% off on drink at the bar. Enjoy!
If you want an incredible view of London look no further than Frank’s Cafe. Set up on a 10 storey car park, Frank’s offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the London skyline. Naturally, this means that Frank’s is rather exposed and, though our winter may become balmy in time, the low temperatures and gusty winds mean that Frank’s is only open during the Summer months (May to October). Such is Frank’s reliance on the weather that they include a direct link to BBC Weather on their website. However, the views that Frank’s offers means that it’s kinda popular, and for quick service you need to go early, and be ready for big queues - particularly when it is actually warm. With an extensive cocktail menu, there are few better places in South London to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun set over the greatest city in the world.
The Donkey Sanctuary Pop-up (white horse pub)
Brought to you by one of the bar managers from both Bar Story and Peckham Springs, this pop-up cocktail bar is situated within the White Horse pub, a bit like inception, but with booze. The purpose of the pop-up is to bring professionally made cocktails to places where you want them most and to combat the dangerous spread of virulent, ready-mixed cocktails which pub chains supply to their unsuspecting customers in search of the quickest buck. Boo pub chains. Boo-urns. Instead of an enlarged Capri-Sun full of booze, the Donkey Sanctuary supplies their customers with expertly mixed cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits. When we say ‘fresh ingredients’, we mean ‘fresh’ - they use nettles from Sydenham Forest. We’re not telling you what for, you’ll have to find out yourself by heading down Thursday-Sunday and getting 10% off with your South London Club Card.
Well-situated underneath Peckham Rye station, Bar Story has become a staple of the Peckham nightlife. Open from 4pm every day for cocktails, craft beer, and pizzas, we’re sure that if you’ve ever got a train in or out of Peckham Rye or simply exited out of the station, you will have gone past Bar Story. Luckily, with summer apparently upon us, they have an outdoor area for you to enjoy while indulging in their particularly generous happy hour from 6-7 (2 cocktails for £7). With a diverse and ever-changing menu, you’re sure to be given a pleasant surprise on each and every visit.
Having brewed beer in a shed at the end of his garden in glorious Peckham for six years at the behest of his wife, Ian Stewart decided that 2013 was going to be the year where he did the right thing - commit entirely to brewing. Thus, Brick Brewery was born, using his ultra-super brewing, Ian Stewart has dedicated his life to brewing beer and supplying them to the discerning denizens of South London. With a diverse selection of beers crafted from homemade recipes, get down to their “Tapyard” at the front of the brewery, which is open Wednesday 5-9pm, Thursday & Friday 5-10pm and Saturday 12pm-10pm. If you fancy snagging some of their nifty merchandise as a keepsake to remember your visit, you can get 10% off with your South London Club card!
Reflecting Peckham’s cultural and artistic diversity, The Nines is a bar with a roster of regular events including live music, art showings, lectures and numerous different workshops. Serving a range of cocktails, and craft beers - including the stupendously divine offerings from Brick Brewery - The Nines is the Peckham bar that has it all. During their happy hour from 6pm-8pm you can get one carafe, two cocktails or three beers for just £9, and if you don’t fancy a cool beverage, how about get there a little earlier and get involved with their delightful brunch while getting 15% off on hot drinks Tuesday - Friday with your South London Club card.
Peckham Springs is a gallery-cum-bar open from 6pm- 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Located under the railway arches, this courtyard bar is open all year round, with strings of fairy-lights adding to the atmosphere and heaters to keep you warm in the winter months. The bar offers some of the best-priced cocktails in South London, with cocktails for just £6 during their happy hour from 6-7pm. They also have ‘locals night’ on Thursdays, with £5 cocktails all evening for people living in the surrounding area, and have a soundtrack of various DJs playing from the booth in the corner . On top of this, street food is available too, partnering in the past with Patty & Bun and Drums & Flats. The perfect place for pre-drinks before moving on to nearby Bussey Building.
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