For an outsider the first impression of New Cross might not be bedazzling, but the area is actually very charming. This lively part of town is home to Goldsmiths College, casual hipsterism and fascinating places like Prangsta Costumiers and Venue. New Cross has a big art and music scene, which naturally goes hand in hand with having a few pints every once in a while, luckily, New Cross is also an area full of lovely pubs and bars which cater to all the different groups that inhabit New Cross – students, locals, families etc. Being kind, generous people at South London Club, we thought it only right to give a list of 5 places to go for a drink in New Cross.
the rose pub and kitchen
For the slightly lazy ones among us, you can almost jump off your train at New Cross Gate into The Rose, and the number of suited customers on a Friday night attests to this. The Rose has many different beers to choose from such as bottled Belgium Leffe and Yakima Red on draught, next to a nice selection of wines and spirits. There is a lot of seating space both inside and out, and the garden is particularly pleasant in summer. How about you go make that drink even better with one of the Rose’s gorgeous wood-fire pizzas – particularly their artichoke pizza. They will probably taste even better knowing that South London Club Card holders receive 25% off all pizzas.
The curiously named Skehans is actually closer to Nunhead station than New Cross, but we promise, it’s still in New Cross – it’s SE14. This family-run, independent pub has got everything one would want from a pub, and more. A great selection of beers? Check. An attractive beer garden? Check. Pool table and darts? Check. Screens to watch the sport? Check. Thai food? Obviously. It’s not the only pub that serves Thai food actually – it’s a curiously common feature. Anyway, Skehans is a great place for a drink with ample room, ample drink, and ample distractions to while away the day.
the amersham arms
If you prefer appreciating your drink with music then this is the New Cross pub for you. The Amersham Arms is frequented by many of the students that call New Cross home, partly because of the very affordable drink. It hosts gigs of numerous different kinds, like the regular jazz nights organised by Goldsmiths students, or the comedy gigs hosted by Holly Walsh featuring some rather big names – Stewart Lee, Ed Byrne and David Cross to name a few. The pub is very welcoming and a good one to either relax or have a crazy night out. If you like discovering new music or just enjoying a big pint with some live tunes go check it out. Don’t forget your South London Club card because it gives you discounts on events. Check Facebook and Twitter to see what’s going on.
out of the brew cafe
At the end of a long week you can easily find yourself heading into Out of the Brew to grab a quick coffee and end up drinking cocktails until 11pm. This café, bar and gallery is the perfect place if you have to quickly finish some work, but need coffee fuel during, and deserve an alcoholic drink after. Out of the Brew is open late Thursday till Saturday, providing different music and art events such as film, comedy and DJ nights. You can escape in their enormous colourful garden with picnic tables, flowers, plants and an empty cage. The cage was previously occupied by a rabbit, and it turns out the chef fell in love with Mr Rabbit and took him home. Apart from the beers and cocktails, they do strong Robusta espresso and with your South London Club card you get 10% off lunchtime meals.
the fat walrus
Perched a little way up the hill leading into New Cross, the Fat Walrus (previously Haberdashers) is perfect for beer. With 12 draft options, 3 hand pulls and 15 bottles there is definitely something for everyone. The American-inspired cuisine they offer includes a ‘Build-A-Burger’ menu: pick your style, type of burger, fries (sweet potato fries! curly fries!) and extras, while the interior consists of comfy booths to veg out after all that food and beer. The pub name makes sense now right? The beer garden is also covered with a roof to provide shelter from London’s rainy summer, and patio heaters to keep you warm during London’s frigid winters.
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