Top 10 Bars and Rooftop Bars In South London

South London is home to a number of famous areas in London such as Brixton, Southbank, Tooting, and Clapham.

If you go to visit any of these areas, then you’ll soon realise that they aren’t short of places to grab a drink.

Top 10 bars and rooftop bars in south London:

  1. The Corin Rooftop Bar, Tooting
  2. Brew Dog, Brixton
  3. Cattivo, Brixton
  4. Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham
  5. Skylight, Peckham
  6. Vagabond, Northcote Rd
  7. Bar Elba, South Bank
  8. The Prince Of Wales, Brixton
  9. The Exhibit, Balham
  10. Aquum, Clapham

1. The Corin Rooftop Bar

54a Tooting High St, London, SW17 0RN

020 3441 0705

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Corin is one of the best bars to visit when the sun is shining. You can expect live blues and jazz along with plenty of cocktails and Asian inspired foods.

The rooftop bar is modern, yet cosy, with lightly coloured decked floors, plenty of cushions and sofas, and heaters dotted around in case it becomes cooler in the evenings.

On the cocktail menu, you’ll find Corin’s house classics such as the Kale Me Now which includes kale gin with lime cordial.

If Kale isn’t your thing, then why not try the Pour Tequila which features tequila, lime, chamomile syrup, and grapefruit soda. Corin also offers classic cocktails such as Aperol spritz, martinis and daiquiris.

If you want something to snack on while sipping on your drinks, the food menu includes options such as chicken satay, BBQ chicken wings, and prawn tempura.

Corin is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 11.30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 1.30 am, and Sundays from 12 pm to 11 pm. The bar is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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2. BrewDog

419 Coldharbour Ln, London, SW9 8LH

020 3026 2500

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Located in Brixton, BrewDog plays host to a whopping 22 beers on tap. The bar has a cosy, vintage feel with leather booths, LED signs, and concrete flooring.

As well as a huge variety of beers to choose from, the bar also has a restaurant where you can order burgers (meat or vegan), wings, and dirty fries.

On the beer menu, you’ll find plenty to entertain your taste buds and the bar even has non-alcoholic beers. They have the Valhalla Vacation which is a sour fruited beer.

There’s the Nanny State which is non-alcoholic. Or you could always try the gluten free beer called the Gluten Free Punk IPA.

On the food menu, you can choose from a variety of burgers, with the choice of meat or plant based. If you’re just after a side to accompany your beer then you can pick from sweet potato fries, mac ‘n cheese, or a house green salad.

BrewDog is open Mondays to Thursdays from 4 pm to 11 pm, Fridays from 4 pm to 1 am, Saturdays from 12 pm to 1 am, and Sundays from 12 pm to 10.30 pm.

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3. Cattivo

207 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8BA

020 3096 2236

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Cattivo is an industrial styled bar with exposed pipe work, vents, and worn out flooring to add to the effect. As well as plenty of cocktails to choose from, they also have a food menu and even a bottomless brunch on Saturdays.

This makes it the perfect option for everything ranging from after work drinks, somewhere chilled to eat in the evening, or a lively place if you’re looking for somewhere fun on a Saturday afternoon.

The bar has a number of cocktails for you to choose from, whether you fancy gin, vodka, or tequila, Cattivo has plenty to offer. Spirits with mixer are also available to purchase along with any wines or beers.

If you’re thinking of bottomless brunch at Cattivo then you can choose from prosecco, a rum punch, or even a make your own cocktail kit.

The brunch runs for two hours and is only £30 per person. The food includes pasta, small plates, or gnocchi.

Cattivo is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 12 am, Fridays from 5 pm to 2 am, and Saturdays from 11 am to 2 am. The bar is closed Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

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4. Bussey Rooftop Bar

Roof B, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London, SE15 4ST

020 7635 6655

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Step into Busseys Rooftop Bar and you’ll find yourself entering a tropical wonderland. It’ll be hard to feel like you’re in the UK when the sun is beaming down and you’re sat on one of their high top wooden tables with green plants hanging from wooden beams and multicoloured lights decorating the rooftop.

You’ll find all of your classic tropical cocktails on the drinks menu along with a selection of spirits, beers, and ciders. If you’re feeling peckish while at Busseys, they also serve a variety of pizzas.

Bussey Rooftop Bar is open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 pm to 10.30 pm, Wednesdays to Fridays from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturdays from 12 pm to 11 pm, and Sundays from 12 pm to 10.30 pm.

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5. Skylight

Theatre Walk, 120 Peckham Hill St, London, SE15 5JT

01444 711552

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Skylight is the perfect place to take in the breathtaking views of the city. With comfy booths or high tables, you can watch the sunset fall over London with a cocktail or glass of wine in hand, while also enjoying the company of loved ones.

Skylight has plenty of events to keep you entertained throughout the week. They have their Skylight Sunset Sessions running throughout the summer, where live DJs will be playing all of your favourite R ‘n B tunes and 2 for 1 cocktails between the times of 5 pm to 6.30 pm.

This takes place seven days a week with selected cocktails on the 2 for 1 deal each day. Cocktails range from Mojitos on Mondays, to iced teas on Tuesdays and through to the Bergamont spritz on Sundays.

Every Saturday, Skylight also hosts a bottomless brunch, it’s £39.90 per person and you’ll be able to choose from 2 courses of food and an hour of bottomless prosecco or selected cocktails.

You can expect plenty of the early 00s R’n B tunes and even an R ‘n B quiz.

Skylight is open Sundays to Thursdays from 10 am to 12 am and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 1 am.

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6. Vagabond

4 Northcote Rd, London, SW11 1NT

020 4599 8610

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A cosy wine bar located in Clapham, Vagabond has over one hundred wines for you to choose from, and along with the setting of candlelit tables and fairy lights hanging over the outside decking, it makes it the perfect spot for date night.

Vagabond has split its wine menu into different categories to make it easier for you to choose the perfect wine to suit your taste buds. Categories include sparkling, white, red, rose, orange, and sweet and fortified.

If you need some food to accompany your wine then Vagabond has you covered with their food menu.

Choose from nibbles such as olives and popcorn, or if you fancy something more substantial, they have a variety of cheesy flatbreads or small plates of fries or hummus.

Vagabond is open Mondays from 4 pm to 10 pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 pm to 11 pm, Thursdays from 2 pm to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 12 am, and Sundays from 12 pm to 10 pm.

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7. Bar Elba

Rooftop Mercury House, 109 – 117 Waterloo Rd, London, SE1 8UL

020 3892 8166

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Bar Elba is a rooftop bar with fabulous views of the London skyline. The bar features plenty of large tables, perfect if you’re going out with a larger group.

It has tropical décor with punchy colours and leafy greens climbing up to the beams of the ceiling, which gives those carefree summer vibes.

Every Saturday, the bar hosts a ‘Lost in Ibiza’ bottomless brunch where you can expect chilled out Ibiza tunes with live vocalists and free-flowing spritz cocktails.

If you’re after something mid week, then you can pick from their extensive drinks menus where there are a variety of cocktails, wines, beers, and spirits.

Bar Elba is open Mondays to Thursdays from 2 pm to 12 am, Fridays from 12 pm to 1 am, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 1 am.

If you’re planning to do brunch on a Saturday then the timings are a little different with the event running either from 12 pm to 2.30 pm or 3.30 pm to 6 pm.

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8. The Prince of Wales

467 – 469 Brixton Rd, London, SW9 8 HH

020 7095 1978

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Not only a rooftop bar, but The Prince of Wales also turns into a nightclub later on in the night, making it perfect if you’re wanting to make a night of it.

You’ll find this venue located in the heart of Brixton and during the summer it becomes the perfect party place, especially when there’s a sunset on the horizon.

The Prince of Wales has two drinks menus, depending on whether you’re planning to have chilled drinks in the pub or party away in the club.

On the pub menu, you’ll find cocktails such as Aperol spritz, Bellinis, or Moscow mules and happy hour is available daily from 5 pm to 8 pm. On the club menu, you’ll find all of the standard spirits and mixers as well as cocktails such as Pimms and a variety of spritz.

The Prince of Wales is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5 pm to 12 am, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm to 3 am, and Sundays from 5 pm to 11 pm. The bar and club are closed on Mondays.

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9. The Exhibit

12 Balham Station Rd, London, SW12 9SG

020 8772 6556

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The Exhibit has been running for a whopping 22 years and hosts great brunches and is also a late night bar and has an outside seating area to sip on your drinks in the warmer months.

If you head to The Exhibit between 5 pm and 7 pm you’ll be able to choose from a selection of drinks for their happy hour. This takes place daily and you can choose from drinks options such as prosecco, Amstel, or even pornstar martinis.

All happy hour drinks are 2 for 1. Otherwise, you can choose from sharing cocktails like jugs of Pimms or sip on your favourite glass of wine.

The Exhibit is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 12 am, Fridays from 4 pm to 2 am, Saturdays from 12 pm to 2 am, and Sundays from 12 pm to 10 pm.

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10. Aquum

68-70 Clapham High St, London, SW4 7UL

020 7627 2726

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Aquum is a stylish and sophisticated bar located in Clapham. It has moody lighting, a marble bar, and sleek décor. With four floors, you’ll be spoilt for choice of places to sip on your drink and party the night away.

On the menu, you’ll find a variety of different cocktails such as the Tiki Colada, which features tequila and coconut, or why not try the Woop Woop which has flavours of vodka, peach, and cranberry. Aquum also has a food menu in case you feel like a bite to eat with your cocktail.

The bar is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5 pm to 12 am, Thursdays from 5 pm to 2 am, Fridays from 5 pm to 3.30 am, Saturdays from 12 pm to 3.30 am, and Sundays from 12 pm to 1 am.

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You won’t be short of bars to visit in South London, whether you fancy chilled out rooftop vibes or a lively drinks experience, South London has you covered.

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