Now that the night tube is running on the Central and Victoria lines (24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays), there are no excuses to head south and spend some time in Brixton.
For those who do not have a clue about the area, I present some quotes found online, as a short summary:
“… embraces its unapologetically unpolished reputation. Evolving from a site of controversy and struggle during the 1990’s, Brixton has steadily increased its appeal without losing much of its cosmopolitan make-up…” [airbnb]
“… is a colourful, unique urban area that is like nowhere else in London. Brixton has a mix of residents, ranging from people that have lived in the district for generations to new residents that have moved prompted by a new trendy image that it has gained. It is a multi-ethnic community, with around 24 percent of the population being of African and/or Caribbean descent. There is a thriving scene for clubbing and live music, especially reggae/ska and rock…” [wikitravel]
“… is one of London’s coolest areas to live. It’s been gentrified but it’s no Shoreditch, still retaining some of its unique original charm..” [movebubble]
If you are not convinced yet, I can only say that it is really a cool area and it is worth a visit. Very good place for clubbing and live music, plus its well-known market and David Bowie mural (pictured above).
So as we did with Bermondsey, we propose an alternative pub crawl, with a very strict and meticulously selected list of places. Below you can find the map with all the pubs and a schedule to complete the pub crawl, including route and time. Alternatively, you can download a PDF.
Needless to say, this post can also be seen as a simple guide titled The Best Pubs in Brixton.
Route / Schedule
13:00 hrs. Meet @ Brixton Underground Station
13:10 The Beehive
One of the 1000 JD Wetherspoons in the UK is always a good start. Low prices, questionable attendance, no music and funny carpets. More information about this pub chain in our London FAQs.
Address: 407-409 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 7DG
14:00 The Craft Beer and Co
Pub specialising in micro-brewed cask ales, small batch craft beers and over 400 global bottles.
Address: 11-13 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PA
14:40 The Duke of Edinburgh
Quirky modern pub with feature lighting, purple pool table and an expansive, leafy beer garden.
Address: 204 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8AG
15:20 The Trinity Arms
Cosy local on a quiet square with front and back terraces and refurbished original details.
Address: 45 Trinity Gardens, Brixton, London SW9 8DR
16:00 The Prince of Wales
A cool venue offering live music, comedy and club nights, plus a 2-tiered garden terrace, serving pizza.
Address: 467- 469 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8HH
16:40 The Prince Albert
Low-lit, traditional pub with stripped floors and outside space, serving a pub grub menu.
Address: 418 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LF
17:20 The Effra Hall Tavern
Brixton’s Hidden Secret, a Family owned Pub in Residential Brixton, is only 5 mins from the Station/tube. A place to Eat, Drink and Relax.
Address: 38 Kellet Road, London SW2 1EB
18:00 The Effra Social
A modern take on a classic social club in the former local Conservative Club, serving ales and smart food.
Address: 89 Effra Rd, Brixton, London SW2 1DF
18:40 The White Horse
Victorian space with exposed brick walls, modern fittings and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.
Address: 94 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1QN
19:20 The Hootananny
Raucous music venue in Brixton with a lively beer garden and mouth-watering food.
Address: 95 Effra Rd, Brixton, London SW2 1DF
20:00 Dogstar (optional)
Pub/club with floorboards and space to dance next to old portraits, velvet drapes and a chandelier.
Address: 389 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LQ