Brixton: our fave pubs/bars
With so many fine bars and pubs in Brixton, it's hard to settle on a few favourites, but these are the places where the urban75 crew like to hang out the most:
Any day of the week:
PRINCE ALBERT 416 Coldharbour Lane, SW9
This was the first pub I visited when I moved to Brixton a decade ago and I was immediately struck by its real sense of community. It didn't take long before it felt like I knew half of the pub and it's remained my first choice Brixton quaffery ever since. Those expecting a trendy SW9 bar serving cocktails and designer beers will be bitterly disappointed, as will those wanting to hear the latest Warp records signing. Instead, patrons can enjoy a busy, bustling and very friendly atmosphere with a wonderfully eclectic soundtrack - now with an extended licence!
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DOGSTAR Coldharbour Lane, SW9
In the week, you can enjoy some decent DJs for free and only the grumpiest of gits would fail to be lifted by the friendly, up-for-it crowd. Best nights: Sun/Tues/Wed/Thurs - avoid the weekends. The Dogstar is free weekdays (open till 2am, 4am weekends with admission charge).
020 7733 7515
THE EFFRA 38a Kellett Rd, SW2
A winning combination of great Guinness, a friendly mixed crowd and superb live jazz in the week and Sundays make this a highly recommended Brixton pub.
020 7274 4180
Friday - Saturday:
Effra Rd, SW2
It's a bit of a trek up the hill, but with free entrance and a 2am licence, it's a good place to listen to DJs and hang out. In clement weather, the large outside area's great for socialising too.
11, Dorrell Place by Marks and Spencer, opp Brixton tube
For a mellower night, the SW9 Bar has a pleasant laid back vibe with the mixed friendly crowd making it an easy place to meet new chums. Admission is free and it's open till midnight.
Blenheim Gardens off Brixton Hill.
Friendly, community pub with a down-to-earth vibe and a growing reputation as one of the best live gigs on the circuit. It's a bit of a haul but well worth the trek.
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DUKE OF EDINBURGH Ferndale Rd, SW9
With a bit of imagination, you could almost imagine you're at a mini festival after quaffing down some lagers in the huge garden of the Duke. Slowly getting drunk on the grass is one of the most pleasant ways to spend a hot, balmy night.
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