Tucked underneath Peckham Rye station, the cool kids of SE15 (and some trans-borough pilgrims) congregate at this stripped-back cocktail bar for vibezy evenings fuelled by their killer cocktail list. On most nights its arches are rammed with shrewd merrymakers getting sozzled on their cheap drinks and gorging on their banging pizzas. The happy hour here is legendary: drop in any day between 6-7pm and bag two cocktails for £7 - everyone knows it's all about rollin' with one in each hand. When the sun's out, the action spills out back into their bustling courtyard space, where punters bask in the laid-back, no frills ambience.
You might also be interested in...
Bourne & Hollingsworth
Cocktails are always best enjoyed in an environment that feels as flamboyant as the drinks are. Bourne & Hollingsworth on Charlotte Street is a subterranean cocktail bar that feels more like an artist's living room than an actual bar. The furniture is comfortable and antique and the overall feel is cosy - despite the pink wallpaper giving off a slight 'Redrum' vibe. Cocktails here are sold at the usual Soho price (£10). Not everything hits the mark but one drink we can get behind is The Fitzgerald - rose petal vodka shaken with bitters, fresh lime and pomegranate topped with bubbles.
Formerly known as Lerryns, this vibey little venue is one of London’s freshest spots. As trendy as they come, it’s packed with huarache-hoofed locals scoffing up wholesome, home-cooked plates; think guacamole flatbread and minute steak with egg. Head down on Sunday night for their weekly happy-hour (actually five hours, from 6pm until 11pm) grab a rum sour, and soak up the laid-back vibes.
Big Apple Brixton
Don't tell us you haven't dreamed about New York in the 70s. Andy Warhol, hip hop at its infancy, Studio 54, R&B... it was all happening, baby. Get a slice of the big apple at this new immersive pop up, bringing mid-century NYC to SW. BAB will host three indoor bars and one themed nightclub based on iconic venues from the era. The rooftop venue will feature guest performances from rappers and DJs, as well as American street food vendors and seasonal cocktails. Can you dig it?
Formerly the rather ramshackle London Fields Pub, this building has had a significant refurb to become Martello Hall: a three storey townhouse that serves as a cocktail bar, restaurant, workspace and on-the-go coffeehouse. Plenty of dough has been spent on the stripped-back decor and vintage furniture, and the result is a pretty swanky and classy joint. Food wise, it's mostly Italian fare with sharing plates and a wood fire oven for delicious pizzas. We'd particularly recommend the Number 7, with roast squash & beetroot, ricotta, hazelnuts, beetroot pesto, mint and kale. Upstairs, you'll find a cosy lounge area with decks and a cocktail bar, which seems an ideal place to woo and be wooed as the night unfolds. What else? You can hot desk here and work, and also grab coffee or sausage roll by the inch from their street hatch.