It might not be much to look at - and there are bits of wood, concrete and metal out back - but if you fancy a cheap, cheerful and scruffy night out in Peckham, this is the place. There are regular house, disco and soul nights and the intimate dancefloor gets packed full of shakers doing their thing. If you get tired of the dancing, there's a ping pong table and plenty of pool tables with it being, after all, a pool bar. Bargain entry and pretty cheap drinks, it's a popular place on the weekends in particular.
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Having been voted the best bar in the world for four consecutive years by industry experts, it was only fair we gave this baby a mention. Luxury, opulence, comfort and style literally seep from this place - it's the tits. We’ve gotta take off our hats to the Head Bartender, Alex Kratena, who switches up the entire cocktail menu every year with an impressively creative theme. His most recent launch was the ‘Surrealism’ menu, where each cocktail subverts the notion of reality, everyday objects and the idea of a traditional ‘serve’. We’d recommended going for a ‘You’re So Gangsta #feelinglikeaboss cocktail - not only does it look but tastes like a million bucks - Grey Goose shaken up with Yuzu, Lychee, Ginseng, Juniper and Rose.
Dogstar has many a hangover on its hands and it's easy to see why. With a 4am weekend license, a weekly selection of stellar club nights and an always-up-for-it crowd, its become renowned for basically being the last-stop on any wild night out in this patch of South. Look beyond that and you'll find your typically average stone baked pizzas, pool tables and cocktails. But lets be frank - this place is about the late night dancing. This three-floor, sprawling 20-year-old pub (and London's first DJ pub) has become a Brixton staple, fuelling many a dancefloor romance along the way.
South London party central, The Bussey Building (otherwise known as the CLF Art Cafe) is a centre for music, art, theatre and record rifling. During the week pop in to Rye Wax Record Store for a bevvy and a peruse. Keep an eye out for theatre events, art exhibitions and talks and on the weekend stay late for one of their legendary parties. South London Soul Train is always a riot. Opening times are subject to change according to event schedule.