Brixton isn’t the place to go if you are looking to wear a suit and visit a glitzy venue but it is perfect for a casual, laid-back night out. If you fancy a drink, some good music and a great venue, be sure to check out these spots.
The Blues Kitchen brings the tastes, sounds and spirit of the Deep South! They offer the largest selection of rare and vintage bourbon in London, as well as world-class blues, roots and soul artists playing live across two stages seven nights a week. The 24-hour nightclub Electric Brixton is only a 4-min walk from here if you want to continue the night after The Blues Kitchen closes at 3 am.
Weekend opening hours: Friday 5 pm - 2 am & Saturday 10 am - 3 am
Other Locations: Shoreditch (East) and Camden (North)
Barrio is a small chain of bars that seem to be cropping up in all areas of the Capital. One of the benefits of the Brixton branch is its indoor and outdoor patio, making it perfect to visit early in the evening when the sun is still out in summer. This bar has latin vibes, making it fun, colourful and relaxed! This venue is located very close to The Blues Kitchen so if you are visiting one you may as well visit both!
Weekend opening hours: Friday 4 pm - 2:30 am & Saturday 11 am - 2:30 am
Other Locations: Shoreditch (East), Soho (Central) & Angel (North)
If you love wine, this is the place for you! The wine list in this venue is a “real expression of the terroir, with minimal intervention in the winery”. It has plenty of options in addition to exceptional food. Our favourite seat in the venue is one at the bar as you can sit and watch the chef prepare and serve the beautifully presented food. This venue has a great atmosphere and is a locals favourite.
Weekend opening hours: Friday & Saturday 6 pm - 10 pm
Other locations: The cleverly named ‘The other Naughty Piglet' is in a bigger venue in Victoria (Central)
Cocktails are a serious matter at this venue. The perfect balance of what makes the perfect drink comes into the spotlight with the laboratory feel the room projects. This place has amazing music booming all around the venue and a visit here will definitely make your night.
Weekend opening hours: Friday & Saturday 5 pm - 2 am
Other locations: Sister venue named–First Aid Box (Brixton) is open until 12 am at weekends but it is more well-known for being a health-conscious cafe.
We strongly recommend booking a table at this cocktail bar, as it is small and gets crowded at the weekend. Another reason to book a table is so you can order food as it is also a tapas bar. They offer a wide variety of small plates from cuisines from all over the world. The interior is industrial chic, giving the compact space the right vibe for a relaxed date.
Weekend opening hours: Friday & Saturday 5 pm - 1 am
Other locations: Three Eight Four has a sister tapas restaurant named Seven–located in Brixton
This restaurant/bar is perfect for those wanting to have a casual meal with drinks, as it has a very laid-back vibe. Many of the cocktails on offer contain ingredients like Wray & Nephew–so be warned, they are strong! With regards to the music, it might be worth looking to see if there is a specific DJ playing on the night you are visiting, if not the usual genre is Reggae, Basement, Hip-Hop & Dancehall.
Weekend Opening hours: Friday & Saturday 12 pm - 1 am
Other locations: Covent garden (Central) and Notting Hill (West)
An aesthetic inspired by legendary courtesans of ancient China, Courtesan will bring you a night to remember. It’s a great spot to visit if you want to try a “cocktail with a story”, each of their drinks in the menu are named after a Chinese proverb so you can learn something as you drink!
Weekend opening hours: Friday & Saturday 12 pm - 1 am