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Written by Luke Bull
February 7, 2023
The best bars in Borough
For after-work bars, need to be home by 8 bars. For when you need a bar that’s not your regular bar, but a cool bar. A down-to-earth bar. A bar for mates. A bar for dates. A bar that’s style and substance. A bar that knows its drinks.
Head to Borough, but before you do, we’ve served up a list of the best bars in and around Borough.
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1. A rooftop bar near Borough: London Bridge Rooftop
Seated on top of Colechurch House is London Bridge Rooftop. It’s a bit of a maze to find, but once you do, it does prove to be worth the effort.
London Bridge Rooftop delivers on all that matters. Think drinks, food, drinks and vibes front and managing the great feat of being a rooftop venue in London Bridge.
Choose a bite to eat on their Spanish menu or take your pick of a selection of cocktails, wine and draft beer, sit back, take in the city views and enjoy the live DJ sessions.
With a capacity for up to 220 people, it’s a pretty good venue for summer and winter parties (it’s covered and heated). Come summer or winter, rain or shine, hopefully, you now know where to find London Bridge Rooftop.
2. A top Borough bar for cocktails: Whiskey Ginger
Whipping up Smokey Ginger Fashioneds, rainbow cocktails, Aperol Spritz, and martinis is Whiskey Ginger, the popular cocktail bar overlooking Borough Market.
Maybe it’s the exposed brick walls, the shaded outdoor area, the neon sign, the lived-in interiors or the menu that serves up hotdogs and burgers but Whiskey Ginger feels very much like a NY bar you’d stumble across after walking a few blocks.
Stop by any day of the week (but Fridays are live DJ nights), find yourself a seat and enjoy the next few hours. Or better yet, head upstairs for a spot of drinks (and people-watching).
All that’s left to decide is what to drink. With over 50 types of whiskey, we think that might be a good place to start.
3. Head to this Borough bar for a glass of Spanish wine: Bar Daskal
Nestled on Park Street, is the Spanish bar, Daskal. Named after the artist (and granddad to the owners) Vladimir Daskaloff, the bar is understated in that Architectural Digest, Vogue 73 Questions kind of way.
Pick from a selection of Spanish tapas, wine and cocktails and be transported to sunnier scenes.
It’s warm and inviting and beckons you to come and sit down for a drink or two. Sounds like a good idea to us.
4. The best Borough bar for beers: The Rake
Pull up a stool and grab a pint at this casual Borough bar. One of the things The Rake does well is beer. The self-proclaimed “speciality beer bar” admittedly does have a large range of beers.
From draft to bottled beers, there’s usually a pick of real ale and draught beer to choose from.
While you pick your ale of choice, take note of the walls of words (and check if you can leave your own).
Find them on Winchester Walk (opposite the Franco Manca).
5. A Borough bar for good drinks and good company: Great Guns Social
The chorus of different conversations and laughter. The clinking of glasses and clank of cutlery. Sometimes being in good company makes a bar that much better.
Great Guns Social seem to have caught on to this. What with their warm colours, neighbouring tables and chairs placed closely together, comfy booths and low lighting, everything screams (or rather, whispers) intimate. Conservations are meant to be had.
Choose from a selection of cocktails (Appletini or Candy Crush?), draught beer, wine and champagne – but don’t forget about the food. It matters as much as the drinks do as the bar has been host to many a celebrity chef.
Pop in for tasting dinners, supper clubs, live music, and bar quizzes. It’s all about community over here. Or drop them a line about private hire.
6. A fun and vibrant bar: Vinegar Yard
Located right next to London Bridge station, Vinegar Yard is a great Borough bar, ready to serve you your next drink in style.
This is a versatile venue, featuring a plethora of drinks, food, a flea market and art to enjoy, all in one place. In the Summer, the venue expands outside so that the sunshine accompanies your drinking experience, while in the winter you can nestle into the long-stretching tent, featuring outdoor heating. Or you could even venture indoors and revel between the two bars.
If you're looking to take it one step further and share a drink with your nearest and dearest intimately, outdoor booking and private room hire are available. Whether you decide to spend your time outdoors, with tables for up to 29 guests or have a tailor-made experience inside, for 30 guests or more, it's up to you.
More of the best bars in Borough
Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. Borough is known for its amazing bars. From busy tiki bars and cocktail bars with world-class mixologists, to quiet and cosy garden bars, we've got every type of bar in Borough for you to browse and book. Why not take the team for a corporate day out at an activity bar or have a birthday bash at your own exclusive bar? Have a look at these top Borough bar venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Borough venues respond to your enquiry.Match with venues
The best bars in Borough
Santo Remedio - Cantina
The Horniman at Hays - Exclusive Use
Belushis London Bridge - Dugout
Loyal Tavern - Lounge Bar
The Market Porter - The Dining Room
The Last Talisman - The Mezzanine
HMS Belfast - The Ward & Ante Room
Swan at Shakespeare's Globe - The Balcony Room
Hixter Bankside - Exclusive hire
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How to hire a bar in Borough
We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and booking your perfect bar. Getting the venue finding process down to a professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Borough.
For bars in Borough, you're spoilt for choice. Here's an extra special one that we vouch for:
Cantina, Santo Remedio – This central bar is a great choice for after-work drinks. Tacos and mezcal anyone?
There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a bar or a private space in a bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.
There are lots of ways to book a Borough bar. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best bars in Borough and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.