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Written by Mae Bristow - 22 April 2024

Our selection of the best London Bridge bars

Tourists may be disappointed when they realise London Bridge is not, in fact, the majestic Tower Bridge just down the road. The area does, however, offer plenty of bars, eateries, and the ever-popular Borough Market to soften the blow.

The historic, and rather risqué, pastimes of London Bridge have given way to a collection of classic pubs and contemporary wine and cocktail bars, pulling in a mixture of tourists, office workers, and locals that paints a picture of modernity in the oldest part of London.

Whether you're after views of the City’s skyline or cosy underground dives, London Bridge isn't falling down, but with all the drinks on offer, your inhibitions just might.

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inside the London Bridge bar The Hide Bar
people drinking and eating at the London Bridge bar The Hide Bar

1. Drink London in London Bridge: The Hide Bar

London Bridge, London

The Hide is (almost) as in love with London as we are, with most of its drinks distilled, brewed, fermented, or produced in London, and not just beer or gin, but rum, wine, and even absinthe.

A hop, skip, and jump away from London Bridge station, the Hide has fashioned its warehouse space with tasteful muted tones and understated lighting – allowing the vibrant colours of its cocktails, like Cherry Lady or the depth of the Dark & Darker, to really pop.

The Hide’s dedication to sustainability and local ingredients in its food and drink add to its singular mission: a passionate showcasing of the best London liquor. For us, this is a London Bridge bar that stands out from the crowd.

bianca road brew co london bridge bar
bianca road brew co london bridge bar

2. A London Bridge taproom: Bianca Road Brew Co

London Bridge, London

Another one to visit when you're tasting out the brews of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Bianca Road Brew Co is on Tower Bridge Road, just around the corner from Bermondsey Street, the taproom and brewery specialise in West Coast American-style craft brews and serves up a selection of wines and spirits as well.

It comes with all the taproom-brewery bells and whistles, such as the requisite minimal industrial decor, merch, and versatile event space, making the bar a great place for parties. We rate the brewery's commitment to sustainability as much as we rate the fresh, hoppy beers. Check out the Libation fruited sour on a sunny day or tuck into an Amarillo DDH Session IPA.

inside the London Bridge bar Bar Daskal
cocktail in London Bridge bar Bar Daskal

3. The Spanish wine & sherry bar in London Bridge: Bar Daskal

London Bridge, London

Bar Daskal is one for the creatives, a bar with a story behind it. Named after seafaring artist Vladimir Daskaloff, grandfather to the bar’s owners, he went by the name Daskal and was based out of Estellencs in Majorca – hence the Spanish connection.

Its creamy-coloured interior lends itself to the minimalist earth-tone furnishings and allows the many candles and books, all arranged by colour, to pop in the understated space. It’s cool, stylish, and feels like a Spanish villa transported to London.

On the second level, there’s an event space for private hire, as stylish as it is below deck, complete with its own bar. Bar Daskal’s exclusive offering of Spanish wines and cocktails made with Spanish spirits makes it a top pick among London Bridge bars.

flaming cocktail at the London Bridge bar the Britannia Smokd
inside the London Bridge bar the Britannia Smokd

4. The London Bridge bar if you like whisky, cigars, and open-flame BBQ: The Britannia – Smok’d

London Bridge, London

The Britannia – Smok’d have elevated the British pub to a standard that is hard to compete with. Located a 5-minute walk from London Bridge, the ‘BBQ & Whisky Pub’ offers a mouth-watering, chargrilled menu, a whisky cellar, and a fine selection of beers. You can also browse cigars – thus completing every Redditor's idea of masculinity.

Located in a 19th-century brick building with all the trappings of a classic British pub, the Britannia – Smok’d comes complete with wooden furnishings and bar, mirrored shelves displaying many bottles, and a wee terrace for the odd sunny afternoon.

Tuck into some Smok’d Babyack Ribs or the Smok’d Beef Brisket, wash it down with an ice-cold draught beer, or sip a Fireside Old Fashioned if you’re feeling fancy. After your meal, peruse one of their many fine whiskies. And do check out when they’ve got live blues nights, trust us.

inside the London Bridge bar The George pub
cocktails at the London Bridge bar The George pub

5. The historic London Bridge bar: The George

London Bridge, London

This classic pub is one for the books if you're after something truly historic. A pub has existed on this site since medieval times and the current building is the only surviving galleried coaching inn in London.

The first and second-floor galleries look onto a large cobblestone beer garden where you can enjoy fine ales, lagers, wine, and cocktails. Inside the George, the partly timber-framed pub has a series of connected bars on the ground floor and a restaurant upstairs.

Frequented by Charles Dickens, The George is for the history and literature buffs, but its classic British pub fare, Sunday roast, and beer garden make it for anybody after a good old-fashioned pub.

inside the London Bridge bar and music venue Omeara
the outdoor terrace of London Bridge bar and music venue Omeara

6. The London Bridge bar that’s actually a music venue: Omeara

London Bridge, London

Named after the street it calls home, Omeara is a class-act live music venue with an equally class bar – craft beers, wines, spirits, and a cocktail menu we fully approve of and appreciate.

Omeara operates across three spaces within an industrial warehouse-meets-restored Vaudeville theatre interior: Omeara Live, the Mezzanine, and the outdoor Terrace.

Catch world-class acts spanning genres of music in intimate surroundings or a club night ranging from techno to hip-hop to soul. The beers and cocktails go down only too easily in this place.

people in the candlelit London Bridge bar the Mug House wine bar
red wine at the London Bridge bar the Mug House wine bar

7. The antique wine bar & restaurant in London Bridge: the Mug House

London Bridge, London

The Mug House wine bar and restaurant have been doing ‘cosy wine bar’ for quite a while. In fact, the Davy family has been in the London wine bar business for five generations now.

The Mug House’s low arched ceilings and candlelit tables create that wine bar experience we’re all after, complete with cheese and charcuterie boards. It has a relaxed atmosphere of conversation punctuated by laughter and the clinking of wine glasses.

If you’re looking for a London Bridge bar in which you can spend hours while indulging in good food and great wine – look no further than the Mug House.

inside the London Bridge bar the Horseshoe Inn pub
cat with a bottle of cider at the London Bridge bar the Horseshoe Inn pub

8. The Horseshoe Inn: The London Bridge Bar famous for its regulars

London Bridge, London

Situated a 2-minute walk from London Bridge station is the classic British pub that’s as old-time-y in appearance as its historic surroundings. But the Horseshoe Inn has something its competitors do not: two charming cats for regulars.

Whether you plan to pop in for a couple of pints or to indulge in a Sunday roast, the Horseshoe Inn is hard to resist with its traditional dark wood furnishings, vintage decor, and soft, warm lighting. And the cats are the icing on the cake, so to speak.

With its function room, sun terraces, and beer gardens overflowing with potted plants, The Horseshoe Inn is a London Bridge bar that’s not short on charm. There’s hearty fare, beer, and resident cats – we reckon you’d have a pretty relaxed afternoon here.

inside the London Bridge bar Call Me Mr Lucky
cocktail at the London Bridge bar Call Me Mr Lucky

9. The not-so-secret speakeasy London Bridge bar: Call Me Mr Lucky

London Bridge, London

At HeadBox, we fundamentally disagree with bars that make you whisper some ostensibly secret phrase in a bid to create an air of a 'hidden bar'. We do not live under prohibition. Nonetheless, Call Me Mr Lucky gets the snug cocktail bar elements just right.

The bar is dimly lit with quirky decor and plenty of vintage signage and neon lanterns. But the star feature is probably its Wheel of Fortune, with the potential to land on winning a round of shots for everybody in the place.

If you want in all you have to do is swallow your pride and say the passphrase "I'm here to get lucky," to a server to be granted access to the (at this point) not-so-secret dive bar. There, the secret’s out; now get yourself a strong cocktail.

grand staircase inside the London Bridge bar the Barrow Boy and Banker
cocktails at the London Bridge bar the Barrow Boy and Banker

10. One for the after-work crowd: The Barrow Boy & Banker

London Bridge, London

It may be housed in an old bank dating back to the 19th century, but inside the Barrow Boy & Banker is fresh as ever, with a sleek curved staircase and contemporary chandeliers.

The real treasure lies beneath the bar, where a labyrinth of bank vaults now houses beer, lots and lots of beer. Above the bank-turned-beer-vaults is an open, airy space with high ceilings and a balanced mixture of understated classic pub decor with touches of modernity.

Ideal for a cheeky weeknight outing, The Barrow Boy & Banker is a London Bridge bar popular with the after-work crowd, but equally worth visiting at any time for one of their homemade pies to soak up all that beer.

inside the London Bridge bar Bunch of Grapes pub
cocktails at the London Bridge bar Bunch of Grapes pub

11. The London Bridge favourite: Bunch of Grapes

London Bridge, London

Snug between Borough Market, London Bridge, and the Shard is a London crowd favourite: Bunch of Grapes. Step beneath the twin lanterns and the potted plants into another pub that has mastered the marriage between historic and modern.

Stand outside the front, grab a table inside, or get comfortable in the beer garden and soak in an atmosphere that just feels good. Locals, the post-work crowd, and curious tourists alike all flock here.

Still wondering why this pub is so popular? Let’s put it this way: if Bunch of Grapes was a person, they’d be the steady, reliable friend, quick with a smile, always looking after their friends, and never leaving a glass empty for long.

Check out the best bars in London Bridge

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. London Bridge 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 London Bridge 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 London Bridge 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 London Bridge venues respond to your enquiry.

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Your guide to bar hire near London Bridge

London Bridge is a vibrant and historic area in the heart of London, known for its iconic landmarks, diverse culture, and a thriving nightlife scene. If you're planning an event or special celebration in this area, considering bar hire is a fantastic way to ensure your guests have a memorable experience. This guide will walk you through the process of finding and hiring the perfect bar on London Bridge.

1. Define Your Event:

Before diving into bar hire, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of your event's objectives, audience, and theme. Whether it's a corporate gathering, a birthday celebration, a wedding reception, or any other occasion, your event's purpose will help you choose the right type of bar.

2. Location Matters:

London Bridge boasts an array of bars, each with its unique character and ambience. You can choose from waterside bars along the Thames, rooftop bars with stunning views, or historic pubs with rich character. The location you select should align with the theme and mood you want to set for your event.

3. Budget and Capacity:

Determine your budget for bar hire, keeping in mind that prices can vary significantly near London Bridge. The capacity of the venue should also align with the number of guests you expect to attend. Be clear about any additional costs such as staff, drinks, or entertainment.

4 . License and Regulations:

Check if the chosen bar venue has the appropriate licenses to serve alcohol and whether they have any restrictions on closing times. Familiarise yourself with local regulations to avoid any legal issues during your event.

5. Amenities and Services:

Evaluate the amenities and services provided by the bar. This includes the availability of a dedicated bartender, catering options, and any audio-visual equipment you may need. Some bars also offer unique features like themed cocktails or mixology classes.

6. Theme and Decor:

Consider the theme or decor you want for your event and see if the bar can accommodate your preferences. Some bars have a distinct ambience that could complement your event's style, while others may provide a blank canvas for your creative ideas.

7. Menu and Drink Options:

Check the bar's menu options to ensure they align with your guests' preferences. Whether you're looking for craft cocktails, a variety of wines, or a diverse beer selection, make sure the bar can provide the beverages you desire. If you plan to serve food, inquire about the catering options and whether they can accommodate dietary restrictions.

8. Entertainment:

If your event requires entertainment, inquire about the bar's capability to provide music, DJs, or space for live performances. Many bars in London Bridge have established connections with local entertainers and can assist with arrangements.

9. Booking Process:

Once you've narrowed down your options, reach out to the bar venues for availability on your desired date. It's advisable to book well in advance, as popular venues tend to get reserved quickly, especially during peak seasons.

10. Online Platforms:

There are an endless amount of websites that will provide you with a rundown of the best bars near London Bridge. It can often feel a little overwhelming searching through these sites. That’s why at HeadBox we work with the best venues and will circulate your event details directly to them. You’ll hear back from trusted venues that have availability and cater to your event. If only it was always this easy.

11. Contracts and Agreements:

Before finalizing your bar hire, carefully review the contract or agreement. Ensure all terms, conditions, and pricing details are clear and align with your expectations. Pay attention to any cancellation policies and the timeline for making payments.

12. Promoting Your Event:

After securing your bar hire, it's time to promote your event. Utilize social media, event platforms, and email invitations to reach your target audience. Leverage the bar's reputation and location to attract guests.

Hiring a bar in London Bridge can add a touch of glamour and uniqueness to your event. By carefully planning and considering all the essential factors mentioned in this guide, you can ensure a successful and memorable experience for you and your guests. Enjoy your time in one of London's most exciting neighbourhoods!

Frequently asked questions

Bars near London Bridge cater to a wide range of events, including birthdays, weddings, corporate functions, private parties, and casual gatherings. The choice of bar and its facilities often depends on the nature of your event.

The cost of hiring a bar near London Bridge varies widely depending on factors such as the size of the venue, the type of event, and any additional services you require. On average, you can expect to pay a rental fee or a minimum spend requirement. It's best to contact the bar directly for a personalized quote based on your specific event.

Bars near London Bridge are typically well-connected to public transportation. The area is served by several London Underground stations, bus routes, and even boat services along the Thames. Most guests will find it convenient to use public transportation. Additionally, it's advisable to inquire about nearby parking facilities for those who prefer to drive to the event.

Yes, many bars have minimum and maximum guest count requirements for private events. These requirements help ensure that the venue can comfortably accommodate your group and maintain a suitable atmosphere. Be sure to check with the bar about their specific guest count policies and choose a venue that aligns with your event's size.

It's advisable to book your chosen bar as early as possible. Popular bars in the area can get booked up quickly, especially during peak seasons and weekends. To secure your preferred date and time, consider booking several months in advance.

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