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Written by Mae Bristow - 14 November 2023

The 10 best bars near Southwark

Southwark, most know for being unpronounceable by clueless Americans, the Thameside area is also blessed by a number of fantastic bars.

Fancy bars, traditional drinking holes, and foodie paradises: all are abound in Southwark. Thankfully you don't have to sort through the bad to get to the good, We've scouted out the best bars in Southwark here for your pleasure. If you want to hire out one for yourself, just let us know and we'll do the rest.

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1. For a stylish evening out in one of the many bars near Southwark and the South Bank, The Hoxton Southwark is a great choice

Southwark, London

Close to the South Bank’s many galleries, theatres and food markets is one of the area's most charming hotels and bars.

The Hoxton Southwark hotel is home to the Seabird rooftop restaurant, while the Albie restaurant offers all-day dining and drinks. This hotel is great for coworking or staying over after a busy day in the city. With spaces to hire for private or corporate events, The Hoxton Southwark offers so many options.

2. The Trafalgar St. James is a historic building with restaurants and bars near Southwark

Southwark, London

This striking historic hotel near Southwark’s many bars is one of the most enchanting spots to stay at during your time in London. Rockwell Cocktail Bar and Restaurant gives diners the chance to sip a range of incredible cocktails in leafy and eclectic surroundings, right in the heart of the city.

An inspired approach to cocktail-making gives this bar an edge, using fresh ingredients to create unique drinks. Bars aren’t all that’s on offer, however, with a range of luxurious rooms for those staying over.

3. Obica St. Paul’s brings an authentic Italian pizzeria to Southwark

Southwark, London

Beginning life in Italy in 2004, Obica has now turned into a worldwide phenomenon. Obica St. Paul’s creates authentic and delicious pizzas, pasta and salads in a friendly atmosphere.

Just a stone’s throw from St. Paul’s Cathedral, this stylish and welcoming restaurant is famous for its Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP and traditional Italian ingredients. The eye-catching round dining room with high windows and ceilings rivals the most upscale bars near Southwark, making it a lovely spot for a special meal or work gathering.

4. For nights out in bars near Southwark, Revolution Leadenhall offers creative cocktails and delicious food

Southwark, London

Part of a chain of bars, the individual styling and details are what make each of the Revolution venues worth visiting. Revolution Leadenhall is one of its bars near Southwark. This chic and stylish bar is a place where you can enjoy tasty food like crispy fried chicken (and a vegan alternative!), as well as sharing platters. Of course, the cocktails are one of the main draws to this trendy bar, with a focus on speciality vodka cocktails created by the Revs team.

The marble bar and stylish setting belies the casual approach to dining and drinks

5. Cocktail and wine bars near Southwark and across London: Tonight Josephine is a neon dream for nights out

Southwark, London

With venues near Waterloo, Shoreditch and Clapham, Tonight Josephine provides neon-lit cocktail and wine bars.

You can enjoy karaoke nights near Southwark, or take part in cocktail masterclasses to learn how to mix your own drinks. Hire the bar for a special event, or just spend time in the dimly lit and contemporary space with friends.

Known for a range of wines to suit every palate and some innovative cocktails, Tonight Josephine is a must-visit for a great night out when looking for bars near Southwark.

6. Recently refurbished, Telephone Exchange is one of the standout traditional British bars near Southwark

Southwark, London

This London Bridge pub has recently had a facelift to brighten up the interior. Walking inside, you will notice the colourful and bright interior as well as the delicious scent of classic British pub grub. Like the best bars, Telephone Exchange offers a good range of 15 beers and ciders, as well as a variety of gins.

Look out for new dishes appearing daily on the mouth-watering menu and tuck into some artisan snacks while catching up with friends. A real experience for those seeking bars near Southwark.

7. Speciality cocktails and local gins await in one of the area’s relaxed hotel bars near Southwark: The Lounge Bar

Southwark, London

With an emphasis on being true to cocktail classics and creating inspired speciality drinks, The Lounge Bar is nestled within the Mercure London Bridge Hotel.

Hotel bars near Southwark are ideal for a chilled-out vibe, and The Lounge Bar is great for spending time with colleagues or friends. With a diverse menu serving up dishes from all over the world, and locally produced spirits, you can relax in quiet surroundings. Try the delicious Vietnamese rolls or fries with a twist.

8. SAMA Bankside is one of those bars near Southwark with a little of everything

Southwark, London

Tucked away beneath two railway arches near Blackfriars Bridge, this is one of the most fun neighbourhood bars near Southwark. Situated right by the Thames, you can let your hair down with a game of beer pong or enjoy a speciality cocktail.

The Bankside or Under The Arch will give you a taste of inspiration, and the menu serves up contemporary British grub with a flair of Caribbean flavour. You can even hire space for private dining in this hidden gem.

9. Bars near Southwark don’t often attract the kind of celebrity chefs you find at Great Guns Social: Stop by to see who’s cooking today

Southwark, London

Trendy decor and bespoke cocktails are a match made in heaven at Great Guns Social. Drinks you won’t find at other bars near Southwark include the Smoked Old Fashioned and Paddington’s Pick Me Up (yes, it really does contain marmalade).

Hidden away in Borough, this vibrant bar near Southwark has played host to Jay Morjaria and Rick Matharu among others, and the menu is as varied as you might expect from the pop-up residency events for a range of chefs.

10. Beginning life as a pop-up bar and eatery, Britannia’s Smok’d provides an upgrade to bars near Southwark, placing BBQ and whisky at its heart

Southwark, London

Created by BBQ Whisky Beer, Britannia’s Smok’d focuses on international BBQ. Bars near Southwark like this one are a rare find, so take advantage of the incredible smoked meats. Inspired by BBQ methods the world over, each dish is created with British flair in mind.

Wash down your delicious meal with unusual cocktail concoctions like the Zombie Horse, or stick with the classics such as a Bloody Mary. You will want to sample the whisky on offer, as this is the heart of the brand, and sit out on the terrace for pure relaxation.

The best bars near Southwark

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

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How to hire a bar near Southwark

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 near Southwark.

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For bars near Southwark, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

Old School Yard – Have a blast at this retro bar on Long Lane.

London Bridge Rooftop – Sip on cocktails at London Bridge's not-so-secret rooftop bar.

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 Southwark 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 near Southwark and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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