Best Bars For Beer Junkies
When it comes to a night out in London it goes without saying that you are spoilt for choice no matter what you're looking for, whether it's cocktails at one of the world's best lounge bars or a burlesque show in Soho, London is your oyster. But in the beginning London was built on one thing, imperialism... OK two things, imperialism and beer. Most importantly beer. So let this list be a homage to that great London staple with a few unexpected twists that we've come to expect from a pint in London, because at the end of a long day we're all beer junkies at heart.
Beer fanatics will love this one. Meantime Brewing Company are giving you an inside look into how your favourite hoppy sips get made. Throughout the tour, you'll see all the steps and learn more about the company, before being treated to a guided tasting of four delicious drinks.
Both brewing their own creations and offering the best produce of London's most iconic breweries, the Temple Brew House has firmly established itself as a leading figure in London's craft beer circles. Coupling the great pints with delicious comfort food dishes, the venue offers a serene spot to unwind in and promises to cater for whatever mood you might find yourself in.
Not only is The Duke of Edinburgh home to one of the biggest beer gardens in the city, but this Brixton boozer is also serving up a stellar list of chicken and Sunday roasts from White Men Can't Jerk to soak up beers, wines, cocktails and more.
Serving all kinds of craft beers fresh from the tank, Distortion Tank Bar is one of the best watering holes in Battersea. Nestled under the railway arches, the independent brewery couples as a bar, so while you can take a peak behind the scenes, you can also sample various artisan brews.
You're not going to want to miss this one. Not only is The Barrel Project perfectly position along the Bermondsey Beer Mile, but the archway taproom also has a whopping 24 taps of draught pints. Hungry? Be sure to try out some dishes from its in-house kitchen.
Got a passion for craft brews? Then you'll want to check out this Brick Lane bar. Kill The Cat is a bottle shop and taproom stocking a mammoth array of exciting beers from around the globe, alongside a rotating lineup of on-tap offerings.
How can you be a true London beer junky if you've not yet tried a beer cocktail made using a tipple of London Pride? Head down to the Hawksmoor in Shoreditch and you'll find out just what you're missing out on. Beer cocktails have been the biggest trend to hit London since 2013 and offer the perfect balance between the decadence of a cocktail and the unrivalled beauty of a great pint. At the Hawksmoor you can enjoy all of these things and more when you head down.
Lowlander Grand Cafe is designed in the style of a traditional European cafe leaning towards those big beer junky nations The Nederlands and Belgium. For a great beer junky bar in London Lowlander Grand is great for its central location (Covent Garden) and the impressive selection of world beers on offer. You'll have so many different styles and flavours to choose from that it's best you order a tasting tray when you visit.
You can't really class yourself as a true beer junky if you've not yet visited a Brewdog bar in London. This Scottish chain is slowly taking over the city, bringing its impressive range of own craft ales and fun times with it. Keep an eye out for their beer tasting classes, which turn punters into pint connoisseurs.
The team at Burdock on Liverpool Street are offering the ultimate Father's Day blowout. Enjoy a few beers - courtesy of the Long Arm Brewing Co - while taking on your old man at a few fun games of shuffleboard. Once the competition is over, you'll be able to tuck into a dirty burger, topped with heavy cheese and crispy onion rings.
One of London's best craft breweries, Exale is a Walthamstow favourite that deserves a visit. Just a short walk from Blackhorse Road you'll find this trendy taproom serving a huge range of signature and guest beers, as well as hosting tasting events and Saturday night DJs.
Beer Hawk have launched an all-new craft beer bar and bottle shop in Charterhouse, boasting over 150 of the world's best beers,m 12 lines on draught and 2 cask ales with an incredible pour your own beer wall. Expect beer-focused events such as tastings, brewer meets and plenty more.
Beer lovers unite. Kraft Dalston's Brewery Tour & Tasting is giving you and your friends one of the best experiences in London. You'll get to try 3 different brews while getting a fun walk through their fermentation and operations rooms.
Speaking of pubs with their own brewery, how about a pub that's built inside one? Yes beer junkies The Old Brewery bar in Greenwich will definitely have the goods to get you hooked with an amazing setting to match. Situated right by the river on the grounds of the Old Naval College, The Old Brewery is home to one of London's favourite beers, Meantime. You can book yourself a table or even take a tour of the brewery, it'll probably be the most inspiring pint you have.
One of London's most popular pub groups, Draft House are known for their winning beer brews. Head to the Tower Hill venue for the same great mix of neon signs, simple interiors and burgers, all washed down with a freshly brewed pint.
Looking for authentic German beer? Head over to Elephant & Castle where this fun taproom is doing just that but with a modern twist. The German Kraft Brewery is sorting you out with delicious steins of frothy beer and a massive garden to enjoy them in.
Bringing the unique atmosphere of Oktoberfest and Munich to the City of London, Bierschenke is a beer lover's paradise, fronting authentic pours, delicious food and all the Lederhosen-laden fun you can handle.
Brewhouse comes equipped with its own micro-brewery, but they don't stop there. Teaming their home-brewed pints with a varied selection of beers from around the world, this is right up there with the best pubs in Islington. There's a relaxed atmosphere and a fine spread of pub grub to consider while you're here.
If you're looking for somewhere with a bit more modern style whilst you get your beer junky fix then head down to Zerodegrees in Blackheath. This pristine bar & restaurant is perched delicately on the edge of the charming Blackheath Common in South East London. While your guests gorge on delicious Italian foods you can sample the delicious Zerodegrees brews made right on site in their own micro brewery. The perfect ruse right?
Truman's Social Club is an all-new venture in Walthamstow from the Truman's craft beer brand. Starting off with a gorgeous beer garden featuring local drinks and street food, they hope to expand the site to include an on-site brewery, taproom, market, live music space and artist studios.
A hidden gem in the heart of Walthamstow, Signature Brew Blackhorse Road offers 12 lines of fresh beers, along with tasty street food and live music throughout the week. Swing by the spot, or its Haggerston taproom, to test our new sips or enjoy old classics, with staff more than happy to offer recommendations too.
From limoncello IPAs and tiramisu stouts to small batch experimental beers and organic wines, ORA Brewing is bringing it out the bag with its range of curious craft sips. What's more, the cool taproom is located in a Tottenham Hale industrial park, right next to wetlands.
Word of warning beer junkies, do not walk into The Rake bar near London Bridge and order economy export lager (for arguments sake lets call it Farlsberg), you will be marched out with little of your dignity in tact. Joking obviously, the bar staff at The Rake pub are actually some of the friendliest you'll meet this side of Disneyland, happy to help you choose from the 160 odd beers available and even let you try a few.
To achieve excellence in craft beers you'll want to visit the Duke Of Wellington in Dalston. The ideal bar for beer junkies in London, the Duke of Wellington is the only middle man between you and your brewer. They serve a whole range of world beers and local ales brewed within the vicinity of this trendy Dalston boozer. Why not book yourself a table and grab a few tasters for yourself?
For a state-side bar to suit beer junkies in London why not try the Craft Beer & Co pub in Brixton. This chain has been slowly sweeping across London, soaking up a legion of beer junkies who just can't get enough of this American beer craze. There's more taps in this pub than a Michael Flatley (Riverdance) show each showcasing the worlds best in craft ales and lagers to suit the taste of even the most discerning beer junky in London.
This unassuming pub is just a stones throw from Hackney Central station and yes it is as cool as you'd expect it to be based on this. The Cock Tavern in a independent boozer perched on top of one of London's most spectacular microbreweries, you might say it's kind of a Mecca for beer junkies in London. The uber friendly chaps behind the bar are more than happy to talk you through your taps whilst you chill out with cool rock and roll tunes.