10 best cocktail bars in Battersea

 

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If you didn’t already have a reason to venture south of the river, go for the cocktails. The cocktail bars in Battersea are some of the very best London has to offer – things have really moved up a notch south of the Thames. From traditional pubs named after Dukes, to classy wine bars or lively party venues, there’s a cocktail bar for everyone in this cool corner of the capital. Read on to find the perfect bar in Battersea for your next date night or girls night out.

10 of the best bars in Battersea, London

1. Aspen & Meursault

96 Westbridge Rd, London SW11 3PH

 

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Aspen and Mersault does double duty: by day it’s a cool neighbourhood café, while by night it’s one of the best bars in Battersea. The venue’s unique selling point is the fact that it serves only natural wine to those who come to socialise after dark.

If you’re not sure what natural wine is really all about, even better, as Aspen and Mersault aim to demystify the process. So draw a pew upholstered in velvet teal up to a circular, dark wood topped table and settle down for a sipping session – at Time Out London’s ‘Best New Bar’ for 2021, no less.

2. Homeboy Embassy Gardens

Unit 6, Embassy Gardens, New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7DN

Say you’re heading out on a hot date and your partner isn’t into cocktails. No problem whatsoever when Homeboy Embassy Gardens is the venue, as it also pours the capital’s best pint of Guinness.

A warm, down-to-earth welcome can be expected at this most stylish of Battersea bars. The owners have brought their expertise and skills honed at the likes of the Waldorf Astoria NYC and The Dorchester to south London – and it shows.

3. The Lighthouse Battersea

441 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LR

 

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Leafy location? Check. Light-flooded interior? Affirmative. Enviable beer garden? Yes. Original artworks? Indeed. Tasty, satisfying pub food? That too. The Lighthouse in Battersea has it all – and they’re capable of mixing up a mean cocktail to boot.

Add to that a drinks list containing bottled, craft and draught beers and ciders, an impressive range of Old and New World wines including seven sparklers, and you might just end up wishing you could stay for the entire weekend. 

4. Vagabond Battersea Power Station

Battersea Power Station, Unit 12, Circus Village West, Circus Road West, London SW11 8EZ

 

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With seating for up to 80 guests, Vagabond sells itself as an ‘urban winery’, as there’s over 100 wines on offer, and that’s no empty claim! You can call in for a glass of something delicious or book a bespoke tasting session.

The look is industrial – think lots of open wine racks and shelving plus fridges you can peer into and bar stools to perch on as you sample the wares. As wines are sold by the glass, it’s no issue if you’re going solo or want to try something new. 

5. Humble Grape Battersea

2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED

 

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The Humble Grape extends a warm welcome to all visitors, including those with four legs. This laid-back bar in south London specialises in sustainable wine, and is a great date night, wine tasting and events venue.

Industrial chic is very much the vibe: wooden wine cartons from France have been used to create one-off light fittings and there’s also intricate metalwork, cork walls and stylishly scuffed wooden flooring.

6. Archer Street SW11

Lansdowne House, 3-7 Northcote Rd, London SW11 1NG

If you want to spend the night in a place that’s packed with personality, head to Archer Street SW11. This venue has all the right vibes, and even features stellar performances from West End theatre regulars.

From the perfect cocktail created by an expert mixologist to dancing on the tables as the evening wears on, it’s the recipe for a fun-filled night out south of the river. It’s a little like spending your time in an exclusive private club – without the hefty membership fee. 

7. The Schoolhouse

139 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TD

The name gives it away – The Schoolhouse in south London is ideal for those who want to relive their school days – but only the very best bits, of course. Care has been taken to create the right aesthetic, complete with desks, books and lockers.

The cocktails have the most fantastic names – You’re Twisting My Melon, That’s Proper Mint and Basil’s Fawlt to name but a few. More than 60 craft beers are also served and the cocktail syrups are all homemade.

8. Duke of Cambridge Battersea

228 Battersea Bridge Rd, London SW11 3AA

In all likelihood you’re not going to spot Prince William within these four walls, but hey, you never know. Centrally located on Battersea Bridge Road, the Duke of Cambridge (or rather the pub named after him) has been serving Londoners since long before the Queen was born.

The decor is a little eclectic but somehow works in perfect harmony, ensuring this place strikes just the right balance between traditional boozer and contemporary cocktail bar. Sunday roasts and pub quizzes are calendar regulars, while the cocktail list includes modern takes on dry and colourful classics. 

9. Be At One Battersea Rise

85 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HW

 

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Be At One is first and foremost a cocktail bar, and it shows. Whether your preference is for sour, spicy or sweet you’ll find it here, and it also offers mixology classes. You can book an event at this venue, or join in with the fun during themed and seasonal happenings throughout the year.

Cocktails are two for one during Happy Hour, and this takes place between 3, 4 or 5pm and 8pm daily. Yep, even on Friday nights and weekends. The decor has a bit of a retro twist, with neon signs and bright lights that look like something from the 1980s.

10. Duke of Battersea

74-76 Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11 3AG

 

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The grand old Duke of Battersea is a typical London corner pub located where Battersea Bridge Road and Westbridge Road meet. It’s a sociable venue known for its gastropub menu, craft beers and delicious cocktails.

There’s a fabulous beer garden for long, light summer evenings and lots of little nooks and crannies within so you can sip in relative seclusion. The Duke of Battersea also offers Happy Hour between 4pm and 8pm daily, when drinks are available as two for one. 

 

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