As the craft revolution wave still rolls on, gone are the days when you’d struggle to find a good craft tap room in the UKs main cities. Craft is on trend and the proliferation of great bars is one of the wonderful results of this. This however throws up another head scratching issue – choice.
We’ve compiled this concise list to give you some recommendations based on what you’re after on a particular day, its nowhere near exhaustive and just because a bar isn’t here, doesn’t mean we don’t rate it highly. Let us know what you think and what bar you’d recommend and why…
‘The Classic’ – Draft House Charlotte – 43 Goodge St
Its the first on this list because its the classic choice. When you want a classic, you want somewhere that has solid array of beers with good atmosphere and this bar is exactly that. Part of the wider Draft House group, it’s compact size does nothing to stifle the wide selection of great beers on offer. And you can nibble away at their tasty bar snack or for something more substantial, tuck into a signature burger.
‘The Well Known’ – The White Horse – 1-3 Parsons Green
There is always a temptation with this sort of list to reject the known and respected and only show people something thats brand new. But we simply couldn’t with The White Horse on Parsons Green, it’s just too good. They pride themselves on their range of delicious cask ales and specialty beers and with such a wide selection on tap and bottled, we can’t argue. Holding some great festivals throughout the years as well as frequent tap takeovers, there is always something going on to keep this well known favourite of ours exciting and fresh.
‘The Sports One’ – The Chelsea Pensioner – 358 Fulham Road
A stones throw away from Stamford Bridge, this is go to craft beer bar on a Chelsea game day. Beautiful surroundings and great craft on tap, this bar is in its element and provides the perfect thirst quencher before kick off. If football is not your thing then pop down midweek and enjoy the relative peace and quiet with the same great beer.
‘The Highly Recommended’ – Jolly Butchers – 204 Stoke Newington High St
This one hits our list as the Highly Recommended one and they don’t come much more praised than Jolly Butchers. CAMRA nominated after being open only one year and has featured on The Guardian’s ‘Top 10 Pubs In Britain’ (obviously now being featured on OUR list they have made the real big time…) Highly recommended because its distinctively brilliant. Focussed on serving and extensive list of great beer that is constantly changing, you’ll never be stuck for a new brew here.
‘The Hidden Gem’ – Stormbird – 25 Camberwell Church St
Our hidden gem in London is definitely Stormbird. Its a wonderfully unassuming bar in outlook, interior and personality, that is whole-heartedly focussed on great craft beer. We reckon that Stormbird is probably the cheapest place to buy great craft in central London, so its a great place to come and enjoy a delicious, well priced beer whilst bathing in the relaxing unpretentiousness.
‘Our Favourite’ – Dalston Roof Park – 18 Ashwin St
Our personal favourite craft bar in London has got to be Dalston Roof Park. On setting alone this ones hard to whack, this astroturfed rooftop has seasonal food stalls and music for you to relax and enjoy, whilst peering over London’s sky scrapers. But the bar is of course our main focus though. And the reason we love it so much? Well DRP is right next door to the brilliant 40ft Brewery, who we featured in FERMENT as one of our Ones To Watch. So, you get to enjoy all the fine surroundings all whilst drinking some of the freshest Pale from one of our favourite breweries. Could you ask for more?
So hopefully this gives you some scope for visiting some of our favourite bars? What would you rate as your best? Even better give us a recommendation!
Thanks for reading!