Food & Drink

The official unofficial Battersea drinking guide

Published On 04/29/2014 Published On 04/29/2014
Battersea drinking guide
Jason Allen
The Draft House Westbridge
Le QuecumBar
The Ship
The Prince Albert Pub
Flickr user Ania Mendrek
The Lost Angel
The Doodle Bar
The Southsider Cocktail Club
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1. The Draft House Westbridge 74-76 Battersea Bridge Rd, Battersea, London, SW11 3AG (Battersea)

You can't go wrong with the food or drink here, but you may have a dilemma when it comes to picking your beer. They have more than 150 (!) brews to choose from, from assorted ales on tap to numerous craft bottled beers.

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2. Le QuecumBar 42-44 Battersea High St, London, SW11 3HX (Battersea)

Le QuecumBar features low lighting, candles, rustic wooden tables, live Gypsy jazz music, and plenty-o-wine. With such a unique combo like that, it's no wonder this is one of the best places for a drink in Battersea.

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3. The Ship 41 Jews Rd, , London, SW18 1TB (Wandsworth)

Located right smack dab on the Thames, The Ship is a little pub with a big personality, featuring great food, drink, and company -- and an outdoor patio.

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4. The Prince Albert 85 Albert Bridge Rd, London, SW11 4PF (Battersea)

Located across from Battersea Park, this well-lit pub has hearty, fresh food, a solid drink selection, and even bowls for any visiting dogs.

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5. Bunga Bunga 37 Battersea Bridge Rd, , London, SW11 3BA (Battersea)

Located in Battersea, this monument to Berlusconi's Berlusconi-ness includes a huge, brass-rail staircase painted like the Sistine Chapel, and a main space with polished wood floors, a gondola-shaped bar, and Vespa-helmet light fixtures.

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6. The Lost Angel 339 Battersea Park Rd, London, SW11 4LS (Battersea)

Gin is their primary spirit of choice here, but their ale list and collection of wines are pretty solid as well. So head down for a £5 cocktail happy hour, unlimited Bloody Mary brunches on Sundays, or just whenever you feel like imbibing in kitschy locale.

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7. The Doodle Bar 33 Parkgate Rd, London, SW11 4NP (Battersea)

At this Battersea drinkery, you are encouraged to draw on everything -- furniture, walls, etc. -- so come armed with chalk and sharpies. A “pop-up done good”, they’ve become known for cheep drinks, ping pong, and quality street food, so if that's your thing, this is your new favorite bar.

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8. The Southsider Cocktail Club 56 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1EG (Battersea)

This popular Battersea drinkery features a laid-back vibe, fresh popcorn, and a long list of specialty cocktails (which you can drink in front of roaring fireplaces).

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9. The King of Ladies Man 5-9 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG (Battersea)

Located in the back of The Breakfast Club behind a secret wall in a launderette, The King of Ladies Man is a '70s-themed speakeasy with gold accents, bartenders wearing Hawaiian shirts, and tasty 'tails like the Thai Green Colada, made by mixing coriander & coconut rum.

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10. Powder Keg Diplomacy 145 St. John's Hill, , Wandsworth, SW11 1TQ (Wandsworth)

This Clapham drinker/diner sports ornate Victoriana, portraits of the young queen, gramophones, leather-bound seating, a huge conservatory, and a map of the colonies from back when the sun never set on them, hegemony we're obviously being punished for by its never rising on us.