After Work Staff Drinks: 10 Best Bars in South London

South London is a vibrant hub of activity with an almost endless number of options for after-work drinks. So how do you decide where to go? This guide takes you through South London’s top ten spots for after-work drinks so that you can impress your colleagues!

When the cocktails are flowing, it is all too easy to overspend on a business credit card. Soldo, a prepaid business card, solves this problem by allowing employees to pay for their own expenses, whilst you control the budgeting. With a Soldo prepaid company card, you can ensure staff are never left out of pocket again. 

So, with that in mind, take a look at our top 10 best bars in South London for after work drinks…

Nine Lives, London Bridge

Described as London Bridge’s Neighbourhood Bar, Nine Lives is nestled in the basement of No.8 Holyrood Street. This fashionable bar certainly doesn’t compromise, ticking every box when it comes to drinks, music and venue. The superb cocktail menu features drinks designed by Tom Soden and the team at Sweet&Chilli, who are regarded as one of the top drinks agencies in the world. Equally impressive is the sound system, which is a repurposed rig which once powered legendary club Cable.

Cocktail Embassy, Crystal Palace

If cocktails are your thing, then Cocktail Embassy is the place for you. This award-winning cocktail bar offers an explosive menu that will leave you spoilt for choice.  Split over two floors, the downstairs party bar is home to a dance floor that’s always full on a Friday night, whereas the upstairs floor offers a stylish setting to rest your feet in between songs. 

This bar is perfect for your colleagues who have moves on the dancefloor. Just don’t forget to keep a record of your receipts, because logging your staff entertainment VAT or client entertainment VAT shouldn’t get in the way of a good cocktail!

The Ship, Wandsworth

The Ship is not just a pub; it’s a self-proclaimed institution situated in Wandsworth since 1786. Don’t worry if you’re peckish after work, The Ship doesn’t just have great drinks, but a delicious food menu, offering dinner and lunch options. You can also hire one of the cabins with your colleagues and enjoy a pub garden experience with a difference. 

Mercato Metropolitano, Borough

This is the best place in South London to take your large team, thanks to Mercato Metropolitano‘s expansive food hall! Mercato Metropolitano has 26 different stalls from which to choose. A whole host of different options are catered for, from BBQ ribs to vegan rice bowls. Most importantly, you can quench your thirst at the multitude of specialist bars offering everything from biodynamic wines to Bavarian-style beers.

Social, Peckham

As its name would suggest, Social is a hive of activity offering everything from beers to imaginative cocktails. This former warehouse space has been completely refurbished into a cool and colourful hotspot which is only a stone’s throw away from Peckham Rye station. 

Adventure Bar, Clapham

Adventure Bar consists of seven different cocktail venues across South East London. Each of these destinations prides itself on hosting local after-work drinks during the week and putting on enviable parties at the weekend. With cocktail menus consisting of over 50 different options, all of your colleagues will be sure to find their perfect drink.

The Sugar Cane, Clapham Junction

Relax and unwind after a day’s work at this Polynesian-themed cocktail bar. The Sugar Cane has been inspired by the tropical atmosphere and natural beauty of these picturesque islands. The drinks are also tropically-inspired, with a superb range of rums from several Pacific/Caribbean regions, not to mention an array of other rare spirits from across the globe. Just a short train ride from Victoria or Waterloo Station, this Clapham Junction-based bar is sure to create a relaxed vibe for your after-work drinks.

Omeara, London Bridge

If you fancy enjoying a bit of live music after work, then Omeara is the place to be. This 320 capacity live space is a hub for emerging talent and household names alike, with record label showcases and special underplays from some world-class acts. You can also leave behind the music for a little while by visiting the outdoor terrace, making this a great place for not only drinks, but entertainment too! 

Cattivo, Brixton

Situated in Ferndale Road, Brixton, Cattivo is a fashionable, Italian-inspired cocktail bar which, unsurprisingly offers a delicious menu of authentic dishes. Of course, a decadent selection of cocktails are also on offer, and you can even take matters into your own hands by participating in one of the gin blending masterclasses! 

601 Queen’s Rd., Wimbledon

Situated in the heart of Wimbledon, 601 Queen’s Rd describes itself as more of a home away from home. Enjoy some tranquillity, unwind after work and enjoy drinks on the rooftop, or you can relax by the fireplaces while enjoying some of the superb dishes and brilliant cocktails on offer.

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