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South Bank on Tap

June 9th, 2021 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

South Bank on Tap

Summer's here and what better way to quench your thirst than with a refreshing pint of the good stuff. We're talking beer of course. South Bank may be known for its cocktail bars and restaurants more than its pubs, but that's beginning to change. From classic pubs to quirky craft beer bars, we've rounded up the very best on offer. You can even use the guide to make your very own South Bank beer crawl.

  • The Understudy

    On the eastern end of the National Theatre, The UnderStudy has been serving craft beers on the South Bank to theatre goers and passers by for years. Naturally, with its home inside The National Theatre, the interior is triumphantly Brutalist but aesthetic and atmospheric at the same time. 

    And now summer has arrived, you can find a large outside seating area, perfect for those famous South Bank sunsets!

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    The Understudy
  • The Waterloo Tap

    Waterloo Tap’s mission is to showcase the beers from top brewers in the UK and abroad. Located on the corner of Sutton Walk and Concert Hall Approach in London, The Waterloo Tap has 20 keg and 6 cask beers on at all time with lots of rotation. Set in one of the many atmospheric arches, which dot the area, you'll always find it busy with punters with a welcoming feel. There's never any need to book here either, simply rock up and sample one of the many delicious beers on offer!

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  • The Hop Locker

    Found in two locations along South Bank, The Hop Locker is the areas premier craft beer pop up, known for its range of local, national and international tipples. You can find their main Riverfront Bar underneath Hungerford Bridge, which is open seven days a week from 11 in the morning to 11 at night. It's even next door to Oh My Dog, home of the ultimate custom made franks. 

    Its taps are on constant rotation and its team of breezy bartenders go the extra mile to find you unique and special beers. Get their advice on the perfect pairing for the street food you’ve grabbed on your way over.

    And if one Hop Locker isn't enough, you can find their pop up stall inside the Southbank Centre Food Market, every Friday to Sunday too. The perfect accompaniment to some top notch street food.

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    Southbank Centre
  • The Thirsty Bear

    If you're looking for somewhere to watch live sport, look no further than The Thirsty Bear on Stamford Street. With eight TV's and a projector on their top floor seating area, they pride themselves on being one of six national finalists in the Best Sports Pub in the Great British Pub Awards. 

    It's not all about the sport though, there's a selection of fantastic beers on tap, including from four rotating brews on their very own self service 'beer wall' (pictured), as well as delicious food. Try their burgers if you're eating too.

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    The Thirsty Bear
  • The Fountain and Ink

    This stylish, airy hangout has long drawn the crowds for its artisanal sourdough pizzas, not just its large range of craft beers from around the world. Fountain & Ink is home  boasting 16 draught lines and over 80 different bottled beers and plenty of no-and-low alcohol, and gluten-free options available.

    You can find Fountain & Ink on Stamford Street, just a stones throw from The Thirsty Bear and a short jog from Beer Hawk (see below), the perfect trio for a short beer crawl...

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    Fountain & Ink
  • The Mulberry Bush

    For more of a gastro pub feel, look no further than The Mulberry Bush, where it can be found just behind Gabriel's Wharf on Upper Ground. With a cosy atmosphere and decor plus a range of pub classics to tuck into, The Mulberry Bush has long been one of the areas most popular pubs. At the bar choose from a selection of Young’s cask and local ales plus London craft lagers. There's also a new outdoor terrace ready for summer, plus they'll be showing every game of Euro 2020 too!

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    The Mulberry Bush
  • Beer Hawk

    If it's beer your after, then specialist shop and bar Beer Hawk has to take the final spot on our South Bank beer guide. It may be a little off the beaten track, found beneath the skyscrapers that dot along the far eastern edge of South Bank, but it's definitely worth the stroll.

    They're all about great tasting craft beer and love hunting out the very best beers and ales from around the world just for you. Enjoy great tasting beer on draught and take your pick from a wide range of packaged beers available to drink in, and to takeaway. Plus, if you get peckish, you can even order your favourite food from Deliveroo or Uber Eats direct to the bar!

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    Beer Hawk

Find The Venues

  • 1 - The Understudy

    The Understudy, National Theatre, South Bank London SE1 9PX

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  • 3 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 4 - The Thirsty Bear

    62 Stamford Street
    SE1 9LX

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  • 5 - Fountain & Ink

    52 - 54 Stamford Street London, SE1 9LX

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  • 6 - The Mulberry Bush

    The Mulberry Bush Pub, 89 Upper Ground, South Bank London SE1 9PP

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  • 7 - Beer Hawk

    Unit 6, The Gallery Tower Estate, Stamford Street, South Bank, London SE1 9LS

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