A LOCALS GUIDE TO THE BEST WIMBLEDON PUBS AND BARS TO ENJOY A TIPPLE OR TWO
This stunning part of south-west London attracts many visitors to its bars and pubs. Although many flock to Wimbledon for the Tennis Championships, there are many other reasons to visit Wimbledon, including its excellent selection of Wimbledon pubs and bars. From al fresco afternoons and gorgeous beer gardens to nights out and cocktails, Wimbledon has something for everyone.
TOP TEN BARS AND PUBS IN WIMBLEDON
1 THE CROOKED BILLET PUB
Close to Wimbledon Common, and a firm favourite with locals the Crooked Billet has been serving up fine ales and craft beers since 1881. Not only does this fine pub have an extensive menu which serves up hearty pub grub and traditional Sunday roasts, but it’s also great for families looking for a bite to eat after walk. In the winter, find yourself a cosy nook and in summer, head outside to the grassy knoll and enjoy the sunshine. And during Wimbledon Tennis season you can keep an eye on all the scores on the TV over a cool glass of Pimm’s.
2 THE ALEXANDRA PUB AND LOFT BAR
Close to Wimbledon Station and at the heart of the community The Alexandra on Wimbledon Hill is really popular with sports fans – and is a great spot to watch Wimbledon Tennis on their multitude of screens. With bespoke gins, cocktails and craft beers as well as classic dishes such as pies and scampi and chips, as well as three different bars in which to enjoy them in – Sports, Lounge and Green – you’ll find plenty of space to kick back and relax. Meanwhile, head upstairs to The Alexandra’s fantastic outside space The Loft and soak up the sunshine and enjoy one of their famous burgers from the BurgerShack.
3 THE DOG & FOX PUB
The Dog & Fox is an institution of Wimbledon Village and, having been around for hundreds of years, it’s a popular drinking spot for regulars as well as Wimbledon Championship spectators who like to soak up the Wimbledon tennis atmosphere in the large beer garden during warmer months. With an extensive food menu and a large selection of fine wines, ports and craft beers, visitors will be hard-pressed not to find something to whet their appetites.
4 HEMINGWAYS BAR
Hemingways was awarded ‘best south London cocktail bar’ for good reason. In the heart of the action in Wimbledon Village, forget the beer here in this independent cocktail bar. Inside, enjoy plush velvet surroundings and a huge array of different drinks, including Relaxing Gin Sour with CBD oil. During the summer, sip a glass of White Peach & Rose Sangria and nibble on some loaded brioche buns as you watch the world go by.
5 THE GARRATT & GAUGE
The Garratt & Gauge is a contemporary pub with colourful graffiti walls serving everything from bottomless brunch to pub fare and craft beers. The venue is spacious with wood fittings and painted exposed pipework on the ceiling which gives this an urban-industrial feel. It is dog friendly, perfect for sports fans, with large screens and pool tables, and is a great place to party on the weekend.
6 TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD
For cocktails in town head to Tequila Mockingbird which offers a selection of classic cocktails and house concoctions. Sip on your favourite drink or try something new. Choose from a cosy candlelit table for two, upstairs seating, or explore the rooftop terrace for alfresco drinking when the sun is shining. This is a great spot for an after work pick me up or to drink and dance the night away. Their fun interiors with neon signs and hanging wicker lights also create the perfect backdrop for photo opportunities
7 HAND IN HAND PUB
The quaint The Hand in Hand used to be a baker’s house – you can even take a meal in the old oven area. The pub, which has been around since 1835, is popular with not only Wimbledon residents but visitors who are looking for a decent pub and grub. It has a great location on the edge of Wimbledon Common and close to Wimbledon Village, and is also very proud to be dog-friendly, even offering canine treats and the chance for visiting pooches to be their coveted Dog of the Day!
8 THE FIRE STABLES GASTRO PUB
The Fire Stables is an upmarket bar meets relaxed dining experience. In an informal atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, you can enjoy the breeze on your face during the summer when the huge bi-fold doors open – as well as soak up the atmosphere of Wimbledon Tennis, which is only just down the road. An extensive wine list, as well as local and craft beers, plus a menu showcasing fine British produce, the Fire Stables is a good shout for all – it’s even family and dog-friendly, too.
9 THE ROSE & CROWN PUB
Looking for a traditional Wimbledon pub with a strong heritage? The Rose & Crown, which can be found close to Wimbledon Common as well as a 10-minute stroll to The Lawn Tennis Club, makes for an ideal spot. With pub quizzes, live screenings of all the top sporting events, whiskey tastings and more, the Rose & Crown is truly a Wimbledon Village pub with heart. Meanwhile, with an unusually large outside garden, there’s plenty of room to enjoy a pint and a burger in warmer weather.
10 601 QUEENS RD BAR
Located in Wimbledon town above Centre Court, 601 Queens Rd is a contemporary space serving a wide range of drinks from the circular bar. During the day it’s a brunch haven, but as night falls, 601 becomes a trendy hangout for those looking for good food and conversation. Head outside to their wrap around terrace for al fresco drinking and dining under a glistening canopy of lights, or enjoy a drink to the sound of their bespoke playlists.