7 Best Bars in Croydon, UK

Croydon is a historic and bustling borough of London, the UK, about a 50-minute drive from the London city center. As one of the largest commercial districts in Greater London, the nightlife here in this “mini-city” will surely surprise you. Each bar in Croydon is unique and different from the next, with many options to choose from. The streets are chalked full of places to go once the sun sets. Croydon has everything from traditional pubs to live music venues and clubs. Make the most of your next night out and check out one of these bars in Croydon. 

Dog & Bull

This traditional pub is thought to be the oldest pub in Croydon, dating back to the 1400s, originally called The Bell. It is the oldest pub in Croydon and has the largest pub garden, making it perfect for larger groups of family and friends who want to enjoy the weather.

It has since upgraded to a modern upscale pub that serves classic pub favorites like fish and chips as well as some chef-inspired menu items like Haloumi caesar salad and pulled jackfruit bao buns. All of which pair nicely with a cold pint straight from the tap. They have a full bar with beer, wine, spirits, and more to enjoy. Dog & Bull is a great pub to enjoy games nights or live sports with a friend in a warm and cozy setting. 

Oval Tavern 

Head to the Oval Tavern to fill your glasses from the fresh keg and your ears with live music. The Oval Tavern is renowned for hosting live music events of all kinds of genres, from Jazz to Acoustic covers, Classic Rock, and more. The pub’s limited seating and intimate setting make it the perfect date night for music lovers. Their menu uses local and fresh ingredients to create creative burgers and sandwiches that pair nicely with a pint of ale. Their covered “secret” back garden patio is an excellent getaway from the busy street and a nice place to relax. Bring a date, friend, or furry friends (dogs are allowed) to enjoy a night out of fantastic live music, and don’t forget to pet any neighborhood cats that pop by from time to time.

Box Park

Starting as the world’s first pop-up mall in Shoreditch, Box Park has grown and expanded into a multifaceted venue for food, drinks, events, and shopping, with two locations and a third on the way. The 2000-capacity, industrial-feeling venue hosts a variety of events, from live music to DJs and more. Box Park is an excellent location from day to night to bring a group of friends and live it up. With tons of vendors serving any cuisine from tacos to ice cream, it would be impossible to find something you didn’t like. Enjoy the thrill of the crowd as the DJ starts and grab a drink from one of the four bars located across the venue. 

Memory Box

Memory Box is the perfect bar for a celebratory occasion or a regular night out in Croydon. Their friendly vibe and classy decor created a welcoming environment for small or large groups. This quirky bar has a flavourful cocktail menu for every palette, like their two-for-one cocktail specials or a sharable cocktail tree! Grab your favorite cocktail and snap some photos in front of the neon signs for your scrapbook. In case you can’t get enough, come back the following day to try their Saturday bottomless brunch. Memory Box has everything you need to make your night on the town something special. 

The Spread Eagle

This bank-turned pub has become one of the best bars in Croydon. You can still deposit your cash here and receive the perfect pint in return. Choose from over eight different kinds of bread for your sandwich or burger, or enjoy a classic sharable plate, like their Cobble Lane Charcuterie for their vegetarian sharing plate.

Grab a drink and have a seat on the yellow velvet couch in this upscale version of a classic English pub. The eclectic artwork, blue walls, and lush plants make a cozy and refined atmosphere to enjoy with friends. What makes The Spread Eagle stand out above the rest is the hilarious comedy shows they host on the first Thursday of every month. Bring your friends and laugh until you drop at The Spread Eagle.


The Craft Beer Cabin

This small and intimate bar started after the fame created by the Craft Beer Cab (a vintage black cab turned bar); now, you can enjoy cold craft beer, not on the move at The Craft Beer Cabin. This family-owned business has been running since 2018, and Nick Thomas and his fiancée Josie Coetser are passionate about craft beer. Come in and enjoy the finest selection of unique draft and canned beer and pursue their takeaway section to enjoy at home. The owners and staff here are friendly and more than willing to help you choose your new favorite craft beer. The Craft Beer Cabin is a lovely place to sit, cheers with your friends, and enjoy a pint.

Playground Cocktail Bar

Playground Cocktail Bar truly defines luxury cocktails. Their easy-sipping, hand-crafted cocktails are a great way to unwind after a busy week. This bar is a great place to celebrate any occasion with friends and dance the night away with one of their tasty cocktails. The artsy and chic decor elevates the bar and helps create an atmosphere that is both relaxing and fun. Spend the whole night sipping cocktails and dancing with friends or come for happy hour between 5-7 pm and enjoy 2 for one drinks. The DJ turns it up later into the evening, blasting 90’s R&B to modern hits, and he takes requests so you and your friends can dance to your favorite songs.

If you like classy cocktails or a classic pint, there is sure to be a bar on this list that tickles your fancy. Croydon nightlife is sure to please on a night on the town.

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