Borough bars for business boozing
The Borough area of London is known for its vibrant working scene. It’s a landscape peppered with lucrative businesses, old and young, big and small, each of which produce a great demand for work drinks when the evening rolls around. Borough Market may satisfy the foodies and there are plenty of landmarks for the tourists to enjoy. But which pubs and bars are on offer for the thirsty workers of Borough? We know the area like the back of our hands, so let us take you on a crawl through some of our favourite Borough bars for boozing after business hours.
Despite being tucked away by the Thames away from the hustle and bustle of Tooley Street, traditional Irish pub The Horniman always proves a vibrant and dependable spot for work drinks. The location is quintessential London. Enjoy homely ales and classic pub grub in the shadows of HMS Belfast with spectacular views of Tower Bridge and irresistibly ‘grammable’ cityscapes. The river quietly lapping below the terrace subtly adds charm to the lively atmosphere.
Brimming with ornate decor and historical curiosity, the building alone makes the trip worthwhile. Split-level seating and mezzanine dining area provide plenty of room to house both impromptu work socials and large corporate functions. The selection of affordable beers available on tap is extensive enough to satisfy even the pickiest of drinkers, and the wines enjoy a similar range. Whenever you need a reliable bar for drinks with colleagues, The Horniman can deliver just the right amount of energy and enjoyment. Since it is only five minutes from London Bridge station, it’s the perfect place in which to kick off your crawl of Borough bars.
For a relatively small establishment, The Rake has a surprising variation of beers on tap. Experience beers shipped from breweries all over the world and further expand your palette beyond the licensed lagers we are usually drawn towards. The bar has the perfect atmosphere for social get-togethers with all the fun of a tasting session. With walls coated in colourful beer mats and brewery relics, even the interior projects a passion for the humble grain.
The Rake is nestled in a quiet alley behind Borough Market away from the usual nightlife crowd, and the vibe is a bit more dressed down and relaxed. But the place never feels abandoned, nor does it ever lack a strong crowd of chatty craft beer connoisseurs. Just right for those intimate evenings with a perfect dose of activity and intrigue. We all know there’s no such thing as a ‘quiet night’ in central London, especially when you’re out on a work night sampling the best bars Borough has to offer.
The Market Porter
Just a short walk away in the heart of Borough Market is a popular spot for boozy work debriefs, The Market Porter. Often frequented by the post-work crowd and with enough space to accommodate their numbers, this old corner pub is guaranteed to help ease you and your colleagues into the weekend. Go for a lively chat over a cheap pint after a solid day in the office. Or kick off your work socials by indulging in some wholesome private dining on the first floor, complete with British cuisine sourced from the surrounding market.
The Market Porter has the appeal of a classic pub with the beating heart of a modern clientele. Soak in the rustic interior and charming Victorian decor while sipping one of the twelve real ales available on tap. Warm up and wind down by enjoying a glass of red by one of many open fires. Replete with wooden accents, dim lighting, regal furniture, and proper food, you will be more than comfortable holding work drinks at this bustling Borough Market haunt.
This spacious pub hideaway is situated in the backstreets of Borough next to Guy Street Park, but despite its location away from the high street it always delivers lively and easygoing vibes. Part pool hall, part games room, part comedy club, part traditional pub, The Miller boasts all the vivacity of a college bar in the U.S.A. Putting aside the wide selection of British lagers and ales, there’s a sense of 80s Americana to the loud decor, diner food, and all round fun atmosphere.
Play table tennis on the roof terrace. Lighten up with a healthy dose of improvisational comedy. Enjoy a few games of pool with colleagues and friends. Or sit down to watch the game with a plate of classic bar snacks in tow. For an activity-filled evening or something a little more chilled, The Miller has all the makings of a great work do. Due to the proximity of the bar to uni halls, you should expect the animated company of students on any given evening in the week. However, you can take solace in the very cheap drinks that come as a result.
For a quiet and sophisticated conclusion to your cheerful jaunt through these Borough bars, consider topping off the night with a few glasses of exquisite gin at this cosy subterranean bar. With an encyclopedic gin menu and a friendly team of keen mixologists, 214 Bermondsey guarantee only the best of service and quality. Excite your senses with gins from all across Europe and North America, or wind down and reflect with some amazing nightcap whiskeys. The interior has all the warmth and comfort of a polished prohibition speakeasy without the overly-raucous mood. And of course, it’s much easier to properly relax in the presence of experienced gin enthusiasts!
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