Comprising 19 breweries and counting, the Bermondsey Beer Mile is likely London’s best beer experience by quite some distance (by a…erm… mile). We took it upon ourselves to tackle every single brewery taproom here (hard work, we know), although we did have to space out our visits over several weekends, as attempting all of them in one go isn’t a good idea (probably…).
From tiny taprooms to brand spanking new bars, and craft cideries to hipster hangouts, there is a brewery to suit everyones tastes. We also made several discoveries along the way including traditional smoked beer (incredible!) and a ginger and cinnamon milkshake IPA – although the jury is still out on that one. The area has so much to offer so if you don’t fancy spending the entire day trekking between taprooms, look to combine your visit with nearby Maltby Street Market, one of London’s best foodie markets, or some Bermondsey Street cafe culture.
So ‘hop’ to it and follow in our frothy footsteps – all of the current 19 Bermondsey Beer Mile taprooms are included below, in geographical order with the first on the list being the nearest to London Bridge Station:
Bermondsey Beer Mile map
Where to start the Bermondsey Beer Mile
The Bermondsey Beer Mile starts a 15 minute walk from either London Bridge underground / train station and Bermondsey underground station, and finishes a few minutes walk away from South Bermondsey train station. If you are only planning on visiting a few breweries, then most of the tap rooms are located closer to the London Bridge end of the mile.
When to visit the Bermondsey Beer Mile
If you want to visit as many of the breweries as possible in one day, then Saturday is the best day of the week to visit when all of them are open. Most of the 19 taprooms also open on Sunday, and some weekday evenings.
Bermondsey Beer Mile taproom breweries
The following Bermondsey Beer Mile breweries and opening times are correct as of June 2021
1. Southwark Brewing Company
Thirty years in the making and one of the oldest pioneer breweries in London, this is one of the most popular taprooms on the mile, likely as a result of its crowd-pleasing core range and their close proximity to the ever popular Maltby Street Market (they even encourage you to get your food from the market first and then enjoy in the taproom).
We enjoyed our time here immensely, as the staff were super helpful and allowed us to try a few options, before we settled on several Pottersfield Porters and Double Stouts. We visited on a Saturday morning and the place was packed with people of all ages and the whole experience was very warm (the opposite of their beer) and welcoming. Plus did we mention the beer pong table…?!
46 Druid Street, SE1 2EZ
Opening Times: Tues: 7pm-10pm; Thurs & Fri: 5pm-10pm; Sat: 11am-6pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm
2. The Barrel Project
A serious contender for the best looking taproom on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, due to their incredible barrel interior (and their beer selection is pretty epic too). As soon as you cross the threshold, it is impossible not to be a little taken aback by the main wall, adorned with several hundred (ish – we didn’t count them all) oak barrels used for aging their ales and wares. This is a good-looking set up with a beautiful centre-piece bar bedecked with turquoise tiles and a massive menu chalkboard.
As well as their colossal choice of craft beers, they have one of the largest sets of beer fridges that we’ve seen on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, which do a roaring trade with many local residents seemingly popping into to stock up their own fridges. On our last visit, The Barrel Project also had a food hatch / kiosk serving dipped pork loin steak BBQ dishes – how is that for a perfect beer pairing?!
80 Druid Street, SE1 2HQ
Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 4pm-11pm; Sat: 11am-11pm; Sun: 12pm-7pm
3. Hawkes Cidery & Taproom
And now for something a little different on the Bermondsey Beer Mile – cider! One of the coolest interiors (more mean and moody than dark and dingy), this taproom has bags of character – even the branding reminds us a little of Beavertown in its early days. With well stocked fridges (which include beers in case you aren’t a cider fan) and a huge seating area, there are often specials to be had here, as well as a pizza menu and tours of the brewery. The apple pun for the male toilets – Cox – was also much appreciated.
As beer and cider don’t always mix (in our un-expert opinion), Hawkes Cider taproom might be a good brewery to end in (or even spend the entire day in – we won’t judge…)
86-92 Druid Street, SE1 2HQ
Opening Times: Thurs: 4pm-11pm; Fri: 12pm-11pm; Sat: 12pm-8pm
4. Billy Franks Jerky and Craft Beer & Snack Shack
A house of hops for a jerky manufacturer who then got into a beer, Billy Frank’s Snack Shack is a juicy love in of beef jerky snacks and craft beers, in the shadow of Maltby Street Market and close by to Hiver (we are hoping for a jerky honey combo very shortly!).
As well as Boozy Beef Jerky (vegan versions also available), you can accompany your craft beer cans with their own brews like their house helles lager so eat, drink and be merry!
104 Druid St, London SE1 2HQ
Opening Times: Thurs-Fri: 5pm-10.30pm; Sat: 12pm-10.30pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm
5. Hiver Beers and Taproom
Aside from tackling the Bermondsey Beer Mile, we’ve been regular visitors to Hiver Beer after discovering it was located right next to the incredible food paradise Maltby Street Market. After stuffing our faces with sublime street food, we often beat a retreat to Hiver to enjoy a beer (or three). Aside from their light and airy taproom, what makes Hiver stand out is that they include honey in most of their core range, which gives their offerings a distinctively sweet taste and one of the reasons we continue to make a ‘bee-line (sorry / not sorry) here every few weeks. We usually opt for their core Hiver blonde honey beer (4.5%).
If honey doesn’t hit it out of the park for you, they also have a huge fridge chock full of craft beers from other breweries, many of which from the other Bermondsey Beer Mile taprooms.
56 Stanworth Street, SE1 3NY
Opening Times: Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 11am-4pm
6. Anspach & Hobday Brewery
Underneath the arches, Anspach and Hobday is a compact taproom in the thick of the brewing vats, although most brewing is done at their new Croydon brewery. What they lack in size is made up for by their super friendly staff and varied range (a mix of core and collaborations). We opted for a ⅔ pint of their Dark Cygnet (£4.40) which isn’t part of their core range, but we want to go back and try their highly rated porter at source.
118 Druid Street, SE1 2HH
Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 5pm-11pm; Sat: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 1pm-10pm
7. Moor Beer Co Vaults & Tap Room
Did you just offer us ‘Smoked lager’? OK, yes please and take all our money right now. And this is how our admiration for The Moor Taproom began. Whilst not the most grand of taprooms, they more than make up for it with their chirpy staff, burgeoning beer range, plus their cheap as taproom tray taster – just £5 for 4 beers from their core line. We *think* this might be the best value craft beer tray taster we’ve seen anywhere in London and definitely encourages you to ‘Drink Moor Beer’. We also doff our hat to their fine line in gourmet scotch and pickled eggs, gooey cheese-boards and old school crisp flavours.
Born and bred in Bristol, The Moor’s London taproom began life in 2018 and is always busy when we’ve visited (it comfortably sits around 30 people with ample room outside for sunshine beers). For us, it is all about their smoked lager (4.2% abv) – such a large, looming and lingering taste (in a good way).
71 Enid Street, SE16 3RA
Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 3pm-10.30pm; Sat: 12pm-10.30pm; Sun: 12pm-9pm
8. London Calling Sweden
2021 update: Currently closed for refurbishment.
Just up the road from the aforementioned Moor taproom, we love London Calling Sweden, mainly for their quirky interiors and unique cider range. As the name suggests, the difference here is that their core range is the Swedish craft beer Poppels, Sweden’s number 1 ‘ecological brewery’ (presumably good!).
If you get there for opening, snag the sofa on the stage, surely the comfiest chair on the whole of the Bermondsey Beer Mile? Despite being located underneath the railway arches, there is ample room in London Calling Sweden, with heaps of seating space and a mezzanine level upstairs for when things get a little busy. Two halves of their core Poppels range were £6.60 and the choice of music was pretty sweet too (and no, it wasn’t ABBA or Ace of Base).
72 Enid Street, SE16 3RA
Opening Times: Thurs–Fri: 5pm–10.30pm; Sat: 12pm–10.30pm; Sun: 12pm-9pm
9. Cloudwater Brew Co
Originally brewed in Manchester, Cloudwater now also has a railway arch taproom in London with around 20 different seasonal and core lines on tap. Attention to detail is everything here from the lush lighting and nicely designed daily updated beer tasting notes through to the glassware itself (aesthetically pleasing and a cut above your usual beer glass).
Around £4 per serving so slightly pricier than others, we opted for their core IPA and Pale Ale and were suitably impressed by both. The taproom is very welcoming so you could easily spend an easy afternoon here working your way through the menu. There is a good amount of indoor seating and more toilet facilities than most other taprooms.
73 Enid Street, SE16 3RA
Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 3pm-10pm; Sat: 10am-10pm; Sun: 12pm-8pm
10. Brew By Numbers / BBNO Taproom and Tasting
So nice, they have it twice. Due to its popularity, BBNO has now expanded to have both a taproom and tasting room just a few doors down from each other. The brewery itself is located in the taproom but both have bars with around 8 to 10 core and guest lines on.
We opted for a traditional and rich BBNO Porter – 6.4% abv. The decor is nice and clean and almost felt Scandinavian, with a wooden bar (and barrels to the right of the bar, along with some beery merchandise).
75 Enid Street, SE16 3RA
Opening Times: Wed – Thurs: 5pm-10pm; Fri: 4pm-10.30pm; Sat: 12pm-10pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm
11. Bianca Road Brew Co
One of the larger inner drinking areas on the Mile, Bianca Road Brew Co taproom feels primed for a party (especially when they offer 2 for 1 on tap beers on Friday evenings). They have all the usual beery goodness like IPA, APA and lager but also some of the more interesting craft concoctions like Salt Lake Shake, which is a Ginger and Cinnamon Milkshake IPA, plus their Blood Orange IPA (‘LA Bloods’) is also worth a taste. We paid around £7 for two half pints from their core range – bonus points too for their wall posters and artwork.
Food wise, most weekends, Bianca Road Brew Co. have a different street food vendor operating outside (there was some gooood looking mac and cheese outside when we visited).
83-84 Enid Street, SE16 3RA
Opening Times: Wed-Fri: 5pm-10.30pm; Sat: 11am-9pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm
12. Craft Beer Junction
One of the newest additions to the Bermondsey Beer Mile, Craft Beer Junction is actually a wholesaler / supplier that has branched out an open its own cosy taproom on Enid Street, with one of the biggest beer selections in Bermondsey, with a wide range of international beers as well as British craft.
At any given time, they’ll have at least 10 kegs on plus a wide assortment of cans and bottles available so plenty of choice.
86 Enid Street, Bermondsey
Opening Times: Wed-Thurs: 4pm-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 12pm-10pm
13. The Kernel Brewery
We are ‘nuts’ about the Kernel Brewery but where do we start with this ultra modern and sleek taproom? Maybe with the uber friendly staff, who offered their recommendations (along with samples) and also asked us what fruity flavour they should add to the lines next that day?
The selection of craft beers here are superb, as is the attention to detail with their interiors – we hadn’t seen a taproom with mobile phone charging points before! The atmosphere here is also very amiable and it felt a very relaxed and friendly place where dogs are also welcome (one pug on our visit was the centre of attention), plus there is ample seating, with a ground floor and mezzanine level.
Arch 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate, Dockley Road, SE16 3SF
Opening Times: Wed – Fri: 4pm-10pm; Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm
14. Affinity Brewing Company
We liked our visit to the Affinity Taproom as not only have they created a cracking craft range, they’ve also made their bar very warm and welcoming, with an added bonus in the shape of an amazing mezzanine level consisting of comfy sofas and long tables.
The staff here are super friendly and keen to impart their recommendations. With around 5 draft options available, we opted for two halves of their dark beer, costing £5.50 in total (Dark Necessities, 4.8% abv). Food options are quite snacky but cover a wide range of dietary options e.g vegetarian sausage rolls and biltong. A good taproom to start your Bermondsey Beer Mile Experience – to Affinity and beyond…
7 Almond Road, SE16 3LR
Opening Times: Fri: 5pm-8.30pm; Sat: 12pm-8.30pm, Sun: 12pm – 6pm
15. The Outpost – Three Hills Brewing
Originally from Northampton and founded back in 2017, Three Hills Brewery opened their Bermondsey outpost in 2020, specialising in small batches and a regular rotation meaning every time you visit, you’ll likely be in for a new surprise.
Boasting at least 20 lines and ample seating space with board games and a piano (all the ingredients for a good knees-up). The Three Hills Outpost is usually open for drinking Friday to Sunday (closes at 10pm) and is a welcome addition to the Bermondsey Beer Mile.
7 Almond Rd, London SE16 3LR
Opening Times: Vary but usually Thursday – Sunday 2pm-11pm
16. Spartan Brewery
Small in scale (living up to their name) but with bags of enthusiasm, this is possibly the tiniest taproom on the Mile and only open on Saturdays. Run by Colin and Mike (who do practically everything here), Spartan is a bare-bones affair but a good way to escape the pretension and hipster hangout vibes of some of the other taprooms. Authentic as and good value (we paid £2.50 for halves), their alfresco area is simple and a spot-on summer hangout.
8 Almond Road, SE16 3LR
Opening Times: Sat: 12pm–7pm
More of a bottle-shop than an actual brewery, Eebria is a distributor who open up their downstairs bar every Saturday (and Fridays in summer). Offering around 8 keg beers and a veritable variety of bottled beers from their fridges, they also have regular tap takeovers.
When we visited, there was a Gun Brewery takeover and we tried a Parabellum Milk Stout (4.1% abv), priced at £3.50 for ⅔ pint. If you’re looking for a sleek and shiny taproom, this probably isn’t the place for you but if you just want to try a wide range of beers with a handful of peanuts in authentic and unassuming surroundings, this cosy taproom might be for you.
15 Almond Road, SE16 3LR
Opening Times: Fri: 5pm-9pm; Sat: 11am-8pm
18. Partizan Brewing
A little more of the beaten (beer) track and with no nearby ‘craft’ competitors, Partizan is well worth seeking out. Whilst a little quieter when we visited compared to most other Bermondsey Beer Mile breweries (likely due to its location), the experience feels more genuine and they also purvey what appear to be the funkiest beer taps which look like toys.
On the day we visited, gourmet burgers could be obtained from an outside BBQ street food stall, and beer wise, we had a lemon porter 5.5% (surprisingly dark) and imperial stout 6.5%, both £4 for ⅔ pints (so possibly a little more expensive than other taprooms in the area).
34 Raymouth Road, SE16 2DB
Opening Times: Sat: 11am-5pm
19. Fourpure Brewing Co. Basecamp
Probably our favourite overall taproom experience on the Bermondsey Beer Mile in terms of the venue itself is Fourpure. Whilst less ‘personal’ than other taprooms on the Beer Mile (due to its huge size and massive throughflow of drinkers), this is a ‘new’ taproom, opened in summer 2019 on an unassuming industrial estate. You could easily spend all day in here, with a light and bright modern interior decor, good food offerings, massive TVs (and also a gift-shop!).
The choice of beer here is also unparalleled, with over 40 taps on at any one time, and regular events such as beer launches or pub quizzes. We like their stouts / dark beers, especially the Last Train Oatmeal Stout (5.1% ABV).
Bermondsey Trading Estate, 22 Rotherhithe New Road, SE16 3LL
Opening Times: Tues: 12pm-8pm; Wed-Fri: 12pm-10pm; Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 12pm-8pm
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