Pubs in Balham?

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by 5t3IIa, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Mate of mine just moved there, around SW12. Anyone got any recommendations?

    Thanks :)
  2. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    The Bedford has some good comedy but tends to be full of braying rugger types, ditto the Balham Bowling Club. The Clarence, Duke of Devonshire and the Tup are decent enough.

    Blithe Spirit and the Firefly are quite nice bars, and the one next to Du Cane Court who's name escapes me is good for a quiet drink.
  3. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Thanks :)

    Any, uhm, alternative dirty type places?
  4. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Not really, its been very gentrified by the overspill from Clapham in recent years!

    She is close to Tooting and some great South Asian Restaurants though :D
  5. g force

    g force Affects Shatner's Basoon

    Yep Balham doesn't do dirty much anymore...that's left to Tooting and Streatham :)
  6. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Reccomendations? :D
  7. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    bump for lunchtime crew :)
  8. Kanda

    Kanda Diving wanker

    Balham is horrible for the reasons stated above.
  9. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    I liked living in Balham, but then I rarely go to pubs :D
  10. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    I certainly wouldn't choose to live there but as I said: I'm asking for a friend :hmm:
  11. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    this is my fave but i can't remember what it's called either.

    balham is pretty shit for pubs.
  12. HobgoblinMan

    HobgoblinMan Banned Banned

    "Balham, what is it good for??? Absolutely nothing, say it again."

  13. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Thanks! She'll be thrilled! Shit place with one good pub that no one can remember the name of :D

    Gimme the streets and I'll Streeview it :thumbup:
  14. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

  15. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    Duke of Devonshire was always decent - big, Youngs, good crowd, on the High Road.

    Halfway between Balham and Clapham South tubes. Good starting point anyway.
  16. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    just did it. bar viva!

    balham isn't too bad really. the only places i'd actually avoid are the bedford (unless it's for comedy or live music) and the exhibit.
  17. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    That place really is wank.

    I think the Dev or Bar Viva are the best of the bunch.
  18. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

  19. killer b

    killer b Gazing vacantly at a plate of mince

    i heard a rumour of some old pool hall someone had converted into an acheingly hip bar? i'll check with me bro...

    as with many people my first introduction to balham was from . sadly, it doesn't live up...
  20. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

    Bar Viva looks a bit poncey for my mate, she's a wanker :rolleyes:
  21. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    That would be the Balham Bowls Club, chock a block with rugger buggers called Hugh.

    I'm only surprised disko kermit hasnt set off an IED in there yet.
  22. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Its fairly quiet compared ot most places in Balham which is what I like about it :D

    I think the Dev or maybe the Tup are going to be her best bet.
  23. killer b

    killer b Gazing vacantly at a plate of mince


    when i lived in streatham a few years ago, we used to go drinking in balham occasionally. sounds like the bedford has gone downhill - i used to rather like it there.

    duke of devonshire was pretty good.

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3


    I don't mind the Bedford but tend to stay out in the tiny little smoking garden away from the trendies in the bar. To be honest I may as well be sitting outside in my garden though. The drink is cheaper and the view is nicer.
  25. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    there's never anybody in there, which is why i like it.

    @stella, it's not poncy at all, really.
  26. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    sorely tempting.
  27. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User

  28. Errol's son

    Errol's son Well-Known Member

    I haven't been to either for a few years but I liked The Nightingale and The George.
  29. yardbird

    yardbird Understands love.

    Having read this I gather that Balham had gone a bit upmarknd since I used to hang out with mates there forty years ago.
    'Twas very Brixtor-like in those days - but then, so was Brixton.
    The Bedford had music then - everything from Whistling Jack Smith and The Quiet Five to Bert Jance.

    All terraces and no tower blocks then.
    Sorry, no suggestions of where to go.
  30. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

    it's full of yummy mummies and braying hugos nowadays.

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