Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by 5t3IIa, Nov 9, 2009.
Mate of mine just moved there, around SW12. Anyone got any recommendations?
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.
Any, uhm, alternative dirty type places?
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
Yep Balham doesn't do dirty much anymore...that's left to Tooting and Streatham
bump for lunchtime crew
Balham is horrible for the reasons stated above.
I liked living in Balham, but then I rarely go to pubs
I certainly wouldn't choose to live there but as I said: I'm asking for a friend
this is my fave but i can't remember what it's called either.
balham is pretty shit for pubs.
"Balham, what is it good for??? Absolutely nothing, say it again."
Thanks! She'll be thrilled! Shit place with one good pub that no one can remember the name of
Gimme the streets and I'll Streeview it :thumbup:
Where is? http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&s...gNpUjsoGoGETrXB9WnZBmg&cbp=12,290.15,,0,-3.75
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.
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.
That place really is wank.
I think the Dev or Bar Viva are the best of the bunch.
I used to live there its a minutes walk from the Tube.
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...
Bar Viva looks a bit poncey for my mate, she's a wanker
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.
Its fairly quiet compared ot most places in Balham which is what I like about it
I think the Dev or maybe the Tup are going to be her best bet.
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.
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.
there's never anybody in there, which is why i like it.
@stella, it's not poncy at all, really.
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/16/1699/Duke_of_Devonshire/Balham Has teh 'Dev' gone downhill?
I haven't been to either for a few years but I liked The Nightingale and The George.
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.
it's full of yummy mummies and braying hugos nowadays.
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