This bar was editorially chosen for inclusion by Londonist.
While this database is mostly about pubs, we're happy, nay, obliged to include a few drinking spots that don't quite meet the popular idea of a 'pub'. This includes brewery tap rooms, which typically open on just one or two days of the week, but offer quality beer in an often quirky environment.
Such is the case with Fourpure. Founded only in 2013, the company has already established itself in pubs and shops all over London thanks to its nourishing brews and its distinctive and colourful packaging. You've probably seen their bold, bright monochrome cans in your pub's fridge.
The brewery is a devil to find, tucked away under some railway arches in a South Bermondsey industrial estate, with no signage, you definitely want to do your research before heading out there (look for unit number 22). Nothing like a bit of an adventure to work up a thirst, however, and once you discover the tap room, you'll soon have it quenched. The bar serves Fourpure's usual (excellent) range of kegged stouts, IPAs, Pils and amber ale, plus four or five more experimental brews, some of which top the 8%. These are sold in thirds (£2), but you can order pints or two-thirds (not halves). You can also buy bottles and cans to take away.
Despite the out-of-the-way location, the place was bustling by noon. Not, we suspect, with Millwall fans waiting for the nearby ground to open, but with sagacious beer fans making a special trip. Snack food is available, but if you're seeking something more substantial, bring your own or order takeaway. The ping-pong table rarely sits idle, other than the frequent occasions when the ball flies off beneath the brewing equipment.