Brixton’s Dogstar is more than just a bog standard pub, securing its spot as one of south London’s top late-night venues.
With the main bar and a 200-capacity ballroom there is no shortage of space at Dogstar, as well as the VIP room, which is ideal for private hire. Not surprisingly, the space is used for gigs, cabaret and regular club nights. It’s decked out in the shabby chic look you’d expect from Antic pubs, with a mismatch of furniture and styles.
It can be a little slow early on, but with a late licence - open until 2am on a Thursday and 4am on both Fridays and Saturdays - things don’t always get going until later. On Saturdays Audio Sushi is free entry before 10pm (£5 afterward), playing everything from dubstep and jungle to indie and rock anthems. It’s not all about the weekend partying though, with football shown too, and a laid-back atmosphere at all other times.
Food is basic but good for a quick and cheap bite, with the pizza being the particular draw for many people. But with being so close to Brixton Village and the massive choice of pop-up style restaurants, food won’t be an issue in these parts.
Dogstar offers up what you’d expect, with a decent selection of beers on draught, spirits and bottled wines by the glass. The drink offering is certainly a cut above a lot of other pubs that also double as venues in terms of both choice and price.
The Last Word
For a late-night party atmosphere south of the River, Dogstar is definitely the place to be. But for those wanting a quieter weekend it’s best to look elsewhere.