Published on February 13, 2013 | by Rory Moore


A new chapter for Peckham

Looking in on Bar Story

Bar Story is situated beneath the tracks at Peckham Rye station. [Flickr: Ewen-M]


Tucked away underneath the railway arches of Peckham Rye station, Bar Story is a true Peckham drinking institution.

With a wide range of draft, bottled beers and ciders, and an extensive list of over thirty cocktails, chances are if you want it they have it.

The bar itself consists of two main areas; the outside entrance to the bar has a number of tables and benches scattered around, as well as an old halved oil drum which is used for having fires in the winter.

Inside, as you go through the doors into the railway arch, there are a string of tables to the right and an open plan kitchen to your left.

Getting down before six o’clock is a good idea, as their happy hour runs from 6-7 and it gets pretty busy and can take a while to get a drink.

Happy hour at Bar Story means buy one get one for a pound on all cocktails, which goes to explain the need to queue sometimes.

Meal deal

The cocktails themselves are well made and are all free pour, so being polite and patient when it’s busy will definitely serve you well in the long run.

Teaming up with local butchers Flock and Heard, Bar Story runs ‘Canteen Monday’, a Monday night meal deal offered to students for £5. The menu in the past has included sausages with mash and gravy served with a half pint.

Organic British minced beef spaghetti bolognaise accompanied by a 330ml bottle of beer is also an option.

If meat and beer isn’t your thing – or if you’re a vegetarian for that matter – fear not as Bar Story also caters to your needs.

A wide range of bar snacks and small plates for sharing, including pitta breads served with olives and hummus are on offer, along with nachos served with Tex Mex dips and a selection of mixed vegetable wedges.


Tuesday nights are equally budget friendly, offering up two for £10 on their pizzas. Made from scratch in-house there is no set menu for them, just a list of ingredients you choose from to create your own personal pizza creation. Coupled with a table full of cheap cocktails they certainly do not disappoint.

Outside the back in the adjacent railway arch, Bar Story has their own gallery known as the Sassoon Gallery. The space – which is commonly used for student exhibitions – is available for hire upon request.

Ultimately, Bar Story is a welcoming place with great food and drink offers. Conveniently situated underneath Peckham’s main train station, it is perfectly located for pre-drinks before heading to the Peckham Palais, The Bussey Building or Canavan’s (formerly JFK’s).

Bar Story, 213 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 3pm-10pm

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