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independent wine bar and restaurant in Balham

The Balham Lounge is an independent wine bar and restaurant located just minutes from Balham Station, bringing you an eclectic range of fine wines, craft beers (both bottled and draught), cider and speciality spirits.

We offer informal drinking and dining in a relaxed atmosphere.  Our sharing-based menu comprises a selection of modern European dishes and promises something for all appetites.

In addition, we host events such as wine tastings and acoustic music nights in our cozy basement.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon.


We have a selection of over 30 wines, including familiar favourites and some slightly more unusual varieties.  The choice of wines available by the glass rotates regularly so you have the chance to taste wines that you might not have tried before.

Look out for our special wines of the month.  We buy limited cases of these and when they're gone, they're gone!

In addition to our wines, we serve Meantime London Lager, Meantime London Pale Ale and Aspall Cyder on draught, have a selection of bottled craft ales and offer a carefully chosen range of speciality spirits.



Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier, Pays d'Oc, France

Da Luca Pinot Grigio, Terre Siciliane, Italy

Flagstone Tributary Chenin Blanc, South Africa

Picpoul de Pinet, Reserve Sainte-Ann, France

Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Tenuta del Proconero Fiano, Italy

Premiers Pas sur la Lune Corbières Blanc, France

Soellner Wogerain Grüner Veltliner, Austria

Errázuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment, Chile

Menetou-Salon La Bardine, Joseph Mellot, France

Nederburg The Beautiful Lady Gewürztraminer, South Africa

Chablis Domaine Marguerite Carillon, France


Rare Vineyards Carignan, Vin de France

Blackstone Winemaker's Select Merlot, USA

Bouchard Aîné et Fils, Pinot Noir, France

Herencia Altes Cupatge Syrah-Garnatxa, Spain

Gustavete el Mudo Monastrell, Spain

Malbrontes Malbec-Torrontés, Mendoza, Argentina

Kleine Zalze Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa

Passori Rosso, Veneto, Italy

Tierra Fuerte Graciano, Mentrida, Spain

Atamisque Serbal Cabernet Franc, Argentina

Flagstone Writer's Block Pinotage, South Africa

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Les Cormalines, France


Vinuva Pinot Grigio Rosé delle Venezie, Italy

Rare Vineyards Cinsault Vielles Vignes, France

Coteaux d'Aix-en-Provence Château Beaulieu, France


Da Luca Prosecco, Italy

Fantinel One & Only Single Vineyard Prosecco, Italy

Pongrácz Brut MCC, South Africa

Doyard Cuvée Vendémiaire, France

Come and celebrate the festive season with us!

During the Christmas period we will be offering a special festive menu if you pre-book.  Whether you are celebrating with work colleagues, your family, a few friends or your partner we promise you great food and delicious wine in a welcoming and relaxed environment.  We will be open for groups wishing to celebrate outside of our normal weekly hours, so please get in touch via email or drop in at the bar to let us know how we can best accommodate you.

Festive menu

courses for £2, 3 courses for £30


Fishcake with dill sauce, served with rocket salad, pomegranate and balsamic dressing.

Butternut squash and lentil soup with croutons and crème fraiche, served with fresh bread.



Roast turkey breast with apple and apricot sausagemeat stuffing, roast potatoes and steamed brussels sprouts.

Venison ragu, slow cooked in red wine with pancetta and herbs, served with pappardelle pasta.

Homemade nut roast with a blue cheese topping, served with a fresh side salad.



Christmas pudding or dark chocolate rum cake, served with vanilla ice cream.



We have various events taking place at the Balham Lounge, from music nights to wine tastings.  Keep an eye on this page for details.

We are also available for private hire if you would like to host your own party.  Simply drop in and see us or get in touch via email.


Wine tasting evening: Wednesday 19th October

This month we are celebrating the New World with a fabulous selection of South African wines from the Kleine Zalze winery.  Hosted by our personal friend, SW local and industry veteran, Jo Thompson, this promises to be a great night.  Tickets are £25 a head and include all of the tasting wines, a generous serving of food and plenty of good fun in an intimate setting.  Sign up at the bar if you would like to join us.

Balham Food Festival: 26th September - 2nd October

We are delighted to be taking part in this year's festival. If you join us for a drink during that week you will receive a complimentary taster selection from our menu.  For the wine-curious, we will also have some of our more unusual wines for sale by the glass.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Acoustic session: Thursday 8th September

Fantastic local musician and Balham Lounge regular Gabi Hoskin will be joining us in the main bar from 7.30 pm. Do come and join us and enjoy his uniquely soothing selection of Brazilian folk tunes.

You can listen to him here:

This September we are celebrating New Zealand Wine!

Not only will we be offering a selection of fabulous New Zealand wines in addition to our regular list, but we have a tasting planned too.

Wine tasting evening: Wednesday 7th September

Renowned New Zealand wine expert Tom Maling will be joining us for an evening of tasting and learning about New Zealand wines.  He has over three decades of experience in the beverage business and spends almost half the year travelling the globe educating people.  We are delighted that he will be joining us to share his experience and knowledge.  In his own words: 'New Zealand's unique maritime climate means that we are blessed with unparalleled fresh fruit flavours, for both our red and our white varietals'.  We couldn't agree more.

Pre-booking is required for this event.  Tickets cost £25 per head which includes all the wine you will be tasting and some sharing boards from our main menu.  Numbers are limited so don't delay!  Simply make your booking at the bar.

To find us, turn right out of the main entrance to Balham Station.  Walk down to the lights, turn right under the railway bridge and we are a few yards ahead of you on the corner of Bedford Hill and Oakmead Road.



Tues:   5pm-11pm
Weds: 5pm-midnight
Thurs: 5pm-midnight
Fri:      5pm-late
Sat:     noon-late
Sun:    noon-11pm

020 8673 8787

76 Bedford Hill
London SW12 9HR