independent wine bar in Balham
The Balham Lounge is an independent wine bar 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 simple menu comprises small plates, sharing boards, bar snacks and puddings.
In addition, we host events such as wine tastings and acoustic music nights in our cozy basement. We are also available for private hire and are ideal if you are looking for a personal space for your special event.
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
Herencia Altes Cupatge Syrah-Garnatxa, Spain
Blackstone Winemaker's Select Merlot, USA
Bouchard Aîné et Fils, Pinot Noir, France
Gustavete el Mudo Monastrell, Spain
Malbrontes Malbec-Torrontés, Mendoza, Argentina
Passori Rosso, Veneto, Italy
Kleine Zalze Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa
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.
2 courses for £20, 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: https://soundcloud.com/abriloskin
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.
020 8673 8787
76 Bedford Hill
London SW12 9HR