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Walrus Bar and Hostel, Waterloo

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user reviews of the Walrus Bar and Hostel, Waterloo

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Although the Walrus Bar is part of the hostel it is in fact open to all and well worth searching out. There's usually a couple of real ales on offer - London Pride and Hogsback TEA last time I visited - at very reasonable prices (£3.50 a pint October 2015).

During the day it can be fairly quiet but nonetheless still worth a visit and in the evenings becomes lively with a mix of hostel stayers and locals. Couple of benches outside for us smokers with a retractable awning for when the weather requires it.

Youthful friendly staff and daily happy hour deals.

No food on offer but you are welcome to bring your own and there are plenty of cheap takeaways on Lower Marsh.
johnthechef - 11 Oct 2015 09:53
Really friendly and inexpensive - more for the booze than the food - with a nice outside beer garden
jayredway - 11 Mar 2011 10:37
Not bad, now has a 'beer garden' bolted on a little bit further along which is open in more clement weather.

Keep 'em peeled for the landlord - very strange character...
DavidWaspnest - 13 Apr 2010 16:53
Sorry for the delayed response but it took me a while to come up an appropriate rating for the Walrus.
Starting on a strong note props go to the host for reserving a table and a mention must go out to the amazing wedges. There was an ok selection of beer, but unfortunately no ales for the classier gents amongst us. Still, beer is beer, wherever you go.
The interior was fairly industrial, however we thought the jug placed under the urinal added charm. Thrifty, yet very effective! The noise of the train going past overhead also added to the ambiance.
The music choice was enough to get most of the young professionals of London queuing, UB40, Whitney Houston and George Michael to name but a few.
Overall, the Walrus was a tad disappointing.

Bazz don't worry mate next pub will have ramps and an easily accessible toilet..
FTB2 - 6 Mar 2009 18:43
Been to The Walrus a few times and each time the staff have been brilliant. They now have Bulmers on tap which is a bonus for cider drinkers but they have a pretty wide choice of other drinks too particularly for a bar of it's size (it's quite a small place but that's part of what makes it work so well in my opinion). The upstairs function room used to host a good comedy night but this has stopped recently. They still have live bands there though and it's well priced for the area. Overall a really decent pub for a drink or eight.
Waller - 15 Feb 2008 14:20
Popped in for a couple of cheeky pints before moving on. Got a seat, staff were really friendly and overall it had a good atmosphere.

Toilet was clean but only one ladies loo, which was quite busy. There were tables to sit outside but were full and imagine it could get noisy but still nice to sit out in the fresh air.

I really enjoyed my couple of pints and would recommend! Really handy for the train station to get home too
FuzzyKipper - 16 Jun 2007 18:47
The management of the Walrus changed a little over a year ago. Since then (and since my prevous comments about this place), this has become one of my regular haunts. great friendly service, regularly cleared tables, clean toilets and they have a Carling tap that can pour a pint in 7 seconds.
Now the staff know what I drink, I literally have a mouthful of beer typically within 9 seconds of walking in. Not a bad claim to fame for a pub in Lambeth. Would recommend it to any type of drinker - whether you prefer wine bars or old style boozers..
MonkeyMatt - 8 May 2006 18:29
Used to be the Red Lion, a proper old boozer. Now a Hoegaarden, leatherette sofa establishment. One of the better refurbs when it first opened, but is now pretty rubbish.
Nicklaus - 1 Aug 2005 17:37
Great for private parties. Room upstairs is perfect, staff are very helpful and friendly. Never eaten there, but the cocktails are super. Would recommend it.
Emma - 29 Oct 2004 11:58
what a brilliant venue, the staff are so friendly here, and the drinks are served to high standards something you can't often find in london!! the venue itself is tastfully decorated and and very unique, i would say its well worth a visit!!
sarah page - 20 Feb 2004 14:22
This is a great bar. Especially if you are after a private venue for a party. The upstairs bar is if very cool and decks are supplied with or without DJs. Good cocktails at non-London prices and very easy to get home from.
Dominic - 12 Sep 2003 12:34
Excellent venue for private funtions with upstairs, and downstairs bars. Quality cocktails which are not too expensive as well
Dom - 1 Sep 2003 14:17

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