Southwark Tavern, The - With its respectable wine and champagne list (a bottle of Veuve Clicquot 1999 is 45 quid) and an upscale menu with nary a nacho in sight, The Southwark Tavern is classier than your average pub. Beer connoisseurs ogle the excellent selection of foreign beers—including some nice berry lambics—at the green-panelled bar, which is surrounded by wooden tables claimed by large groups of 20-somethings. A more intimate environment is found downstairs, where a low-ceilinged room of brick walls, stone floors, and clandestine alcoves offers a nice escape for couples who’d like to pretend that they’re canoodling in a more romantic location than a pub. Or not—on match days the bar staff has been known to bring televisions to the alcoves upon request should patrons be interested in a different kind of scoring. Its proximity to Borough Market and Tuesday’s Quiz Night (£2 per person) are also essential to Southwark’s success.