Bars in Angel

Angel and Islington is an area that offers up some of the best bars in North London. No, really. Thanks to their dash of hipster, without the balderdash of commercialism, Angel still retains an air of cool that people hanker for. Whether you fancy a top-notch cocktail with your chums close to Islington Green in a delicious diner inspired drinking hole, or a refreshing after work craft brew near Angel tube station, we have it covered in our list of the best bars in Angel and Islington.

Last updated on 9th April 2019

Meat People

148 user reviews 4

For an evening in Angel that you won't forget anytime soon, head to Meat People. Beautifully decorated with colourful, mismatched furniture, the team of talented chefs have worked tirelessly to offer guests a menu bursting full of succulent meat dishes and fantastic sides. Completing the deal, the team of expert mixologists will use their arsenal of fruits, spices and spirits to serve up an array of compelling concoctions. 

Ladybird Bar

42 user reviews 4

LadyBird offers a lively spot for Islington's late night crowd to drink their cocktails and throw their shapes. Located on the ever-buzzing Upper Street, the ground floor keeps punters happy with Lego Head and Sand Bucket Sharetail cocktails, but it's in the basement where the real fun happens. DJs play 80s, 90s, disco, house and classic party tunes, going through to 4am at the weekends.

Nags Head

1 user review 3

This North London pub pushes the charming, vintage vibes of an old fashioned boozer whilst propping up the punters with the likes of cocktails and a hefty beer offering. Take to this classic bar and soak up its country style and wooden decor for a cosy, comforting drinking or dining experience. Expect a laid-back atmosphere and a no fuss philosophy when it comes to food and drink.

Hoxley and Porter

142 user reviews 4

Happy hour and 2 other offers

With an opulent first train carriage theme meshing with an abundance of shadowy foliage, this Angel hangout is so much more than your run of the mill pub. The exuberant interior is matched by the great food, which comprises of British classics featuring splashes of continental Europe and the Orient thrown in for good measure; The cocktail list is put together by a team of expert mixologists too.

B&K Beer Masterclass from £20 and 1 other offer

Located near Highbury and Islington tube station and just a short walk away from Angel, Brewhouse & Kitchen offers beer lovers across London a chance to sample a selection of home-brewed beers and ales. Alongside an irresistible menu full of traditional dishes, this North London Pub spot boasts an impressive micro-brewery which, thanks to the bar's open plan, is visible for everyone to see. How better to unwind after a long day of work than with a pint of home-grown beer in this urban hangout?

John Salt

106 user reviews 4

2 for 1 Cocktails from 5pm-7pm and 1 other offer

Blending the casual with the cool comes easy to a bar in Angel such as John Salt. Not only decked in vintage furniture, quirky artwork and a myriad of spaces, their roster of American bites alongside stunning cocktails stands them in delicious stead. 

Lucky Voice Islington

373 user reviews 5

Islington's only karaoke bar and favoured by celebs all over the world, Lucky Voice is the perfect location for an after work drink or a birthday party. A must-visit for those that know their way around a Now compilation album, Lucky Voice is a seriously fun haunt for those looking to add a little something different to their evening. 

The Old Queen's Head

26 user reviews 4

All cocktails are £5 every Wednesday!

The Old Queen's head is a London bar with many faces. Line your stomach and drink your way through the cocktail list and get up and get down to the bands and DJ sets that grace The Old Queen's Head. There is something on every night and it's always fun and always exciting. Why stay at home when you could be here? We know, silly question.

Noticed that faint aroma of hops drifting down Torrens Street? That'll be the Brewhouse & Kitchen, a top notch eatery and pub where the food is fresh and the beers are brewed on site. Tuck into their 'clucking Brewhouse special' and weave a way through their international choice of beers and wines.

Bottomless Chicken Wings for £10 and 2 other offers

The incredible three floor venue that was once House of Wolf has been transformed into the Dead Dolls House - a place of contemporary cool design and atmospheric drinking or dining. More of a plush playground for sophisticated children (adults), discover their wonderland of different themed bars and choose your feel for the night. Will it be in the Parlour, Ballroom, Library or Drawing Room? 

The Joker borrows inspiration from Joseph Grimaldi; 19th century Islington resident and creator of the modern day clown as we know it. There's more than just a quirky name to this Angel favourite though, the pub is a laid-back affair priding itself on its excellent British food, an energetic live music programme and a divine private function room upstairs.


85 user reviews 4

Brunch and 1 other offer

It's menu boats over 26 bespoke cocktails alongside an extensive list of spirits, wines and beers and takes you on a journey across the globe. Meanwhile its food offering come courtesy of chef Yaz Khadiri whose menu includes sharing dishes and small plates that are perfect for dinner with friends. 

Barrio Angel

51 user reviews 4

Amigo Hour Specials until 9pm!

Barrio Angel is one of Essex Road's best and most exciting bars. There is never a dull moment - from their amazing daily happy-hours, to the eye-popping decor and even the party-pumping DJs; you're always guaranteed to be wowed at Barrio Angel. With Brazilian cocktails their cracking concoctions of choice, tuck into a caipirinha and tequila, or three.

Dirty Martini Islington

8 user reviews 4

Dirty Martini extends its empire, opening up shop on the bustling Upper Street. With something of a reputation for serving fantastic cocktails, there mixologists have mastered a number of classic cocktails, using an arsenal of spice, fruits and spirits to tease the taste buds. Keeping the party going all night, guests can dance the night away in the bar's club area, with an impressive line-up of DJs providing the soundtrack for your next, mental night out.

Bottomless Brunch and 1 other offer

Pub classics and craft beer? If that sounds like your kind of thing, it's off to the Islington Townhouse for you. Not only a cool and eclectic mix of interesting interiors and furniture, their food is casual, their cocktails cool and their pub primed for private meetings.

The Four Sisters

7 user reviews 5

Cocktail bars in Angel always manage to pull in a cool crowd, and The Four Sisters is no different. Serving up a selection of old favourites alongside a more experimental series of cocktails in a darkly atmospheric setting, this is one of our favourite cocktail bars in Angel for chilled out vibes, quality cocktails and a great crowd.

The Vineyard

4 user reviews 3

Affectionately known as the 'Garden of Islington'; The Vineyard is a quaint, charming venue located on Upper Street. The venue prides itself on the quality of its food, and offers an extensive drinks card at the same time. There's also a vast beer garden that naturally draws a vibrant crowd at the first sight of the sun. A congenial local boozer ready to welcome you with open arms right throughout the day.