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 13th June 2016
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 bars club area, with an impressive line-up of DJs providing the soundtrack for your next, mental night out.
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.
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.
Dripping in deep mahogany and bursting full of deer skulls, Elk in the Woods is an Angel-based bar with a distinctive rustic character. The mismatched furniture perfectly accompanies the neutral tone of this spot, and makes the entire venue feel like a hangout in the Rocky Mountains. To complete the experience, why not try one of their specialist cocktails, such as the Bourbon Growler or the English Garden Martini?
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.
This loving restoration of an Edwardian public house, located round the corner from the historic Chapel market in Islington, is a classy venue suitable for a sophisticated sojourn. A favourite in the area for private parties, feel free to hire out The Chapel Bar for a great night guaranteed, or take a mate, a date or a co-worker for a cosy sip on the sofas.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
Join the party every night at Be At One Islington, where you can prop up the bar all night and enjoy friendly conversation with the knowledgable and cool bar staff; or chill out with friends through the happy hours. On the weekends it really kicks off, with later opening times and a fun-time DJ who knows how to get you moving.
The Old Queens 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.
Indulge in a wonderland of cocktail whimsy and unique spaces at this quirky bar in Angel. Part speakeasy, part cocktail bar and part Alice in Wonderland, Callooh Callay have turned Little Bat into a cool playground of charming drinks and interesting interiors.
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.
Offering an unmistakably chic Parisian vibe, The Reading Room is a secluded hideaway in Islington. It’s the perfect antidote to your typically rowdy, boisterious boozer, offering stylish cocktails and a dedicated absinthe menu to a friendly and familiar crowd. Make sure to put in an appearance on Saturday, when the venue hosts charming live music nights.
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.
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.
Noticed that ‘Apothecary Off Licence’ shop front at 108 Essex Road? Don’t be fooled – it’s shielding one of London’s coolest new speakeasy bars. Head inside to find all the trademark LCC quirks and oddities, with this venture split into a ‘Doctor’s Waiting Room’, ‘Apothecary Off Licence and Tasting Room’ and ‘Alcohol & Entertainment’ spaces.
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 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?