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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just a short walk from Angel station is The Winchester, a fun and welcoming hangout complete with low lighting, plush seating, and an enviably long cocktail list. And if you're feeling peckish, they've got everything from light bites to fancy dishes.
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.
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.
The incredible three floor venue that was once House of Wolf has been transformed into the Upper 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.
When it comes to cocktail bars in Angel, you can't go wrong with Homeboy. Not only is this Irish spot home to some of the best concoctions in north London, but also a cracking food menu alongside Guinness on tap.
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 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.
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?
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.
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.
This luxurious tiki paradise is the perfect escape from city life, serving rum-based cocktails from across the globe. The first floor is home to the Spiced Dry Rum Club where they make their own spirit, and host specialist masterclasses.
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.
It's not all delicious Thai plates at this cute Angel eatery, Rosa's also has an incredible selection of cocktails. Set in a modern and sleek venue, take a date for their sumptuous cocktails - try the malt banana tree old fashioned which is muddled with Chivas Regal 12 year old whisky and dried banana.
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.
One of the best bars in Angel, when it comes to quirky drinks and hefty happy hours, Simmons has got your back. With plenty of neon signage, late night DJs and quirky decor, it's one of the best party spots in Islington.
Offering 16 craft delicacies on a tap and a wide array in the fridges, it's no wonder that BrewDog is a go-to for after work drinks and cool date night in Angel. Stop on by and check out what brews take your fancy while chomping on their menu of mouthwatering comfort food.
If you're on the hunt for a relaxed spot to indulge in some food and wine, this gorgeous bar in Angel offers over 400 different varieties of artisan wine as well as tasty Italian fare and even a bottomless brunch.
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.
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.