Bars in North London

Got your eye on a cheeky night out in north London? With such a varied mix of unmissable party spots to try, that’s hardly a surprise. Our list of the best bars to go out in north London promises slick speakeasies in Islington, creative party hubs in King’s Cross, kitsch cocktails in Camden and everything else between.

Last updated on 30th January 2017

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Miusan

1 user reviews

With giant Buddhas and velvet seating, Miusan is a debauched den inspired by 19th Century Opium dens in Paris and New York. Spread across three floors, the bar and restaurant has a menu inspired by the Orient and cocktails are heavy on delicious Chinese-style ingredients such as lychee and jasmine.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Simmons Mornington Crescent

24 user reviews
Simmons Mornington Crescent
Simmons Drink Deal and 1 other offer available.

Sister bar to the hugely popular Simmons King's Cross, this place is oh-so charming. Full to brim with vintage fun and all sorts of kitsch bits, Simmons is not your regular drinking spot - its fun, quirky and undeniably cool. Be sure to get there in time for their happy hour (one of the best in London) to get your hands on a spirit and mixer for only £2.50, or two cocktails for £10. 

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Camden

The Fellow

71 user reviews

This buzzing bar in Kings Cross is a great spot for your weekend boozy boogying, so get down low for these banging beats with your favourite mates. a great Gastro pub menu brings those tasty favourites to your table too, so line your stomachs before you get onto those classy cocktails and those fine wines. Often packed out, make sure you get in there quick with a reservation!

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

The Bull & Gate

68 user reviews

Kentish Town’s Bull & Gate is a beautiful pub down to every last detail. It’s steeped in history and has a majestic feel running through both the ground floor and the upper level Boulogne Bar. There’s all kinds of innovative and seasonal pub classic dishes on the menu, a Sunday Roast that any foodie will want to check out and a great range of beers, cocktails and fine wines if you’re just in for a few drinks.

Happily Affordable ££
Kentish Town

Dirty Martini Islington

3 user reviews

With venues scattered all over the capital, Dirty Martini bring their brand of sophisticated elegance to Islington with this impressive cocktail joint. Mixologists use spices, fruits and international spirits as they whip up signature martinis and other impressive drinks, each available at knock down rates during happy hour. A strong shout for after work drinks, there's every reason to stay a little later as DJs and dancing goes long into the night.

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

The Forge

2 user reviews

One of the best hybrid venues in Camden, not only is The Forge great for drinking and dining thanks to cocktails and a South American restaurant, those hankering after a dose of live music in the city can find plenty of bands and jazz here.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

The Bridge Greenford

13 user reviews
The Bridge Greenford
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The Bridge offers a great balance of convenience and comfort just a few minutes away from Wembley Stadium. A hybrid of 68 en-suite bedrooms, function rooms and an inviting pub, settle in for drinks with friends at this Greenford favourite; there’s a great range of seasonal ales, craft beer from around the world and top spirits to choose between.

Happily Affordable ££

Nags Head

1 user reviews

The Nags Head is Angel's answer to a country side pub in the City. With wooden interiors and old fashioned décor, this North London boozer oozes bags of character and vintage charm creating the ultimate in laid-back atmospheres perfect for Sunday drinking sessions or after work tipples. Tuck into this classic pub for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks. 

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Angel

The King’s Head is Winchmore Hill’s “veritable palace of refreshment”, where fresh and ethically sourced food is served alongside a great range of ales, beers and fine wines. There’s a vaulted dining room for private hire groups, a covered terrace space and a decked beer garden if you’re heading round when it’s sunny.

Happily Affordable ££
North London

The Queen's Primrose Hill

0 user reviews

Located just a few yards from Primrose Hill, The Queen’s might just occupy one of the most sought after spots in the whole of London. This is a beautiful and characterful pub, with a great range of hearty pub grub served for those looking to dine and an equally interesting choice of locally brewed craft beer and spirits to sample if you’re just here for drinks.

Happily Affordable ££
North London

Be at One Kings Cross

61 user reviews

You just cannot go wrong with a few drinks with Be At One. Located just a short walk from bustling King's Cross station, it's a great addition to the Be At One family, with some of the friendliest bartenders in the business conjuring up some incredible drinks. The menu is more like a catalogue of great drinks and happy hour discounts offer great value for money.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

The Stag

143 user reviews
The Stag
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Head down to The Stag for excellent beer from around London and across the country, as well as delicious, classic pub food. Boasting 24 taps and over 100 bottles and cans, there is enough beer to please even the biggest drinks connoisseur. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have a great selection of wines and cocktails. If you’re feeling peckish, dive into their tasty pub food – especially their Sunday roast, which is famous around London!

Happily Affordable ££
Hampstead
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Little Bat

38 user reviews

Picture your ideal date night venue; it probably looks a lot like Little Bat. Brought to Angel by the guys behind the multiple award-winning Callooh Callay, this neighbourhood cocktail bar is dark, intimate and cutesy all the way. Drinks are exceptional and the vibes cosy, with an attentive bar team who like to have a bit of banter at this must-visit spot away from the crowds on Upper Street.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

Drink Shop & Do

141 user reviews

Drink Shop & Do is a North London bar that not only excels in its daily craft masterclasses and boozy afternoon teas, but also when it ramps up the volume for its raucous club nights. The ex-porn shop now hosts great party DJs every Friday and Saturday that keep the North London party crowd up and dancing until 2am. Expect tasty cocktails served in hefty jugs and an up-for-it party crowd.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

BOHO

3 user reviews

A north London bar with a penchant for knocking out signature cocktails and a healthy happy hour sits pretty on Camden's Inverness street. BOHO is a classic laid-back space where you can enjoy the best of British cuisine, including slap-up roast dinners, as well as a fun atmosphere for some after work drinks. 

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Jailbird

2 user reviews

Kentish Town kicks boring nights out to the curb with this hidden gem. A top place to drink cocktails in North London, Jailbird is the perfect place to grab a few glasses of something special once you're done whoofing down South American chow from upstairs.

Kentish Town

Sure, King's Cross is known for having one of the mightiest stations in London, but it also boasts a serious roster of bars to boot. Known for their seasonal fare, unique cocktails and contemporary interiors, head on up to Drake and Morgan for a slice of the good life.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

The Flask

60 user reviews

Need a good pub in Hampstead? Say hello to The Flask, a Victorian boozer that comes with bags of charm and charisma. Ideal for meeting up with friends over a couple of pints of Young’s ale or enjoying a great meal in their conservatory as the natural light floods in, eat and drink to your heart’s content at this proper, homely boozer within a 15-minute walk of Hampstead Heath.

Happily Affordable ££
Hampstead
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Barrio Angel

25 user reviews

Barrio brings a lively, fun-filled party atmosphere to Essex Road. Ideal for groups dropping by for Amigo Hour after work as well as party people who want to go big and long into the night on the dance floor, there’s killer Latin cocktails and a menu of tasty South American nibbles to pick at. One of our top picks for a night out in Islington.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

The Old Queen's Head

20 user reviews

A real party pub in Angel, The Old Queen's Head guarantees a lively atmosphere and some of the best DJ sets in town. There's live music and regular themed and comedy nights to consider, too. Just looking for a quiet pint? This place is unlikely to be the one for you, with a buzzing atmosphere and late night dancing that rivals some of the best party bars in Islington.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

Blues Kitchen Camden

13 user reviews

If there's anyone or any place that can advocate drinking and dancing in North London, it's Blues Kitchen Camden, Part of the heralded party group, Blues Kitchen know no bounds when it comes to American bites, bourbon and an ever pumping roster of live music. 

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Looking for somewhere casual and cool to catch a swift few drinks in North London? You've come to the right place. Join The Islington Townhouse not only for quirky interiors and ales, their menu is that of fun and friendly pub classics all day long alongside cocktails and more.

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

Ignore that ‘Apothecary Off Licence’ front outside 108 Essex Road; it’s hiding a naughty speakeasy neighbourhood bar you can’t afford to miss. LCC’s cocktail pharmacy features a ‘Doctor’s Waiting Room’ for off the chain private parties, and there’s an ‘Apothecary Off Licence and Tasting Room’ to host their famous cocktail masterclasses. We’ll be out back in A&E (Alcohol & Entertainment), where the usual flurry of delightful cocktails are up for grabs.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

The Camden Eye

7 user reviews

The Camden Eye is a charming pub that perfectly balances tradition with contemporary culture. Serving some of the finest products of London's many riverside breweries, the bar is home to a range of different flavour combinations and quirky tipples. Mad about all things NFL and a favourite drinking hole for London's own Hornets Football Team, the pub proudly shows all the best live stateside action on their many screens.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden
Pub

The Elk in the Woods

1 user reviews

Dripping in deep mahogany with a smattering of deer skulls, Elk in the Woods is an Angel-based bar with a distinctive rustic character. The mismatched furniture perfectly compliments 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? 

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

Jazz Cafe

9 user reviews

The iconic Jazz Cafe has hosted all kinds of globally famous acts since it opened back in 1990. Still at the forefront of London’s live music scene even now, enjoy live bands throughout the week, hip-hop club nights and dinner with a view from the mezzanine level at this ever-popular Camden hangout.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

North London may be a wonder for pubs and quirky dining, but when it comes to champagne and oysters, there's only the one that is a cut above the rest. Join Searcys at St Pancras as they indulge your tastebuds with press for champagne buttons, oysters and bubbly like you've never seen before. 

Kings Cross

Camden Assembly

0 user reviews

Camden Assembly is a bar, nightclub and restaurant rolled into one cool exposed-brick hidey hole. Lucky Chip provide the food so expect crazy delicious burgers and hot dogs, while drinks are hot to trot with beers from all the best London breweries and a spanking selection of cocktails.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Hoxley and Porter

9 user reviews

Setting the bar for cool, colonial inspired bars in the city, Hoxley and Porter are the ultimate watering hole for those that like a slice of that vintage life. Known for their gastro plates and cocktails that scream of creativity, head on up for a truly unique night out in North London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

Offering the friendly and familiar vibes that you’d associate with any good local, The Duchess is something of a secretive pub just around the corner from Highbury & Islington station. Come for a top-quality drop of ale - Doombar, Roadside and Redemption are on tap - something from their modern and contemporary wine list or pop in for a lazy Sunday featuring a roast lunch and Bloody Mary’s. All the sport is shown on SKY and it’s close to the Emirates Stadium if you’re heading on to the match afterwards.

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

18 user reviews

One of the most infamous drinking dens in the whole of London, Ruby's often sets the standard when it comes to basement bars. With a focus on top quality drinks, this treasure of a watering hole brings something different to Dalston, creating an intimate and infectious atmosphere along the way. Another must try venue for a date or catching up with friends after a long day.

Happily Affordable ££
Dalston

Bobby Fitzpatrick

16 user reviews

Booby Fitzpatrick is a quirky character on the North London bar scene. The kitsch boozer has a whole heap of '70s charm with vintage-style wallpaper, autographed photos and bits of '70s brick-brack as well as a suitably fun cocktail list with plenty of spiced rum. There is also American-inspired dishes and boardgames to make sure you have the most fun.

Happily Affordable ££
Hampstead

Spread Eagle

60 user reviews

Looking for some seriously laid back pints in the heart of North London? Just shy of Regents Park and sitting pretty in Camden, not only are Spread Eagle churning out craft beers, there's a roster of British bites to be found spread across the menu to boot. 

Happily Affordable ££
Camden
Pub

The Somers Town Coffee House

165 user reviews

Looking for the gift that keeps giving when it comes to a bar in North London? Let The Somers Town Coffee House be your guide. From hidden garden and speakeasy bar to themed rooms and private dining, there's a little something for everyone here.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross
Brewhouse & Kitchen Highbury
B&K Beer Masterclass from £20 and 1 other offer available.

As part of a wider chain of bars and taverns, Brewhouse & Kitchen in Highbury is the perfect spot for all you beer lovers out there. Alongside a fantastic menu full of gastro-pub favourites, the main attraction in this North London pub has to be its micro-brewery, which remains open and visible for all to see. In addition to a huge range of beers and ales that they brew themselves, their drinks menu also boasts an array of British and International craft beers. 

Happily Affordable ££
Islington

The Chapel Bar

3 user reviews

This classy corner of Islington is a great place to hire out for those private parties, or grab a tipple with a friend or partner and have a sophisticated evening on a cosy leather couch. Situated in a restored Edwardian public house, this bar is a short walk from the historic Chapel market and is a great haunt for those who want to drink in style.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

Simmons Camden Town

3 user reviews
Simmons Camden Town
Bottomless Afternoon Tea

Simmons bar has arrived in Camden Town with its kitsch and quirky interiors, tasty cocktails and everyone’s favourite 5 hour long happy hour. Expect a bar soaked in neon lights, cocktails in crockery and a fun atmosphere.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

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