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 23rd March 2018




Bobby Fitzpatrick

96 user reviews 4

Bobby 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.

Drink Shop & Do

373 user reviews 4

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.

The Grafton - Hippo Inns

80 user reviews 5

Cosy, comfortable and welcoming every guest with a huge smile, the Grafton in Kentish Town has become a favourite pub in North London for many real ales and craft beer fans. The bar is constantly stocked full with the best produce of some of London's most prestigious breweries. Grab your mates, grab a pint of delicious ale and unwind at this pub in North London.

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Nags Head

1 user review 3

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. 

The Four Sisters

6 user reviews 5

Boasting two cocktail menus, both of which demonstrate their innovative and experimental expertise when it come to cocktail making, there is no doubt that The Four Sisters is one of the best cocktail bars in North London. Serving up premium cocktails in a cool and quirky setting, this is a great spot for a couple of drinks after work or to get the party started on a Friday or Saturday night. 

The Old Queen's Head

25 user reviews 4

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.

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.

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.

The Arnos Arms

69 user reviews 4

All the way up in Arnos Grove is this cute little pub. They take being a local seriously, featuring locally sourced cask ales, beers and spirits – with beers brewed in the borough of Enfield – as well as wines from Borough Wines. Perfect for when you tuck into their menu of hearty grilled food.

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. 

The Stag

642 user reviews 5

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!

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.

Little Bat

146 user reviews 5

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.

The Bull & Gate

233 user reviews 4

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.

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. 

Hoxley and Porter

81 user reviews 4

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. 

The Fellow

288 user reviews 4

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!

Barrio Angel

43 user reviews 4

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.

The Queen's Primrose Hill

54 user reviews 4

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.

The Flask

75 user reviews 4

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.

Be At One Kings Cross

253 user reviews 4

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.

Dirty Martini Islington

6 user reviews 4

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.

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. 

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.

Jazz Cafe

2 user reviews 5

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.

Ruby's Bar and Lounge

11 user reviews 4

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.

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.

Standing out in the crowd thanks to its iconic black exterior and with a reputation for serving some of London's most refreshing cocktails, the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings is a quirky bar in North London based just a short stroll from Angel station. Armed with a range of fresh fruit, potent liqueurs and international spirits, the bartenders have created a menu of cocktails that could rival any.