Whether you're a West Hampstead local, or just in need of a decent cocktail, this quirky bar should be on your list. Upstairs is Heads; the bright space boasting light and long cocktails, while downstairs is home to Tails, where bolder picks reign supreme. There's even a garden and outdoor area for those warmer days.
Best Bars In North London
North London is home to some of the coolest bars in the capital. Often bypassed by tourists clambering to get to Central London's hotspots, head north and you'll find a hub of boozy activity from dusk 'til dawn. Whether you're after an effortlessly cool cocktail bar or a lively independent pub, north London will have something to suit your mood. From Islington to Camden and beyond, check out our recommendations for the best bars and pubs north of the river and book online.
Located right in the heart of Kings Cross, this mega bar brings you food, drinks and multiple floors of fun. Head here for after work drinks, a themed event at the weekend or chill out on the rooftop when the sun decides to come out.
This cool party pub throws the best themed nights, live events and weekly pub quizzes. For the trendy kids wanting to party late into the night, you'll find DJ sets, a great mix of music and comedy gigs, as well as a super banging burgers and guest craft beers.
A modern restaurant bar on Upper Street, John Salt is an intimate space, with space for just 25 people. The innovative cocktails and food menu are well designed, making it the perfect spot for a catch up with friends, after work drinks or dinner date.
With pretty interiors, a stunning wine list, and some incredibly knowledgeable staff, Humble Grape is one of North London's top spots for a relaxed glass of wine...or five.
With so many incredible watering holes dotted around Upper Street, this spot does a great job of standing out from the crowd. Of course, when the brains behind this bar also happen to be the same from Callooh Callay, you can only expect the best.
Home to some of Essex Road's most tantalising interiors this blue-hued Islington bar also offers a delicious range of continental plates, alongside a twelve-tap rotation of British and Belgian beers and some beautiful botanical cocktails.
This buzzing and vibrant DJ bar sits on Islington's party hotspot, Essex Road. With generous happy hours and food deals throughout the week, there's no reason why you shouldn't pop in to Barrio Angel for a refreshing cocktail and some banging tunes.
Overlooking Regents Canal, Lockside is a cool all-day eatery. With a delicious burger menu, craft beer selection and outdoor terrace, this watering hole is perfect for everything from drinks in the sun, through to nights dancing to live DJs and more.
Found at the beating heart of the neighbourhood's party scene on Upper Street, this chic cocktail bar is known for its lego heads and sand bucket sharing cocktails, as well as its feel-good atmosphere. Happy hour runs daily, while DJs play everything from 80s and 90s classics to commercial house anthems until the early hours.
Prepare to fall in love with this Angel watering hole, as Homeboy brings you all things Ireland. Between the Guinness on tap, impressive cocktails and comfort food like Da's poutine and Irish stew, it's all about Irish home comforts.
Thie Camden branch of the infamous BYOC encourages you to sit back and relax while an experienced bartender whips you up some carefully-made concoctions, all according to your tastes. You just need to bring a bottle of your favourite spirit.
This Blues Kitchen is a versatile space that suits any occasion. Think BBQ ribs, Po' Boy sandwiches and key lime pies all ready to be washed down with a range of craft beers, classic cocktails and bespoke bourbons, while live music performances make this one of the most talked about venues in London.
Quirky, quaint and delightfully intriguing, Simmons is one of the best late night cocktail bars in North London. Expect an extensive and innovative cocktail menu (containing some dessert-based treats), happy hours, retro decor and vibrant club nights.
This quirky Camden spot is ideal if you're looking for eye-catching interiors, experimental food and quaffable cocktails. It's prosecco and pizza cones galore, so come hungry and don't expect to leave thirsty.
T-Bird are a real neighbourhood gem. The Finsbury Park bar hosts legendary comedy nights in its basement bar, regular live music sessions, sporting events and claims to house London's best jukebox. To top it off, the bar is always fully stocked with 14 craft brews on tap and a menu of classic cocktails.
This tiki paradise in the heart of Angel is the perfect retreat for when life gets just a little too hectic. Sip on sumptuous cocktails and revel in the tropical decor as you sample rums from across the globe. Upstairs houses their own rum, Spiced Dry Rum Club, where you can also try your hand at a specialist masterclass.
The Four Sisters is a fine drinking establishment in Islington, where cocktails and historic charm collide. Step into this dark and lusty lair and settle into the plush chesterfield sofas, surrounded by dark wooden finishes, where you can sip on exquisitely crafted drinks from the masterful bartenders.
The first London branch of Brewdog, this hideaway is a favourite for those looking for a superb range of craft beers and real ales. With specially designed food to compliment the beers, this place is all about the tastes. Decor is minimalist, yet cool and the crowd is chilled out.
Nestled in Hoxton, this tiny bar is renowned for its high end cocktails. Super relaxed and laid back, this hotspot fills up fast, so we recommend booking a table in advance if you want to avoid waiting outside to get your liquor-fix.
Hidden under zero-waste restaurant Cub, this outpost is run by bartender-extraordinaire Mr Lyan. Make your way through the carefully curated cocktail list - from classics to quirky twists and if you get peckish, you can head upstairs for some award-winning bites.