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.
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.
Those seeking a good pub in Hampstead are spoilt for choice, but one of our favourites remains The Flask. An historic boozer with genuine character and charm, it's a familiar spot where you'll feel a million miles from the stressful bustle of London.
One of the best bars in North London, head to the Holloway Road for cool craft beers, tasty burgers, burritos and hot dogs, and even a secret cocktail bar.
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 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.
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.
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.
Head here for live music, simple food and a selection of cheap drinks. If you have a penchant for rock n roll, karaoke, or both at the same time then you've come to the right place, as this shabby-chic boozer has it all.
From breakfast through to intimate date nights, Rawduck is a coll Hackney hangout. The bar and restaurant is stripped back, with a large concrete bar, serving everything from biodynamic wines through to Sunday brunch goodies.
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.
This is the perfect zone 1 bar for a calming drink after you've missed your train, or when you need a cheeky tipple between connections. The perfect stop off for some delicious cocktails, a real raucous and good company.
A lot of kitsch fun is to be had in this 1950's themed bar. From midday to midnight, you'll find daring drinks, moreish food and diverse entertainment. Think Beyonce-themed dance classes, nipple tassle workshops and a whole host of other quirky events alongside cocktails and good times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Original Sin provides you with chilled out vibes and cracking cocktails in the heart of Stoke Newington. The menu is daring, the interior is moody and the service is impeccable, so you can easily spend a whole evening here.
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.
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.
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.
Founded by cocktail guru Tony Conigliaro, The Bar With No Name is a must-try if you're around Islington. Championing Italian-style serves, this is the perfect spot to woo a date or hang out with friends who have a taste for the finer things.
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.