Best Bars in North London
North London is home some of the coolest quirky bars in the capital; often missed out by the tourists gathering around the sights of the more Central London, this North London nook is a hubbub of boozy activity from dusk until dawn. Whether you're after a cool, independent pub, or a banging DJ bar, North London will have something to suit your mood. Read our recommended list of some of the best North London bars and find a fantastic supping spot to hold your next night out.
Last updated on 29th July 2016
With fantastic cocktails, sophisticated surrounds and a picturesque outdoor seating area, The Chapel Bar is a classy venue for those private parties or those cheeky after-work drinks. Situated near the historic Chapel market, this bar was an Edwardian public house and has been lovingly restored to accommodate a spacious, modern interior.
A contemporarily decorated restaurant bar in North London, John Salt is an intimate space, with space for just 25 people. The innovative cocktail and food menu is well designed, but is described as a "neighbourhood bar with great beer"; making it perfect for a catch up with friends or for a quick after work drink or sample both menus and take a date here for dinner. Rub shoulders with the cool set of North London and head to John Salt now.
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 their plush chesterfield sofas surrounded by dark wooden finishes where you can sup on exquisitely crafted drinks from the masterful bartenders. Specialising in lush libations, The Four Sisters is perfect for some after-work aperitifs or late night tipples.
A haven for mighty meats and some of the Deep Southern slow cooked philosophy that America loves so much, Joe's Southern Kitchen is the palce to do for big feeds in Camden. Not only that, but their dedicated Jailbird basement bar is perfect for laid-back drinks where you can knock back strong liquors until the night closes in.
Unlike your typical speakeasy style bar, Proud Cabaret Camden brings a refreshingly new twist to the concept. With a unique spin on 1920s music, they also put on some of the most innovative nights out in London. With Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights all chocked full of special cabaret performances, Proud Cabaret is a total drinking and dining experience in North London. Book your spot now!
This cool party pub is the best North London bar for the trendy kids wanting to party late into the night with other liked-minded revellers. The Old Queen's Head has DJ sets, live music and comedy nights as well as a super food menu to line your stomach before the crazy night of drinking and dancing ahead of you. Don't miss out on a wild night out; book a place now.
On one floor of an old Turkish Bath House sits Drink Shop and Do, one of the best North London bars if you have a fun-time party attitude. A lot of kitsch fun is to be had in this 1950's themed bar; from midday to midnight they provide drinks, food and diverse entertainment and even some dancing! Get down to Drink Shop and Do for unmissable fun, just bring a sense of humour and book here to make sure you don't miss out!
Masters not only behind the bar but in the kitchen as well, Zilouf's is easily one of the most complete venues in North London. Head mixologist Niall Downey is continuously striving to serve up the perfect cocktail. Each of his concoctions are made from super fresh ingredients and you can taste the difference - every purée, syrup, bitter & spirit combines in such away that you'll want to work your way through the whole list. The food here is equally as good; you'll find a modern menu inspired by Asian cuisine, full of vibrant and unique sharing and large dishes. Double trouble.
Shaker and Company is North London's coolest antique cocktail saloon, inspired by jazz and blues. They serve up unique cocktails which are all interesting and tasty, alongside some cracking homemade pizzas. After trying what they have to offer you can even slip downstairs to their French-inspired Belle&Co, a snug bohemian drinking den. Book your table at Shaker and Company and enjoy all the delights of this top North London bar.
Ladybird is Islington’s chic and fun cocktail bar. Found at the beating heart of the neighbourhood’s party scene on Upper Street, the venue is known for its lego heads and sand bucket sharing cocktails and its feel-good atmosphere. Happy Hour runs from 5 and 9pm daily, while DJs play everything from 80s and 90s classics to commercial house anthems until the early hours. The ideal spot in Islington for after-work drinks or a night out with a group.
Hidden away within a stone’s throw of Angel tube station lies this charming gastro pub. The Brewhouse serves a fresh spread of pub hearty classics, Sunday Roasts and chargrilled steaks, with their ‘clucking Brewhouse special’ a must try. Pints come pulled via the onsite microbrewery, alongside an international range of taps and wines. Round things off with excellent and friendly customer service and you’ll be back time and again.
Lending inspiration from Joseph Grimaldi – Islington local and creator of the modern day clown – The Joker is a laid back boozer which doesn’t take itself too seriously. Preferring instead to create a laid-back and welcoming atmosphere, come here to check out the fine choice of pub cooking, a great live music programme and the divine private function room upstairs.
Barrio Angel is a buzzing and vibrant DJ bar located in the North London party hotspot of 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. With a party vibe that is hard to match, plus food and drink that will tantalise your taste buds, Barrio Angel is a North London gem. Book your spot now!
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. You’ll likely find us in the conservatory, where everything from beer-battered fish & chips to quiona & beetroot salads are washed down with Young’s ales and excellent wines.
A cool and quirky bar filled with a funky mix of carribean tiki and vintage decor that makes up a fun atmosphere for this bar in North London. Grand Union Camden branch is a cool place for a delicious cocktail or two, with Friday and Saturday nights getting busy with special DJ nights, "treehouses" to hire out and great happy hour deals. Check out this unique North London bar, book online here.
Easily one our top venues in North London, Blues Kitchen is a versatile space that suits any occasion. Look forward to BBQ ribs, Po' Boy Sandwiches and Key Lime Pie, ready to be washed down with a range of craft beers, classic cocktails and bespoke bourbons, before a live music performance at one of the most talked about venues in London.
The perfect North London bar for a calming drink after you've missed your train, or when you need a cheeky tipple between connections. Maybe you've just got to London and you want to check out a fun time bar in the North London area? Then Be At One King's Cross branch is the perfect stop off for a delicious cocktail and good company! Don't miss out, book a table at Be At One King's Cross now.
Quirky, quaint and delightfully intriguing, SimmonS is one of the best late night cocktail bars in North London. An extensive and innovative cocktail menu (containing some dessert-based treats), Happy Hours, retro decor and intimate club nights make SimmonS a must visit spot. Book your drinks table now and experience all the joys SimmonS has to offer the North London night owl.
A lively bar in North London, The Good Mixer is a shabby-chic haunt of the young and trendy. Head here for live music, simple food and a selection of cheap drinks. For the social buzz that is familiar to those who regularly hang out in Camden head to The Good Mixer.
A fun-time party bar with (surprise, surprise) a Cuban and South American theme. The Cuban offers superb tropical cocktails and has weekend DJ sets to get you dancing all night. This cool North London bar is also a favourite Camden bar for when the sun shines over London; with a great outside seating area, you can eat and drink amongst the social buzz all day and night. Beat the crowds for this popular bar; book online here.
A late night cocktail and DJ bar in the heart of Angel, Anam Bar is always a fun night out. Especially good every Friday and Saturday, enjoy their fine drinks, incredible DJ sets in one of the area's most luxurious and elegant atmospheres. A guaranteed great night, it's definitely one of North London's top gems.
The first London branch of Brewdog, this interesting North London bar is a favourite for those wanting a good range of craft beers and real ales in London. With specially designed food to compliment the beers, this place is all about the tastes. The decor is minimalist, yet cool; for a night of new tastes and great food head to The Brewdog, Camden.