The Joker of Penton Street

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Description

We’re suckers for a venue with a quirky name. This Angel favourite firmly falls into such a category, drawing inspiration from Joseph Grimaldi; a 19th century Islington resident and creator of the modern-day clown as we know it.

The Joker of Penton Street is, therefore, a place that refuses to take itself too seriously. It’s a laid-back, inviting boozer priding itself on its excellent British food, a great music programme and a divine upstairs private hire function room. Nestled in the heart of Angel, entertainment and big foods are at the centre of this pubbing pleasure with a stage set for comedy and improv on the regular. In the kitchen you'll find rotating patrons from London's tasty street food scene and eateries that have made a name for themselves. Burger Bear has already had a residency here as well as the Tongue ‘n Cheek guys. 

Burgers are a huge strength, especially when matched with something from their good range of beers from the Hackney local Laine’s Brewery. There’s regular live music, the private hire area can facilitate DJs, live music and comedy, and with a 3am licence at the weekends, there’s every reason to linger and get to know this charming Islington pub a little better.

Info

No Door Charge
No queues normally
Happily Affordable ££
Angel
18
None
None

Hours

Day Open Close Notes
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 23:00
12:00 03:00
12:00 03:00
12:00 23:00

Location

The Joker of Penton Street
58 Penton Street, London, N1 9PZ

Area:
North London

Nearest station:
Angel (Tube)
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Menus

Menus

Food Menu Download
Christmas Menu Download


This venue serves Pub Food, British and Burgers food.

A word from the chef:
Offering a number of burger variations such as the piccante and the belly connection and other grilled options provided by Tongue 'N' Cheek.

Our Review

The Joker of Penton Street - Pub Review

The Joker of Penton Street - Pub Review

Restoring your faith in the very British Sunday pubbing ritual, The Joker of Penton Street straddles a traditional pub get-up and something a little more cool to bring you somewhere to gulf down a roast and enjoy entertainment. Say hello to...

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Great pub, nice food and drinks, gets pretty loud on a Friday/Saturday. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2018-02-02
by on March 17th, 2018
4

Great food, dj is super fun and staff is cool! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2017-04-08
by on April 10th, 2017
5

The Joker is a great pub. Fantastic atmosphere, not too loud so you can have good conversations, nice food, not too busy so you queue for ages at the bar and great staff. A real local-feel pub with warmth & character. Plus - the food & drink's not overpriced! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2017-03-31
by on April 2nd, 2017
5

Went to celebrate joint birthdays. We were very well looked after! Gaz was very accommodating, we wanted to stay later so he found us an area and even let us play our music until the DJ started. Will be back. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2017-03-11
by on March 13th, 2017
5

Great night at the Joker on Friday. Drinks were top notch, and the DJ was good too. Recommended. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2017-01-27
by on January 30th, 2017
5

Great venue, lovely staff and good food Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2017-01-27
by on January 29th, 2017
5

We had a lovely night with a big group of 20! Thanks a lot! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2017-01-27
by on January 29th, 2017
5

I had my 30th birthday in the upstairs function room on NYE and it was amazing. Thanks so much to everyone at The Joker for making a potentially scary birthday an awesome experience! Sarah x Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-31
by on January 3rd, 2017
5

Amazing venue for our private party. Our clients were so happy with the space and the food and the staff were great especially Rosie. Thanks again, Sara & Zoe (BELL Events) Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-19
by on December 21st, 2016
5

lovely staff, nice drinks, nice area and easy to get to! Recommended. Music was slightly loud, but not so much that you couldn't hear (and I'm half deaf, so this is often a problem for me!) Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-17
by on December 19th, 2016
4

Really good atmosphere and service to add. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-17
by on December 19th, 2016
5

We had a fabulous office Christmas dinner and party at The Joker last week. Great room, very flexible to our requirements (we added a quiz/awards/disco), lovely food and the staff were adorable. Would recommend. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-15
by on December 19th, 2016
5

Came here for a Christmas work do dinner on a Monday night. It was nice and quiet which is what we wanted so we could talk and hear eachother. The staff were extremely friendly and attentive to our neees and the food delicious! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-12
by on December 16th, 2016
4

Had a Birthday meal in the private room upstairs. Worked really well- nice space. Staff were very attentive. Would recommend! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-04
by on December 13th, 2016
4

very well looked after, lovely staff! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-09
by on December 12th, 2016
4

Very nice ! Good food, good atmosphere ! Thanks ! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-12-09
by on December 11th, 2016
5

Perfect hosts, thank you for having us! Ashia from Trekstock Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-11-24
by on November 28th, 2016
5

The staff were great, the food excellent and the tunes banging. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-11-25
by on November 27th, 2016
5

Relaxed Sunday afternoon venue, really good food, attractive setting, very handy function room - allowed our friends to mingle and a couple of toddlers to dash about without upsetting other customers. Friendly and warm bar staff. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-11-20
by on November 22nd, 2016
5

We went there with friends as we wanted a layed back bar where we could stay late and dance while still able to sit and talk. The joker checked all those points and booking was very easy and straight forward. Thank you again we enjoyed our night with you very much! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-11-19
by on November 21st, 2016
5

Perfect venue for my 30th birthday party. Staff really helpful, food excellent and room just the right size for around 40 people. Would highly recommend! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-11-18
by on November 20th, 2016
5

Amazing Blues on Wednesdays, I love the vibe and atmosphere at the Joker, the staff is super friendly too.
by on October 19th, 2016
5

Fantastic vibe, lovely staff and a great selection of burgers and ales on offer. It's cosy without being claustrophobic (big inside with outside tables and an upstairs room) and, to boot, the decor is eclectic and fascinating. Definitely worth a visit to see for yourself! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-10-14
by on October 16th, 2016
5

I had an event here last year too and I may well again. It's a great space, the price is very reasonable, the food is great and staff are friendly. I would 100% recommend it! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-09-25
by on September 27th, 2016
5

I'd almost given up on finding a place to host my 30th birthday that didn't cost an arm and a leg - so glad I found the Joker! The private room upstairs was perfect for my party of around 40 people, with lovely decor and plenty of space. You get your own bar, toilets and music, if you want, and the staff were all friendly and helpful. I ordered from the buffet menu and the food went down really well with my guests. I will echo Gina's comment about the music volume: with a full room it wasn't quite loud enough, but that is really the only small criticism of the venue. We all had a great time - thank you so much to Gaz and his team! I will definitely be back for a burger :) Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-09-10
by on September 12th, 2016
4

I was nervous about having throwing the perfect bash for my 40th but the team at the Joker made this an amazing experience. Fun and efficient staff, cosy yet spacious room just for us and our own loos upstairs- they even let us play our own music! The sound is not great upstairs and my playlist was drowned by our voices- only criticism- but they let us play our iPod downstairs after a while. This was especially amazing as it was a busy Saturday night! I even forgot my laptop on the night (on the floor by the bar!) but the staff put it aside and kept it safe for me to collect a few days later. Cannot recommend such a friendly, trustworthy and helpful team enough. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-08-27
by on September 8th, 2016
4

Cool and quirky little pub with super friendly staff. It's a little ways off the main drag in Angel, but a perfect little escape where you can stuff your face with huge burgers washed down with craft beers. Loved it. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-08-19
by on August 21st, 2016
5

Had a great night there, great food and the staff are brilliant. Worth going again. Easy to book a table and they replied asap. Definitely go back again. Jenga was brilliant. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-08-06
by on August 9th, 2016
5

We reserved an area in The Joker for our university reunion. The guys made it very easy to book and made us feel very welcome. I'd definitely go back again. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-07-30
by on August 1st, 2016
5

We used the space for playreadings with a group of actors, writer and director. space was ideal, staff friendly and helpful, great function room and pub to hang in after!! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-05-22
by on May 23rd, 2016
5

I can literally exactly echo what Alice says below. Also hired the upstairs room for a 30th, also appreciated the late opening, sound system, food, exceptionally friendly staff, and reasonable minimum spend - and all in a great location (easily accessible from Angel and Kings Cross). Only minor thing I'd say is that would be that it would have been nice to be able to pay the deposit for the room by credit card, rather than in cash, as this was a little inconvenient. But other than that, it was perfect. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-05-07
by on May 9th, 2016
5

We booked the upstairs room for a 30th birthday party. It was PERFECT. Bar open until 3am (rare), proper sound system (also rare), capacity for 65 people and all this with a very reasonable minimum bar spend. Gaz, the manager, could not have been more helpful and patient with all my random requests and the two bar staff we had on the night were BRILLIANT and totally got into the spirit of the party. We will be back for more!
by on May 2nd, 2016
5

Such a nice pub! It's very quirky and cool with mismatched chairs, 70s wallpaper and an ace beer menu. The guys running the place there were super friendly and the burgers were seriously good and very filling. Loved it and we'll be back! :) Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-03-28
by on March 30th, 2016
5

I booked the upstairs room for a birthday party of about 50 people. It's an ideal venue - big enough to have space for dancing as well some tables and sofas out and not feel cramped but not too big - and good value compared with other venues I looked at. With the lights down and candles out it has a really cosy atmosphere. It's also a great location, Angel tube is a few minutes walk away and Kings Cross station is near which was great as we had people coming from outside London. The manager Gaz and his staff could not have been more helpful and friendly. The food I ordered from the buffet menu was prompt and went down really well with the guests. I would definitely recommend this place. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-01-30
by on February 17th, 2016
5

Really good vibe for birthday drinks. The upstairs room was in use so I reserved an area for 20 people. We were tucked in the corner which was good. Really can't fault it at all to be honest. We were there till closing at 3am. Good music which was upbeat, perfect volume. Would defo come back, maybe try and get the upstairs room. Think the minimum is £1000 behind the bar or something like that. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-02-12
by on February 15th, 2016
4

Spent the night at the Joker for my birthday. I was a ble to book ahead. Loved the Joker! The service is brilliant - honestly not had pub service like it. Thanks! Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-01-30
by on February 1st, 2016
5

Had a fantastic night at the Joker private function room celebrating my birthday,lovely cosy venue with own toilets a nice bar,tasty buffet and good sound system. A big thank you to Gaz the manager in being so friendly and helpful in organising my event,if your looking for somewhere laid back warm and cosy look no further than the joker a real gem in the heart of Islington. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2016-01-16
by on January 18th, 2016
5

Good friendly service, music wasn't to loud so you can still have a good chat with your friends or date, food was tasty although not enough bread with the Camembert plate. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2015-12-08
by on December 10th, 2015
4

The Joker of Penton Street is run by friendly Staff, eg Jake, Steph etc. a warm atmosphere, and a comfortable room upstairs. Located on corner of well known Chapel Market. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2015-11-05
by on November 9th, 2015
4

Lovely pub with great drink selection and cosy fun decor. The music was also good and the staff were nice. Would recomend this pub and re visit the pub too Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2015-10-31
by on November 2nd, 2015
5

Love this place, the range of drinks are great, the music cool and best is that all the staff are really friendly and make you feel welcome. So like your living room with a bar - home away from home!
by on October 26th, 2015
5
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This place is a really charming pub. I went down on a Sunday afternoon to check out their roast dinner spread and it was pretty bang on. Nice, friendly atmosphere and perfect for chilling out in.
by on October 21st, 2015
5

The best private room I've ever hired. I had a group of about 50 people. The room was the perfect size and really well decorated. It was free to hire with a £300 minimum spend which was very easy to reach. I was allowed to provide my own music, the staff were friendly, and the food was great. I would definitely recommend this venue to others. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2015-10-03
by on October 5th, 2015
5

Hired room upstairs for my birthday with a lovely atmosphere and candles everywhere. Had a lovely dinner and the staff was great. Thanks to the manager Arifa whom really looked after all of us. Visited The Joker of Penton Street on 2015-09-20
by on September 22nd, 2015
5

A really lovely pub, with a great atmosphere. I've hired the upstairs room for 2 private events now and have been really impressed both by the space and by the really helpful and friendly staff. I hope to be back soon.
by on September 1st, 2015
5

Great little pub. All the Staff were really friendly. I had a great night. Was hoping there would be a dance floor and DJ especially on a Saturday night but there was music
by on July 6th, 2015
4

We hired the upstairs rooms for a private event. We could not have been more happy in every department. All spaces in the building are attractive and trendy. The upstairs room is a beautiful space with large windows and cool decor in line the pub's association with comedy etc. In addition to excellent food and drink, the pun has the friendliest staff in London. An absolute gem. We will be back.
by on July 1st, 2015
5

This pub is such a good find. We had a fantastic night at the Joker for a joint birthday party. We had the downstairs bar area and it was perfect. There is also a fabulous private room upstairs but we didnt have that. The staff were all so friendly and helpful - everyone had a brilliant time! THANK YOU!
by on June 22nd, 2015
5

A really cool new place in the area, I'm a big fan of this pub. Really friendly staff and unpretentious, they have a great selection of beers and the food is incredible!
by on February 25th, 2014
4
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