Barrio Angel

Bars and pubs Islington
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Venue says: "We increase the carnival heat with a riot of Rio colour this festive season. Book your party now or snap up your NYE tickets without delay!"

It's all about street culture at this Essex Road bar - one of three London venues from the Barrio group. The vibe is influenced by urban art and music from some of the world's big cities - London, Lisbon, Miami, Mexico and elsewhere. 

Cocktails play a lead role here, not least during the generous happy hours. Options range from the rumshackle (Santa Teresa rum with orange curacao, orgeat, pineapple and lime) to the ram berry jam (homemade raspberry jam liqueur with Stoli vodka, lemon and cava) and the pinata paloma - a mix of tequila, passion fruit, fresh lime, guava and Ting served in a porcelain pinata. 

There's an international flavour to the bar food, with wasabi peas, chilli rice crackers and platters of meats and cheeses alongside mixed olives, chips with dips, houmous with pitta and ciabatta with olives and chorizo. 

The venue's centrepiece - a '70s caravan with one side lopped off - provides the plum seats.

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Barrio Angel says
The first (and some say best) of the Barrio familia of cocktail bars. Opening quietly in 2007 on Essex Road, Barrio Angel has since built a reputation for all things tequila and rum, agave and cane. Early week, our friendly bartenders welcome you in for cocktail lounge comfort with stories of holidays and hot romances. Come the weekend, it’s all about good times, furniture out, dancing and prancing. The reason why we’re stilled packed every weekend is we know how to throw a damn good party. DJs every weekend from Thursday and 3am finish on Fridays and Saturdays means we’ll take care of you like Lionel, all night long! We're home to the Amigo Hour, London's best happy hour, seven days a week and again all night long Sunday and Monday, yes!
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Venue name: Barrio Angel
Contact:
Address: 45 Essex Road
London
N1 2SF
Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Mon-Wed and Sun; 5pm-1am Thu; 5pm-3am Fri and Sat; 5pm-midnight, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Angel
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Alexandra L
Tastemaker

Not long ago I went to the Soho branch of this bar chain and had as much fun as I would undergoing root canal surgery. Last weekend I went to the Angel branch and had a fan-fricking-tastic time. The lesson learned here? Don’t tar a whole group of places with the same brush!


Halfway down Essex Road, this is a great spot for some drinking, some dancing and some general merriment. It’s small so be prepared to get up close & personal with your friends – or be even more prepared to make some new ones! – but the music is a great mix of current stuff and classic gems from the 90’s and early noughties. I’m normally more boybands than gangster rap but put Snow’s ‘Informer’ on and you just watch me bust a move & a lyric or two!


Drinks are reasonably priced and the bartenders are lovely, smiley and friendly even when the place is packed to the rafters with people on the hunt for shots of Sambuca and rounds of Jager bombs – yep, it’s that kind of place so if it’s a quiet drink with friends you’re after, come early evening or head elsewhere because by 10.30pm, the queue to get in stretches past the neighbouring shops and bars. Bouncers are pretty chilled though, happy to chat and respectful to everyone waiting to get in. All in all, a sound little spot for some weekend frolicking!

Paula - ToT
Tastemaker

The service in Barrio North is really good and we were well-looked after during our time here.  The drinks are interesting and good value during happy hour.  It can be difficult to find a table due to the number of reservations, but the staff are very accommodating.  The decor is a bit odd, but charming nonetheless.  It is quite quiet here compared to other locations so it can lack a bit of a vibe.

Christie A

I've been here a few times and always lots of fun. Hard to dance though as despite the music beckoning you to, there is not really a dance floor and it gets really busy. I was given 10 free drinks cards by a promotor before I arrived for this bar so my friends and I drank for free up until a point but can't complain about that! It's a fun tropical themed vibe and always a sure thing for a fun time. The food menu is actually pretty good too...

Barbara W

Visited Bario North about 2 weeks ago. Smallish bar but very friendly helpful staff from the door staff to the team behind the bar and waiting staff especially the girl with the cap on!! Fun evening good prices and great music. Apparently the door man and a girl behind the bar are also magicians - wish we could have seen some tricks...maybe next time as would defo return.

Jen

Well, I would review the place if we'd actually been allowed in, but we were id'd at the door despite the four of us being over thirty! One of our party didn't have I'd on her so we went next door to 'Prague bar' instead. From the little that I did see, I'm sure it's no big loss!

Sarah

Been here about three times and I have had to travel from the west of London and every single time I come never let down. Staff are always welcoming and give you time to make cocktails and sort you out for all the night and build a friendly rapport. The music is always insane and never ever disappointed I've introduced friends to this bar and they all think it is a hidden gem can't wait till the next barrio night.