Barrio Angel

Bars and pubs Islington
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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
Address: 45 Essex Road
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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