This large but remarkably cosy-feeling pub does a great job of ticking all the Holloway boxes: they've got a great beer list but aren't too pretentious, there's a slowly rotating selection of food residencies (Oh My Dog! hotdogs have been serving for much of 2016) and they can handle the football fans from the nearby Emirates Stadium but don't alienate those who couldn't even tell you which team plays there the rest of the time.
At the weekends a 2am licence makes it a good local to settle in, with DJs helping to keep the night lively. On Monday nights the back room hosts a swing dancing class, and the rest of the time you can claim a sofa by the projector or table by the huge windows and settle in for a session.
98-102 Holloway Road
|Transport:||Tube: Highbury & Islington|
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Good selection of draught beer including local beers. Vibrant on match days, cosy and calm on non-match days. A very nice pub.
This is one of my favourite pubs in London and such a good one to stumble across on Holloway Road, which doesn't have many decent ones to pick from! If you like craft beers you're in luck - plenty on tap and bottles, and regularly rotating too.
Food is from Borough Foods and the burgers are immense - value for money as they are huge, make sure you turn up early! Try to avoid it when Arsenal are playing though if you don't fancy the football crowd as it gets very very busy before and after.