Jam in a Jar

Bars and pubs Harringay
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The ‘Jam’ in this bar’s name doesn’t refer to the preserve, or to the local traffic, but is used in the impromptu musical freak-out sense. Harringay’s Jam in a Jar marks a sea change for the particular stretch of Green Lanes known as Grand Parade. It forms a hat-trick alongside impressive refurbished Victorian boozer the Salisbury down the road and yummy mummy café Blend next door.

‘Qwerty’, stamped in higgledy-piggledy typewritten characters constitutes the bar’s main signage and reflects its laidback leanings. The intimate interior has exposed brick and bare wooden floorboards, with a couple of dark leather sofas and armchairs, art for sale on the walls and a giant old transistor radio and some bongos by way of ornament.

Jam’s drink selection is equally small but well formed. There are four or so cocktails (margaritas, mojitos), Kozel, Estrella and Pilsner Urquell on tap, two red wines, two whites, one rosé, and seven or so ciders and bottled beers. Brunch, dinner and snacks are covered by the food menu, whose high point is the Jam in a Jar Special: an epic stacked burger, with pineapple, bacon and a fried egg thrown in for luck, only to be ordered by the ravenous or particularly fulsome of stomach.

Yet, as the bar’s name suggests, what makes Jam exciting is not its refreshments but its embrace of local arts and music: revolving musicians play really rather good blues, jazz, garage rock and whatever else suits their mood on weekend nights, drawing artsy, beard-heavy crowds so large they spill on to the pavement. Get there before 7pm on a Saturday if you want a table inside: later on it really is like being jammed into a jar, albeit one full of nice tunes and booze.

Venue name: Jam in a Jar
Address: 599 Green Lanes
N8 0RE
Transport: Tube: Turnpike Lane. Rail: Hornsey.
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Simon W
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Great range of soft drinks as well as alcohol here. Good ranges of cocktails too. A small place with a great atmosphere and the quality of bands they have on (Concrete Mountain, The Bonfire Band to name a couple) is really great.

Elixabete L

Jam in a jar. Best community bat in London. Great atmosphere, music and bar tenders. Keep it secret

Will P

The packed living room party of North London. Great feel, great people, great music.... great fun.

Andrew O

Finest bar in North London - excellent vibe, great cocktails, great music, great folks working there. The best!

Joy T

Comfortable and welcoming. I am playing music there and I have never felt more at home, our community living room, blessed with the most amazing and talented people around. 😀

Sabah B

Very nice and warm venue with great music and staff! The best live music for me!

Todd R

Great vibe all the time! Really friendly place with good food fun staff and relaxed vibes during the day. A great place to waste the day away sat on the sofa or outside watching the world go by sipping their delicious coffee but the night is when it comes alive as they have brilliant bands in every night from Thursday and the place gets heaving! Not to mention great cocktails! What more could you possibly want from your local? Am there nearly every day 😊

Terry C

Such a lively venue, unbelievably diverse bands. In one week I saw a calypso, rock and Greek/Turkish band. Great people behind the bar too.

Alberto B

Very nice and cosy place for breakfast or lunch, and I think it's the best music venue and cocktails bar around the area

Thérèse D

Yes, Jam in a Jar is a beacon in that corner of Grand Parade Green Lane ! Overspilling on the pavement, great music and only 10 steps away from Blend and its cosy atmosphere. And where does Steven from Blend hangs around after work : Jam in a Jar !!!