London's best craft beer bars and pubs

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US-style craft beers are becoming popular in London – and these are the best places to drink them

Craft beer – interesting, progressive beers made by small-scale breweries, and distinct from real ale – is often explosively hoppy and quite unlike traditional British beer. An increasing number of London bars and pubs are specialising in them. Here's our pick.

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Craft beer bars and pubs in north London

  • Brewdog

    Rating: 4/5 113 Bayham Street, NW1 0AG

    A pub from the Scottish brewery of the same name, with plenty of attitude, knowledgeable staff and a range of their quality brews. There is a second branch in Shoreditch.
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  • Bull

    Rating: 3/5 13 North Hill, N6 4AB

    There's a bias towards US beers at this refurbed historic pub in Highgate – look out for examples from Odell, Left Hand Brewing Co and Goose Island. There's quality on draught too, with five real ales (from the likes of Tottenham's Redemption) and ten kegs. The pub also brews its own beers.
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  • Camden Town Brewery Bar

    Rating: 3/5 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews, NW5 3NN

    When its issue began gushing forth in 2010, the Camden Town Brewery became the third biggest beer producer in London by volume, behind Fuller's (No 1) and Meantime (No 2). Camden Town's marketing is clever, the labels are smart - and the beer is fantastic.
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  • Duke's Brew & Que

    Rating: 4/5 33 Downham Road, N1 5AA

    This Dalston pub has Hackney's Beavertown brews behind the bar along with British bottle from Kernel, Meantime, Beaumonts and Harviestoun. The US is represented by Flying Dog amongst others and there are ten or so more from further afield.
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  • Earl of Essex

    Rating: 4/5 25 Danbury Street, N1 8LE

    Less than a year ago we reviewed this pub, a pleasantly refurbed spot among Georgian townhouses away from the rabble of Upper Street. Already, it's under new ownership, spruced up yet again - and has become even more appealing.
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  • Euston Tap

    Rating: 4/5 West Lodge, 190 Euston Rd, NW1 2EF

    Far more than a pre- or post-train pint stop, the Tap has eight beers on cask, 20 by the keg and a further 150 in bottle. Bristol's delicious Chocolate Stout and Camden Town's take on an English bitter (brewed nearby) are the sort of thing you'll see on tap.
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  • Jolly Butchers

    Rating: 3/5 204 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7HU

    This no-nonsense Stokey boozer is known primarily for its real ales and ciders, but there is also solid representation on tap and in the fridges from local microbreweries like Kernel and Camden, and other progressive British producers like Thornbridge, Brewdog and Darkstar.
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  • North Pole

    Rating: 4/5 188-190 New North Road, N1 7BJ

    Real ale, craft beer and US-inspired food make a strong trio at North Pole. Eight real ales and two ciders are on tap, including Fyne Ales's Jarl and Monty's Sunshine from Mid Wales. Choosing is made harder by the 12 beers on keg, such as London Fields Meantime, Anchor and Flying Dog brews.
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  • Pig & Butcher

    Rating: 4/5 80 Liverpool Road, N1 0QD

    There are more than 20 bottles here, with many made in London from breweries such as Windsor & Eton, Hackney, Camden Town and Kernel; plus a couple from Scotland's Harviestoun and Brewdog.
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  • Railway Tavern

    Rating: 4/5 2 St Jude Street, N16 8JT

    A very friendly neighbourhood pub on the Islington/Dalston borders that delights locals with a changing range of craft and real ales on draught. There's always a Brewdog, and Redemption, Purity and Meantime get a look in too.
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  • Southampton Arms

    Rating: 4/5 139 Highgate Rd, NW5 1LE (07958 780 073)

    Lovers of traditional pubs who expect a thoughtful beer list to pick through cite the Southampton Arms as a perfect model. Everything on draught comes from small, dedicated and independent UK brewers such as Marble from Manchester, Fyne in Scotland and Slater's in Stafford.
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