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Venue says: "Amigo hour specials. Happy hour 'til 8pm on Sun-Thu and 'til 7pm on Fri-Sat. £5 cocktails, £3 selected beers & £5 off selected wine bottles"

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 North says
Barrio North is a neighbourhood DJ bar on Islington's Essex Road that combines the spirit of community and collaboration with street culture from the 'ghetto archipelago'. Taking in the vibe from London to New York, Miami to Mexico, Rio to Havana, Lisbon to Barcelona and any other city where music, art and culture collide and meld in their own unique way.

Barrio North's neighbourhood is inclusive of anyone with a similar mindset rather than geographic locality.

It all began with a caravan - we only had to cut a hole through the door to get it in, but now
parked permanently in the centre of our bar, booking out the caravan has become a staple Barrio experience. A snug little getaway in the heart of the action, enjoy food, drinks, and a view for intimate private or corporate events. The best experience you'll have in a caravan in Great Britain, guaranteed.
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Venue name: Barrio North
Address: 45 Essex Rd
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

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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2 people listening

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.


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!


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.