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Finding a good drink (or three) is not a hard task in N1. If you're looking for a classy, crowded bar with expert cocktail-making staff, go to 25 Canonbury Lane. If a homely haunt blasting tunes is more your thing, try Old Queen's Head. No matter what you're in the mood for, Islington has it all. Check out our favourites in our guide to great bars in Islington.

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69 Colebrooke Row

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Critics choice

‘The bar with no name’, it styles itself – try telling that to a taxi driver. In reality, everyone knows this place by its address, hidden away from the Upper Street hordes on an Islington

  1. 69 Colebrooke Row, N1 8AA
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House of Wolf

  • Rated as: 4/5

House of Wolf is a self-described ‘three-story (sic) Victorian lair’ with ‘experimental dining, drinking and live entertainment… under one roof.’ And the building does indeed have several

  1. Upper Street, N1 1RQ
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Island Queen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

This Islington backstreet is a notch above most of its N1 competitors. First, the beers: Peroni, Sierra Nevada, Leffe, Früli, Schneider Weisse, Paulaner, Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen, all on

  1. 87 Noel Road, N1 8HD
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Earl of Essex

  • Rated as: 4/5

Less than a year ago I 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

  1. 25 Danbury Street, N1 8LE
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Hoxley & Porter

  • Rated as: 3/5

Who are Hoxley & Porter? You won’t find them pulling pints, but a squint at the website suggests a back story about one of them being a Victorian explorer. For this is another theme bar on Upper

  1. 152 Upper Street, N1 1RA
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Duke of Cambridge

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Located on an Islington corner site, this well-established gastropub has a USP as ‘Britain’s first and only certified organic pub’. Its care for ingredients stretches to a strict fish policy,

  1. 30 St Peter's Street, N1 8JT
  2. Main courses £13-£21
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Pig & Butcher

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Joining the Jackdaw & Stump, Slaughtered Lamb, Bleeding Heart Tavern and Hung Drawn & Quartered as one of London’s most viscerally named pubs is this new spot from the team behind the Princess of

  1. 80 Liverpool Road, N1 0QD
  2. Main courses £13.50-£24.50
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Compton Arms

  • Rated as: 3/5

This quiet, unassuming local is hidden away behind the Union Chapel and thus mercifully isolated from the chaos of Highbury Corner. It’s a cosy place, split between a longish main room (with a TV

  1. 4 Compton Avenue, N1 2XD
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Four Sisters

  • Rated as: 3/5

The Four Sisters re-opened under new ownership in November 2012.

  1. 25 Canonbury Lane, N1 2AS
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Old Queen's Head

  • Rated as: 3/5

The latest addition to Essex Road's burgeoning bar scene was a popular, flamboyantly historic, big corner pub that was ripe for a revamp. Step forward Steve Blonde and the Medicine Bar's Rob Wheeler

  1. Essex Road, Islington, N1 8LN
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Users say

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Steve Singh
Steve Singh

Sunday nights at the Anam Bar. Just what this area required. Gwaaaaaaaaaaaaan Heavy night

Lexi
Lexi

first visit to anam bar last weekend. what a night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the place to party over and over again x

Steve M
Steve M

Anam Bar Chapel Market, Islington is the one of the best bars in Islington - classy joint with good crowd, good music, late licence, and well priced drinks Stevie-M

ben
ben

Anam Bar in Chapel Market, Islington should be listed here - had a few great nights there

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