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Islington bars

Find the best drinking venues in Islington and Angel

Michelle Grant / Time Out

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 69 Colebrooke Row. 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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Best bars in Islington and Angel

69 Colebrooke Row

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 backstreet. It’s the tiny flagship of bar supremo Tony Conigliaro, noted worldwide for his dedication to the art of the mixed drink: as such, it’s not easy to get a seat here without booking. Punters come for the cocktails, all of which are outstanding. 

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Ladybird Bar

Ladybird is a cocktail bar and music venue on busy Upper Street in the heart of Islington. Serving up a variety of music acts and contemporary cocktails, it’s a popular venue for after-work drinks and get-togethers, and for its themed parties.

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Wenlock & Essex

This big bar rocks an urban bordello and burlesque look with its ruby-red ceiling, tassel lampshades and candelabras, with a solid Wild West saloon-style bar top on which to lean, and the separate ‘Satan’s Circus’ mini-club with dancefloor. But the whole thing kind of works. Sort of. The cocktail list is classic and concise, with mai tais, margaritas and martinis all at £7, while wines are confined to half a dozen reds and whites. 

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House of Wolf

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 bars and dining areas, all exuding a steampunk-ish aesthetic. Instead of a single resident chef, House of Wolf promises a rota of monthly pop-up chef ‘residencies’. The ground-floor bar with its draught lagers and so-so wine list isn’t particularly lair-like, but climb the stairs to the ‘Apothecary Bar’, with its leather chairs and Victoriana and things look up. 

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Hoxley & Porter

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 Street. Not mock Mexican, cod Cuban or faux-Oirish this time, but one that hangs on to the petticoats of the 19th-century colonial explorer look. So there are potted palms, uniformed staff, patterned wallpaper, vintage lighting.

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Barrio North

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

The North London branch of Barrio offers live music and cocktails.

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Comments

4 comments
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