After decades of being a hub for travellers, King's Cross is becoming a destination in its own right. Case in point: the number of bars and pubs in the area. Bar Pepito it an Andalucían sherry bar and VOC is modelled on a seventeenth-century punch house.
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Venue says: Enjoy our lunch offer Monday to Friday until 3pm! £6.95 for any burger and fries! Offer valid until 30 November 2015.
From Fluid Movement, which brought us Purl and the Worship Street Whistling Shop, VOC occupies a smallish, cosy space in one of north London’s most restaurant-intensive precincts.Read more
Venue says: One of the best happy hours in town! 4pm-9pm, Sun-Fri. Beers, wines and spirits at £2.50, a bottle of wine or two cocktails, £10. Plus more!
This now evening-only DJ bar still attracts a studenty, music-savvy crowd to what looks like a cross between an old-style corner newsagents and a Shoreditch-like retro bar.Read more
In Clerkenwell, this place would almost go unnoticed. Here, amid a Legoland of housing estates and shops catering chiefly to custom from the Indian subcontinent, it’s practically miraculous. Comprising a simply furnished room of stripped wood and tables occupied by after-work regulars, this corner pub enjoys considerable local status for being a smart but unpretentious spot for a decent pint, a natter and a Sunday roast. Früli, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Erdinger, Amstel, London Pride and Staropramen pour from the beer taps lining the long bar counter, staffed by friendly foreigners. Festival tables outside offer extra seating on sunnier days. Standard gastropub fare is well put together and fairly priced.Read more
Tapping the Admiral
Venue says: Special offer: 'pie and a pint' every Monday and Tuesday, plus pub quiz on Wednesdays!
A traditional pub close to Kentish Town station, specialising in real ale and quality pies. It takes its name from an old naval practise in which sailors would surreptitiously drink liquor from a cask through a straw - a tradition apparently borne from crew members sucking up the brandy preserving Nelson's body following his death at the Battle of Trafalgar. It's also known as sucking - or bleeding - the monkey. The drinks here - sneaky or otherwise - aren't limited to brandy. It was CAMRA North London Pub of the Year for 2013/2014, so real ale is more than a bit of a pull. They promise to always have on tap at least two beers that have been brewed within 30 miles of the front door. Keep an eye out for local brewery showcases, too. Sunday roasts, light bites and burgers feature alongside traditional British dishes such as bangers and mash made with Gloucester Old Spot sausages, or fish and chips with beer batter made from their own cask ale. Pies from Spicer's Pies prove popular - especially on Monday and Tuesday's 'pie and a pint' nights.