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: 2-for-1 offer on main courses Monday and Saturday after 5pm! Enjoy our lunch offer too on weekdays with £6.95 for any burgers and fries!
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
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen
Venue says: New kitchen residency coming soon! Say 'Hi' to 'Yeah! Burger'.
Strongroom Bar & Kitchen has been a Shoreditch fixture for nearly 20 years, which makes it a real veteran of the ever-changing scene in that popular area. The venue is home to the Strongroom recording studios, a free late-night music venue, and a restaurant serving food from breakfast onwards. Breakfast is served until 11.30am and includes some sandwiches (such as smoked bacon with baby gem, vine tomatoes and chilli mayo on farmhouse bread) alongside egg dishes and cereal. Chargrilled burgers dominate the main menu, with a variety of toppings and accompaniments, and there are sharing plates and small dishes as well. The extensive beer lays heavy emphasis on microbreweries both home-grown and international. Check their website for details of live music and DJ nights.