This bladdy wonderful pub is my local boozer, and how lucky I am.
The friendliest staff this side of Yorkshire, TWO dart boards and a cracking sound system makes the Three Compasses hands-down the best pub in Dalston. Filled with a happy mix of old regulars and new punters, it always feels like a proper local - a rarity in Zone Two. Even the recent refurb didn't mess with things too much - just some nice wooden floors to replace the manky carpet and a fresh lick of the same red paint. Big windows open up on their lovely little beer 'garden', which gets the sun all evening. Aaaah.
Where else in London can you squeeze into a cosy pub on a Monday night and watch Game of Thrones on the big screen?! They also strike a perfect balance with the footie, only showing weekend matches so you can enjoy your evenings in peace, playing one of their many board games. Even Twister (yes really).
As for the booze, you can drink a stellar selection of real ales, quaff a reasonably priced glass of vin or have a pint of Old Rosie. Oh, and glasses of prosecco are just £4.50.
Earlier this year they managed to wangle getting Original Fry Up Material in to do the food - total winner. Alongside the weekend menu of their signature sausage & egg muffins, eggs benedict and more, every night of the week you can grab one of their three legendary burgers for a meagre £6.50/£7.50.
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To top it all off, when Secret Cinema got cancelled a few weeks ago (and people with no perspective lost their minds over it), the staff at the pub gave ticket holders free booze in consolation. Fact.
In an ever-growing scene of chain pubs and noisy, expensive pop-up bars, The Three Compasses sticks out like a giant thumbs up.