The Islington

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Venue name: The Islington
Address: 1
Tolpuddle Street
N1 0XT
Transport: Tube: Angel

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Average User Rating

3 / 5

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Henry J
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Bands, DJ's, Promoters. If you decide to have your event here, BE CAREFUL. MGMT are known for taking people for a ride, not paying money owed to staff and generally being very shady. My advice is to take your event elsewhere. Check what other sites have to say as well. I personally had to go to war to get paid by this place. Drinks and food wise it is overpriced and there are many better options locally.

James T

Massively overpriced drinks in one of the worst smelling, damp and soulless venues I have ever had the misfortune of visiting.

A special mention also to the downright rude, surly bully of an owner who is under the impression that he's doing you a monumental favour by letting you hand over your money.

(Unless you're a young girl, in which case it's free shots at the bar to be served preferentially, of course).

He  appeared to argue with not only the staff behind the bar in plain sight of the customers waiting for a drink, but also the bands booked to play that night and even fought with paying customers in and outside the venue.

Would give this dump and its disgusting owner ZERO stars if it were possible. One star is a complement. Avoid, avoid AVOID!

jenny j

Smelly, overpriced, crap atmosphere, bar staff lovely owner not so much, he appeared to get into a few arguments with people tonight wasn't comfortable there, he should have been welcoming to customers and not so pushy won't be going back - so many other bars in London are better

Lynn G

Overall, this was a really cool place to see a show. 

The space is fairly small and the bar area gives off an unexpectedly friendly, neighborhood-y vibe, so there is definitely an intimate feel to any performance. 

The sound was great, the beer selection varied (nice selection of high ABV craft beers), and the terrace outside the bar area has character. 

Toilets are super clean all white surfaces. 

The one thing I liked above everything else is the fact that there is a door that closes and separates the performance area from the bar. 

A good location with other bars around Islington if you want drinks before or after the show so lots of options. 

Worth a visit.

Matt B

Went to the Islington for the first time on Wednesday 20th of August for The Arkells; this was their only UK tour date to my knowledge.

The building's floor-to-ceiling windows were fully opened giving it the air of a European cafe; upon arriving the shift-manager immediately began moving chairs & tables around to make sure the 4 of us could be accommodated comfortably.

A wide selection of American craft beers, and even some Icelandic beer, is available in addition to higher-end more regular choices of lager/ale/cider & wine, and an attractive back shelf of liquors.

The decoration was hip without being too try-hard/hipster and a cracking background alternative music selection.

The stage was brightly decorated and looked very professional (like the backdrop to a small TV performance) but the real standout quality was the acoustics - watching a quickly recorded iPhone video, it sounds more or less perfect.

The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place for a quiet drink or a big night out, and hope to return sooner rather than later.

Niamh M

My "go to" spot when having drinks with friends. ambience , service, and value are all top notch at The Islington. The cocktails are consistently excellent  and although it's a somewhat "hotspot" there is no attitude here, love that. On a recent night out with a friend we were able to linger over our drinks at the bar without the bar staff nudging  "want another round?" ....I respect that! I've been here eight times before writing this review. Go and try it.