Time Out says
Don't be put off by the fact that the ramshackle horseshoe bar is always full, or that the vast but rowdy main room has the atmosphere of a sixth-form common room crossed with a 1970s pool hall. This vaguely Irish pub has long been a Finsbury Park favourite, and that's 98 percent down to its amazing garden. Drinks are reasonably priced, the Thai food is good and it’s a sport-watchers paradise, but these are just cherries on the verdant layer cake that is its three storeys of leafy nooks, crannies and look-out posts outside. Even when it's chilly you'll find a comfortable outdoor spot as many of the benches are heated and covered. Just be warned that even Ray Mears wouldn't be able to direct you to his table, so get friends to let off a flare (or carry a helium balloon) if you're the last to arrive.
19 Perth Rd
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Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
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best time to go is summer when you can make use of the roof terrace, but get there early as everyone who knows about this place knows to head there! really great for rugby too - fantastic atmosphere, can't beat it. but again, get there early, it's very very popular with locals and those in the know. they only serve thai food, which can be a pain for some, but allow a local pizza place to deliver there and its very good pizza - not the usual greasy take-out!
Lovely pub with a great outdoor space, good vibe and glorious drinks options. Gets really busy on the weekend so sometime you struggle to find a seat (especially outside), but totally worth it. Also sometimes take a while to get your bevs as its so busy, but it does have quite a good party vibe. Definitely the best place for a drink in Finsbury Park.
Ok it's a bit smelly, the drinks aren't that great, there's often a long queue for the bar - but at the same time this has to be my favourite pub in London. There's a narnia/secret garden feel to it, with a flower and ivy covered beer garden on twisting levels and the rooms inside wrapped around the main bar with violins and bicycles hanging down from the ceiling. There's always and intimite feel and a friendly crowd, and the Thai food is excellent (much better than the actual Thai restaurant in Finsbury Park - Cats). Highly recommend going on a warm summer's evening with a big group of friends.
The roof terrace is amazing, a warren of hidden tables and greenery. Somehow we always seem to find a table even though it's usually heaving with people. The only drag is having to go down to the bar to get a round in and negotiate the winding steps carrying a tray of pints. I've never spilt one yet though!
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