Jam in a Jar

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Harringay
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Jam in a Jar, 2016

The ‘Jam’ in this bar’s name doesn’t refer to the preserve, or to the local traffic, but is used in the impromptu musical freak-out sense. Harringay’s Jam in a Jar marks a sea change for the particular stretch of Green Lanes known as Grand Parade. It forms a hat-trick alongside impressive refurbished Victorian boozer the Salisbury down the road and yummy mummy café Blend next door.

‘Qwerty’, stamped in higgledy-piggledy typewritten characters constitutes the bar’s main signage and reflects its laidback leanings. The intimate interior has exposed brick and bare wooden floorboards, with a couple of dark leather sofas and armchairs, art for sale on the walls and a giant old transistor radio and some bongos by way of ornament.

Jam’s drink selection is equally small but well formed. There are four or so cocktails (margaritas, mojitos), Kozel, Estrella and Pilsner Urquell on tap, two red wines, two whites, one rosé, and seven or so ciders and bottled beers. Brunch, dinner and snacks are covered by the food menu, whose high point is the Jam in a Jar Special: an epic stacked burger, with pineapple, bacon and a fried egg thrown in for luck, only to be ordered by the ravenous or particularly fulsome of stomach.

Yet, as the bar’s name suggests, what makes Jam exciting is not its refreshments but its embrace of local arts and music: revolving musicians play really rather good blues, jazz, garage rock and whatever else suits their mood from Thursday to Sunday, drawing artsy, beard-heavy crowds so large they spill on to the pavement. Get there before 7pm on a Saturday if you want a table inside: later on it really is like being jammed into a jar, albeit one full of nice tunes and booze.

By: Becky Lucas


Venue name: Jam in a Jar
Address: 599 Green Lanes
N8 0RE
Opening hours: 10am Sun-Fri; 9am Sun. Breakfast served until 4pm, lunch noon-4pm, dinner 4-10pm
Transport: Tube: Turnpike Lane/Hornsey rail
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Jam in a Jar was one of the first quirky bars to pop up along Green Lanes and can be a great load of fun. If you have the cash this bar has lots of little treats to try, however at a price. 

The bar owner, Cuto, is really friendly and keen for people to have a good time. He introduced me and my friends to Jam in a Jar's take on a margharita and it is absolutely delicious. Unlike the classical sour margharita, Jam in a Jar puts grenadine in theirs to give it that element of sweetness that the classic margharita is missing (in my opinion). We also did Tabasco and tequila shots which weren't quite as tasty as the margharita but lots of fun and a great encouragement for dancing to the live music playing at the front. 

This cute quirky bar has an outside area and is ideal in the summer time. Whether you want to drink, eat, or people watch this bar allows you to feel comfortable and sociable as it is always busy and there are a lot of great people to meet. 

The food is also delicious and I would highly recommend the chips served with aioli (if that hasn't sold it I don't know what will) as they are full of garlicky goodness that you can pick at while sipping a cool glass of white wine or a cocktail whipped up by the lovely staff. 

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So happy i live 5 mins from this place! Great cocktails and amazing falafel burger!

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 Great atmosphere, music and drinks! A place where you have an amazing time and are treated as a friend (very rare in London). Thumbs up!

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This bar lifted the area completely when it opened and continues to be the stand-out venue on Green Lanes. Always relaxed and with a constant stream of high quality music you'd have to pay for elsewhere. It's a place to call home.

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This place is behind magic, small and cosy but with the best working staff. Is rare to find a place in London specially up north that makes you feel welcome the way they do it in here... music is often extremely AMAZING that manages to make even the shyest dance! Food is porn in this place...with vegan options!!! I believe Jan in a jar to be an example for the next generation of bar's in Haringey, green lanes!

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BEST brunch bar - massive portion with a turkish touch. Delicious and very well priced - should definitely try their signature omelette! Excellent cocktails, and the best thing is they have really good live music every evening (wide range too). Extremely friendly staff too!

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Best breakfast in London... great drinks, great vibe and great place to hang out.... one of the best things about living in Harringay!

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Jam in a jar. Best community bat in London. Great atmosphere, music and bar tenders. Keep it secret

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Cool staff, good food and good selection of live bands, a very friendly atmosphere

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The packed living room party of North London. Great feel, great people, great music.... great fun.

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Finest bar in North London - excellent vibe, great cocktails, great music, great folks working there. The best!

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Intimate, amazing live music, something different and with character

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Comfortable and welcoming. I am playing music there and I have never felt more at home, our community living room, blessed with the most amazing and talented people around. 😀

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Very nice and warm venue with great music and staff! The best live music for me!

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Great vibe all the time! Really friendly place with good food fun staff and relaxed vibes during the day. A great place to waste the day away sat on the sofa or outside watching the world go by sipping their delicious coffee but the night is when it comes alive as they have brilliant bands in every night from Thursday and the place gets heaving! Not to mention great cocktails! What more could you possibly want from your local? Am there nearly every day 😊

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Such a lively venue, unbelievably diverse bands. In one week I saw a calypso, rock and Greek/Turkish band. Great people behind the bar too.

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Great range of soft drinks as well as alcohol here. Good ranges of cocktails too. A small place with a great atmosphere and the quality of bands they have on (Concrete Mountain, The Bonfire Band to name a couple) is really great.

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Yes, Jam in a Jar is a beacon in that corner of Grand Parade Green Lane ! Overspilling on the pavement, great music and only 10 steps away from Blend and its cosy atmosphere. And where does Steven from Blend hangs around after work : Jam in a Jar !!!

Unique. Green Lanes is so lucky to have this place - the centre of a humming music scene. Stay late and expect dancing on the tables.

My new favourite bar in London. The food and drinks are good and the cocktails well-made, friendly vibe with great live bands.

Amazing Place! Good Food.. I love their Espresso Martinis and Berry Marys. Really Really good place to chill with friendsz. Lovely staff

Very nice and cosy place for breakfast or lunch, and I think it's the best music venue and cocktails bar around the area

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