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Original Sin

Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars Stoke Newington
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
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Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
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Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
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Original Sin (Addie Chinn)
Addie Chinn
Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
© Addie Chinn
Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
© Addie Chinn
Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
© Addie Chinn
Original Sin (© Addie Chinn)
© Addie Chinn

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Sizeable Stoke Newington bar from the team behind Happiness Forgets.

In the autumn of 2014 the staid Stoke Newington burger scene was shaken to its core by the arrival of disco-loving griller-about-town Burger Bear. And now, directly underneath this flung-together Stokey Bears diner, as-yet completely unmarked, is this new bar from the same people behind the consistently commendable Happiness Forgets in Hoxton Square. Like that forebear, it’s dark, seductive and serves peerless cocktails. But unlike the shoebox-sized Happiness, Original Sin is pretty sizeable.

A long, thin bar stretches the length of the long, thin room, which has old railway-carriagesque booth tables beside it. At one end, below a chandelier, is a very suave pool table  – so suave that no 50-pence pieces are required, as it’s free. The whole venue is illuminated to a degree by funky ’70s lighting, including some pineapple-shaped wall pendants straight out of a tiki dream.

And the cocktails, brought to table by impeccably pleasant staff, are brilliant. They’re strong, well-balanced and classy. Interestingly, the short list doesn’t include any gin or vodka, but instead plenty of unusual and complex spirits such as white rye, Kamm & Sons and mezcal. There’s also a good showing from the aperitifs – Suze, Byrrh, Aperol, Amer Picon, vermouth. For an introduction try the hard-hitting Red Hook, with rye, maraschino and Punt e Mes (a decent £8), or the Penfold Sour (Byrrh, Kamm & Sons, Aquavit, lime and cane syrup, an equally decent £8). Such drinks seem simple, coming as they are without any of the scientific whizz-bang increasingly seen behind the bar these days, but to get the simple things right every time is often equally as hard. And as this new bar does get it right each time, maybe the real sin would be to miss it.


By: Euan Ferguson



Address: 129 Stoke Newington High Street
N16 0PH
Transport: Stoke Newington rail/Rectory Road rail
Opening hours: Open 6pm-midnight Mon-Wed; 6pm-1.30am Thurs-Sat; 6pm-11pm Sun.
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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My favorite bar in Stoke Newington - staff always fantastic! Even when people mention they started the day before they're so knowledgeable and helpful. My favorite Stoke Newington bar.


When it’s someone’s birthday, you can justify having a cocktail degustation… who am I kidding, I can always justify a cocktail degustation. At Original Sin, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed; and the drinks are no fuss and delicious. The cocktails are varied and subtle, never ostentatious or in your face - perfect for a chilled out tipple or two and a few hits on the pool table. They also have beer, wine and nibbles available if none of the cocktails strike you - though, I’m sure that they’ll find something that you’ll like.

Tip: book ahead for the booth seating if you’re a bigger group, but I always like sitting at the bar to watch the magic happen.

Good For: date night, casual drinks, celebration, small groups, catch up with friends


Great atmosphere and delicious cocktails. If in a group then grab one of the booths, but otherwise a seat at the bar is also very comfortable. Slightly pricey but the cocktails are definitely tasty (and strong!). A good place to pop in for a nightcap on your way home if in the area.


There is something about this dark and hidden basement, that even some of the locals are unaware of, that makes you feel relaxed, safe and a little bit like your misbehaving. There is no indication of time of day and it feels anonymous - perfect for dating if you're shy! However, watch out because the dapper cocktail makers are serious and the cockatails are quite strong, so someone you weren't sure about might quickly become a maybe.

A real find, that is under stokey bears, next to TSB. Such a great interior looks beautiful inside.
Wonderful cocktails and servers, although possibly a little pricier than wanted for a night out but wonderful place to pop in or start a celebration.

Where do I start? Delicious cocktails, beautiful bar... Make sure you chat with the bar staff - they really know their stuff!

Really liked this place. I've heard it gets pretty on the weekend but I went for a late drink on a Thursday night, and it was perfect. Was a great mix of a cosy setting but buzzy atmosphere, and the cocktails were delicious. Staff really seem to know what they are talking about and can recommend the right drink to your tastes. Great place for a mid week cocktail.

Staff Writer

A lot of basement spots like this one cram you in so you're practically on top of neighbouring tables. But here it feels spacious without losing any of that secretive charm. And unlike other stuffier cocktail bars, this one combines drinks with pool. We got few a fair few rounds of the game as well as the drinks. And those drinks are fantastic. Order from the menu for some great options or ask for your fave cocktail - the bar staff really know their stuff and can mix the classics as well as the house faves. On top of this, they're really friendly here. We found ourselves deep in conversation with our lovely waitress who was a natural at the job.

My girlfriend and I got very lucky stumbling upon this bar, the doorman was welcoming as were the bar staff on a busy night. We were served promptly and the staff continued to be attentive. American service deserves American tips so give them what they deserve. The underground bar is small but my girlfriend loved the decor, I was disappointed at the size of my cocktail but good things come in small packages. Well done to all involved!


A great spot if you're looking for a place for that awkward first Tinder date on a weekday. The staff is friendly and seem to know what they’re talking about. If you're having trouble to decide on which of the cocktails to go for, they’re more than happy to help. (All delicious so far by the way.) 

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Great bar and drinks, but if anything was a little too busy on my visit - maintaining a conversation was a tricky due to the amount of people in the low ceiling room, but it was a Friday it really shouldn't be suprising that the place was busy. If you're looking to enjoy the atmosphere of the bar, (which is a welcome addition to the main drag in Stokey) in a more chilled way, then go there midweek - but you definitely should go.

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