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The Three Compasses

Bars and pubs Dalston
5 out of 5 stars
(28user reviews)

Time Out says

Old-school East End pub that’s so far resisted the lure of the hipster bandwagon. Expect burgers, board games and beer.

The Three Compasses serves food from a changing roster of street food purveyors alongside craft beers including Five Points, Beavertown, Hackney Brewery, and 40ft. There are DJs at the weekend, pub quiz on Tuesdays, SNES gaming nights and many other events. Keep up to date with them on Twitter @3compassese8



Address: 99 Dalston Lane
E8 1NH
Transport: Rail: Dalston Junction
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5 out of 5 stars

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Pretty old-school pub indeed with some decent beers and tasty burgers. The bar tenders are really helpful and friendly and the outdoor area is quite nice to have when the sun comes up.

They also have a good selection of board games which is usually why we stay for hours on Sunday afternoons... 
I definitely recommend a visit!


This pub has nothing exceptional ... and this is exactly what one should expect from it!

Nice outside terrace, fine traditional British beers, friendly staff, nothing special on the walls or on the ceiling, just a big screen for sport games, and locals resisting the 'hipsterization' of Dalston.

If you're looking for a nice normal pub in East London, I recommend! More for an afternoon drink than for an organic burger or a hip DJ party, for obvious reasons.

Actually ... it has something exceptional, which is now hard to find in London: darts!

Best, friendliest pub in the area! Great food, amazing nights, and they show the football, what more can you ask?

Proper local pub - friendly staff, amazing burgers, fun DJ nights at the weekend and massive local beer selection.

Stephen Fries does some of the best vegetarian burgers in London! This is a great little boozer, perfect for meeting up with friends, and super cosy in the cooler months.


Cute, compact, and pleasantly quiet considering its proximity to Kingsland Road.  Which confirms my belief that hipsters don't like to walk.  Having said that, The Three Compasses isn’t completely hipster free, just less so.  It’s got some cozy booths and a great guest kitchen in Stephen Fries.  A perfect place to while away a Sunday day with your mates.


Delicious burgers, craft beers and a super chilled atmosphere. One of the best pubs in London!

Great atmosphere, fine selection of beers and the food is quality as well. A secluded spot with plenty of reasons for a visit.

hipsters beware! this place is generally hipster free and serves some DELICIOUS burgers worth waiting for.

No pretension; just great local craft beer, friendly staff and a bit of a dance at the weekends.

Glad to hear some other people singing the praises of the Three Compasses. This is my local pub and I totally love it. It's a local in the city. A real mixture of people of different ages not just a hipster parade. 

Really friendly atmosphere, chilled atmosphere on weekdays, then it really kicks off on Friday when they usually have a DJ spinning some good tunes. I like it best on Sunday afternoon, sitting around drinking bloody marys and playing backgammon. 

They serve a menu of burgers, just burgers, but they're filthy lovely. Great to shovel down whilst you're having a few drinks. 

Drinks selection is good as well - lots of local brews from London which I like to see. Some Hackney stuff, some Camden stuff etc. 


When you walk through the doors of my local pub, The Three Compasses, it’s as if you’ve arrived home. You can just kick back, relax, be yourself and chat to the staff – they’ll shortly become your friends.

Having lived in Dalston a long time now I felt compelled to write this review as this is one of the last pubs that feels like a proper, friendly boozer. There's no pretentions - I wish people would stop trying to turn pubs into bistros, This is the UK. Two things we do well is pubs and music!

They do both well... At weekends DJs turn out large tunes with a great party vibe.  Sometimes, if you’re really lucky, the atmosphere turns somewhere close to an old-skool rave.

But actually, the food is bloody good. At the moment they're serving up pretty cool French American-style burgers. It's not as cheap an option as the previous kitchen's burgers were, but they're quite unusual and the fries get served with this really distinctive truffle mayo. 

Another thing I like about the team there is how they look after their locals. There’s a fantastic plaque to Doris, the 'Duchess of Dalston', a staunch local who could always be spotted on her zimmer frame, who sadly passed away. They seemed to treat her as if she was one of their own. 

There's a great selection of games, darts and table football and sometimes they put on films, as well as parties and they serve a really decent range of London and British lagers and ales. But, at the 3cs, it’s all about atmosphere.

To best conjure it: Imagine, you’re holed away with your best friends and all you have is a great adventure lying ahead of you. You’re not sure where the night might lead, but there’s no pressure, as you know you’re not going to leave the comfort of your warm burrow, complete with cool tunes, candlelight and beautiful faces smiling from behind a well-stocked bar.

When you are jolted back to reality at kicking out time, you realise you had completely forgotten the rest of the world existed. And while we’re all dealing with life in this dear capital city of ours, that’s all any of us wants really, isn’t it?

I think it helps that a set of brothers and sisters and old friends run the place – but, like I said, it’s never long before they become your old friends, too.

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.

This basic East End pub offers simple food around burgers. Having read a favourable review, initially I was a touch disappointed . First burger was sent back, I hadn't ordered cheese. My second burger was somewhat overdone and a bit dry. Tasty but expensive for what it was, £7.50 with bacon, chips £2 for a tiny weeny portion, and 1/2 pint about £1.70. Two good small brewery real ales, but please get a 3.5 to 3.8 ABV brew so I can have a (ONE ONLY) pint if I am in the car. They should offer a decent Orange, Apple, Pineapple, Grapefruit juice option for drivers. To the customers: Make sure you say exactly what you want and get it written on the till ticket, and discourage them from overcooking the burger. Medium is with a little bit of pink, but apparently rare burgers are now discouraged. A few meat juices should flow, they didn't. To the management: The hand-sliced chips were very skinny, and it really was a tiny portion for £2. Develop a sound basic burger range, starting at about £4.75 to £5.50 for a plain burger with salad, chips on the side no more than £1.50 and I'll go back. There is a Monday-Tuesday offer, Burger, Chips and a Pint for £10, not a bad deal, so I will give them another chance, but would be a better deal if it were under £10, say £9.50, and every night Monday to Wednesday all evening, Thursday to Saturday before 9pm. Marketing! Marketing! Marketing! My burger was tasty but the lettuce was an odd looking leaf, the massive slice of a 'beef' tomato great if you like fresh tomato; I didn't want onions either. But I would have loved a slice or two of cool green, red or yellow sweet pepper! Choose your salad veg option! To commend them no onion in the burger, though that again could be an option. Sadly not really the best 'value for money' considering the basic environment. Getting the basic offering of burger 'n chips, and a Pint or a decent glass of chilled plonk to £9.50 would make it a winner. They are trying hard and this is so near to being really good. Needs a lick of paint, a few comfortable upholstered chairs and a couple of booths, and check the prices to make it real value. They are trying hard and this is so near to being really good. Needs a lick of paint, a few comfortable upholstered chairs and a couple of booths, and check the prices to make it real value. Beer 'n Burgers, is a darn good line but get it right! It is not difficult. Nearest trains Overground to Dalston Kingsland, bit closer than Junction. Buses 30 and 56 pass by.

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