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Old Queen's Head

Nightlife Angel
3 out of 5 stars
Old Queen's Head
Old Queen's Head
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Columbo Group
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The latest addition to Essex Road's burgeoning bar scene was a popular, flamboyantly historic, big corner pub that was ripe for a revamp. Step forward Steve Blonde and the Medicine Bar's Rob Wheeler and the place works a treat; they're going large on 'proper drinks', fine food and lotsa leather sofas to kick back in.

A dozen cocktails are also offered – nothing too complicated or sophisticated, but nice enough – as well as around ten wines at fair prices. The food is pretty manly (burgers, steak baguettes and so on), but otherwise it’s a good cosmopolitan mix, with the crowd on any given night split roughly 50-50 between girls and boys.

On weekend nights, everyone spills outside. Entertainment is generally of the up-for-it DJ variety (think of it as a spruced-up, expanded Social), though there’s also a fine folk series staged in the comfortable upstairs room.



Address: 44
Essex Road
N1 8LN
Transport: Tube: Angel/Highbury & Islington; Rail: Essex Road
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12pm- 2am, Thurs 12pm-1am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-12am
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