Angel remains one of London's most popular drinking districts and it's real draw is the sheer quantity of bars and pubs that line up temptingly as you emerge from the tube. On the vibrant pub-lined streets of Islington is the best and the worst nightlife that London has to offer. Whether it’s trendy and chic you’re after or somewhere edgier to kick back and watch live music, Angel can, and will, deliver.
69 Colebrooke Row
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Modern European
Former winner of Time Out's Best New Bar and for one reason: cocktails.Tony Conigliaro - so important he has his own Wiki page - is the Heston Blumenthal of cocktails with his molecular manipulation, essences and aromas - a practice that saw him crowned the International Bartender of the Year back in 2009 and he's been getting better ever since. Gets busy very quickly due to its miniscule size, so arrive early and stay late.
Dirty Martini Islington
Angel & Islington / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Dirty Martini Islington is a vibrant edition to Angel's thriving cocktail scene, offering the perfect destination for after work drinks and stylish celebrations. Indulge in sophisticated interiors and bespoke artwork, offering a memorable setting for birthdays, hen parties, girls nights out, or post-work drinks. Given their name, they obviously offer Martinis in every imaginable variety. However, if you're tempted by some bespoke cocktails then why not try their Cucumber and Dill Sours, or perhaps indulge in a classic Old Fashioned.
Hoxley and Porter
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Tucked within a sumptuous hideaway on Upper Street is the newest of London's new-bars-with-eats. Inside you'll find a sensory cocktail of Victorian décor - a sort of mash-up combining Cairo, the Cape and a chintzy train carriage - with jaunty 20s music and mismatched lighting, all conspiring to make a fabulously evocative setting. The drinks are no less enthralling, with a cocktail list ready to intoxicate; one, wryly entitled 'Whatever Doesn't Kill You', changes colour and comes with an absinthe-coated scorpion garnish. If crunchy bugs won't sate your appetite, turn your attention to the nibbles which proffer tasty morsels like home-baked cheese twists, gourmet pork scratchings and more.
Angel & Islington / Bar / Club / Cuisine: Latin
Stuck in Angel but wish you were somewhere a little more exotic? I hear you my friend, which is why you should get your dancing feet to Latin inspired Barrio North on the Essex Road. You feel you could be in Barcelona or Brazil or Mexico; anywhere but London. I found this quirky bar to have some of the best cocktails in Islington too, and drinking them in a caravan makes Barrio North that much more special.
Angel & Islington / Bar / Cuisine: British
The Dead Dolls Club and Dolls House in Hoxton have already proven to be huge hits, and now they've expanding to Islington, taking over an impressive three-storey Victorian town house on Upper Street. The venue has been transformed into a beautiful home that unfolds into dining rooms, cocktail bars and a members lounge. Food is created from locally-sourced ingredients and includes a lighter bar menu as well as a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. And, of course, there are cocktails, ranging from pisco sour to negroni and old fashioned.
The Four Sisters
Angel & Islington / Bar / Cuisine: Pub
Originally a covert 1930s brothel and public house, The Four Sisters bar in Islington is a darkly Dickensian cocktail bar filled with cosy candlelit corners and specialising in incorporating a unique range of house infused spirits and syrups. The bar is enchanting north London's mixed drinks scene with a inspirational cocktail menu. Highlights include a distinguished barrel-aged Count Negroni (Tanqueray Gin, Lillet Rouge, Punt e Mes, Cynar Artichoke, Campari and Fernet Branca) which is available dispensed either straight from an old oak barrel on the bar, or in a pre bottled and wax sealed bottle to take away.
Slim Jim’s Liquor Store
Angel & Islington / Bar /
If you're looking for a slice of true America in London, you're going to have to look pretty hard. This discreet watering hole, hidden away on one of London's busiest streets has the feel of an LA dive bar, avoiding the Yankee-doodle-dandy factor that you get in some American-themed chains. Hunt it out, grab a booth, stick on the jukebox and tuck into the turkey. Wild Turkey that is...
Elk In The Woods
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Always busy but with a more mature crowd than many of Angel's other bars and pubs. With table service only, at the Elk in the Woods you can forget about bustling, barging bar queues and be guaranteed an artfully rustic seat. There's a decent wine list but go for a cocktail. Their range of Martini's is particularly tasty.
Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Bar
With one of the most extensive list of international beers and wines, Brewhouse & Kitchen Islington is one of the most popular drinking dens in the area. They have their own micro-brewery that brings the inviting smell of hops to the bar and restaurant area. Particular highlights include a brewery experience day where you can learn to create your own beer with their head brewer or you can have a beer masterclass tasting over 8 fine beers.
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