Islington Bars

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The best bars in Islington can be found not only on the main throughfare of Upper Street but also in the squares and small streets in the surrounding area. Some of the best Islington bars offer killer cocktails and awesome party vibes including The Ladybird, Four Sisters and Dirty Martini. Gastro pubs, wine bars and late night bars are just some of the other drinking dens on our list of the best bars in Islington.

Don't forget to check out our recommended list of Islington restaurants too.
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#29

70 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7359 1710

The Ladybird is a music and cocktail bar, nestled in the heart of Upper Street. A superb selection of cocktails, accompanied by bottled beers, wines and spirits from across the globe can be enjoyed to the backdrop of funk and soul classics with DJs mixing it up on Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Massive sharers and cocktails.
  • Party until 4am and late on weekdays.
  • Extravagant, quirky décor and fun layout.
  • DJs and live music over 2 floors.
  • Authentic Islington venue & true neighbourhood bar.

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69 Colebrooke Row

#301

Found on the site of the previous Colebrookes, 69 Colebrooke Row is a welcome addition to Islington offering with a 'speakeasy' theme and an extensive range of cocktails.

69 Colebrooke Row, Islington, London, N1 8AA
07540528593

The Angelic

#127

Chilled during the day and nicely boisterous in the evenings, the Angelic has a Heaven, Earth and Hell theme with classy decor and dungeon-like toilets.

57 Liverpool Road, Islington, London, N1 0RJ
(020) 7278 8433

Barrio Angel

#239

Barrio North has managed to create a venue that, despite its Latino flavour, fits into the Islington location perfectly with quirky decor, outstanding cocktails and service with a personal touch.

45 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 2SF
(020) 7749 3940

The Canonbury

#212

The Canonbury in Islington offers a varied menu of simply prepared food and a wide selection of drinks including British and Continental beers. The large garden allows you to enjoy alfresco drinking and dining during good weather.

21 Canonbury Place, Islington, London, N1 2NS
(020) 7704 2887
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The Chapel Bar

The Chapel Bar

#36

29a Penton Street, Islington, London, N1 9PX
(020) 7833 4090

The Chapel Bar brings smart and sophisticated style to Penton Street. This multi level venue including an enclosed roof terrace is fitted out with a state of the art Turbosound system and serves an impressive assortment of drinks.

The Charles Lamb

#730

After a subtle makeover to The Charles Lamb, a young arty crowd mix with the locals making this hidden gastro pub a welcome alternative to the main strip of bars in Angel.

16 Elia Street, Islington, London, N1 8DE
(020) 7837 5040

Comedor Grill and Bar

#2007

Comedor Grill and Bar is a warm and welcoming venue serving a range both exciting and flavorful dishes. The South American inspired menu includes dishes such as Argentinian steaks, meat and fish, as well as a wide choice of chicken, prawn, seafood and vegetarian lighter options.

176 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RG
(020) 7354 2843

Crown

#1389

The Crown is a lively, upbeat venue popular among locals and visitors to the area alike, with comfortable seating areas and classic decor.

116 Cloudesley Road, Islington, London, N1 0EB
(020) 7837 7107
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Dirty Martini

Dirty Martini


74 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7632 2212

At Dirty Martini Islington expect an effortlessly cool interior, excellent service and a great choice of both classic and signature cocktails.

The Drapers Arms

#1768

After undergoing a change in ownership and an extensive refurbishment The Drapers Arms in Islington has opened its doors once again, serving a daily changing menu of classic British cuisine using fresh seasonal produce.

44 Barnsbury Street, Islington, London, N1 1ER
(020) 7619 0348

Earl of Essex

#733

This impressive pub offers gastro food and a vast selection of ales and lagers. And it is soon to become a brewpub too.

25 Danbury Street, Islington, London, N1 8LE
(020) 7424 5828
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The Four Sisters

The Four Sisters

#307

25 Canonbury Lane, Islington, London, N1 2AS
(020) 7226 0955

This cocktail bar shakes a mean cocktail on Canonbury Lane.

Hoxley and Porter


This unique drinks concept arrives on Upper Street but transports visitors a million miles away thanks to exotic decor and a classic steam train travel design.

153 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RA
(020) 7226 1375

The Hunter S

#539

The Hunter S is a chic gastro pub with a 1930s art deco inspired main lounge and dining room. The Hunter S drinks list includes all the usual favourites as well as interesting choices from inspiring brands. Meal choices at The Hunter S are freshly made and include dishes such as beef Wellington, pan fried sea bass and chocolate spring rolls.

194 Southgate Road, Islington, London, N1 3HT
(020) 7249 7191

Island Queen

#311

With a picturesque setting, friendly bar staff and a great food and drink offering, Island Queen has an old gin house feel accentuated by its classic original decor.

87 Noel Road, Islington, London, N1 8HD
(020) 7354 8741
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The Ladybird

The Ladybird

#29

70 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY
(020) 7359 1710

The Ladybird is a funky cocktail bar based on Upper Street.

The Lexington

#737

An American lounge and whiskey bar in Islington sounds pretentious, but the laid back Lexington manages to pull it off.

96-98 Pentonville Road, Islington, London, N1 9JB
(020) 7837 5371

The Lord Clyde

#369

The Lord Clyde is a refreshing surprise amidst the growing popularity of gastro pubs.

340-342 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 3PB
(020) 7288 9850
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Lucky Voice Islington

Lucky Voice Islington

#1406

173-174 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RG
(020) 7354 6280

Head to Lucky Voice Islington where you can book a private karaoke room and warble away to your heart's content in front of friends or family only. If you're thirsty you can order drinks to be delivered to your room at the touch of a button.

The New Rose

#1173

The New Rose is all very new; its ideas deserve applause and the overall gleam of the venue’s quirky nuances keep people smiling.

84-86 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LU
(020) 7226 1082

The Old Queens Head

#12

The Old Queens Head, a splendid gastro pub on Essex Road, offers a spectacular setting with its bespoke chandeliers and its 16th Century fireplaces.

44 Essex Road, Islington, London, N1 8LN
(020) 7354 9993

Rosemary Branch

#220

The charming Rosemary Branch is a popular destination for everyone from trendy arty types to Sunday lunching families and well behaved dogs and their owners. The award winning Victorian theatre upstairs has an all year round programme of drama and music.

2 Shepperton Road, London, N1 3DT
(020) 7704 2730

The Slug and Lettuce

#1178

Being located by Islington Green makes The Slug and Lettuce a very convenient meeting spot for those in the area looking for a lively bar.

1 Islington Green, Islington, London, N1 2XH
(020) 7226 3864

The Snooty Fox

#1830

Located just down the road from Finsbury Park, on Grosvenor Avenue, The Snooty Fox serves a variety of beers, wines and spirits alongside a food menu of traditional British light bites and main meals.

75 Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury, London, N5 2NN
(020) 7354 9532

The Talbot

#70

The Talbot on Mortimer Road is an upbeat gastropub-cum-local.

109 Mortimer Road, Islington, London, N1 4JY
(020) 7241 2995

The Vineyard

#282

The Vineyard is another gem on Upper Street full of Islingtonians , with a great atmosphere filled with chats and good laughs – an ideal spot for a casual, vibrant atmosphere accompanied by cheap food and drinks.

179 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 1RG
(020) 7226 6276

The Winchester

#298

The Winchester is a vibrant pub that offers a variety of drinks alongside a food menu of British meals and traditional Sunday roasts and snacks. Regular DJs at weekends make this an ideal choice for a fun night out.

2 Essex Road, Angel, London, N1 8LN
(020) 7704 8789